When Ahlin was quarantined in Pittsburgh during Covid, she spent the extra time weaving a lacy coronavirus into her sculpture. See if you can spot it.

No shoes are allowed, so be sure to bring a pair of socks for each adventurer. Space is limited. Check on availability when you arrive. You can join a waitlist to save a space for your kids.

Photo by Sally Quinn.

5. Face Value

The new Face Value exhibit looks at portraiture with a regional focus. Pittsburgh-area artists were invited to contribute portrait pieces, creating a rich display of styles and techniques. Look for several portraits by Andy Warhol, including “The Witch,” in which Margaret Hamilton posed as her character from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Hands-on activities include a selfie station and a silhouette lighting space where kids can trace a profile from the shadow. Other portrait sketching techniques are explored as well.

Photo by Sally Quinn.

6. Your membership

All membership accounts that were active on March 14, 2020, will resume on June 12. A new feature is a digital membership card for every cardholder on your account. The digital card is available through a free eMembership Card app from the Apple App Store or Android App Store. Learn about the benefits of membership and the available levels here.

7. The museum café

No food service will be available at this time, but you can pack a lunch to eat in the museum café, where tables accommodate social distancing. Or take your snack outside to the tables and benches in Buhl Community Park. Only bottled water is allowed in the exhibit areas. None of the water fountains are operating, but you can refill water bottles at filling stations.

8. Covid safety

As part of new Covid safety protocols, all visitors will pause for a temperature check before entering the museum. If anyone in your group registers 100.4 degrees or higher, the group will be denied entrance. Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older. A touchless admissions system has been installed in the lobby, where ticket purchase receipts and electronic admission cards can be scanned. You’ll also find touchless hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.

9. Free stuff – all the time

Every day of the week, families can experience interactive exhibits at the museums’ outdoor campus.

Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The “Cryptid Critter Crawl,” created by Pittsburgh artist Owen Lowery, explores legendary creatures. The eight interactive installations include each cryptid’s backstory, geographic origin, legend and a fun fact. Pick up a map or get the complete guide on the mobile website, which includes audio tales, a map and supplemental materials like coloring pages.

Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Kids can literally immerse themselves in larger-than-life-size, 3-D sculptures of Los Trompos, which translates to “the spinning tops.” Construction is made from bright, colorful fabric, woven by Mexican artisans who follow a traditional pattern. The interaction of the sculptures and viewers makes the art experience complete, say artists Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Kids can spin the giant tops and jump aboard for a dizzy ride. Los Trompos, on loan from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, are located in front of the Children’s Museum.

Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Kids love running through and around the refreshing mist of “Cloud Arbor,” built by sculptor Ned Kahn. The small forest of 64 shining poles reaches 32 feet in the air. Prepare for squeals when a mist begins to seep from the top of the poles. The fine spray continues to form a cloud-like fog, which shifts and evolves as the breeze moves it. When the nozzles atop the poles stop sending out the mist, the cloud evaporates into the air. All that’s left are screaming, whooping kids, who run and skip awaiting the next cloud’s appearance.