Test your green thumb at Frick Environmental Center. Courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

7. Junior Garden Buds: Cosmetics at Frick Environmental Center: Nov. 11

Flowers aren’t the only beautiful things that bloom in a garden. Kids ages 5 to 10 are invited to Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about natural cosmetics and make their own plantain leaf healing balm. This might be your last chance to get a Mother Nature makeover before the ground freezes.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season in your jammies. Courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.

8. Light Up Night Sleepover at Carnegie Science Center: Nov. 16

Pittsburgh’s holiday season kickoff is a great excuse for kids (and adults) to stay up past their bedtime. Carnegie Science Center is hosting a Light Up Night Sleepover starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Watch Downtown go Griswold and enjoy a night of themed activities, a late-night snack, live theater show and the opportunity to sleep among the exhibits. The following day includes a continental breakfast and free admission to explore the Science Center during daylight hours.

Make a meal as a family. Courtesy of Gaynor’s School of Cooking.

9. Family Fun Night at Gaynor’s School of Cooking: Nov. 16

If you can’t take the cold, get into the kitchen. Over on the South Side, Gaynor’s School of Cooking is holding a Family Fun Night on Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents and kids can prepare an entire meal together in this hands-on class. The menu includes a cracker basket with grapes and cheese, spicy fish tacos and chocolate fondue with pound cake.

Unleash your beast at Contemporary Craft. Photo courtesy of Katy DeMent.

10. Paperclay Spirit Animals at Contemporary Craft: Nov. 17

Bring your spirit animal to life (sort of) at Contemporary Craft on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Strip District. Whether your inner critter is of the wild, domestic or imaginary variety, local artist Katy DeMent will teach you how to create it out of paperclay. The $75 class fee includes all the materials needed to unleash your creative beast.

Honorable Mentions:

YMCA of Greater Pgh Turkey Trot 

History Explorers: Pittsburgh and the Movies at Heinz History Center

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Byham Theater

The Peanuts gang takes the stage at the Byham Theater this month in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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