Spring Break Family Day at the Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory Museum

March 30
Noon – 4 p.m.

Forget the high costs and huge crowds at spring break destinations like Disney World. Instead, pack up the entire family and enjoy a creative staycation right in your own backyard.

Spring Break Family Day at the Mattress Factory invites visitors of all ages to explore the one-of-a-kind museum in a way that won’t break your budget. Offering a special “give what you can” admission, the family celebration runs on Monday, March 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Northside-based campus.

It’s been a long cold winter and the best place to emerge from hibernation and spring into art is with a variety of hands-on activities that will have you thinking about all things outdoors, outer space and even outrageous.

Create a fanciful spaceship inspired by the work of MF Artist in Residence artist Ryder Henry, make an eco-friendly seed bomb to throw outside and draw a colorful sticker of something you see that’s remarkable. Next, experience art you can literally step into as you use of all your senses inside room-sized environments created by Danny Bracken, John Peña, Kathleen Montgomery, Ryder Henry and Benjamin Sota.

Opening the museum’s doors “a little wider so that every child on the Northside and throughout Pittsburgh” can experience world-class installation art, the inaugural Spring Break Family Day welcomes visitors on a day that the venue is typically closed to the public.

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way on the Northside. Parking is located at 505 Jacksonia Street.

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.