Courtesy of The Frick Art & Historical Center.
Courtesy of The Frick Art & Historical Center.

Frick Art & Historical Center

September 12
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where can you hone your croquet chops, compete in sack races and fashion your very own Victorian photo shoot—all at one of the region’s top cultural destinations?

This Saturday’s free Let’s Move Family Fun Day at the Frick brought to you by UPMC Health Plan invites kids to unplug and jump into the action taking place throughout the site’s scenic 5.5 acres of green lawns.

Courtesy of The Frick Art & Historical Center.

The back-to-school season is a great time to stay active, and this unique free day at the Frick combines culture, history, wellness and creativity.

Participate in beloved age-old pastimes and fun physical challenges, such as badminton, croquet, sack races and more. Next, raid the museum’s collection of creative props to use and strike a pose in a special photo booth to create your own Victorian keepsake.

What was life like for the Frick family during the Industrial Revolution? See how one of Pittsburgh’s most influential and powerful families lived during engaging free tours of Clayton—the Frick’s historic and elegant Victorian manse and its tranquil surroundings.

What about the Frick’s furry four-legged friends? Be sure to pick up a free copy of Pet Tales at the Frick—a hands-on activity guide—to find out about the many pets that once lived with the family at Clayton.

Photo by Richard Stoner.

Families can also view a rare, newly installed print on display in The Frick Art Museum rotunda through September 20th. A large, tinted lithograph from 1859, James T. Palmatary’s Bird’s Eye View of Pittsburgh, Allegheny & Environs is in remarkable condition and was recently rediscovered and purchased by The Hillman Company at New York’s winter antique show. Now back in Pittsburgh, the captivating work of art is believed be the largest and only multi-sheet view of Pittsburgh ever made, and is one of only two known copies of Palmatary’s monumental four-sheet composition (the other is owned by the Duquesne Club).

The Frick’s family event is part of Let’s Move!, an initiative developed by First Lady Michelle Obama that promotes healthy eating and active lifestyles for children. The Frick Art & Historical Center is one of hundreds of museums and public gardens across the nation offering special programs as part of this mission.

Let’s Move Family Fun Day at the Frick is free and open to all ages. Advance reservation is not required.

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...