We barely have time to eat our Halloween candy before Thanksgiving is upon us and holiday music starts playing on the radio. There’s still plenty of fall left this month but we’re rolling into the holidays full steam ahead so it’s time to jump on the train and enjoy the ride. In November’s guide to Top Family Adventures you’ll find a worldly circus, pumpkin-smashing, model trains, volunteer opportunities, Polish food and lots more.
Run away to the circus!
Come one, come all! The circus offers something for everyone, from captivating stunts and trapeze acts to silly clowns and majestic wild animals. From November 4th through 8th, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present its new show, LEGENDS, at the Consol Energy Center.
Audiences can expect a showcase of international acts as performers unite on a double-wide flying trapeze and the National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing dazzles with pole climbing, hoop diving and juggling. Motorcycle riders from Paraguay perform stunts in a 16-foot, steel mesh globe and Cossack Riders perform intricate maneuvers on horseback.
But if you go for the animals, you won’t be disappointed. There will be an act featuring lions and tigers, rescue dogs and an array of animals from almost every continent (think elephants from Asia, kangaroos from Australia).
This year all ticketholders will be invited down to the arena floor for an All Access Pre-show starting an hour before the main event. Meet performers, get autographs, take photos, have a dance party and play with the clowns. Get more info about VIP experiences and circus tickets.
Take in a children’s theater show at Tales and Treats or the new Bridge Theater Series
Watching Charlie Brown holiday shows on TV is a tradition for many families this time of year. Now, thanks to the Tales and Treats series through Pittsburgh Musical Theater, families can enjoy Charlie Brown on stage, too. The Tales and Treats series is geared toward children ages four to 10. It is completely student run, from the actors and directors to the set designers and choreographers.
The Charlie Brown & Snoopy show will bring the characters to life on November 7th, 14th and 21st. All performances take place from 12 to 1 p.m. and ticket prices are only $3 for children and free for adults. Kids can look forward to a “meet and greet” with the cast after the show.
Looking for more theater options? Try the new EQT Bridge Theater Series which opens this month on November 5th with Alice in Wonderland. All performances in this series are designed for older children ages seven to 15. Tickets are $10.50 in advance and $12 at the door.
Smash pumpkins at the Carnegie Science Center
Right around the time your jack-o-lanterns from Halloween start to rot, in swoops the Carnegie Science Center with a fun, educational way to dispose of them. On November 7th, head to the roof of the Science Center for the Great Pumpkin Smash. You can send your pumpkins sailing over the edge to the ground (and watch a video of the smash, too). Sounds fun, right? It’s also a perfect opportunity to learn about the physics of why some pumpkins will splatter and some may even bounce.
After smashing your pumpkin, head over to watch how liquid nitrogen can explode pumpkins and then head inside to the BodyStage where you’ll get to taste some pumpkin ice cream after the “Science in a Scoop” presentation. Activities are free with admission and no registration is required.
Appreciate Pittsburgh’s ethnic heritage at PolishFest 2015
One of the year’s best cultural festivals is PolishFest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Polish and Lithuanian Nationality Rooms and activities are planned for the whole family.
This free event on Sunday, November 8th will feature live folk dancing, cooking and folk art demonstrations, a “make-n-take” folkcrafts area for children, cultural displays, a Polish gift market, polka music, Polish egg decorating and plenty of ethnic food items. Proceeds from the event support the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room Scholarship Fund.