Love it or hate it, winter is here. Whether you choose to embrace the frosty weather at an ice skating rink or stay nice and warm at an indoor festival, you have lots of options for family fun in February. Here are the top 10 best bets:
1. Mascot Skate at Schenley Park Skating Rink: Feb. 1
Hit the ice with all of your favorite anthropomorphic characters at the City of Pittsburgh’s 33rd annual Mascot Skate. Schenley Park Skating Rink will look more like a Furry convention on Feb. 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., when more than 30 local costumed characters start making the rounds. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for kids 17 and younger. Skate rental is $3 and skate sharpening is $5.
2. Giant Eagle Kidapalooza Family Festival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Feb. 1
Kids will take over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Feb. 1. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the space will be filled with rides, games, inflatable attractions, character appearances and other family fun. Little ones can have their hair styled by Bella Capelli Academy in the Princess Pavilion, get creative in the Home Depot Builder’s Workshop and burn off some energy in the CDG Sports Challenge Zone.
3. Love is in the Air at Heinz Hall: Feb. 1
Celebrate love with Fiddlesticks and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. With Andrés Franco conducting and Katy Shackleton Williams on vocals, you’ll learn how Gershwin, Elgar and Mister Rogers express their affection through music. Kids will even get a chance to share photos of the people they love for a special slideshow on the big screen.
4. SkyWatch at Carnegie Science Center: Feb. 7
Take stargazing to a whole new level at the Carnegie Science Center. Astronomy experts will be on hand during SkyWatch, which blasts off with a virtual tour of the cosmos in the Buhl Planetarium. If the real sky is clear, visitors can head up to the observatory. Using a powerful 16-inch Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, you’ll be able to spot Saturn’s rings and get a detailed look at the moon’s surface. The experience will make kids want to reach for the stars long after they leave the North Shore.
5. Jurassic Quest at David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Feb. 7-9
The largest, most realistic traveling dinosaur show is roaring into town Feb. 7-9. There will be more than 100 detailed thunder lizards, including ones kids can ride like Fred Flintstone. In addition to prehistoric reptiles, guests can get a peek at underwater creatures such as the Megalodon, a 50-foot ancient shark. The convention center will also be filled with bounce houses, a bungee pull, scooters, Jurassic Jeeps, science and creative play stations and green screen photo ops.
6. Goodnight Moon at Stage 62: Feb. 7-16
Generations of sleepy toddlers have drifted into dreamland after reading “Goodnight Moon.” Stage 62 gives Clement Hurd and Margaret Wise Brown’s classic book a musical makeover. Hop along with Bunny on a bedtime adventure full of songs, fun and magic.
7. Kids Tech Toys Petting Zoo at the C.C. Mellor Memorial Library: Feb. 22
There are countless gadgets and gizmos crowding store shelves. If you’re wondering which futuristic toy is worth the money or want to get your grade-schooler into coding, find answers (and fun!) at the Kids Tech Toys Petting Zoo. Try out new devices from Spheros and Bee-Bots, to Ozobots and Cubelets during this drop-in program from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
8. Penny Arcade All-Ages Comedy Show at Arcade Comedy Theater: Feb. 22
Penny for your humorous thoughts? Kids ages 4 to 11 are invited to Arcade Comedy Theater for an afternoon of hilarious fun. Budding comedians will draw, write and craft at Collaboration Stations and then watch the Penny Players bring those ideas to life in a 45-minute show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. The theater also features a pay-as-you-wish ticket option, where families choose the price they can afford.
9. Blippi Live! at the Byham Theater: Feb. 25
Planes, trains, tractors and fire trucks are pulling into Pittsburgh for Blippi Live, a YouTube show popular with preschoolers. Creator Stevin John won’t be making an appearance, but his brand of dancing and singing will leave kids moving and grooving in the aisles. The show starts at 6 p.m.
10. Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures at PPG Paints Arena: Feb. 27-March 1
Hitch a ride with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy as they embark on a high-octane adventure to their favorite Disney destinations. This one-of-a-kind road trip takes you to Moana’s sun-soaked Motunui, Simba’s Pride Lands, Aladdin’s princely parade and a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky from “Toy Story.” In addition to the highway hijinks, there will be opportunities to get up-close with the costumed road warriors.
Looking for more events and live music? Read our top weekly and weekend events, 12 events you won’t want to miss in January, 13 things for kids to do in January in Pittsburgh and The 17 best concerts in December and January in Pittsburgh.