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Kids can ring in Chinese New Year at Children's Museum

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 8:35 p.m.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Credit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We may have finished the New Year's holiday last month, but China is just beginning to celebrate its own.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, you and your kids can celebrate Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Snake. The museum is partnering with the Silk Screen Asian Arts and Culture Organization to put on the event, which includes musical performances at noon with Chinese stringed instruments. The Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team will perform a traditional dance at 2 p.m., followed by a visitors parade through the museum. You can visit the Studio to learn how to paint Chinese calligraphy, and make red and hold paper or silkscreen crafts. Chinese New Year activities are included with general admission of $13, and $12 for ages 2 to 18.

Also at the North Side museum, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Tot Time: "Winter Wonderland" is scheduled. Children age 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers can enjoy themed hands-on activities, singing, dancing and reading. "Winter Wonderland" includes making a bird feeder for winter birds, painting a sparkly snow picture and creating a snowflake hat.

The Tot Time sessions, from 11 a.m. to noon, cost $6.25 and don't include museum admission. Advance registration is recommended.

Details: 412-322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org

Science Centerto host StormFest

What causes tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms or just simple rain? Find out Friday and Saturday at the Carnegie Science Center during the annual StormFest event, an educational project hosted with the California University of Pennsylvania's Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

StormFest offers hands-on activity stations with university students. At the stations, you can learn how to make rocks, lava lamps, and "glurch," an odd substance that has both solid and liquid properties.

Visitors to the North Side center also will see a tornado in a jar and a raindrop experiment, and learn about how to make their own weather maps, pinwheels and thermometers.

On Saturday only, Nick "The Weather Dude" Walker from the Weather Channel will be performing on the Baylor Science Stage and signing autographs. StormFest activities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, are included with general admission of $17.95 and $11.95 for ages 3 to 12.

Details: 412-237-3400 or www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

‘Celebration of African American Arts' set for Sunday

Sunday, the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks is hosting its third annual "A Celebration of African American Arts," featuring live performances, presentations, other entertainment and activities and more.

The family-friendly arts festival, which begins at noon, includes ethnic cuisine and African-American crafters and businesses. Admission is $5, and $3 for age 18 and younger. Details: 412-771-3052 or www.fatherryanartscenter.org

- Kellie B. Gormly

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