Alice in Wonderland. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

With a Harry Potter festival, a ballet tribute to Alice in Wonderland and an ice show with Disney princesses, February promises a month full of enchantment. Make some family memories with these 10 great events in Pittsburgh.

Hervé Tullet October 2016 workshops. Image courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Hervé Tullet October 2016 workshops. Image courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Hervé Tullet exhibit at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Now-February 26

The Children’s Museum pays tribute to world-renowned author, illustrator and artist Hervé Tullet with The Art Explosion. Showcased in the Traveling Exhibit Gallery, the installation combines Tullet’s personal creations with pieces created by young museum visitors during workshops the artist hosted last October. Kids and adults alike can experience the one-of-a-kind exhibit as they meander through boldly colored, 10-foot high art pieces. Tullet’s books are also available for purchase in the museum’s Little Orange Store.

The Art Explosion opened on January 28 and runs through February 26. The installation is included with regular museum admission.

Wall hangings from Hatch Art Studio. Image courtesy of Hatch Art Studio.

I Made It! Mine at SouthSide Works: February 4

Looking for that special Valentine’s Day gift? Head to SouthSide Works for the I Made It! Mine pop-up market. Located in the former Joseph Beth Booksellers (510 S. 27th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203) space, the event gathers 65 local artisans selling a variety of handmade goods. Romantics can find all the Valentine classics including chocolates, jewelry, cards, and bath and body products. Kids and adults can make their own original crafts with the good people from Hatch Art Studio, a Point Breeze-based space that offers family-friendly workshops and classes. There will also be plenty of other fun items to peruse, including treats such as cookies, canned jams and jellies, knits, men’s and women’s accessories, and more.

I Made It! Mine runs from 12-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Addams Family. Image courtesy of Shady Side Academy.

The Addams Family at Shady Side Academy: February 10-12

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they’re coming to Shady Side Academy. The school will present The Addams Family as its winter musical production with more than 50 students participating in the cast, crew and orchestra pit. Full of original songs, comedy and dance numbers, the show follows Addams patriarch Gomez as he discovers his daughter Wednesday, the princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a normal, respectable young man. At his daughter’s request, Gomez tries to keep the relationship a secret until the Addams host dinner for the boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family runs February 10-12 at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and are available for purchase online, over the phone at 412-968-3040, or at the door. Please note some content may not be suitable for children under age 10.

Alice in Wonderland. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Alice in Wonderland at the Benedum Center: February 10-19

Go down the rabbit hole at the Benedum Center when the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland. Author Lewis Carroll’s timeless story of a young girl’s journey into a magical world comes alive with size-shifting sets, special effects and incredible costumes. Dancers play characters including the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts as they move to a medley of Tchaikovsky’s works. Grow and shrink with Alice as the show introduces the Caterpillar’s giant toadstool, tea cups and other oversized objects from the surreal vision created by Carroll and his illustrator John Tenniel.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will stage 10 performances of Alice in Wonderland from February 10-19. Tickets start at $28 and are available online, over the phone 412-456-6666 or at the Theater Square box office.

Image courtesy of BikePGH.

Ice skating with BikePGH at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: February 12

BikePGH trades in two wheels for blades during some family-friendly winter fun at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Members and non-members can join the advocacy group for an afternoon of ice skating at the state-of-art facility. The event is open to all skill levels and all ages, and guests are welcome to bring a friend. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rentals are free for BikePGH members and $3 for non-members.

Ice skating with BikePGH takes place from 2-4 p.m. Tickets costs $5 for members, $8 for adult non-members and $6 for youth non-members.

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...