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Kids briefs: Kindergarten prep class at Children's Museum

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 8:29 p.m.
Kids and their parents can enjoy a variety of Hagan Premium ice cream at the 19th annual Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
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Kids and their parents can enjoy a variety of Hagan Premium ice cream at the 19th annual Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Brian the Magnificent amazes children during the 'Kindergarten - Here I Come!' event at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
SA SKUL23 3
Brian the Magnificent amazes children during the 'Kindergarten - Here I Come!' event at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. SA SKUL23 3
At Mozilla Maker Parties, people move from being passive consumers of the web to active creators and makers of the web
Ben Filio
At Mozilla Maker Parties, people move from being passive consumers of the web to active creators and makers of the web

‘Kindergarten' event designed to prep kids, parents

If your 5-year-old is getting ready to tackle kindergarten, take him or her to the ninth annual “Kindergarten ... Here I Come!” event Aug. 10 at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to children entering kindergarten this year and their families, and is designed to prepare and excite the kids and parents for this milestone. Parents will get information on children's health, afterschool child care and child development, and meet with local educators. Kids can meet Mr. McFeely from “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” and Ready Freddy, the school readiness mascot.

Kids will receive a free book, T-shirt and other merchandise for kindergartners while supplies last.

While you're at the museum, you can explore the “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog,” a travelling exhibit that stays through Sept. 1. The event is free for all children entering kindergarten, plus one parent or caregiver. Registration is not required.

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

Maker Party puts teens in touch with web tools

Teens can celebrate the last leg of summer Aug. 10 and learn tech-savvy skills at the free Pittsburgh Maker Party, hosted by Hive Pittsburgh, a project of the Sprout Fund that connects local teens to learning experiences that make them more web-savvy.

Kids can explore pop-up learning stations where they can remix using Mozilla Webmaker tools. They can build do-it-yourself design projects, make music and videos, and get free barbecue food and hear live music. The party is part of the Mozilla Maker Party, in which the makers of the Firefox web browser promote web literacy around the world.

The party is from 4 to 8 p.m. at TechShop Pittsburgh, Bakery Square, East Liberty.

Details: hivepgh.sproutfund.org/

Do your part by eating ice cream

Eat ice cream for charity? Yes, on Aug. 11 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which is hosting the 19th annual Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae.

This will be the eighth year that Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit that serves disadvantaged children and their families, is holding the event at the zoo. At the Ice Cream Fundae, which attracts more than 1,500 guests, you'll get to eat numerous flavors of Hagan Premium ice cream, and enjoy interactive entertainment by Radio Disney.

Several corporate sponsors, including Trib Total Media and Highmark, created and named their own ice cream flavors, which you can sample at Ice Cream Scooping Stations throughout the zoo. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $25, and $10 for ages 3 to 11.

Details: www.pressleyridge.org/ICF

— Kellie B. Gormly

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