8. Reading into History Virtual Family Book Club, Heinz History Center: Jan. 24
Dive into Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” in the January installment of Heinz History Center’s virtual book club, which connects fiction to real-life history. The adventures of Phileas Fogg motivated journalist Nellie Bly on a whirlwind adventure of her own in 1889. The book club discussion will look at how the story connects with Nellie Bly’s journey and how the world has changed since then. You can access a copy of “Around the World in 80 Days” via Hoopla and your library membership. Register your family here for the free Zoom session.
9. Behind the scenes at the veterinary hospital, National Aviary: Jan. 26
Kids love learning about animals. This virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aviary’s Teaching Hospital adds another dimension to animal care. Dr. Pilar Fish, senior director of zoological advancement and avian medicine, leads the tour. Kids will see how Aviary vets take X-rays, apply bandages and give treatments to resident birds. Specialized care includes designing natural habitats where birds will thrive. Registration for the Zoom tour is $15.
10. Laurie Halse Anderson, Words & Pictures: Jan. 28
Best-selling YA writer Laurie Halse Anderson is the latest entry in the Words & Pictures series presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Her novel “Chains” tells the tale of a 13-year-old slave during the Revolutionary War, while “Speak” is about a high school freshman who becomes isolated after a sexual assault. Halse Anderson’s latest work is a memoir in verse based on her own assault as a young teen and a call to action to the #MeToo movement. Heavy stuff, indeed, but beautifully written with a readily accessible lesson about using your voice to reclaim your power. Registration is free for this virtual speaking engagement.
11. Super Science Saturday: Taking Flight, Carnegie Museum of Natural History: Jan 30
January’s Super Science Saturday at Carnegie Museum of Natural History spotlights the history of flight in nature. Kids will learn how creatures great and small utilize the wind and air for transportation. Kids will explore flight in birds, bugs and even prehistoric beasts like pterosaurs. Super Science Saturday is free with general admission timed tickets.