Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center
January 16
10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Looking for an engaging way to spend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday with the whole family?

Head to the North Shore, where the Carnegie Science Center is teaming up with Duquesne Light Company to offer free admission on Monday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That includes free parking and free admission to Highmark SportsWorks and the Omnimax theater!

With a special emphasis on community and learning, the event will showcase a day of hands-on fun and learning located throughout the Science Center’s four floors of award-winning exhibitions and more.

Discover how bones, brains and blood make us all human in BodyWorks, learn all about our rivers and their natural habitats at H2Oh!, and step into a large-scale replica of the International Space Station.

Head to Highmark SportsWorks to become a human yo-yo in the new You-Yo exhibit, which demonstrates the principle of potential and kinetic energy by whisking visitors high into the air using a system of cable-tethered handles. Play an oversized Operation Game to remove and repair body parts and take a wild simulator ride into the human body.

The youngest budding marine biologists will love seeing the Omnimax film, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh. Made by National Geographic, the IMAX 3D documentary brings to life “some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean.”

Looking for more creative and engaging ways to spend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday as a family? Check out these cool local events for kids:

* Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Bash at the Mattress Factory museum on January 16 from 12 to 4 p.m. Attendees will make self-portraits, clay birds and magnets, read with artist Sydelle Pearl, create a birthday crown, dance to music, enjoy party snacks, make a magnet and more. Free for all ages.

* Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and SLB Radio Productions on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step up to the mic to read the inspiring and powerful words of Dr. King, create your own ‘zine inspired by civil rights leaders in Pittsburgh, listen to SLB Radio’s Streaming Justice live broadcast led by local youth, and much more.

Looking for more events? Check out our Top 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in JanuaryTop 9 family events in Pittsburgh this January and our 17 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in 2017 feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...