9 events for kids this weekend in Pittsburgh, from Hip Hop Camp and dinosaurs to Super Science Saturday and much more
Pittsburgh region families, you have a ton of options if you’re looking for fun stuff to do: Among the cool events for kids this weekend in Pittsburgh, you’ve got music and mural-making, snowshoeing and maple sugaring, screenings and stage shows, and even Super Science Saturday. Check out what’s on tap:
Friday, Feb. 11: Jurassic Quest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Reptile mania will sweep the Burgh again — but this time, North America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event is in-person. Trek through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to encounter 100 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that were replicated with painstaking accuracy. The three-day jaw-dropping fun includes science activities, themed rides and dinosaur shows. Buy tickets.
Friday, Feb. 11 (3 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 12 (2 p.m.): “John Lewis: Good Trouble” screening, Tull Family Theater, Sewickley
In partnership with Magnolia Pictures and with support from the Sewickley Valley Community Fund, the Tull Family Theater is hosting free community screenings of the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” in celebration of Black History Month. Reserve your tickets for Friday or Saturday afternoon here.
Saturday, Feb. 12: Intro to Snowshoeing at Boyce Park, 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Allegheny County offers free Intro to Snowshoeing sessions for ages 5 and older on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, 18 and 23. Park rangers will teach the beginner course at Boyce Park. With the snowmaking equipment, there are no worries about a not-so-snowy forecast. Registration is free but required. Watch for additional classes and outings to be posted on the county website.
Saturday, Feb. 12: Get Started with Backyard Maple Sugaring, Jennings Environmental Education Center, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Curious about tapping your backyard trees? Enquiring minds can head to Jennings Environmental Education Center on Feb. 12 to learn how to get started. The session will cover finding appropriate trees, tapping, collecting and evaporating maple sap. Observation and hands-on instruction on the sugar processing steps will take place outdoors. Some equipment will be available for purchase in the Jennings Nature Shop. This program is designed for ages 16 to adult. Registration is free but required. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 7. Register online or call 724-794-6011.
Saturday, Feb. 12: Super Science Saturday-We Love Nature, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Forget Valentine’s Day. Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes families to celebrate Palentine’s Day. The fun is part of this month’s Super Science Saturday event, which explores the connections between creatures that help each other as pals of sorts. Consider the birds that clean the teeth of crocodiles and the ants that care for aphids. Activities are free with museum general admission. No registration is required, but advance tickets are suggested.
Saturday, Feb. 12 (continuing Feb. 26): Hip Hop Camp: Go DJ Sessions, August Wilson African American Cultural Center (virtual), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Under the guidance of educator Lex Gonzales, kids ages 10-18 will learn DJ basics using Serato DJ software. The two sessions will cover skills like beat matching, mixing, sampling and creating song collection “crates.” Both sessions will be presented on Zoom, followed by a virtual concert on March 5. Registration is free and includes a swag bag, but class size is limited. Use promo code GODJ22 to ensure free registration.
Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13: Mural Mashup Weekend at MuseumLab, 12:00 pm – 5 p.m.
Two artists — Irene Sparks on Saturday and Alison Zapata on Sunday — will come together to create a mural piece based on their unique art styles. The piece will be a community collaborative piece and will be on display in the museum after completion. This is a drop-in-style workshop, where visitors can come and go at their leisure. No reservation necessary. Workshops are $5 each and include MuseumLab admission.
Saturday, Feb. 12: “Blippi The Musical” at the Benedum Center, 6 p.m.
Stevin John’s exuberant and lovable character Blippi jumps off the screen and onto the stage via this show featuring innovative production, audience engagement and catchy music. Sporting his signature blue and orange garb, Blippi will have kiddos singing and dancing along while learning about the world around them. Buy tickets.
Saturday, Feb. 12: Cirque Mechanics in Birdhouse Factory at the Byham Theater
Cirque Mechanics cites inspiration from the style of Diego Rivera, the fascinating intricacy of Rube Goldberg creations and Charlie Chaplin’s slapstick humor. With that crazy mix of influences, the company’s Birdhouse Factory tour brings a stylized comedic circus performance with surprising effects: A contortionist performs atop a turntable that’s powered by unicyclists and a trapeze artist is controlled by an acrobat inside a giant gear. The EQT Bridge Theater Series show is recommended for ages 6 and older. Tickets are $12.
Looking for more events for kids this weekend in Pittsburgh and cool things to do? Check out our guide to watching the Olympics with your kids, our lineup of the best places in town for breakfast and brunch, our February events guide, our guide to outdoor fun in the region and our winter entertainment guide!