Photo courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.
Photo courtesy of Humane Animal Rescue.

 8. PJs, Paws & Popcorn: Holiday Edition at Humane Animal Rescue: Dec. 13

If you need to run out and find that perfect gift but your kids just want to sit and chill, drop them off at Humane Animal Rescue. The shelter’s East End Animal Resource Center is hosting a pajama party from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Children ages 4 to 14 can meet a touchable critter, chow down on pizza and popcorn and watch a family-friendly flick. Bring PJs, a sleeping bag and a pillow and the staff will provide the rest. Tickets are $25 per child ($10 for each additional sibling).

Photo courtesy of The Frick.

9. Cool Yule: A Family Fun Day at The Frick: Dec. 14

Take the entire family to The Frick for holiday art-making and interactive tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recording artist and songwriter Antolena will perform seasonal tunes in the Grable Visitor Center from noon to 2 p.m., as you craft ornaments and gift tags for your loved ones. Add a bit of education to your visit, by going on a family tour of Clayton. Offered at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., the tours are free to kids 16 and under.

Photo courtesy of TRYPO.

10. TRYPO winter concerts at Duquesne University and Carnegie Music Hall: Dec. 14 and 15

Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra’s (TRYPO) winter concerts are all about “Finding Your Element.” Approximately 170 young musicians will perform in four different ensembles that explore earth, air, fire and water. A small wind symphony and percussion ensemble will play works from living female composers on Dec. 14 at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. The primary concert will be held Dec. 15 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The event includes a string orchestra, wind symphony and a full symphonic orchestra. Tickets for the Dec. 15 concert are free, but are required for entry and can be reserved at online.

11. Frozen Party at Fun Slides Park: Dec. 21

Hey, did you hear? Disney’s “Frozen II” is in theaters. To celebrate the return of Elsa and Anna, Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Center in Ross Township is joining forces with Magic Wand Princess Parties for an icy bash from 2 to 4 p.m. Dance and sing along to the movie’s musical numbers in a faux-snow wonderland. Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite character (who just might be in attendance). Admission is $16.99 and includes skate rentals and extra activities. Parents and guardians get in free.

Photo by Jason Cohn.

12. New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Phipps: Dec. 31

If winter weather dulls your holiday spirit, celebrate the new year in a tropical environment. Phipps in Oakland is hosting an early bird bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which is free with paid admission to the conservatory, features live music from the Tropical Sands Steel Drum Band, face painting, crafts, games and a pot-a-plant activity station.

13. Highmark First Night 2020 in the Cultural District: Dec. 31

Ring in a new decade with a Pittsburgh tradition. Downtown’s 14-block Cultural District will be bustling with art-focused activities from 6 p.m. to midnight. Buy an admission button for $10 each (kids 5 and under are free) and experience live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy and hands-on activities for the entire family. If the little ones can power through past their bedtime, the evening culminates in a Zambelli Fireworks display.

Honorable Mentions:

Dec. 1: Kid + Me Holiday Ornament Decorating at Artissima Studio 

Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa at the O’Reilly Theater

Dec. 27: WWE Live Holiday Tour

We made this list. Have you checked it twice and still need more fun things to do? Check out these December events!

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.