As a growing city, Pittsburgh has no shortage of theater and arts education for your children. However, not everyone knows where to find these arts-oriented programs. To help you out, we have compiled this list that will give your child a fun learning curriculum with entertainment from door to door.
10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
$14 for Children, $16 for Adults
The Children’s Museum has a theater exhibit that allows children of all ages to watch performances. You and your kids could be watching different acts like ballet, puppet shows, and circus tricks. The theater exhibit also includes the Youth Gallery, which houses displays of youth art and photography, and the radio studio of The Saturday Light Brigade. Studio tours and special programs allow kiddos to fiddle with recordings and sounds.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust provides ample educational opportunities for anybody interested in performing arts. However, there are specific programs that cater towards children and teens. For example, Gateway to the Arts Residencies are offered for both early childhood and K-12 age groups. These residencies are led by artist-teachers who focus on integrating art into academics with theatre, dance, music, or visual arts. Not only do students get the chance to hone their knowledge in school subjects, but they are also entertained and encouraged to creatively express themselves. More in-line with actually learning about theater and being involved in a stage production, the Cultural Trust also offers Theater Workshops for middle school and high school groups. Other creative programs are also available.
Because the Cultural Trust owns many theaters that each have their own characteristics and specialties, it’s difficult to pinpoint which is most family-friendly. However, the Cultural Trust website frequently updates its calendar so that parents could easily browse for child-appropriate programming. These events could range from theatrical performances to miscellaneous educational events.
Byham Theater - 101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Citizen’s Bank Children’s Theater Series features a program of award-winning, professional theater with entertainment such as acrobatic stunts, lighthearted humor, and musical whimsy all rolled into a performance sure to please. With a Children’s Theater membership, you can enjoy priority seating and even get to meet the performers! The series presents in Downtown Pittsburgh and is recommended for children 3 and older; it also travels to other regions surrounding Pittsburgh.
August Wilson Center - 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Trust Arts Education Center - 805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A part of the Cultural Trust, the EQT Bridge Theater Series emphasizes exciting, shocking performances for children 7 or older. The series showcases in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District in the August Wilson Center and Trust Arts Education Center. Similar to the Citizen’s Bank Children’s Theater Series, if you have a Children’s Theater membership, you’re given the option of priority seating and attending a meet and greet with the performers.
Heinz History Center - 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Free for Children, $15 for Adults (Regular Museum Admission)
The Heinz History Center presents Hop Into History, a series of interactive learning programs targeted towards children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Sure, you learn about history instead of art, but these programs make use of creative techniques through music, dance, and games in order to educate their audience. Hop Into History programs take place the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Programs for Ages 4-7, 8-12 and 13-17
If you would like to immerse your children in visual arts education but don’t have the money, you may want to consider ProjectArt. ProjectArt started in Harlem as a small nonprofit dedicated to providing visual arts education in low-income communities where art classes may not be offered in school. Now nationwide, ProjectArt has expanded to Pittsburgh and offers year-long arts instruction at the Allegheny, West End and Knoxville Libraries. Classes are free, but enrollment is first come, first serve.