7. May 14: Super Science Saturday, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

If it’s stinky, icky and messy — and prompts a general “ewww!” — you can bet that kids are going to love it. In this month’s Super Science Saturday theme, Poop, Guts and Butts, kids will learn how scientists analyze dung to determine animal health. They’ll pick up wildlife tracking skills through the science of scat identification. As we know from the fave children’s book, “Everyone Poops,” this playful session gets to the bottom of the subject, so to speak. All activities are free with general admission.

A detail of Kirsten Ervins’ community needle punch project. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Craft.

8. May 14: Family Day, Contemporary Craft

Contemporary Craft invites families to a hands-on day of crafting and learning. Artist demonstrations give kids a look at a copper project and woodturning. They can give jewelry making a shot, try weaving on a loom and contribute to a community needle punch project. Admission is free and includes a preview of the Fiberart International 2022 exhibition before its official opening in June.

Switzerland’s Compagnia Baccalà brings its hilarious “Pss Pss” to Pittsburgh. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

9. May 14-15: EQT Children’s Theater Festival, Downtown

We’re so excited that our favorite family festival returns in person this year. The EQT Children’s Theater Festival presents seven shows from around the world that are aimed at kids from toddlers to tweens. Jay and Will Grimmz bring their hip-hop, story dance to “Grimmz Fairytales” for ages 6 and older. Acrobatics and humor are at the heart of “Pss Pss” for ages 8 and older. Babies from 6 to 18 months will be entertained while exploring at “Flutter.” Tickets are $12 per show, with discounts for multiple shows. Beyond the paid stage performances, the festival offers a wealth of free entertainment and activities throughout the Cultural District. The experience is one your kids will love.

Image courtesy of Little Lake Theater Company.

10. May 19-29: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” Little Lake Theatre Company

Simon Stephens’ play, based on Mark Haddons’ acclaimed novel, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015. The crime story of sorts follows 15-year-old Christopher, who’s brilliant at math but has trouble relating to people and interpreting everyday life. When he finds his neighbor’s dog speared with a pitchfork, he sets out to solve the murder. This fascinating Little Lake Theatre production is best for ages 13 and older. Tickets are $15 for kids, $25 for ages 16 and older.

Bonus events:

May 1: Opening Day, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

May 4: Early Childhood Activity Morning, National Aviary

May 6-22: Drive-in Movies, Boyce Park and Settlers Cabin Park

May 7, 11, 21, 25: Young Artists in the Garden, Pittsburgh Botanical Garden

May 8: Mother’s Day Celebration, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

May 15: Meet the Millers, Oliver Miller Homestead

May 15: Trolls & Pup Patrol Cruise, Gateway Clipper

May 17: Baby Shark Live, Palace Theatre

May 20: Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World opening, Carnegie Science Center

May 26: Rita Williams Garcia, Carnegie Lecture Hall