The Carnegie Science Center is still jamming the "GUITAR," the Heinz History Center has a season full of Steelers, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History has fun with "Bugs."
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131
"Bug Works" -- Photographs, specimens and live bugs (Sept. 15-July 2013); "Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure" -- Explains the science behind evolution through activities, story theater and discovery area (Oct. 6-May 12); "Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities" -- A look at the work of female artisan cooperatives in 10 countries (Oct. 6-May 12); Exploration Basecamp -- Explore the museum's educational collection of real specimens, historic dioramas, scientific illustration and more (ongoing).
• Overnights -- Sleepover with museum tours, hands-on projects, games and more: "Creepy, Crawly Carnegie" -- Behind-the-scenes look at collections that are not normally on display (Oct. 26); "Prehistoric Encounters" -- Explore the past through fossils (Nov. 9). Ages 6 and older. Information/registration: 412-622-3289 (7 p.m. Friday-9:30 a.m. Saturday).
• Pajama Nights -- Dinosaurs and Friends. Ages 2-8 can experience an overnight adventure without staying the full night. One adult chaperone per child. Registration: 412-622-3289 (Nov. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.).
• Winter Camps -- Science: Land of the Giants -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 27); Extreme Events -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 27); Secrets of Ancient Cultures -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 27); Rock On! -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 28); Eye Spy -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 28); Exploring Ancient Egypt -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 28). Registration: 412-622-3288 (Dec. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.);
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
One Allegheny Ave., North Side, 412-237-3400
"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" -- Traveling exhibit from The National Guitar Museum explores the history of the guitar and showcases more than 60 models (through Sept. 30); "SpacePlace" -- Experience what it's like to be an astronaut, with zero-gravity climbing wall, replica of International Space Station, artifacts and space images (opens Nov. 16).
RANGOS OMNIMAX THEATER:
"To the Arctic" -- Film follows a mother polar bear and her cubs as they navigate the changing arctic wilderness (opens Oct. 5).
• Must-See Acoustic Performances. Local musicians perform on the acoustic sound stage from 2-3 p.m.: Abby Krizner and Jason Sichi of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot (Sept. 8); The Mavens (Sept. 15); Chris Higbee, formerly of the Povertyneck Hillbillies (Sept. 22); Uzell Finney of The Flow Band (Sept. 29).
• Giant Eagle Nutrition Series -- Nutrition advice sessions from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch Anyone? (Sept. 8); Health-Smart Snacking (Oct. 13); Diabetes Awareness (Nov. 3); Cold Weather Survival (Dec. 8).
• Parents' Night Out -- Kids 6-12 can take in an Omnimax movie, a laser show and science workshops while parents spend a night out. Registration required: 412-237-1637 (Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 -- drop-off at 5 p.m.).
• Cafe Scientifique -- Free monthly program for adults features speakers on scientific topics, including astronomy, nutrition, robotics (Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m.).
• Munchkin Mondays -- Themed activities for ages 2-6: Bubbles (Sept. 10); Science Safari (Sept. 17); Guitars (Sept. 24); Autumn Harvest (Oct. 1); Science Over The Rainbow (Oct. 8); Healthy Me (Oct. 15); Let's Try Chemistry (Oct. 22); When I Grow Up (Oct. 29).
• Laser Halloween -- Spooky lasers, music and guests (Oct. 5-Nov. 1).
• To the Arctic: Polar Play Day -- Meet zookeepers who work with polar bears, plus games, treats and more (Oct. 6).
• Preschool Adventures -- Themed activities for ages 3-5 from 11 a.m.-noon: Slimy Science (Oct. 9); Pumpkin Adventure (Oct. 23); Science Sleuths (Nov. 13).
• Sleepovers --With Omnimax movie, planetarium show and science workshops. Registration required: 412-237-1637. Superhero Science Sleepover (Oct. 12-13); Spooky Science Sleepover (Oct. 26); Light-Up Night Sleepover (Nov. 16); "Polar Express" Sleepover (Dec. 15);
• Family Workshops -- Carbonic Creations (Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m.); Blast Off! (Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m.); Make and Take LED Ornament (Dec. 16 from 1-3 p.m.).
• Great Pumpkin Smash -- Science Center "smashologists" will roll carved pumpkins off the Science Center roof, plus pumpkin-related demonstrations (Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).
• 21+ Nights at Carnegie Science Center: The Art and Science of Glass -- Over-21 event with sessions with the Pittsburgh Glass Center illustrate the science of melting glass and making glass art (Nov. 9 from 6-10 p.m.).
• Holiday Camps -- For ages 4-10. Includes Omnimax movie, planetarium show, science workshop and time to explore the exhibits. Registration: 412-237-1637 (Nov. 23, 26: full day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; half-day from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Breakfast Express -- Breakfast, screening of "The Polar Express," Miniature Railroad and Village and more. Registration: 412-237-3400, option 7 (Dec. 8, 15, 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
• Drop and Shop -- Drop off the kids for an Omnimax film, laser show and regular Parents' Night Out activities and get some holiday shopping done (Dec. 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Allegheny Center, North Side, 412-322-5058
"Tough Art" -- Original interactive works by artists John Pena, Scott Andrew, Jonathan Armistead, Jeremy Boyle, Kevin Clancy and Will Schlough are "tough" enough to withstand kid handling (Sept. 15-Jan. 13); "Missing Links (The Rainbow Jumpy)" -- 30-foot inflatable art piece by Felipe Dulzaides is on loan from The New Children's Museum in San Diego (Oct. 6-Jan. 27).
The Spark Truck Visits the Children's Museum -- Traveling van equipped with 21st-century tools is designed to foster creativity and problem-solving through building activities. The Spark Truck will be parked in front of the museum and admission is free. Kids can take part in a workshop at 2 p.m. to create a logo and turn it into a laser-cut stamp. Registration required for the workshop: Email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire -- More than 50 makers will show unique inventions, DIY science and technology, crafts, music, workshops and installations at Buhl Community Park, Allegheny Square (Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). "Aurora Over the Silk Road" -- Music and dance performances and hands-on activity stations focus on the history and art of the Silk Road (Oct. 13).
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown, 412-642-1800
Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus (Nov. 1-4); Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Nov. 16).
GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET
Station Square, 412-355-7980
Gateway Clipper Captain's Dinner Dance Cruise (Saturdays through November); Chicken & Ribs Dinner Cruise (Thursdays in Sept. and Oct.); TGIF Dinner Cruise (Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19); Showcase Dinner Dance Cruise: Hawaiian Luau with Tuika's Polynesian Island Magic (Sept. 14); Wine Tasting Dinner (Sept. 21); Johnny Angel & The Halos (Nov. 10); Bo Wagner presents The Rat Pack (Nov. 17).
Casino Luncheon Cruise (Mondays year-round); Gospel Luncheon Cruise (Sept. 16); Saturday Family Picnic Cruise (Sept. 15, 29).
Fall Foliage Cruise (Oct. 13, 16, 17, 19, 20); One-day cruise to Steubenville (Oct. 8); Steubenville to Pittsburgh (Oct. 9).
History Cruise (Sept. 14, 21); One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise (Weekdays through Oct., weekends in Sept. and Oct.).
Blues and Barbecue Cruise -- Jill West and Blues Attack (Sept. 28, Nov. 24).
Halloween Whodunnit? Cruise (Oct. 24); Halloween Fun Cruise (Oct. 27); Halloween Dance Cruise (Oct. 26, 27); Light Up Night Dinner Dance Cruise (Nov. 16); Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise (Nov. 22); Santa Family Fun Cruise (Nov. 24, 25, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 1-23 and Monday Dec. 10, plus morning cruises Dec. 8 and 15); Holiday Dinner Dance Cruise (Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24-Dec. 22); Holiday Luncheon Cruise (Dec. 8, 14); New Year's Eve Cruise (Dec. 31).
MEADOWCROFT ROCKSHELTER & HISTORIC VILLAGE
Meadowcroft Road, Avella, 724-587-3412
American Indian Heritage Weekend -- Learn about everyday life for natives of the upper Ohio Valley (Sept. 22-23); 2012 Insider Tours of Meadowcroft Rockshelter -- led by James M. Adovasio, the archaeologist who excavated the Rockshelter in 1973 (Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side, 412-323-7235.
• Raptors! Family Camp -- Meet the Aviary's owls, hawks and falcons, learn about raptors, falconry and lure flying. Registration: 412-258-9439 (Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Photo Safaris -- Exclusive access and chance to photograph birds before the Aviary opens. Sessions start at 9 a.m. Registration: 412-258-9439. Skydeck (Sept. 8); Penguins (Oct. 6); Wetlands (Nov. 3); Tropical Forest (Dec. 1).
• National Aviary 60th Anniversary presents Johnny Angel and the Halos -- Over-21 anniversary celebration with '50s-style fare and entertainment. Tickets: 1-888-71-Tickets (Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.).
• 60th Anniversary Car Cruise & Family Fun Day -- Classic cars, crafts and games, health and wellness fair (Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Rainforest Adventure Family Camp -- Learn about rainforest birds and animals, private Tropical Forest feeding, "Parrots of the Caribbean" show and more. Registration: 412-258-9439 (Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• African Penguin Awareness Day 2012 -- Program designed to raise awareness of this endangered bird's plight, the Aviary's breeding program, Family Penguin Painting class and more (Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
• Art Safaris -- Visitors can bring sketch pads, pencils and pastels and sketch the birds. Reservations required. Sessions start at 9 a.m. Tropical Forest (Oct. 13); Wetlands (Nov. 17). Registration: 412-258-9439.
• Owl-O-Ween -- Special appearances by the Aviary owls, plus crafts, creepy crawly bug station and more (Oct. 20 and 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
• Family Photo Safari -- A chance to photograph the birds when they're most active. Registration: 412-258-9439 (Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.).
• Pet Bird Workshop -- Advice for current or prospective parrot owners. Registration: 412-258-9439 (Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Sights and Sounds of the Aviary Tours for Veterans (Nov. 11).
• Holiday Happenings -- Bird-themed holiday songs and videos (Nov. 23-Jan. 2).
• Kid's Holiday Camps -- Kids can help prepare breakfast for the African penguins, attend a private feeding and learn more about these endangered birds. Registration: 412-258-9439 (ages 6-8 Dec. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; ages 9-12 Dec. 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Penguins! Family Camp -- Help prepare breakfast for the Aviary's African penguins, and learn more about these endangered birds. Registration: 412-258-9439 (Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Schenley Park, 412-622-6914
Summer Flower Show (through Sept. 30); Fall Flower Show (Oct.13-Nov. 4); Garden Railroad -- Model trains in miniature living landscapes (Oct. 13-Feb. 24); Winter Flower Show (Nov. 23--Jan. 6).
Tropical Forest India Harvest Festival -- Food, traditional dance performances and more (Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Farmers at Phipps (Wednesdays through Oct. 31 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.). Halloween Happenings -- Bring kids in costume for family activities and healthy snacks (Oct. 26 from 4-8 p.m.). Garlands, Gifts and Holiday Tea -- Evergreens for decorating, unique gifts and formal holiday tea at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park; reservations for tea required (Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1). Santa Visits -- Kids and families can have their photo taken with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 24-Dec. 23, and Nov. 23, and 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Candlelight Evenings/Winter Lights -- See the Winter Flower Show by candlelight (Nov. 26-Jan. 6 -- open until 10 p.m. Conservatory will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26). Family Fun Days -- Learning stations, crafts, plant potting and more (Dec. 26-30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); New Year's Eve Family Celebration -- Evening New Year's Eve Celebration for the family (Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m.).
PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM
Highland Park, 412-665-3639
Grandparents Day -- Grandparents admitted free when accompanied by their grandchildren (Sept. 9).
• Macy's Elephant Day -- Animal presentations and entertainment (Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• RADical Day -- Free admission to zoo (Oct. 7)
• KDKA ZooBoo -- Docent Haunted House, Gymkhana's Haunted Hideaway, Not-So-Spooky Train Ride, costume contest, parade and trick-or-treating (Oct. 20-21, 27-28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.).
• ZooZilla 5K Run/Walk -- Registration starts at 7 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. Registration: pittsburghzoo.org/zoozilla (Nov. 3).
• Veteran's Day at the Zoo -- Active and former military members admitted free with military ID (Nov. 11).
• Yellowbook Polar Bear Birthday -- Activities include birthday treats for the polar bears and their visitors (Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Town Planner Animal Thanksgiving -- Animals will get Thanksgiving treats (Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Cupcakes Gone Wild -- Cupcake making with animal-inspired designs, and zoo chef Jess Roush with tips on making the perfect cupcake. Ages 12 and up. Registration required (Dec. 1 from 9:30-11 a.m.).
• Breakfast or Lunch with Santa Claus -- Meal plus gifts, entertainment and animal presentation. Registration required, starts Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.) www.pittsburghzoo.org (Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16).
• Winter Mini Camp -- For ages 5-9. Kids can learn about backyard animals and how animals protect themselves (Dec. 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
• Noon Year's Eve -- Early New Year's Celebration in the PPG Aquarium (Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.).
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
1212 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-454-6000
"Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" -- Traveling exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame makes its national premiere here. Exhibit explores the history of football going back to its beginnings in 1892 and includes football artifacts, rare photos, documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, interactive displays and footage from NFL Films' archives, along with items from Hall of Fame Steelers (Oct. 6-Jan. 6).
• Allegheny Arsenal Explosion 150th Anniversary Inquest -- A series of explosions at the Allegheny Arsenal killed 78 people on Sept. 17, 1862, most of them women and children. The cause of the blast remains unknown. The History Center will host a cold case inquest with forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht and a panel of experts (Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m.).
• Ninth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament -- Foursomes will be paired with sports celebrities at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley. Proceeds benefit the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Reservations: 412-454-6405 (Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.).
• Black Tie Tailgate Preview Party -- Join legendary Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famers at opening reception for "Gridiron Glory" exhibit. Ticket information: 412-454-6405 (Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.).
• Gridiron Glory Kickoff and Pep Rally -- Kickoff pep rally and tailgate party in the 12th and Smallman parking lot, plus guest appearances by Steelers Hall of Famers (Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon).
• NFL Play 60 Training Camp -- Football activities, trends in sports nutrition, safety and fitness (Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
• Pittsburgh Steelers 80th Season Celebration -- Public event with Steelers alumni to mark the team's 80th season (Nov. 17, time TBD); Steelers' Six Super Bowl Trophies -- Visitors can have their photos taken with all six trophies (Nov. 23-29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).
• 11th Annual History Center Book Expo -- Book sale featuring local authors. Books include regional history, sports, fiction and nonfiction, Civil War history, African American history and more (Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.);
• Steelers' Hall of Fame Busts -- All 22 Steelers' Hall of Fame busts are on loan from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (December).
• "An Immaculate Reception: The 40th Anniversary of the NFL's Greatest Play" -- Screening of new NFL Films documentary, appearances by Franco Harris and John "Frenchy" Fuqua and more (Dec. 22).