Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat

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April programming is overflowing with family-focused events for all ages, from tiny tykes to sophisticated teens. Outdoor adventures, stage shows and hands-on ingenuity are all part of the lineup.

1. April 2 and 3: “Pete the Cat,” Byham Theater

He’s one groovy blue cat who runs into trouble when he’s caught rocking out after bedtime. Pete the Cat is sent to live with the prim and proper Biddle family to learn a lesson. Armed with his guitar, he soon has the whole family rocking. The live stage show is based on the popular “Pete the Cat” books by James Dean and Amazon Prime TV series. Recommended for cool kids ages 3 and older. Tickets are $12.

On April 2, explore the wooded area of Point State Park to learn about birds and their songs. Photo by Aaron J. Hill.

2. April 2 and 3: DiscoverE programs at Point State Park

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, guided DiscoverE programs include two sessions in Point State Park. Bashful Birds on April 2 will explore the wooded area of the park to learn about birds and their songs. On April 3, Pennsylvania animals will be the focus of Animal Tracks and Signs. The hourlong DiscoverE events are best for kids ages 4-8 and their parents. Register for these free outings via email to

“CoComelon Live!” stage show is based on the TV series. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

3. April 4: “CoComelon Live! JJ’s Adventure,” Benedum Center

Baby JJ and his family live in the town of CoComelon, where they are putting on a show. JJ is struggling to write his own song but learns he can do great things with the help of his friends and family. The preschool set will have a blast at the exuberant “CoComelon Live!” stage show that’s based on the TV series. The interactive experience includes more than 20 songs and special effects. Tickets start at $49.75.

Kids and adults can try to escape the USS Requin. Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center.

4. April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30: Escape USS Requin, Carnegie Science Center

This must be one of the coolest escape rooms around. Escape USS Requin challenges participants to solve a series of games and puzzles to be released from the World War II submarine. In addition to keen detective skills, players will call upon USS Requin’s history, submarine science and general naval principles. Recommended for ages 12 to adult. Advance tickets, priced at $29, are required.

Photo courtesy of Kennywood.

5. April 17: Opening Day, Kennywood Park

Kennywood’s open! Or will be soon — on April 17, to be exact. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Kennywood Park has been working on beautifying improvements and service upgrades that will enhance your family’s visit. The Old Mill, in operation since 1901, sports a new facade. Color-changing lights line the midway. Best of all, the beloved Kangaroo returns on May 28 with modernizations. Kennywood will be open weekends from April 17 to May 22 for the Swing into Spring festival that promises lots of surprises.

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Sally Quinn

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