8. STEMtacular, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania: April 10, 13, 20, 27
April is the last month to take advantage of United Way’s free Be STEMtacular Summit, in operation since mid-January. The hands-on STEM activities excite kids in grades 5-12 who love gizmos, gadgetry and design. With the remaining sessions, kids will make a pom-pom launcher while investigating kinetic energy, take a master class in social media photography, plus record and edit videos. The final program focuses on finding your brand to build your following. Register here to save your virtual seat and receive the Zoom link.
9. Go Ape! reopening, North Park: April 17
Kids who relish physical challenges and high-flying adventures will be thrilled to learn that Go Ape! opens for the season on April 17. This forest canopy course takes adventurers through 39 obstacles, including tree-to-tree crossings, Tarzan swings and zip lines, the longest of which is a screaming 440 feet. Some of the platform elements allow you to choose between easy, advanced or expert levels, which can add more competition among siblings. Minimum age and height requirements are 10 years and 55 inches tall. New this year is a separate Axe Throwing feature. Covid rules include staying one gorilla (6 feet) apart, full-fingered gloves, cashless payments and wearing masks during check-in. Book your treetop adventure here.
10. Celebrate World Book Day with Jasmine Cho, Kidsburgh: April 23
We’ve had great fun following Kidsburgh and Remake Learning Days’ Cookie Table series with the remarkable Jasmine Cho. The programming continues April 23 with a session that celebrates World Book Day. The virtual session includes a reading of the much-loved book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” In the cooking class portion, Cho will share instructions on baking chocolate chip cookies three different ways: Thin and crispy, chewy, and soft and puffy. Once signed up, participants will receive the recipes along with the Zoom link. Registration is free.