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Family fun abounds at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Bubble Break, presented daily in the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, gives kids a chance to see a giant bubble machine and offers a chance to dance along to music.
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Bubble Break, presented daily in the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, gives kids a chance to see a giant bubble machine and offers a chance to dance along to music.
An interactive artistic experience, including 'The Nest,' by Megan Flod Johnson, is part of the Tough Art 2017 exhibit at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
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An interactive artistic experience, including 'The Nest,' by Megan Flod Johnson, is part of the Tough Art 2017 exhibit at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
He may be more funny, or a little bit scary, than ugly, but Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster of the North, makes a great 'ugly holiday sweater' subject for kids. Wear your favorite to Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Dec. 21, at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
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He may be more funny, or a little bit scary, than ugly, but Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster of the North, makes a great 'ugly holiday sweater' subject for kids. Wear your favorite to Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Dec. 21, at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Full of excitement, cookies and holiday plans, children may be singing “It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

Soon enough, parents will be joining in, but may find themselves humming the verse, “And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.”

Before things reach that point, though, mom and dad might find some distractions and ways to burn off cabin fever in upcoming planned events at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh .

Dec. 24 is holiday family free day, and hours are extended to 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-31.

All events listed below are included with museum admission — $16, $14 for children ages 2-18 and senior citizens.

Exhibits little ones and their families are likely to enjoy (unless specified, check calendar for dates/times) include:

• Bubble Break, where kids can see a giant bubble machine and dance to music.

• Tough Art, innovative artist residence program, with exhibits from Arvid Tomayko and Hanna Gene Thompson, Megan Flod Johnson, Shohei Katayama, and Robert Zacharias;

• Destination Empathy, where animal-focused activities - dance like a bee, enter the world of a virtual tiger, see the world through the eyes of a pigeon - help children explore empathy and kindness;

• Dec. 21, Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, speaks for itself. Dig out that crazy, kooky, wearable salute to the season and enjoy a free cup of cocoa from the museum cafe (11 a.m.-4 p.m.);

• Dec. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m., Handmade Percussion, a Pittsburgh percussion ensemble that uses creative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations to both perform and educate, will put on shows full of rhythm. Join the band for a jam session after the shows;

• Dec. 28-29, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fresh Picks: New Year's Traditions, will explore New Year's traditions from around the world through tasting foods used to celebrate the past year and ring in good luck for the new one.

• Dec. 28, 11-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m., Hip Hop dance workshop, '90s-themed hip hop workshop will teach students technique and a short routine. Wear comfortable clothes;

• Dec. 31, prepare to celebrate 2018. Children can make their own New Year's swag, from noise makers to party hats. A Kindness Counts resolution making event will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. to consider resolutions like helping friends, appreciating family, and doing something nice for others. Later, post a picture of your pledge fulfillment with #kindnesscounts to @Pghkids to enter to win tickets to the Feb. 17 “Mo Reads in Pittsburgh” event;

Countdown to Noon will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., live music from Lee Robinson and Iska Band at noon, with special guests Elephant and Piggie joining in the festivities and guest interviews by Saturday Light Brigade radio emcee Larry Berger.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m., Elephant and Piggie will join in a story time reading of one of Mo Willems' “Elephant & Piggie” books. Remember your camera for this special event.

Studio programs during the school-free week include paper marbling, Dec. 21; personalized wrapping paper, Dec. 23-24; and Mo Willems Inspired Collage, Dec. 26-30.

Makeshop programs include cake decorating, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 21; pop-up cards, Dec. 22-24; papier-mache, Dec. 26-27; and party accessories, Dec. 30-31.

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

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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