7. Fiber, Fabric and Fashion, Oliver Miller Homestead: May 16
As a touchstone to Pittsburgh’s early history, the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park is opening its season with a look at 18th-century fashion. It’s hard for kids today to imagine the frontier practice of making wool and linen that would be cut and sewn into clothing. The demonstrations and activities include a fashion show of attire from the 1700s for kids and grownups. Watch for upcoming special events at the homestead like Tools of the Frontier and a Revolutionary War Encampment. Admission is $2 on special event days. Otherwise, your $1 admission includes a self-guided tour and interacting with costumed docents. Get the details here.
8. Super Science Saturday: Bugs and Slugs, Carnegie Museum of Natural History: May 22
Inquisitive kids will be intrigued by the May session of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Super Science Saturday series focusing on bugs and slugs. The topic covers a wide range of creatures, from icky, slimy insects to beautiful butterflies. Experts from the mollusks and invertebrate zoology departments of the museum will share details about all manner of insects, snails and arthropods. And kids won’t want to miss the Madagascar hissing cockroach races! The activities are free with general admission ($11.95 for ages 3-17 and $19.95 for their grownups). Kids younger than 3 are free. Get your timed tickets here.
9. 143 Day cookie class with Jasmine Cho, online: May 23
Fred Rogers created the meaning behind 143 Day with the phrase “I love you” by counting the letters in each word. We celebrate 143 Day as a day of kindness in his honor. This year, Kidsburgh honors the day with a special virtual cookie baking class hosted by famed cookie expert Jasmine Cho. Special guests Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, the authors of “When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids,” will join in the fun. Jasmine will teach families a special recipe inspired by the book. Once registered, you’ll receive the link and recipe. Sign up here.
10. Kayak Pittsburgh opens for the season, North Park: May 29
There’s nothing better than getting out on the water and feeling the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. We’re excited to see that Kayak Pittsburgh is opening its North Park location on May 29. Kids ages 3 and older will love paddling tandem kayaks with their grownups. Older kids from 13-15 can use a solo kayak when accompanied by a grownup on the water. Booking starts soon to reserve boats and times with prices ranging from $16 to $26.50.