July 10 events for kids in Pittsburgh, from fairs to fireworks to concerts

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You don’t have to look far to find kid-friendly entertainment in July. There are plenty of family events in and around Pittsburgh, including some cool Jurassic events and booming ways to celebrate the 4th of July. Check out what’s on tap:

1. Until July 31, “Puffs”, Pittsburgh CLO

Avid fans of the wizarding boy series know that the Puffs were never mentioned in the books. But the comedy “Puffs”, Now playing at the Greer Cabaret Theater, offers a hilarious argument for their inclusion. Traversing “Seven increasingly turbulent years at a certain school of magic,” the clever story offers insight into three unlikely heroes trying to navigate a somewhat dangerous school for children. “Puffs” is offered in performances that match the audience. Saturday and Sunday mornings are suitable for children, Tickets starting at $27.75.

Photo by Scott Weber.

2. July 1-9: Big Butler Fair, Prospect

The 166e annual Big Butler Fair comes alive with nine days of festivities, including a spectacular fireworks display on July 4. High-octane events include Bull Ride Mania, School Bus Demolition, Antique Tractor Pull, and Giant Car Demolition Derby. Carnival rides and games vie for attention halfway through. Farm animals are a big draw with sheep, draft horses, chickens and cows on display. The little ones will find more interest in the Agricadabra magic show that teaches them about farming, the 4-H Club petting zoo and the Parakeet Encounter aviary. Tickets from $8 (free for children 6 and under).

Photo courtesy of Anthrocon.

3. July 2: Furry Parade and Block Party, Downtown

Anthrocon returns to his favorite city with over 10,000 of the cutest Furries from around the world. Most Anthrocon events take place at the David Lawrence Convention from June 30 to July 3, but it’s great fun to spot adorable Furries in town all weekend long. Kids will love the Furry Parade, which will depart from the convention center at 2 p.m. on July 2. The Fursuit Parade will follow a route to the first-ever Anthrocon Block Party on Penn Avenue between Ninth and Eleventhe streets. The Block Party runs until 9 p.m., leaving plenty of time for glamorous photos and selfies.


Photo courtesy of Oliver Miller Farm.

4. July 3: Freedom Day, Oliver Miller Homestead

Time travel to Freedom Day at Oliver Miller Farm to South Park for an old-fashioned party with period music, bells, gunshots and firecrackers. Amid celebratory activities, the Declaration of Independence will be read at 2:30 p.m. Learn about Oliver Miller’s sons, John and William, who fought in the Revolutionary War with Morgan’s Rangers, snipers who used rifles instead of muskets. Well done “huzzah!” $2 admission. No registration is required.

Photo by Anna-Louise.

5. July 4: Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, Point State Park

Head toward Point State Park for a full day of family fun that includes games, face painting and soul line dancing. On the patriotic side, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Fort Pitt Museum provide a local take on Independence Day history from 1-4 p.m. with Fourth at the Fort. A flag-raising ceremony kicks off Living History Day activities. Costumed interpreters will reenact life at the time.

Squonk Opera will offer two performances of its inventive and playful “Hand to Hand”. River City Brass Band and East Winds Symphonic Band will add upbeat background music. Bring blankets to spread out on the large lawn for your picnic or sample treats from the on-site food vendors.

The evening concludes at 9:35 p.m. with the city’s official Independence Day fireworks display presented by Zambelli. The 25-minute air show will be accompanied by a soundtrack broadcast on 100.1 FM KDKA. Check full schedule so as not to miss anything.

Image courtesy of Universal.

6. July 9-10: “Jurassic Park” in concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall

Introduce your children to symphonic music and the magical quality that film music adds to the cinematic experience. Pittsburgh Symphony will perform John Williams’ score live during an HD screening of “Jurassic Park”. The movies would be boring enough without the dramatic, awe-inspiring music that drives the story forward. Tickets starting at $25 for this wonderful family outing.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

7. July 10: Children’s Day, Schenley Plaza

The July installment of children’s day at Schenley Plaza is scheduled for July 10. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy welcomes families for an afternoon of fun in the sun — or in the tent. Kids will love the balloon artist, crafts and interpreters. Moms and dads will love the price: everything is free, including rides on the PNC carousel. No registration necessary — just drop by between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. — or you can Register in advance.


Photo courtesy of Frick Pittsburgh.

8. July 22: Summer Fridays at The Frick, The Frick Pittsburgh

This month’s interpretation of Summer Fridays at Frick invites families to the campus lawns. Bring blankets and folding chairs to relax in comfort. No More Daisies, a pop/country band, will be playing live music for the party atmosphere. Browse premium food offerings like the Beatnik Sweet Eats and Dessert Truck, PGH Halal Truck, Revival Pasta and Café at the Frick. Children will be taken with creating art and other family-oriented entertainment. Be sure to stop by to see the Romare Bearden: artist as activist and visionary exhibition at the Frick Art Museum, which will be open until 9 p.m.

Photo by Bryan Conley.

9. July 23: Story Saturday, Carnegie Museum of Art

This month Saturday story the program features “Iggy Peck, Architect”, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Iggy has a passion for architecture that began at an early age: “He built churches and chapels out of peaches and apples, and temples out of playdough.” Hearing Iggy’s story is likely to enlighten children about the creative problem solving found in architecture. An artistic activity follows the reading of the book. Designed for ages 12 and under, the program is free with museum admission, but registration is required.

Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

10. July 23: Super Science Saturday: Jurassic Day, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs continue to bask in the spotlight this summer with zealous fans flocking to the latest Jurassic movie on the big screen. of july Super Science Saturday: Jurassic Day considers real science in prehistoric scenes, while emphasizing the Hollywood counterfeit. The day covers the latest scientific findings of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period. Museum staff will be prepared and ready to answer any questions your children may have. Super Science Saturday, intended for ages 7 to 12, is free with admission to the museum.

BONUS EVENTS:

June 27-July 6: “The Rainbow Fish”, South Park Theater

June 30-July 9: Seussical Jr., Little Lake Theater

July 1, 2, 8, 9: “Robin Hood”, Boyce Park and Hartwood Acres

July 2-31: Tomahawk Toss, Fort Pitt Museum

July 3: Independence Day Celebration, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village

July 6: Lake Arthur Tea Time Cruise, Moraine State Park

July 11-20: “The Frog Princess”, South Park Children’s Theater


July 12: Cheer Live 2022, UPMC Events Center at RMU

July 15: Ice Cream Bike Ride, Arsenal Park

July 17: Whiskey Rebellion Day, Oliver Miller Homestead

July 23: Critters Creek, Raccoon Creek State Park

July 24, 30, and 31: Breakfast with the Animals, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium


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