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Kids briefs: Carnegie Science Center celebrates females in STEM fields

| Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 9:05 p.m.
The Carnegie Science Center celebrates females studying and working in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with Girls Rock Science Weekend.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center celebrates females studying and working in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with Girls Rock Science Weekend.

The Carnegie Science Center this weekend will celebrate females studying and working in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The North Side center's Girls Rock Science Weekend — Oct. 3 and 4 — aims to get girls interested in, and excited about, these fields, which have only about 25 percent female workers, center officials say.

During the weekend, girls can talk to science professionals — from places like Carnegie Mellon University, the FBI, the Society of Women Engineers and Thermo Fisher Scientific — and learn about their day-to-day lives.

Special Omnimax films featuring the work of pioneering female scientists will be screened: “Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees” and “Born to be Wild.”

On Oct. 3, Renee Felice Smith — who plays Nell Jones on the hit TV show “NCIS: Los Angeles” — will meet and talk with visitors. On Oct. 4 only, visitors can check out the center's Mission Control, where staff members at 2:30 p.m. will launch a weather balloon containing a special box, then track the Stratostar balloon's trajectory to the edge of space and back to Earth.

Except for the Omnimax films, which cost a few dollars extra, Girls Rock Science Weekend activities are included with general admission of $18.95, $11.95 for ages 3 to 12.

Details: 412-237-3400 or

Children's Museum celebrates an ‘Awesome Autumn'

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is celebrating the new fall season with a special “Awesome Autumn” Tot Time, from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 and 7.

The class, designed for ages 18 months to 3 years, teaches the kids about the colors of autumn through hands-on activities. Kids will make a fall-inspired hat using bright colors, play “seek and find” at the Fall Nature Table, listen to autumn-themed stories, and march in the Awesome Autumn Parade.

The cost is $8, which doesn't include museum admission, and advance registration is recommended.

Details: 412-322-5058 or

Sites make the most of fall for families

It's pumpkin-patch time, and area farms are hosting fall-flavored family events.

For example, Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park will offer its annual Fall Festival, with hayrides, pumpkin-picking, food, games and children's activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25. Details: 724-935-1743 or

Simmons Farm in McMurray, Washington County, will feature fall family fun, including hayrides to the pumpkin patch, slides, corn mazes and a petting zoo, through Nov. 1. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Details: 724-941-1490 or

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