6. Munchkin Mondays at Carnegie Science Center: September 10, 17 & 24
Got a case of the Mondays? The Carnegie Science Center has the cure! Munchkin Mondays, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10, 17 and 24, gets little learners aged 2 to 6 engaged in science concepts through hands-on activities, including storytimes, make-and-takes and planetarium and live demo shows designed just for preschoolers. The program is free with Science Center admission.
7. Kites Take Flight for Childhood Cancer at Montour High School: September 22
Go fly a kite to raise awareness about childhood cancer at this free event. Emceed by WPXI-TV’s Cara Sapida and KDKA-TV’s Meghan Schiller, the day starts at 2 p.m. with the release of 200 balloons, signifying the number of new patients diagnosed with cancer at UPMC Children’s Hospital each year. Bring your own kite or buy one for $5 and decorate it on-site (your design could win a prize)! There will be music, food trucks, hands-on science experiments with Covestro and Snapology activities. And some of Pittsburgh’s favorite mascots will be in attendance.
8. Penn’s Colony in Saxonburg: September 22, 23, 29 & 30
In the 1750s, way before iPads kept kids entertained, little patriots played with hoops and sticks, took pony rides and participated in potato sack races and tug of war. Experience colonial livin’ at Penn’s Colony, which is held the last two weekends in September. There will also be art projects such as leaf rubbing, singalongs, parades, a craftsmen’s village, re-enactors and hands-on demonstrations that connect today’s kids to our region’s past.
9. Family Cider House Tour at Threadbare Ciderhouse & Meadery: Every Saturday
Threadbare Ciderhouse & Meadery owes a debt of gratitude to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, the tin cap-wearing guy who introduced apple trees to the area. The business honors this American icon each Saturday with hourlong, kid-friendly tours of the facility at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will learn about Johnny’s favorite fruit through interactive games while their parents sip cocktails and hard cider. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but pizza nourishes the soul … so a small sourdough pie is included with each kid’s ticket!
10. Family FunFest at Station Square: third Sunday of every month
The third Sunday of each month is Sunday Funday at Station Square. The Freight House Shops will host free activities sponsored by Kidsburgh, Cakery Square, Face Paint Pittsburgh and Fairytale Princess Visits. Perhaps a photo op with Elsa and the “Frozen” gang will get you ready for the next Pittsburgh winter.