7. Storytime, Allegheny Commons and Schenley Plaza: Weekly, June 11 and 17
A weekly Storytime, geared to toddlers and the pre-K set, begins at 10:30 a.m. on June 11 in Schenley Plaza and at 10 a.m. on June 17 at the iron deer sculpture in Allegheny Commons Park. Bring a blanket or folding chair to get cozy and focus on a delightful story. The Schenley Plaza location includes a bonus ride on the PNC Carousel. No registration is needed for this series hosted by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and PA Distance Learning Charter School.
8. Reopening, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab: June 12
At last, at last! After more than a year, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab are reopening on June 12. While the buildings were quiet, museum staff spent time installing, refreshing and updating exhibits. New, long-awaited features include the world premiere of Emotions at Play with Pixar’s “Inside Out,” based on the award-winning animated film. We finally get a look at Gymlacium in the Stacks, an amazing climbing space made of knotted rope. The Kindness Gallery, inspired by Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger, offers cool ways to show kindness. The Children’s Museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays and the MulseumLab will operate Saturdays and Sundays. Both require advance tickets to control crowd size. Learn more about the new safety protocols here.
9. Kid’s Day, Schenley Plaza: June 13
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy welcomes families to Kid’s Day at Schenley Plaza for an afternoon of fun in the sun — or under the tent. Kids will love the balloon artist, hands-on craft activities and live performers. Moms and dads will love the price: It’s all free, including rides on the PNC Carousel. No registration is needed. Just stop by between noon and 5 p.m.
10. “Cinderella … If the Shoe Fits!,” South Park Theatre: June 14-23
South Park Theatre’s lineup of plays for kids returns with all the gleeful silliness we missed last summer. The season opens with the musical “Cinderella … If the Shoe Fits!” with morning and evening shows on the outdoor stage. Lawn seating is limited to 150 patrons, allowing for social distancing. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 (free for ages 3 and younger). For a special treat, order a boxed picnic dinner, available on Monday nights. Next up is “Pinocchio: No Strings Attached,” running June 28-July 7. Check out the complete season schedule here.
11. Atlatl Competition, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village: June 19
An atlatl (pronounced AT-lat-el) is a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters before high-tech arms like the bow and arrow were developed. Atlatls were carved from wood, bone or antlers and were used to increase a spear’s velocity and force to bring down big game like elk or deer. Kids can see the tool in action, learn the proper technique and try out the spear-thrower themselves at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village on June 19. The day includes watching some of the world’s best competitors during an Atlatl Competition. The atlatl activities are free with general admission. Buy your timed tickets here or take your chances at the Visitor Center.