May is a great month for family-oriented fun with plenty of opportunities for engaging, educational, and fun activities. Here is our top 10 list for Pittsburgh kids in May.
1st EQT Children’s Theater Festival, online: May 1st to 16th
The 35th annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival continues its interactive fun this year in a virtual direction with the usual series of cool theater performances from around the world. Each show is selected for specific age groups, from “We Cover the Universe” for 3 year olds to “MacHomer” for tweens and teens. Tickets are $ 15 per device. Free workshops and activities are also offered. The full schedule will be announced on May 1st. There are plans to return to the festival’s in-person events later this summer, if security allows. Jump into the joy here and log in to be informed about all festival announcements.
2. The hidden life of the trolls, the Phipps Conservatory and the Botanical Garden: May 1st to September 26th
The whimsical nature of The Hidden Life of Trolls promises to keep kids entertained with magical influences at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer show. The fantasy adventure begins on May 1st and includes crossing a stone bridge where a troll puzzles visitors before they can pass. Follow giant footprints to a pond where a 12-foot troll is bathing in the water and scrubbing its back with a branch. Look carefully into the depth of another pond where you will discover an underwater troll. Throughout the exhibition, children can look out for tiny doors where little trolls live. At home, children aged 12 and under can draw trolls, give them names and personalities, and then upload their art to the Troll Crossing website. To prepare for your visit, go behind the scenes at how the hidden life of the trolls was created. Timed tickets are $ 11.95 for children and $ 19.95 for adults.
3rd Story Sunday: What’s a Cup? Carnegie Museum of Art: May 2nd
Newest Story Sunday with the Carnegie Museum of Art celebrates Asian Heritage Month with the first bilingual session in the series. The virtual session was inspired by Oki Sato’s Japanese picture book “What’s a Cup?”. The story follows a cup that tries to determine how to stir coffee without a spoon. In search of a solution, the cup changes into different shapes. Along with reading, the children take part in a cup-making activity. Zoom links and a bill of materials are sent upon registration. The price is “Pay what you want”. Can’t you make it on May 2nd? Register now and you will receive a post-event link that you can view anytime.
4th Remake Learning Days across America, multiple locations: May 6-16
Now for the sixth time, the Remake Learning Days have outgrown their original presence in Pittsburgh and are held in 18 regions with nearly 800 events across the country. Pittsburgh’s organizations shine with face-to-face and virtual sessions May 6-16, but other regions have already launched programs to give your kids access to cool virtual activities in places like San Diego and Chapel Hill, NC. Look for events by age and topic, such as technology, art, science, and doers. Best of all, most of the activities are free.
5th Opening Day, Kennywood Park: May 8th
It’s so nice to scream, “Kennywood is open!” and not imply a wardrobe malfunction. The little ones will enjoy a return to Kiddieland’s screams, while the older ones will experience more exciting thrills than Kenny Kangaroo. Kennywood Park will operate a reservation system to reduce the amount to 75%. Masks are required along with other security protocols. The May through May schedule runs Friday through Sunday before expanding to a five-day week. Bring a picnic basket of food or indulge in favorite dishes like potato patch fries, cotton candy, and deep fried oreo. Buy tickets and passes here. Children up to 3 years are free!
6. Mother’s Day Hike and Cookies, North Park: May 9th
Mothers and their children can enjoy an outing in the fresh air on Mother’s Day. Venture Outdoors hosts the 2 to 3 mile walk along the trails in North Park. The terrain and pace promise to be easy for all ages. At the end of the hike, everyone is rewarded with biscuits, tea for mom and hot cocoa for kids. It costs $ 8 to register.