April showers bring family fun

After years of working with families, we’ve come to see that the best memories are made when you try something new as family. Now that the weather in Pittsburgh is finally out of the ice age, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore the city. There’s so much to do in Pittsburgh this April and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly events for kids of all ages!

Get ready to bust a funky move at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Let’s Move! Family Dance Party. There will be kid-friendly music, time out to do some hands-on art activities, and plenty of memories of “that one time Dad tried to dance and it was very embarrassing.” There’s also Pay What Makes You Happy pricing.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 11 am – 2 pm — Kelly Strayhorn Theater — Tickets required

April Showers Bring May Flowers! Don’t get caught in a Pittsburgh downpour without an umbrella. Hatch Art Studio is hosting an April Showers Umbrella DIY grown up + kid craft day. Decorate your own 28” umbrella whichever way you want. This is a great activity to introduce kids to painting without having to clean up at home! Hatch advises you to dress to get messy as non-washable paint will be used.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2017 — 10 – 11:30 am, Hatch Art Studio — Tickets required

The Mother of All Pottery Sales is happening at Union Project. Come for a pottery sale featuring all-local vendors, live demonstrations, and hands-on art activities. Stay for the food trucks! At this free event, you can browse art and shop for pieces from the area’s best ceramic artist. Then, get creative by making clay flowers for the neighborhood public garden and create unique recycled-material magnets that you can take home.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 — 10 am – 5 pm — Union Project

FutureFest is all about seeing into the future through art, demonstrations, performances, science, and hands-on activities (think scavenger hunts and craft stations). This free public festival has the goal of celebrating and promoting Pittsburgh’s vision of an achievable, sustainable future. What better way to introduce (or reinforce!) kids’ sustainable habits than showing them how awesome Pittsburgh will be if they take care of her. Plus, admission to Phipps is 50% off during festival hours.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 — 10 am – 3:30 pm — Phipps Conservatory

Celebrate Art All Night’s 20th year! Held at the Wilson McGinley building in Lawrenceville, this grassroots art community event is thrown entirely by volunteers and is entirely free to attend. They promote artistic expression and is a great way to encourage children to explore art by contributing work and participating in interactive projects.

This event runs (literally) all night from Saturday, April 29th, 2017, at 4 pm until Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at 2 pm.

Fox Petal Floral is taking over Hatch Art Studio for a pre-Mother’s Day Petals and Paints grown up + kid craft day. Kelly from Fox Petal Floral will show you how to made a simple bouquet of flowers. Then, you’ll paint your bouquet on a medium-sized canvas that’s perfect for gifting. Mom loves handmade art!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 — 10 – 11:30 am — Hatch Art Studio