After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there are still a few months of gray skies and cold weather before spring returns to Pittsburgh. Luckily, there’s still plenty to do in the old 412. With Valentine’s Day in February, there are plenty of fun and festive activities for the whole family that are sure to chase away the winter blues!
Tired of making Valentine’s Day cards with markers and construction paper? Take your crafting to the next level by enrolling in this fun beginner workshop at the Pittsburgh Glass Center! Participants create their very own glass love letter, which they can pick up a few days following the event or opt to receive by mail. Workshops are designed for groups of four or fewer people, but if you have a bigger group, you can also schedule a private workshop session.
How to Register: Select a session on the PGC website.
For the 8th year in a row, the RSG1 Foundation will be hosting a series of Valentine’s Day runs to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Let your kiddos stretch their legs while contributing to an amazing charity. This year, the campaign will focus on RSG1’s new initiative, the “Celebrate Life” campaign. The campaign will offer support to local patients and their families while living with the diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor. All races begin at the North Park Boathouse, and there will be awards for the top male and female runners in all races.
How to Register: Sign up for the activity on Active.com
$17.95 for adults, $11.95 for children aged 2 - 18 years old
If the gray skies have got you down, step inside the tropical world of Phipp’s Conservatory and let the winter gloom slip away! Your kids will love exploring the rooms full of gorgeous flowers. There are even exhibits specifically designed for children that explore the importance of agriculture. The annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai show will appeal to grown-up kiddos too, so be sure to bring the whole family along!
How to Register: Tickets available at the door
1-14 years old
$30-40 per 3-hour workshop
When kids are cooped up inside, they can get antsy. Snapology is a nationwide S.T.E.A.M. workspace with several locations in the Pittsburgh area that provides plenty of space for your kiddos to get creative. They offer a variety of classes and workshops at their Discovery Zones, which your little ones are sure to enjoy so much that they’ll hardly even realize that they’re learning.
How to Register: Online at Snapology’s website
$8 for adults and kids over 13, $7 for kids 12 years old and younger
For some outdoor family fun, be sure to stop by the ice rink at PPG Place, which is sponsored this year by Mass Mutual. With most ice-skating rinks being indoors these days, gliding around under the snowy sky is a unique experience. Plus, your kids like many before them will be awed by the castle-like beauty of the PPG building itself. There’s nothing quite like seeing the building, perhaps the most iconic on the Pittsburgh skyline, up close. But don’t wait too long to check it out-- the rink is only open through February 25th.
How to Register: Tickets available at the rink
With all of these awesome activities, there’s no reason you or your little ones should let the winter weather get you down. If you explore some of these exciting Steel City activities or have others you think should have made the list, be sure to let us know in the comments. From all of us at Snapology: have a happy Valentine’s Day!