There are many mini-road trips to plot throughout the summer months, and most are within city limits.
At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one can travel "The Roads of Arabia," an exhibit organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in association with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It's all about bikes at Carnegie Science Center with "Bikes: Science on Two Wheels," which explores the evolution of the bicycle and the science behind its mechanics. There will also be a series of bicycle-related events through the summer.
"Pennsylvania's Civil War" -- at the Senator John Heinz History Center -- looks at the state and region's role in the Civil War.
The Gateway Clipper Fleet is launching several new themed cruises, including wine tastings that spotlight the wines of California, Greece and Portugal, along with a new over-21 Happy Hour cruise. And for the kids, there's a Superheroes Cruise.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131
"Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure" -- Exhibit, story theater and discovery area explain the science behind evolution (through May 12).
"Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities" -- Explores the work of female artisan cooperatives in 10 countries (through May 12).
"BugWorks" -- Explores the insect world through photographs, specimens and live bugs (through July 28).
"Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay" -- Jewelry designs inspired by nature (through Aug. 11).
"Roads of Arabia" -- Traveling exhibit highlights the culture of the Arabian Peninsula from the pre-Islamic period to the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (June 22--Nov. 3).
Third Annual Celebration at Powdermill -- Free nature activities and hands--on demonstrations for all ages. At Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History's biological research station in Rector. Information: 724-593-6105 (June 1).
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
One Allegheny Ave., North Side. 412-237-3400
"Bikes: Science on Two Wheels" -- Science Center teams with The Bicycle Museum of America to explore on the evolution of the bicycle, featuring historic, rare and customized bikes, science demonstrations and hands-on exhibits, bicycle-themed events and outdoor programming throughout the summer (opening June 15).
Teen Night @ CSCpittsburgh -- Teens-only (ages 13 to 17) evening at Highmark SportsWorks. Registration: 412-237-1637 (May 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.).
Butterfly Weekend -- The Science Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens team up for a weekend of activities, including life-size models of each stage of the butterfly life cycle, live butterfly tent, talk by Scott Creary, entomologist and Butterfly Forest exhibit coordinator at Phipps, screenings of Omnimax film "Flight of the Butterflies" and more (June 1-2; June 2 events will be held at Phipps).
July 4th Fireworks Blowout -- Visitors can reserve a front row seat to the fireworks display. Information: 412-237-3400 and press 7 (July 4 from 6 to 11 p.m.).
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Allegheny Center, North Side, 412-322-5058
"Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog" -- Traveling exhibit created by Minnesota Children's Museum and Scholastic Entertainment (May 18-Sept. 1).
"Waterplay" -- Hands-on activities include water pump, build-a-fountain, magnetic water wall and more (permanent exhibit).
Kindergarten, Here I Come! -- Designed to prepare kids for their entrance to kindergarten. Information: 412-322-5058. (Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire -- More than 60 projects from local maker culture, plus live events (Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
FORT PITT MUSEUM
Commonwealth Place, Downtown, 412-471-1764
Colonial Chocolate Evening at the Fort Pitt Museum (May 10); Summer Saturday at the Fort: Themed day of living history: Food & Beverage (May 11); Artillery at the Fort (June 8); Kids at the Fort (July 13); 250th Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Pitt (Aug. 10); Fourth at the Fort -- Living history programming, musket demonstrations and more (July 2-4).
GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET
Station Square, 412-355-7980
DINING CRUISES: Oldies Dinner Dance -- Johnny Angel & The Halos (May 18); Chuck Blasko's Vogues (June 14); The Skyliners (July 12); Pure Gold (Aug. 9); Ole 97 -- Johnny Cash Tribute (Aug. 16); Wine Dinner -- It's All Greek to Me (June 21); Wine Tasting -- Wines of California (May 24); Wines of Greece (July 26); Wines of Portugal (Aug. 23).
LUNCHEON CRUISES: Casino Luncheon -- Frank & Dean Revue by Bo Wagner (June 3, 28, July 12, 19, Aug. 9, 23); Neil Diamond Tribute by Chris Denem (June 7, July 15, Aug. 16); Tony Janflone Jr. (Aug. 1, Sept. 2); A Portrait of Patsy by Cathi Rhodes (June 14, July 26, Aug. 26); Sputzy (June 17, Aug. 12; A Tribute to Elvis by Randy Galioto (June 21, July 29, Aug. 30).
SIGHTSEEING CRUISES: Sunday Ice Cream Social (Sundays from May 26-Sept. 1); Princess Cruise (June 15, July 20, Aug. 10); Superheroes Cruise (June 29, July 27, Aug. 24).
ENTERTAINMENT CRUISES: Clipper Happy Hour Cruise -- New over-21 cruise (Select Fridays); Friday Night Jamz (Select Fridays); Rock Dance -- PGH Band (May 25); Second Chance Prom (June 1).
HOLIDAY CRUISES: Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27); Mother's Day (May 12); Father's Day (June 16); Fourth of July Dinner & Sightseeing (July 4); Holiday Polka Cruises (July 4, Sept. 2); Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2).
IDLEWILD PARK AND SOAK ZONE
Open May 23-27, June 1-2, June 7-Aug. 21, Aug. 24-25, Aug. 31-Sept.2, Sept. 7-8, 14-15.
West Mifflin, 412-461-0500
Open May 11-12, May 16-20, May 22-Aug. 25; Limited operation: Aug.31-Sept. 2, 7-8, 14-15.
MEADOWCROFT ROCKSHELTER & HISTORIC VILLAGE
Meadowcroft Road, Avella, 724-587-3412
15th Annual Atlatl Competition -- Spear-throwing competition (June 15 from noon to 5 p.m.); Independence Day Celebration at Meadowcroft -- 19th-century celebration with old-fashioned summer games, open hearth cooking demonstrations and more (July 4 from noon to 5 p.m.); Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James Adovasio -- Tours with archeologist James Adovasio, who led excavation there in 1973 (July 6, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side, 412-323-7235
Migration Celebration -- Learn about migrant birds that pass through the region and the Aviary's efforts to protect them (May 11-12).
Photo Safari -- Photograph the birds in different sections of the Aviary an hour before opening (9 a.m.) Registration required: SkyDeck (May 11); Wetlands (June 8); Tropical Forest (July 20); Penguins (Aug. 10).
Talons! -- Learn more about birds of prey, their skills and the threats they face (Opening May 25 with shows at noon and 2:30 p.m.).
SkyDeck -- Outdoor bird shows on the rooftop stage (Opening May 25 with daily shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.).
Animal Rescue Day -- Representatives from area animal rescue centers (June 8).
Brunch at the National Aviary featuring Atria's (June 16, July 7, Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and noon). Reservations required: 412-258-9445.
Eagles of the World Weekend -- Learn about the many species of eagles, the bald eagles nesting Western Pennsylvania and the Aviary's own eagles (July 5-7).
Night in the Tropics -- VIP reception, food and dancing. Over-21 event. (July 13: VIP Reception at 6 p.m., general admission at 7 p.m.).
Fins and Feathers: Seafood for Healthy Ocean Habitats -- Learn about protecting ocean life, which marine birds depend on to survive (Aug. 10-11).
Beaks! -- New bird show replaces outdoor SkyDeck show (Opens Aug. 30).
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Schenley Park, 412-622-6914
"Butterfly Forest" -- The Conservatory is home to live butterflies (through Sept. 2).
"Summer Flower Show: Glass in the Gardens" -- Glass creation by local and regional artists (through Oct. 6).
May Market -- Plant and seedlings sale, including specimens from Phipps greenhouses (May 10-11; May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Garden Groove -- Cinco de Mayo-style celebration with music and food tastings. Over-21 (May 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.).
Party in the Tropics -- Over-21 event in Phipps' Tropical Forest (May 24, June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2 from 7 to 11 p.m.).
Farmers at Phipps -- Local organic and naturally grown produce and more (Wednesdays from June 5 through October 30 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.).
Floral Notes: Jazz in the Garden -- Live jazz and refreshments. Over 21 (June 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.).
Garden Variety: A Farm to Phipps Dinner -- Meal made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Registration: 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 (July 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.).
Red, Ripe and Roasted -- Annual tomato and garlic festival benefits Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. (Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM
Highland Park, 412-665-3639
Eat'n Park Family Week -- A different section of the Zoo is highlighted every day (June 29-July 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Macy's Baby Day -- Spotlight is on the zoo's baby animals (July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Summer Safari -- Over 21 event with food and live entertainment. Advance tickets only. (July 26 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.).
PPG Festival of Water -- Scuba diving and more (Aug. 2-4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Summer Kids' Zoofari -- Free train and carousel rides, plus animal enrichment activities on weekends. (Aug. 18-31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead, 412-462-6666
Open May 25-27, June 1-2, June 8-Aug.18, Aug. 24-25, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
1212 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-454-6000
"Pennsylvania's Civil War" -- Explores Pennsylvania's role in the Civil War, featuring artifacts, images, life-like museum figures and military encampments and showcasing Pittsburgh's role as "Arsenal of the Union" (June 22-Jan. 4).
Veteran Memories -- Panel discussion with veterans from U.S. conflicts during the last 60 years, including discussion on mood of the nation during the Vietnam War (May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Marble Mania -- Celebration of the sport and art of marbles, plus premiere of the documentary "Mibsters" at 2 p.m. (May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival -- Bocce games, food, live entertainment and more (Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to dusk).
Sixth Annual "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show" Event -- Visitors can have possessions and heirlooms appraised. Unique items may be featured on KDKA-TV (Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Next to Carnegie Library, Oakland
Squirrel Hillbillies (May 10, June 7, July 12, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 at noon).
Folding Space Yoga (Saturdays at 10 a.m. from June 1-Sept. 28, Mondays at noon from June 3- Sept. 30, except Sept. 2).
The Tao Applied -- Tai Chi (Sundays at 11 a.m. from June 2-Sept. 29).
Oakland Farmers Market (Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. from June 7-Oct. 25, closed July 5).
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Summer Reading Extravaganza (June 9 from noon to 5 p.m.).
WYEP Summer Music Festival (June 28 from 5 to 11 p.m.).
L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Day -- Event promotes outdoor activities (June 29).
BOB FM 96.9/Q 92.9 FM Lunchtime Music (Tuesdays at noon from July 9-Oct. 8).
WYEP Final Friday Concert (July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.).
Squonk Opera's Go Roadshow (Aug. 16).
Bike Pittsburgh (Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon).