12 fun family activities around Pittsburgh this weekend, including a full-moon hike and an Eggstravaganza

Photo above courtesy of the National Aviary.

With just one weekend until Easter, the region is “hopping” with lots of bunny-themed fun. But if that’s not your thing, don’t worry — there’s never a shortage of things to do in Kidsburgh.

From free music classes to a full moon hike, check out this great list before making your weekend plans. (And check out the Fish Fry Map to catch the final Friday night dinners!)

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: DaVinci Workshop and Cafe March Promotion, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With their March promotion, it’s a great time to check out the new DaVinci Workshop and Cafe, where kids can explore art and steam activities. For this promotion, families get a discount on the cost of using this creative space that doubles as a coffee shop. On Sunday, they will also be hosting a celebration of spring. Learn more about their programs right here.

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: Bunny Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This special bunny meet-and-greet includes a scavenger hunt and other activities. The Trolley Museum is excited to show off their new space. In addition to springtime activities, kids can ride a trolley and look at the many historical trains and trollies. Tickets are $22 for grownups, $21 for seniors, $17 for ages 3-18, free for those younger than 3.

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

Saturday, March 23: “Moana” Singalong at the Kamin (formerly Carnegie) Science Center, 10 a.m.

Have a budding musical star in your family? This is the perfect event for you. Guests will sing along with Moana and Maui while watching the film on the Giant Screen. “Moana” themed costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $12.

Saturday, March 23: Opening of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Gemini Children’s Theater, various times

The Gemini Children’s Theater encourages audience interaction and welcomes wiggly little ones to experience theater in a welcoming environment. This twist on the classic fairy tale is a fun immersive experience for kids from ages 2 and older. Tickets are $12, $5 for ages 3 and younger. This show runs through April 7.

Saturday March 23 and Sunday, March 24: Easter Egg Hunt at Simmons Farm, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Easter Egg Hunt includes a farm-related craft, a chance to decorate your Easter egg gathering bag, a collection of 12 eggs to be exchanged for prizes, flower pot decorating and planting, a coloring craft, ducky races and the petting zoo. Admission for kids is $17.75, free for grownups.

Photo courtesy of Simmons Farm.

Saturday, March 23: Be My Neighbor Day events, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since 2014, WQED Multimedia has worked with community partners in the Pittsburgh area to celebrate neighborliness and kindness through Be My Neighbor Day. This year, the fun happens in Canonsburg, where free family events include a walking history of Canonsburg leading to four different activity hubs. You’ll find presentations, Daniel Tiger-themed activities (and a visit from Daniel himself), music, food and the opportunity to contribute a page to a family journal that helps you identify and document your own family traditions. Families can also help create a piece of community art which will be dedicated and displayed at the Canonsburg Senior Center, and decorate cookies to share with local first responders. Details here.

be my neighbor day
Be My Neighbor Day photo by Renee Rosensteel courtesy of WQED.

Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24: Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While there’s eggs year round at the aviary, it’s a particularly fun place to be this weekend (and next weekend – this event occurs March 29 and 30 also). Enjoy a day filled with an egg-themed scavenger hunt, story time and crafting. These activities are included with admission.

Saturday, March 23: CLP Allegheny Open House, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Check out all the big changes to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (including more evening hours!) at this family-friendly free event. There will be light refreshments and activities. If you haven’t been to the Allegheny location of the CLP yet, they’ve got an amazing children’s area. Find all of the details here.

Sunday, March 24: Natural Egg Dyeing at Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

At this free family event, come on out to learn how plants can make natural dyes and decorate your own eggs. It’s also a great chance to explore the gardens and see what spring has in store. This event is free, but registration is required.

Sunday, March 24: Buds, Barks and Branches, Raccoon Creek State Park, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s state parks have many free ranger programs for families. If you haven’t checked out the nature center or other programs at Raccoon Creek State Park, this is the perfect chance. Join a park educator on a one-mile hike, and learn some tricks and tips to identify leafless trees by buds, barks, and branches. This event is free but registration is strongly suggested.

Sunday, March 24: Free Childcare for Pittsburgh Opera’s “La Traviata.” 2 p.m.

For this special matinee performance, the Pittsburgh Opera will provide childcare for ages 2 and older. There are limited spots and registration is required for this childcare, which will take place in the Benedum’s multipurpose room. Register here.

Sunday, March 24: Full Worm Moon Hike at Schenley Park, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Native Americans dubbed this final full moon of winter the Worm Moon, inspired by the trails left by worms in the freshly thawed ground. The hike covers about three miles of uneven terrain. Tickets are $15.

If you’re looking for even more fun for little ones, check out our big spring guide and sign up for our free, twice-weekly newsletter so you never miss a thing!