Monday, May 12, 2014

FREE events at EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival

I am so excited for the  EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival to begin this week! There will be so many amazing shows, activities, & entertainment! And even if you don't want to purchase tickets for shows, there are PLENTY of free events to enjoy with your family.  You can read more about the venues that require tickets here. 
Free events during this year’s Children’s Festival will take place in and around the pop-up green space LilyPad Park, at the outdoor Community Stage featuring performances by local and regional artists, and at various locations within the footprint of the Cultural District. The Park and Stage are located at 8th Street and Penn Avenue, in the Cultural District. Free and fun happenings include everything from hands-on activities, to crafts, games, art, film, ecology, science, music, dance, story readings, tennis, yoga, and more!
Festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For a complete schedule of Festival events, visit: TrustArts.org/PGHKids.
FREE ACTIVITIES: LILYPAD PARK & MORE LOCATIONS-CULTURAL DISTRICTThe following list includes some of the over 30 free events taking place during the Festival.  For a complete schedule of dates, times and locations for these Festival happenings, visit: TrustArts.org/PGHKids.
Alphabet Trail & Tails/Citiparks
Animal Art/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Animal Encounters/National Aviary
Beaded Bracelet Making/MacaroniKid LLC
Explore the Science and History of Our Earth/Carnegie Museum of Natural History
CATS Craft/Pittsburgh CLO
Cartoon Workshop/Toonseum
Finger Puppet Creations/Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Digital Audio Playground/The Saturday Light Brigade
Face Painting 
Hip Hop on L.O.C.K.
Imagination Playground/PAYEC
Marbles/Allegheny County Department of Parks
Pinball Lounge/Bradish Street Pinball Lounge
Roving Art Cart/Citiparks
Sandbox/Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
Silent Disco/Silent Storm
Skippyjon Jones Activity/Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
Stick, Stuck, Chalk/Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
Story Readings/Amazing Books
Tennis/Citiparks
Underwater Voyage Crafts/Bricolage Production Company

MORE FREE HAPPENINGS
Lego Display/Steel City Lego User Group807 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh landmarks created with thousands of LEGO® bricks are part of the Steel City LUG Lego Display at 807 Liberty Avenue. The cultural display includes a six-foot bridge decorated with the most well-known Pittsburgh buildings, as well as sculptures of popular landmarks—maybe Heinz Field, perhaps the Cathedral of Learning, or the Frick buildings?—that won’t be unveiled until the start of the Festival.
Once Upon a ToonToonseum, 945 Liberty Avenue
Friday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 17, 2:00 p.m. 
Sunday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. 
Once Upon a Toon shines a spotlight on creativity! This fun, interactive program blends original stories and live cartoon illustration.
Penny Arcade 
Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue
Saturday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Come to the Arcade for fun and games with Penny Arcade! 
FREE HAPPENINGS / COMMUNITY STAGE, LILYPAD PARK, 8th Street & Penn Avenue, Cultural District
The following list includes some of the free performances taking place during the Festival. For a complete schedule, visit TrustArts.org/PGHKids.
Al Mazing Family Magic ShowFriday, May 16, 4:00 p.m., LilyPad Park
Pittsburgh magician Al Mazing is a local award winning family entertainer with a funny, proven, “kid tested” show guaranteed to amaze, amuse, confound, and confuse. (A Momtourage favorite!)
Alan Irvine, Storyteller
Friday, May 16, 10:00 a.m., LilyPad Park
Ghost Stories, Fantasy, Folk Tales and Legends– With a repertoire of hundreds of stories from around the globe, Storyteller Alan Irvine can weave a tale for anyone. 
Bellydance Around the WorldFriday, May 16, 5:00 p.m., LilyPad Park
Little Shimmy Bellydance is directed by Berna, a well-respected local dancer and instructor. Her group La Belle Sultana and friends will delight you with bellydancing and music from around the world! 
Debo The ClownSaturday, May 17, Noon, LilyPad Park
Debo’s juggling, balloons and magic are sure to delight kids both big and small.
Squirrell HillbilliesWednesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m., LilyPad Park
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies will emerge to share their eclectic repertoire of acoustic folk, country, and blues featuring guitar, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and vocal harmonies.
StorytellingWednesday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LilyPad Park 
Thursday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LilyPad Park 
Friday, May 16, 3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m., Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 612 Smithfield Street 
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 612 Smithfield St.
Join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on a Storytelling journey! Please note two locations for this event. 
The Josh & Gab Show
Thursday, May 15, 11:00 a.m., LilyPad Park

Together, Josh & Gab have developed a unique and unforgettable musical comedy program for all ages, featuring original songs, comedy, and interactive discussion, all with the goal of celebrating creativity and finding alternatives to negative behavior.
The Magic and Mystery of Weird EricWednesday, May 14, Noon, LilyPad Park
Weird Eric is an experienced family Magician for children’s parties and family events.  With a quirky style of comedy, sleight of hand, and mind reading, Eric entertains audiences from all over the Pittsburgh area. Performing close up sleight of hand, stage magic, teaching magic lessons, to making balloon art for the kids, you name it, Weird Eric has got you covered.
Yoga for Kids by Bend Yoga
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., LilyPad Park

Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., LilyPad Park
Stretch your body and your mind. Designed specifically for the kids, this session will be led right from the Festival’s Community Stage!
INFORMATIONFor more information about the schedule of free daily happenings, as well as the international ticketed performances being presented during the EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival visit: TrustArts.org/PGHKids, call 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. 
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATIONFor information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit ParkPGH.org.
A limited number of prepaid parking vouchers for parking at Theater Square Parking Garage, entrance located on 7th Street, are available at a discounted price.  Call 412-456-6666 for more information. 
The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  For more information, visit http://www.TrustArts.org/visit/public_transportaion.
FOOD OPTIONS
Vendors will be selling a variety of foods on the Festival grounds  ̶  all sales are cash only.  Benches and grass seating areas are available in pop-up green space LilyPad Park, 8th Street and Penn Avenue, to enjoy food vending or packed lunches.
For information about the Cultural District, visit http://www.TrustArts.org/about/explore.

About Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming, which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way. The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival (celebrating its 28th year in 2014) is one of only four international children’s festivals in the nation.  The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series (2014 ̶ 2015), now in its 45th season, introduces children to the arts early in life, sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/PGHKids.
About the Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org. 
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