Kids briefs: Carnegie Library hosts Reading Extravaganza
By Kellie B. Gormly
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on June 9 will be hosting the 13th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, a free outdoor event held mostly on the lawn of the Oakland library.
The event kicks off the library's summer reading program for kids, teens and adults. The extravaganza, from noon to 5 p.m., includes crafts, entertainment and other activities for the whole family.
Guests can rock out with Radio Disney, visit with small animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, meet Kenny Kangaroo and check out the Kennywood Trolley, and watch the puppet show “Peter Rabbit and the Enormous Turnip.”
Members of the Pittsburgh Origami Club will be teaching visitors their craft, and people from Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will make Alphabet Pinch Pots with guests. Other events include performances from the Pittsburgh Obama Steel Drum Band, Timbeleza, The Squirrel Hillbillies and Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
Details: 412-622-3114 or www.carnegielibrary.org
Uniformity at the Fort Pitt Museum
The Fort Pitt Museum, in Point State Park in Downtown, will be hosting an all-day family event on June 8 to teach visitors about military uniforms from the colonial days of the region.
At the event — Summer Saturdays at the Fort: “Outfitting an Army” — colonial re-enactors will demonstrate the local trades that were needed to make outfits for the soldiers stationed at Fort Pitt during the French and Indian War.
Visitors can help sew the military garments, which museum re-enactors will eventually wear. Leather workers will be creating pouches for artillery, and re-enactors will perform musket demonstrations throughout the day.
On June 7, the day before “Outfitting an Army,” the museum will offer extended hours, staying open to 6:30 p.m. to complement the first day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Admission is $6, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for ages 6 to 17. Details: 412-281-9284 or www.heinzhistorycenter.org
Kids can get carded for Dad at Children's Museum
Kids can create Father's Day cards with an especially personal touch in the Saturday Light Brigade studio at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
Every day through June 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., kids can make audio CD cards with recorded clips of their voices and hand-crafted decorations. Kids will purchase the CD Creation Card Kits at the North Side museum's gift shop, then record a message in the studio, where the message will be edited and put onto a CD. Sons and daughters then will decorate the cards especially for their dads.
The cost of the program, including the kit, is $12, and proceeds benefit programs for youth at SLB Radio Productions.
Details: 412-586-6300 or www.slbradio.org<
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