Senator John Heinz History Center's exhibit "Pennsylvania's Civil War" includes a massive 26-foot-long, nine-ton smooth bore Rodman Cannon, a life-size example of Pittsburgh's military production and prowess during the Civil War. The exhibit continues at the History Center through Jan. 5.
Balls, bikes and bulbs are prominent this fall at some of Pittsburgh favorite places.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131.
"Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" -- Exhibit explores the Arabian Peninsula and recently archaeological discoveries. 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 (through Nov. 3). Tlingit Totem Pole carving and installation by Tommy Joseph -- Artist Tommy Joseph will carve a traditional Tlingit totem pole commissioned by the Museum of Natural History in the R.P. Simmons Family Gallery. Finished pole will move to a permanent location in the Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians (Nov. 25-Dec. 15).
Breakfast with Santa-saurus! -- registration: 412-622-3288 (8 a.m. Dec. 14). Winter Camps -- Experiments, exhibit explorations and activities (all 9 a.m.-3 p.m.): Peculiar Paleontology -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 30); Egyptian Exploration -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 30); Survivor Adventure -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 30); Life on the Nile -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 31); Rockhounds -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 31); Bringing Paleontology to Life -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 31). Registration: 412-622-3288. Overnight Adventures -- ages 6 and older: Night of the Living Carnegie (Oct. 25); Dinosaur Encounters (Nov. 8, Dec. 6); All-in-One Adventure (Dec. 27). Registration: 412-622-3289 or GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org; payment required 4 weeks in advance. Pajama Nights -- ages 2-8: Creepy, Crawly Carnegie (5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26); registration: 412-622-3289 or GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org. "Roads of Arabia" Tours (12:30 and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. through Nov. 3). Dinosaurs in Their Time Tours (1:30 and 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. and 6 and 7 p.m. Thurs.).
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
One Allegheny Ave., North Side. 412-237-3400.
"BIKES: Science on Two Wheels" -- Collection of historic, rare and unusual bikes. Science demonstrations use bicycles to explore energy, motion and engineering (through Jan. 1); bike-related outdoor activities on the Riverfront Trail (Saturdays through Sept.).
I Made It Market -- Bicycle-themed art and accessories by local artists (noon-5 p.m. Sept. 21). "Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory" -- Dan Handley's documentary chronicles Pittsburgh's role in astronomical research at the observatory at Riverview Park (6 p.m. Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7. 21+ Nights -- Adults' evening with science demos, live music and cash bar: Starry Nights -- Astronomy-themed evening (6-10 p.m. Oct. 4); Glass with the Pittsburgh Glass Center (6-10 p.m. Nov. 15). Cafe Scientifique: Program for adults features guest speakers (7-9 p.m.): Boosting Airplane Speeds (Oct. 7); Telemedicine (Nov. 11). Laser Halloween -- Halloween-themed laser display (Oct. 11-Nov. 3). Spooky Science Sleepover -- Overnight event with Omnimax movie, planetarium show and science workshop (Oct. 25); registration: 412-237-1637. Jammie Jam -- Make-and-take activities, theater show, story time and snack for ages 2-6 (5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1); registration: 412-237-1637. Great Pumpkin Smash -- Pumpkin-related demos throughout the day using leftover Halloween pumpkins (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2. Light Up Night Sleepover (Nov. 22) and Polar Express Sleepover (Dec. 14); registration: 412-237-1637.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Allegheny Center, North Side, 412-322-5058.
"Ball" -- Kids can "have a ball" in room filled with beach balls, inflatable ball, disco ball and more (through Sept. 29). "Tough Art" -- Interactive artworks built to withstand kid handling; works by Isla Hansen and Luke Loffler, Christopher Beauregard, Katie Ford and Scott Garner (Sept. 19-Dec. 31). "TapeScape" -- Sculpture and indoor landscape made out of packing tape (Oct. 19-Jan. 19).
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
Fifth Ave., Uptown, 412-642-1800.
EVENTS: WWE Raw (Oct. 7); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents DRAGONS (Nov. 6-10); Hillsong United (Nov. 16).
FORT PITT MUSEUM
Commonwealth Place, Downtown, 412-471-1764.
"Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt" -- Exhibit marks the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion, using props, costumes and photographs from the 1947 Cecil B. DeMille film "Unconquered," along with authentic 18th-century artifacts (through Aug. 3, 2014).
GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET
Station Square, 412-355-7980.
DINING CRUISES: Oldies Dinner Dance: Bo Wagner's Rat Pack (Sept. 27); Johnny Angel & The Halos (Nov. 16); Pure Gold (Nov. 23); Hawaiian Dinner (Sept. 13); Wine Dinner: Passport to Portugal (Sept. 20).
LUNCHEON CRUISES: Casino Luncheon: Neil Diamond Tribute by Chris Denem (Sept. 23); Sputzy (Oct. 7); Frank & Dean Revue (Oct. 21); Fall Foliage Cruises (Oct. 12, 15, 16, 18, 19).
ENTERTAINMENT CRUISES: Blues and Barbecue (Sept. 20).
HOLIDAY CRUISES: Halloween Whodunnit Dinner (Oct. 23); Halloween Fun Cruises (Oct. 26); Light Up Night Dinner Cruises (Nov. 22); Thanksgiving Dinner Cruises (Nov. 28); Santa Family Fun Cruise (Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 29-Dec. 21); Holiday Dinner Dance Cruises (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21); Holiday Luncheon Cruises (Dec. 14, 20); New Year's Eve Cruises (Dec. 31).
EVENTS: Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James Adovasio -- Rockshelter tours with the archaeologist who excavated the site in 1973 (10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9). Reservations required: 724-587-3412. American Indian Heritage Weekend -- Demonstrations of everyday life of the native people of the upper Ohio Valley in Meadowcroft's re-created Indian Village (Sept. 28-29).
Ridge Avenue and Arch Street, North Side, 412-323-7235.
EVENTS: Penguin Painting Class -- Call for reservations (Oct. 13, Nov. 3); African Penguin Awareness Weekend (Oct. 12-13); Owl-o-Ween (Oct. 19, 26); Photos With Santa (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21).
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Schenley Park, 412-622-6914.
EXHIBITS: Summer Flower Show -- Flowers combined with works by Pittsburgh-based glass artists (through Oct. 6). Fall Flower Show (Oct. 19-Nov. 10). Garden Railroad -- Model trains in living plant landscapes (opening Oct. 19). Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden -- Holiday-themed flower show features indoor and outdoor light displays (Nov. 29-Jan. 5).
EVENTS: Halloween Happenings -- Activities, entertainment and healthy treats (Oct. 25). Farmers at Phipps -- Weekly farm market on Phipps' front lawn (2:30-6:30 p.m. Wed. through Oct. 30). Party in the Tropics -- Over-21 event with food, cocktails and dancing. (7-11 p.m. Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6). Candlelight Evenings -- See the Winter Flower Show by candlelight and with live music (open until 10 p.m. Nov. 29-Jan.5; closed at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and all day Dec. 25). Santa Visits (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Nov. 30-Dec. 22, plus Nov. 29 and Dec. 2). Family Fun Days -- Bring the kids to Phipps for activities and learning stations (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 26-30). New Year's Eve Family Celebration (6-9 p.m. Dec. 31).
Events at Phipps Garden Center, Shady Ave., Shadyside: Gifts and Greens Market -- Holiday boutique (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5-6, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7); Holiday Tea -- Victorian tea served in the library. (11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 6-7; registration: 412-622-6914.
PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM
Highland Park, 412-665-3639.
EVENTS: Macy's Elephant Day (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15); ZooBoo Sponsored by WPXI (11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27; ZooZilla -- 5K run and walk (8 a.m. Nov. 2; register at pittsburghzoo.org); Polar Bear Birthday -- Treats for the bears and cake for zoo visitors (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16); PPG Animal Thanksgiving -- Animals get Thanksgiving treats (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23); Winter Mini Camp -- Educational program about backyard animals (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-28; information at firstname.lastname@example.org; Noon Year's Eve -- Early family New Year's celebration (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31.
Next to Carnegie Library, Oakland.
EVENTS: Folding Space Yoga (10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 28, noon Mondays through Sept. 30); The Tao Applied -- Tai Chi (10 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 29); Mazeroski Day at Forbes Field Wall (1 p.m. Oct. 13); Squirrel Hillbillies (noon Sept. 13); BOB FM 96.9/Q 92.9 FM Lunchtime Music (noon Tuesdays through Oct. 8); WYEP Final Friday Concert -- Diego Garcia and The Harlan Twins (7 p.m. Sept. 27); Oakland Farmers Market (3 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 25).
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
1212 Smallman St., Strip District, 412-454-6000.
EXHIBITS: "Pennsylvania's Civil War" -- Exhibit explores the role Pennsylvania played during the Civil War, including Pittsburgh's contributions as "Arsenal of the Union" (through Jan. 5); "Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris" -- A look at the career of artist Burton Morris and his impact on the Pop Art movement (Sept. 15-Feb. 23).
EVENTS: Saturday Speaker Series: Allegheny Arsenal -- A Civil Catastrophe -- History Center ambassador Sue Morris and author Mary Frailey Calland talk about the Allegheny Arsenal explosion, which killed 78 people in Lawrenceville during the Civil War (11 a.m. Sept. 21). "Behind the Scenes of Pennsylvania's Civil War" -- Tour led by History Center curators, designers and builders (11 a.m. Nov. 9). 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament -- At Allegheny Country Club, Sewickley Heights (Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.; reservations: 412-454-6404. One Book, One Community: Civil War Author Talk -- David Neville, Michael Kraus and Kenneth Turner will talk about their book, "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History" (11 a.m. Sept. 28); Civil War Genealogy Workshop -- Research methods for tracing Civil War family history (1 p.m. Nov. 2); Frozen in Time: Tintype Photography in the Civil War -- With tintype expert Jason Snyder (11 a.m. Nov. 16). Books in the 'Burgh -- Book fair with more than 50 local authors, along with launch of "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience." (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7).