Image courtesy of Heinz History Center.

8. Oct. 13: The Slide Rule Phenom, Bertha Lamme, Heinz History Center

Another virtual episode of Hop into History welcomes early learners to discover special people and stories about Pittsburgh. On Oct. 13, the session puts a focus on Bertha Lamme, one of the first women engineers, and how she encouraged other women to work in science. Kids will explore her enthusiasm for electrical engineering, look at some of the tools she used and design a related project. Hop into History is best for kids ages 3 to 5 and their grownups. Registration is free but required.

Image courtesy of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

9. Oct 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29: Creatures of the Night, Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve, Succop Nature Park and Buffalo Creek Nature Park

Costumes are welcome at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s annual Creatures of Night series. Guides are dressed up, too, as larger-than-life nocturnal creatures. Human-sized fireflies direct visitors along trails, where you’ll meet a storytelling great horned owl, an acrobatic flying squirrel and a somewhat batty little brown bat. Choose your location, date and session time for these outdoor nature experiences. Registration is $10 (free for kids younger than 2).

Photo by Paul Selvaggio.

10. Oct. 16-24: ZooBoo, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

ZooBoo returns this year to the delight of kids who love Halloween without all the fright. The Pittsburgh Zoo hosts the daytime spooktacular with trick-or-treating, hands-on creepy crafts and not-too-spooky haunts. Join in the Halloween parade, costume contest and silly dances. Zoo animals put on a show with their special Halloween treats, too. ZooBoo activities and candy are included in general admission on weekends from Oct. 16-24.

Photo courtesy of The Frick Pittsburgh.

11. Oct 16: Let’s Move Family Fun Day, The Frick Pittsburgh

Make the most of fall weather with a day of free outdoor activities. Let’s Move Family Fun Day at The Frick Pittsburgh provides opportunities for kids to test their skills at croquet and badminton. They can also climb and crawl through a cool obstacle course or visit the art activity station to combine fine motor skills with physical dexterity. No registration is required.

Photo courtesy of the National Aviary.

12. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24: Owl-O-Ween and Owl Prowls, the National Aviary and area parks

Who-o-o’s the center of attention this month at the National Aviary? October weekends are for the birds, more specifically, for the owls, with cool indoor and outdoor events. At Owl-O-Ween, kids pick up a trick-or-treat bag and an owl-themed craft kit to take home and get to join a special owl meet-and-greet session — all included with admission. Head outdoors for twilight Owl Prowls with ornithologist Bob Mulvihill. The owl outings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on select dates through Nov. 13 at area parks. Kids and their grownups will look and listen for owls while learning about their habitats, behaviors and adaptations. Registration is $20. Recommended for ages 7 and older.

Image courtesy of the Gold Over America Tour.

13. Oct. 29: Gold Over America Tour starring Simone Biles, PPG Arena

Kids with gymnastic dreams will be in awe of the talent coming to PPG Arena with the Gold Over America Tour on Oct. 29. Superstar Simone Biles headlines the lineup of athletes who made their mark in the Olympic spotlight. Gold, silver and bronze medal-winning gymnasts include Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and MyKayla Skinner. Each gymnast will perform signature routines mixed with personal videos and career highlights in a show that’s described as “gymnastics-meets-pop-concert spectacular.” Tickets start at $25.25.

Bonus events:

Through Oct. 10: RADical Days, multiple locations

Through Oct. 30: Asian Lantern Festival, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Through Oct. 31: HallowBoo, Idlewood Park

Oct. 9: Happy Troll-O-Ween, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Oct. 16-17: Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival, Strip District

Oct 17: Children’s Harvest, Oliver Miller Homestead

Oct. 24: Kelly Yang, Words & Pictures

Oct 30: Gateway Clipper Halloween Cruise

For more things to do, read 12 October events not to miss in Pittsburgh