This month’s top family adventures guide offers plenty of ideas for enjoying Pittsburgh in August: a comedy cabaret just for families, celestial parties at local observatories, farm-to-table cooking demos geared toward kids, free carousel rides, ballet under the stars and more.
Free carousel rides and fabulous face painting at Kids’ Day at Schenley Plaza
Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on August 9 as they present Kids’ Day at Schenley Plaza. Highlights of the day include an appearance by everyone’s favorite silly snowman from Frozen from 12–1:30 p.m., face painting from 12-4 p.m., free rides on the PNC Carousel from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and a variety of Nature Play games to engage kids including an animal scat guessing game and a building activity with natural objects. Plan to bring a picnic lunch or try foods from the kiosks in the plaza.
Inspire young foodies with the Little Locavores Activity Series
Throughout the month, Farm to Table is partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Market to present four events in a Little Locavores food series for kids. The goal of the series is to help kids learn how to shop for and prepare nutritious meals. From apple and cheese quesadillas to everyday healthy snacks, kids will learn simple recipes they can make on their own as well as hear information about choosing good foods to eat. On August 27, the series will include a Super Fun Local Food Challenge where kids participate in a game show activity to test their food knowledge. Admission to all events is free but registration beforehand is highly recommended.
Cheer on teams at the DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series
During the summer of 1951, the PONY League was organized in Washington, PA. A baseball league for 13 and 14 year-old players, the PONY League held its first World Series in 1952 which included teams from around the country. This month, from August 7 to 12, the PONY League World Series will continue its tradition with national as well as international teams from China, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Austria. In addition to the competition, there will be a Home Run Derby, musical performances, military appreciation night festivities, and a mascot night. Get more info and tickets here. If your family loves sports, another great adventure would be heading to Heinz Field to cheer on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, fresh off their World Cup win.
Learn about animals at Kids’ Zoofari
From August 15 through August 28, your daily zoo admission will give you even more fun and educational value. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium will host Kids’ Zoofari, sponsored by CHIP and supported by UPMC for Kids. Families will be able to meet the animal keepers of their favorite animals, touch a stingray, and participate in animal enrichment activities. The Pittsburgh Police will be on hand to provide important safety tips, too. Activities run from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. and are free with admission.
Enjoy free shows under the stars
On August 16 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will perform a free concert at Hartwood Acres. Featuring an original work set to Mozart as well as solos from La Bayadère and Sandpaper Ballet, the concert will give a sneak peak of some of the new dancers set to take the stage during the 2015/2016 season. Want to make the most of the night? Come early for dinner and free family activities. Before the show there will be ballerina dress-up, dance activities on the lawn, ballet-themed crafts, balloon animals and food trucks. Click here for times and more info.
For more free ways to share Pittsburgh’s arts culture with the family, try Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Broadway at the Overlook. Starting August 6 at the West End Overlook Amphitheater, there will be 5 opportunities to bring a picnic dinner and view highlights from the upcoming movie-themed season, including Oliver!, Sister Act, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Annie. Bonus? Gorgeous views of the city.
Laugh the afternoon away at Kids’ Comedy Cabaret
The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival welcomes kids and families at its Kids’ Comedy Cabaret on August 29. This imaginative afternoon of family fun will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Henry Heymann Theater on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Before the comedy show begins, music from Uke & Tuba will fill the room as families visit collaboration stations to create costumes, craft props and dream up characters that will end up being inspiration for the show. Vince Charming will perform illusion and magic while The Penny Arcade will have everyone laughing. The afternoon ends with a big dance party! Tickets are free but reservations are recommended and can be made beginning August 1.