May is a big month for family-focused fun with loads of opportunities for engaging, educational and entertaining activities. Here’s our top 10 list for Pittsburgh kids in May.
1. EQT Children’s Theater Festival, online: May 1-16
The 35th annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival continues its interactive fun in a virtual direction this year with the usual lineup of cool theater performances from around the world. Each show is chosen for specific age groups, from “We Cover the Universe” for 3-year-olds through “MacHomer” for tweens and teens. Tickets are $15 per device. Free workshops and activities will be offered, too, with the full schedule to be announced on May 1. And plans are in the works to return to the festival’s in-person events later this summer as safety allows. Jump into the joy here and sign up to be in the know for all festival announcements.
2. The Hidden Life of Trolls, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: May 1-September 26
The whimsical nature of The Hidden Life of Trolls promises to entertain kids with magical touches at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ summer show. Opening May 1, the fantasy adventure includes passing under a stone bridge where a troll will test visitors with riddles before they can pass. Follow giant footprints to a pond where a 12-foot troll bathes in the water, scrubbing his back with a branch. Look closely into the depths of another pond where you’ll spot an underwater troll. Throughout the exhibit, kids can keep watch for tiny doors where itsy-bitsy trolls live. At home, kids ages 12 and younger can draw trolls, give them names and personalities and then upload their art to the Troll Crossing website. To prep for your visit, go behind the scenes to witness how The Hidden Life of Trolls was created. Timed tickets are $11.95 for kids and $19.95 for their grownups.
3. Story Sunday: What’s a Cup?, Carnegie Museum of Art: May 2
The latest Story Sunday with Carnegie Museum of Art celebrates Asian Heritage Month with the first bilingual session in the series. The virtual session takes inspiration from Oki Sato’s Japanese graphic picture book, “What’s a Cup?” The story follows a cup that tries to determine how to stir coffee without a spoon. While searching for a solution, the cup changes into a variety of forms. Along with the reading, kids will participate in a cup-making activity. Zoom links and a materials list will be sent upon registration, which is priced at “pay what you wish.” Can’t make it on May 2? Register now and you’ll receive a post-event link to watch anytime.
4. Remake Learning Days Across America, multiple locations: May 6-16
Now in its sixth year, Remake Learning Days has outgrown its original Pittsburgh footprint to take place in 18 regions with nearly 800 events across the country. Pittsburgh organizations shine with in-person and virtual sessions from May 6-16, but other regions have already launched programming, allowing your kids to access cool virtual activities in places such as San Diego and Chapel Hill, NC. Search for events according to age and theme, like technology, art, science and makers. Best of all, most activities are free.
5. Opening Day, Kennywood Park: May 8
It’s so nice to shout, “Kennywood’s open!” and not imply a wardrobe malfunction. Little ones will cheer for a return to Kiddieland screams while those taller than Kenny Kangaroo will head off to more exciting thrills. Kennywood Park will operate a reservation system to keep the crowds down to 75% capacity. Masks will be required, along with other safety protocols. The schedule through May runs Fridays-Sundays before expanding to a five-day week. Bring a picnic basket of eats or relish food faves like Potato Patch Fries, cotton candy and deep-fried Oreos. Buy tickets and passes here. Kids ages 3 and younger are free!
6. Mom’s Day Hike and Cookies, North Park: May 9
Moms and their kiddos can enjoy a fresh air outing on Mother’s Day. Venture Outdoors hosts the 2- to 3-mile stroll along the trails at North Park. The terrain and pace promise to be easy peasy for all ages. At the hike’s end, everyone will be rewarded with cookies, plus tea for mom and hot cocoa for kids. Registration is $8.