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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.