Kennywood's open (online). Photo by Kristy Locklin.

How are you holding up, Pittsburgh parents?

We know it’s not easy. But we’d like to give you a hand, with some local online videos, resources and ideas to help power you through the quarantine with kids.

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield is distributing free mosaic kits on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. Each bag will include instructions for creating your own mosaic at home and up to two pounds of assorted glass to get started. We encourage you to use your imagination and reuse something from your home like a flower pot, piece of wood or even a yogurt cup to mosaic. Kits will be available the center’s front porch, 5472 Penn Ave., on a first come, first served basis until it is gone. Please follow social distancing practices and only touch the bags you plan to take and do not open the bags onsite.

Arcade Comedy Theater
On Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m., Arcade Comedy Theater is presenting their first online show, Penny Arcade Online. Kids can take part by sending in video questions to Penny’s three-headed genius, dubbed the Question Monster. Why is the sky blue? Where does spaghetti come from? How do roosters know what time it is? Parents can record their child’s thoughtful inquiries and email their video to the expert. It might even be included in the live streaming show.

Screenshot of a virtual ride on Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit.
Screenshot of a virtual ride on Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit.

While you currently can’t take a ride on the Jack Rabbit — which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year — you can experience that famous double dip online. Kennywood offers 360-degree videos online that provide all of the fun and thrills from a rider’s point of view. The park’s Fun At Home page also features a word search, coloring activities and social media bingo games. You can even design your own mascot to keep Kenny Kangaroo company under quarantine.

Steeltown Entertainment Project’s Reel Teens
Steeltown Entertainment Project, an organization that supports film and digital media arts in Pittsburgh, is giving high school students a creative outlet through its Reel Teens program. Before the quarantine, participants recreated BTS’s high-energy music video for “Icon.” Watch it here!

National Aviary

While the North Side facility cares for its flock, you can visit some feathered friends (and sloths!) online and learn a thing or two in the process. Each week, the National Aviary posts at-home educational content, giving kids a chance to interact with experts and take a peek behind the scenes. Support the birds by making a donation, which will go toward food, veterinary supplies and essential staff.

Screenshot of a college mascot Zoom meeting.

Mascot meet-up
School’s out and, just like the rest of us, college mascots are bored. To add some cheer to people’s lives, a bunch of the colorful characters — including ROC the Panther – came together for an uplifting video. Daniel Waffenfeld, a graduate student at Montclair State University, helped organize the Zoom meeting. During this crisis, we’re all on the same team.

Carnegie Science Center
Each day at 8 a.m., the Science Center suggests different things to read, watch and do with your kids as you practice social distancing. Follow the daily roundup on their social media pages.

Assemble Pittsburgh
Assemble, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering learning and creativity, now offers free, digital versions of its after-school meet-up groups. You just need to register to participate. Sign up for Virtual Assemble here.

Mister Rogers’ hometown station has a bunch of online resources to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Get tips on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus, watch science-themed documentaries and go on virtual field trips. You can practice social distancing while visiting the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Scene75, an entertainment complex in Edgewood Towne Center, is posting daily QuaranSCENE challenges at 11 a.m. through April 29, giving folks a chance to win prizes from the comfort of their own homes. Answer the challenge in the comments section before 3 p.m. the day the video is posted, and if you’re correct, you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Scene75 game card. On April 30, all of the daily winners will be entered into a drawing to score a $100 game card. Participants must be 18 or older to win. All videos were recorded before the state closure of all non-essential businesses.

Creative Connections 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Arts Education Department has a new initiative called Creative Connections. These new virtual education tools are designed for learners of all ages. Each video lesson is only a few minutes long and uses materials that can be found around the house. Kids can practice visual arts, movement, music and more.

Ice Cream Social (Distancing)
I scream, you scream, we all scream because we’re stuck inside the house! Add a little sweetness to your quarantine by having an ice cream sundae. Many local businesses offer walk-up ordering, curbside pickup and/or delivery, including the following:

Sweet Mary’s, 500 Perry Hwy., West View
Page Dairy Mart, 4112 E. Carson St., South Side 
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, 3803 Butler St., Lawrenceville 
Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor, 2801 Penn Ave., Strip District 
Sugar & Spice Ice Cream Parlor, 5200 Clairton Blvd., Baldwin 
Emmerling Ice Cream, 932 Route 910, Cheswick 
Mercurio’s, 5532 Walnut St., Shadyside and 1335 Freeport Rd., O’Hara Township 
Sugar Spell Scoops, 1014 N. Canal St., Sharpsburg 

For more virtual events, go here.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.