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August Fun in Pittsburgh for Kids

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I think it’s fair to say that Pittsburgh has stolen a piece of my heart.  It is an incredible city for families and offers countless age-appropriate activities for kids. 

Ever since our kids were teeny, we’ve been trapsing them around the city.  It is hard to keep me in my house;  mostly because I am a better mom when I am on the go.  Taking them places allows me to be present with them and fully engaged in learning and exploring (as opposed to manic scrubbing and endless cleaning.) 

Since school is just around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to research some last summer outings we can take.  If you’re a Pittsburgher, I hope you find the compilation helpful.  Have a great rest of the summer! 

AUGUST EVENTS IN PITTSBURGH FOR KIDS

Animalopolis is a daily Omnimax show at the Carnegie Science Museum for kids 8 and under.  You’ve got a lion belting out opera tunes and dancing bears featured in a whimsical journey into the animal kingdom.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids. 

Dora’s Pirate Adventure LIVE!  Dora and her friends engage an early childhood crowd with an interactive theatrical performance at the Children’s Museum.  Shows are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 and 4:30 thru September 4th.  Tickets are $12 for members and $20 for nonmembers.  Children are also welcome to explore the set during off hours and participate in a Pirate sing-a-long Monday thru Thursday at 11:00 am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm and Friday and Saturday at 11:00 am and 12:45 pm. 

Kindergarten!…Here I Come! is a FREE kindergarten readiness program held on Saturday, August 13th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. It is geared toward upcoming kindergarten students and their parents, with the intention of ensuring a healthy transition into school.  This year’s children will take home “Class of 2024” t-shirts, kindergarten story books, and keepsake crafts.  Children will be exploring a schoolbus, participating in a radio broadcast, receiving free screenings, and enjoying live performances.  Admission is free for children entering kindergarten and one parent. 

Kids Day at PNC Park:  Every Sunday Pirates home game is a Kids Day.  Explore a Fun Zone on Federal Street from 11:00 to 1:00, grab a kid-friendly gift at the gates, and hang out after the game to run the bases. 

Kids’ Zoofari:  Head to the Pittsburgh Zoo between August 13th – August 26th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for kid-friendly activities.  Watch sea lion training demonstrations, touch stingrays, and ask the experts questions about your favorite animals.  All activities are free with general admission.  Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for kids.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre:  The company offers a FREE ballet performance entitled “Ballet Under the Stars” on Thursday, August 18th from 7:30-9:00 at Hartwood Acres Amphitheatre, as a part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series.  Come at 5:00 for FREE activities for kids such as crafts, balloon sculptures, ballerina meet and greets, a ballerina dress up booth, etc. 

What do you and your family have planned for August? 

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