10 things to do this Presidents’ Day weekend, from theater and a car show to Mardi Gras fun

Above photo courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

It’s a long weekend here in the ‘Burgh, and it’s predicted to be a snowy one. There are several local spots to hit the slopes, but there are also so many great indoor activities happening around the region. Don’t miss our Black History Month events guide and c heck out this weekend’s guide before making any plans:

Thursday Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 18: “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.,” Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Disney Channel’s smash hit musical phenomenon features popular songs like “We’re All In This Together,” “Bop to the Top” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.” Get tickets here.

Friday, Feb. 16 – Monday, Feb. 19: Pittsburgh Auto Show

With races, demonstrations, fancy cars, balloon creations, superheroes and face painting, this event is perfect for families. Tickets begin at $7 for kids, and kids under 6 are free. Monday is half priced. Find all of the details here.

Saturday, Feb. 17: CMU Architecture Camp, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This weekend is the first in a series of six Saturday workshops for kids in grades K-12 with an interest in architecture, drawing, and AI art. Students are required to attend five of the six sessions, and the cost is $170. Register here.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Ballroom for Kids with Los Sabrosos, 9 a.m.

This introductory course covering a variety of ballroom styles. Styles include hustle, salsa, waltz, swing, jitterbug, foxtrot, and more. Classes are designed to help participants explore ballroom music and technique. No partner is required, and kids will switch partners in class. Register here.

Courtesy of Los Sabrosos.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Latodami Family Hike at North Park, 10 a.m. 

Enjoy a family-friendly hike of up to one mile and learn which critters are falling head-over-paws in love in February. Best for elementary-age kids. Registration is free.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Bluebird Day at Powdermill Nature Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the staff from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History at Powdermill to celebrate the Eastern Bluebird! Learn about this colorful bird from a local expert and build bluebird boxes to help boost the local population. Get tips on gardening to attract bluebirds to your yard and join a guided hike on the Powdermill trails. This event features crafts and activities for kids and is open to all ages. Register here.

Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Teen Time at CLP East Liberty, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

If you’re into hands-on projects, epic games, music, books and just chilling out, join the librarians at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty location for an hour of free hang time for kids in grades 6-12. Find more info here.

Saturday, Feb. 17: North Hills Mardi Gras, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come to North Hills High School’s 59th annual Mardi Gras featuring the North Hills High School and North Hills Middle School jazz bands. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with performance to begin at 6 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be a full concession stand and a large selection of pies. Admission is $5 for kids and $7 for adults. Kids under 5 are free. Find all the details here.

Saturday, Feb. 17: “Song of the North,” Byham Theater, 7 p.m. 

This large-scale, cinematic performance combines the manual art of shadow puppetry with projected animation. The epic love story employs a cast of 500 handmade puppets and an ensemble of nine actors and puppeteers. Part of the Bridge Theater Series. Tickets are $12.

Monday, Feb. 19: Scottie Story Time, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Children ages 2-5, with a caregiver, are welcome to join the staff at the Scott Township Public Library for a fun-filled story time. Come show your child the joy of reading by sharing in a few stories, rhymes and songs. Registration is required by Sunday at noon for Monday’s story time.

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