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10 things to do around Pittsburgh this weekend, including egg hunts galore and a free circus lesson

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As April arrives in Pittsburgh, this weekend is jam-packed with egg hunts and egg-stravaganzas galore. Whether your family is celebrating Easter or the arrival of spring, there is no shortage of events to choose from. Don’t miss a free circus lesson, a drum circle, and a sonnet workshop! Check out some of the top things to do around Pittsburgh this weekend for families:

Friday, March 31: Make-It-Now event featuring Eggs and Flowers at Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5 p.m.

Create your choice of a sculpted glass egg paperweight in the hot shop, a 2-D fused egg in the kiln shop, a wearable piece of art in the flame shop or a functional sandblasted glass in the cold shop. Prices are $25-$45. This family activity is a great introduction to glass art. Register here.

Saturday, April 1: Pittsburgh Youth Action Climate Summit, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The third annual Pittsburgh Youth Climate Action Summit connects young people from around the region to discuss climate change. Connect with other youth leaders to grow climate action skills, build climate knowledge, and develop a plan that brings solutions to life in local communities. Designed by youth for youth, this free event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center event is open to anyone in grades 6-12 with an interest in creating meaningful environmental change. Registration can be found here.

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Saturday, April 1: Wongai to Africa! Drum Circle, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn the distinct rhythms from the West African Diaspora and participate in the joy with drums and other percussion instruments at this event by the Trust Arts Education Center. This event is best for families with kids ages 3 and older. Tickets are $10.

Saturday, April 1: Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative Summer Opportunity Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The folks from A+ Schools will be at Manchester Academic Charter School on Saturday to host this public Opportunity Fair featuring more than 30 local organizations. Get help signing kids up for open slots at summer camps, submit job applications for part-time, full-time and summer positions (and get help with clearance paperwork), while enjoying free lunch, games music and raffle baskets. Sign up here for free registration, and click here for more details.

Saturday, April 1: O’Ryan the O’mazing’s Spectacular Circus, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

At the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Brookline location, kids and adults of all ages can learn the basics of circus performance such as juggling, clowning, and plate spinning. This event is free, and more details can be found here.

Saturday, April 1: A Small Square Poem: Sonnet Workshop, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

This event through the Trust Arts Education Center is best for kids 14 and up as well as adults. Explore how sonnets have changed from the works of Shakespeare to Devon Glover’s hip-hop sonnets and write a sonnet of your own. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, April 1: Art Workshop with Cue Perry, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the Carnegie Library’s main location in Oakland, kids can learn the basics of color theory, drawing, and painting with local artist Cue Perry. This free event is best for kids in elementary school. More details can be found here.

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2:  Egg Hunts at Allegheny County Parks

What better place to hunt for eggs during springtime than at a county park? Choose a time and register for these free egg hunts on April 1 at Settlers Cabin Park, April 2 at Hartwood Acres. Though the event is free, egistration is required.

Photo courtesy of Allegheny County Parks and Recreation.

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2: Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary

Hop over to an egg-cellent time exploring the Aviary’s immersive habitats, searching for eggs on an egg-themed scavenger hunt, plus enjoy a story time and craft. All activities are included in aviary admission.

Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2: Bunny Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Have you been to the trolley museum? It offers year-round fun for kids who love trains and tracks, but is particularly fun in the springtime. Hop on over to meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy seasonal refreshments, crafts, a scavenger hunt and a visit with live bunnies. Tickets for this event are $15.

family events in Pittsburgh this weekend
Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2: Guided Hike – Fools in Nature, 1 p.m.

Celebrate April Fools’ Day by investigating how living things use deception to survive. This hike will be approximately two miles with moderate elevation changes. Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. The park ranger-led hike takes place on April 1 at Hartwood Acres and April 2 at Boyce Park. These events are free, but registration (register for Hartwood here and register for Boyce here) is required.

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