The Little Mermaid at the Benedum Center: June 14-25
Go under the sea with the live stage adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Benedum Center. Using colorful costumes and imaginative set design, Pittsburgh CLO brings to life the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who sacrifices everything she knows for love. Families will have a great time singing along to all their favorite songs by Academy Award winner Alan Menken, including “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Want to make the experience extra special? Take your little one to a pre-show VIP Princess Party where kids can dive into music and activities led by Ariel.
Tickets for The Little Mermaid range from $25.75-$75.75. There are also half-price tickets for kids ages 3-14.
Music of Flight and Fantasy with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: June 17
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra immerses its audience in an afternoon of arts and culture with its Music of Flight and Fantasy concert at Heinz Hall. The whole family will go on a cinematic journey as the musicians present narratives and famous scores from movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Harry Potter and Star Wars series, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz. Ballet dancers featured in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and guest soloists perform to enhance the experience and delight the senses. The event also includes pre-show activities for kids and their caregivers, including dance and music lessons, photo opportunities and art projects with the symphony’s mascot, Fiddlesticks.
Music of Flight and Fantasy pre-show activities take place from 1:15–2:15 p.m. followed by the concert from 2:30-3:15 p.m. All tickets cost $15.
Community Garden Party at the Mattress Factory: June 18
The Mattress Factory welcomes families from all over Pittsburgh for the Community Garden Party, a free, all-ages event featuring live performances, hands-on projects and other surprises. The day allows kids and their families to engage in activities organized by various arts and cultural venues throughout the city, including Artists Image Resource, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center. There’s also face painting by Rikki and Workshop PGH and music by DJ Dave Zak.
The Community Garden Party takes place from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Kaiju Big Battel at the August Wilson Center: June 24
The August Wilson Center plays host to some larger-than-life, all-ages fun when Kaiju Big Battel comes to town. The whole family will cheer as a roster of bizarre villains, alien beasts and monsters–including a sentient soup can named Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle and a bad hare named Dusto Bunny–enter the arena for a knockdown, drag out fight. Later in the evening, choose a ride from a fleet of big wheels and test your riding skills at Monster Trike Night, a three-wheeled race with attitude. There’s also a food truck roundup featuring some of the best bites in the city.
Kaiju Big Battel begins at 8 p.m. Monster Trike Night takes place at 9 p.m. during a Game Night after-party. Tickets range from $5-25. Food truck entry is free and will be available throughout the evening.
Summer Fridays at the Frick Pittsburgh: June 23-September 8
The Frick kicks off its latest season of Summer Fridays, a 12-week outdoor series featuring a variety of entertainment for all ages and tastes. The diverse lineup includes the folk rock group The Coteries, a night of music and dance with Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic and a family-friendly edition of the monthly In Bed By Ten dance party. Pack a basket and picnic on the Frick lawn, visit food trucks serving everything from gourmet macaroni and cheese to homemade ice cream sandwiches, or enjoy a more formal dinner at The Café at The Frick. For art lovers, there’s the Frick Art Museum’s photography exhibition, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, or the Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings multi-sensory installation located in the Greenhouse. You can also enjoy free tours of Clayton, the historic Frick family home, visit the Car and Carriage Museum or do some shopping at the Frick Museum Store in the Grable Visitor Center.
Outdoor performances and tours are free and open to the public. Admission to Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is: $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children ages 6-16, and free for children 5 and under and active duty military and their immediate families.
Kennywood Kidsfest: June 27-28
Kennywood is always about the kids, but Kidsfest promises an extra special weekend full of activities, rides, food and more. A cast of costumed characters, including Disney princesses, comic book superheroes, mascots and cartoon stars, will roam the park to provide meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. Buy your little one a healthy treat from the brand new kid’s menu at the park’s Kiddieland Snack-a-Saurus concession stand or sit back for The LEGO Movie 4-D Experience. Plus, Kennywood will use the occasion to announce their new kid-friendly fall Halloween event.
Kennywood KidsFest takes place during normal park hours.
Star Wars Night at PNC Park: June 8
Strawberry Festival at Trax Farms: June 10-11
Pet ‘n Play at Hartwood Acres: June 11