Friday, April 1, 2011
Make a date to race your favorite rodent.
This week we’ve got fish fries, hamster races, trophies and a rare quiet moment for yourself. FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK Hamster Ball Derby When/Where: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Cranberry Petco, 20111 Route 19. Why Go: Does your kid have mice? Or hamsters, gerbils or rats? Visit the Cranberry Petco for one of the most hilarious kid/pet events around. Using hamster balls as their vehicles, hamsters and other small pets will race down 8-foot tracks in heats of four en route to the finish line and a chance at derby glory. First-place winners receive a medal and a Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Small Animal Starter Kit, complete with food, bedding, a treat and a chew. Sorry, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other exotic pets – you’re not …
Friday, March 11, 2011
Irish (and non-Irish) eyes will be smiling at this week's round of fun family activities
March is roaring in with a lion's share of fun family events. Try taking in a parade, an ice show, a high school musical, or a movie. Make sure you keep your family's energy up with a hearty pancake breakfast. SENECA VALLEY SCHOOL MUSICAL: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS When/Where: March 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Why Go: It’s high school musical season, and the students at Seneca Valley are kicking it off with a production of one of off-Broadway’s most beloved shows – Little Shop of Horrors. A spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, it tells the tale of Audrey II, an exotic plant with a craving for blood. This musical is a good bet for families with older children. Cost: Tickets are $6 to $8; call 724-452-6040 x 1406 …
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Oh, the places you’ll go this week!
This week's list of family fun ideas includes cookie decorating, a birthday celebration, a jammin’ concert and one last chance to perfect your triple toe loop. WII MARIO KART TOURNAMENT When/Where: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5; Cranberry Township Municipal Center. Why Go: Children ages 10-14 compete for king of the road in this video tournament. Finals competition is on Sunday. Cost: $10. ST. PATRICK'S DAY COOKIE BOUQUET When/Where: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5; Northern Tier Regional Library. Why Go: Who doesn’t love cookies? Children ages 6-10 are invited to learn the basics of cookie decorating and will take home their own St. Patrick's Day Cookie Bouquet. Cost: $10 per child. Registration required. Call 724-449-2665. ICE …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Mother Nature socked us with another round of snow this week, but don’t let that keep you at home.
This week’s round of adventures includes movies, baseball, high-flying birds and swimming. Where/When: National Aviary, Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh; now through May 15; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily showings. Why Go: This one-of-a-kind show in the National Aviary’s Helen M. Schmidt Theater offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Aviary birds as they fly freely about the theater. The show takes audiences to the rainforests of South America, the plains of Africa and throughout Europe and North America to learn more about the natural habitats of macaws, vultures, hawks, owls and other endangered birds. Pricing: Free with paid admission to the Aviary -- Adults: $13,
Children 2–12: $10.50…
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Your weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children
Glad you clicked on our new Grab & Go Kids Planner! We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children. Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week. You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance. Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you! Let's start this off. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it's time to show your loved ones just how much …