Other outdoor stuff
18. Dog sledding: You missed the Iditarod, but your family can have a chance at playing a musher without traveling to the Great White North. Dog sledding at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort offers a rare opportunity for the entire family. The minimum weight for kids is 45 pounds. The experience consists of a kennel tour when you meet the dog sled team, followed by an exhilarating 30-minute ride led by Alaskan Husky sled dogs. Can you holler “mush?”
19. Hearts in the Park: Take the family out to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The outdoor, socially distanced Hearts in the Park revelry takes place in front of the museum from 4 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13. Expect kid-friendly activities and exhibits that spread joy, creativity and kindness. You can add a personal message to the evening’s video projection by sharing a line on social media tagged with #heartsinthepark. The event is free, with no registration required.
20. Geocaching: Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a special edition of Venture Outdoors’ geocaching session. The competition heads to Frick Park, where participants will find hidden cache containers and learn about celebrated women in sports along the way. Registration, which includes GPS unit rental, is $5 for kids, $8 for grownups or $20 per family.
21. Backpack Lending Program: We got to know the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Backpack Lending Program last summer. Stuffed with materials to explore meadows, streams and forests, the supplies enhanced park outings. A winter-themed backpack helps families explore nature in cold weather, with items like hand warmers, an animal track pamphlet, hot cocoa packets and binoculars. Reservations are $10 and must be made one week in advance. Pick up backpacks at Frick Park.
22. Mini-golf: Between cold weather and Covid rules, mini-golf at the RMU Island Sports Complex looks a little different but remains insanely competitive between siblings. The waterfall is turned off and the water features are empty, making it that much easier to retrieve a runaway ball. Bring your own putter if you have one, or borrow a sanitized golf club. During the off-season, mini-golf play is $5.
23. Zumba in the Park: This high-energy Venture Outdoors class on Feb. 21 will get your heart thumping in time to the music. Zumba in the Park with Kemah is free, but donations are welcome. Once registered, the location will be provided. Kids can participate in the class or have their fun at a nearby playground. Sign up here.