Pittsburgh Superhero Race. Photo by Carrie Farmerie Photography.
Family fun at the Mattress Factory, Photo courtesy of Mattress Factory
Family fun at the Mattress Factory. Image courtesy of the Mattress Factory.

Spring Break Family Day at the Mattress Factory: April 10

The Mattress Factory heralds the end of winter with Spring Break Family Day. The all-ages event invites kids and their caregivers to partake in a number of fun and unique activities. Join the Workshop PGH DIY School at their pop-up maker space or make a garden book with treasures found in the Winifred Lutz Garden. Guests can also build a boat inspired by Bill Woodrow’s sculpture, Ship of Fools, Discovery of Time, or participate in the Yayoi Kusama-inspired Obliteration project. There’s also music by DJ Dave Zak, face painting and snacks.

Spring Break Family Day takes place from 12-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Egg-cellent Egg Hunt at Carnegie Museum of Natural History: April 15

Have some springtime fun when Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosts their annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt. Designed for ages 3-10, the event lets kids follow clues that lead to treats and meet live springtime animals, such as bunnies and chicks. The egg hunt is presented as part of the museum’s Super Science Saturdays, a free program that allows visitors of all ages to explore a special theme through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, and more.

The Egg-cellent Egg Hunt takes place from 12-4 p.m. The event is free with regular museum admission. Scavenger hunt maps and prizes are available to the first 500 children.

Gateway Clipper Fleet. Photo by Flickr/Wally Gobetz.

Bunny Fun Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet: April 15

Hop onto the Gateway Clipper for the family-friendly Bunny Fun Cruise. Kids get to meet the Easter bunny and his friends, collect treats and enjoy activities like face painting during a two-tour tour on the river. Everyone can hit the dance floor when a DJ plays the “Bunny Hop” and other fun songs. After working up an appetite, purchase a yummy treat from the bar, where they will have cold drinks, burgers, mac and cheese, popcorn and more.

The Bunny Fun Cruise boards at 12:30 p.m. and sails from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $26 for adults, $13 for kids.

Pittsburgh Superhero Run. Image courtesy of The Superhero Foundation.

Pittsburgh Superhero Run at Allison Park: April 22

You don’t need super-speed to participate in the Pittsburgh Superhero Run at Allison Park, but you can at least look the part. Hosted by The Superhero Foundation, an organization that raises awareness about child abuse prevention, the all-ages event invites participants to run or walk as their favorite superhero through either a 5K Run/Walk or a 1K Family Run. For the kids, there’s an obstacle course, a bounce house, face painting, Eat’n Park cookie decorating, and a photo booth. Friendly pets are also welcome to join in on the fun.

The Pittsburgh Superhero Run takes place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration costs $30 for the 5K Run or Walk, $20 for the 1K Family Run. All proceeds benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Allegheny County.

Phipps Welcome Center. Photo by Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

FutureFest 2017 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: April 29

Get excited about environmentalism when Phipps Conservatory presents FutureFest 2017. Led by Communitopia, the free public festival works to promote Pittsburgh’s vision of an achievable, sustainable future. Glimpse the world of tomorrow through art, demonstrations, and other fun, all-ages activities. Watch live performances by local music artists and Attack Theatre, test out an electric bike, or explore renewable energy options for the home. There’s even a market selling eco-friendly, locally-produced artisan goods.

FutureFest 2017 takes place from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission to Phipps is 50 percent off during festival hours. For more details, see the full list of festival events.

Honorable mentions:

Tyke Hike: Bunny Hike with Venture Outdoors: April 8

Eggstravaganza at the The National Aviary: April 8-9 and 14-16

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Frick: April 15

Let’s Move! Family Dance Party Spring 2017 at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater: April 22

Pittsburgh Earth Day: From Steel to Sustainable: April 22

Mother of All Pottery Sales at Union Project: April 23

Looking for more events? Check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in April and Your ultimate guide to Pittsburgh concerts this spring feature stories.

Amanda Waltz

Amanda Waltz is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared locally in numerous publications. She writes for The Film Stage and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema, a blog dedicated...