Fun Things to do with Kids This Week in the City of Pittsburgh

Ready to blow your kiddos minds with a week filled trick-or treating in the city?

By By Josey Jones, Macaroni KID South Hills Intern October 28, 2023

Every week Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh City shares things to do with your kids in the 'Burgh over the coming weekend. 

So grab the kids and head out to our local neighborhoods: Braddock, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Morningside, Northside, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Edgewood, Swissvale, Downtown, Hill District, Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Forest Hills, Strip District, Bloomfield, Friendship, and Shadyside for family fun this weekend!

Here are MacaroniKID Pittsburgh City's picks for the five things to do in the City of Pittsburgh with kids from October 28th to November 3rd, 2023. Click on the links for all the details!

1. Halloween Fun

Here are some great Halloween fun events that I am sure your goblins and ghouls will get to fill their little tummies up with sweet treats.

  • Carnegie Library of Oakland is hosting a Halloween Hunt on October 28th starting at 1 pm. Join in on a scavenger hunt plus trick-or-treating throughout the library while completing a spooky craft to take home. The library is also planning an escape room that has a ghost stuck between worlds and needs your help to rest in peace on November 2nd starting at 1:30 pm. 
  • The Gateway Clipper is the best place for some Halloween fun. Sightsee Pittsburgh while in your costume while sending time on water with frightfully friendly characters and tons of fun prizes. Tickets for adults are $32, children ages of 1-12 are $20, and infants are $5.

2.  National Trick or Treat Day 

National Trick or Treat Day is upon us with October 31st coming up in two days. That is so exciting, at least it is for me. Getting to get dressed up in my favorite costume and scoring some delicious candy is a win for me any day. Take a look at our Halloween Tricks & Treats Guide to find the best places to trick-or-treat on October 31st and the local trick-or-treat times.

3.  Let’s Sit Around the Campfire and Sing Our Campfire Song

  • Spooky Campfire stories? I think YES. Harrison Hills Yakaon Shelter is sharing Campfire Ghost Stories around the roaring fire on October 28th starting at 7 pm.  Make sure to wear your Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes!
  • Community Campfire is taking place at 3 Rivers Outdoor Co on November 3rd at 5 pm. Meet your neighbors and friends, and kick back and relax to start off your weekend. 

4.  The  Miracle Worker

New Hazlett Theater is presenting to you The Miracle Worker on November 3rd at 7 pm. Explore the boundaries of the senses as we venture inside this true story of young Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf, and struggling to connect. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is our courageous guide to reach Helen's isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world. The mission of Prime Stage is to bring great literature to life through the transformative process of live theatre – to entertain, inform, enrich, and inspire audiences with engaging programs that deliver long-lasting benefits to the students, educators, youth, families, and theatre goers of our region.

5.  National Cat Day

National Cat Day is Sunday, October 29th and I absolutely adore cats. I have two fur babies, Ivy and Mazikeen and they are a huge part of my life. They may be a little devious when they get their 3 am zoomies or when they will not let me work by sitting in my lap until all of the affection they wanted is given.

Mazikeen and Ivy are my pride and joy and I will be celebrating them on October 29th with these Homemade Cat Treats

Some great ways for you to celebrate National Cat Day:

  • Have a family movie night and watch all of the great classics about cats! My favorite would be The Aristocats or The Secret Life of Pets. There are many options for you to choose from like:
    • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (PG) 
    • Cats & Dogs (PG)
    • Puss in Boots (PG)
  • Stop by a shelter and spend some time playing with the precious kittens and adult cats to make their day 
    • Kitty Queen Cat Rescue on McKnight Street has the motto of “No cat left behind”. They help friendly kitties who are no longer or can longer be taken care of and those kitties who are just street life. They focus on rescuing, caring for, fostering, and re-homing the unwanted or homeless felines.
    • The Humane Animal Rescue on Hamilton Avenue is another great place to stop by. They have upcoming events for Ellie’s Pet Pantry as well. 
  • Make some cool crafts dedicated to cats. Create the most purr-fect craft for all ages for some feline fun. This article holds 25+ crafts that are kid-friendly and super fun.

6. Plan Ahead

Byham Theater on November 24th and November 25th see The Science of Santa with Doktor Kaboom as he recreates all of Santa’s wonders by using basic physics! Ticket prices are $25.25 to $40.75. Watch the recreation of what Santa does best with securing your place at this live performance!