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Take your dad for free to some local attractions

| Thursday, June 14, 2012, 8:39 a.m.
A stagecoach that is housed in the barn at Compass Inn in Laughlintown, Westmoreland County. The Compass Inn will host Children’s Weekend on Saturday, June 16, 2012 and Sunday, June 17, 2012 
Photo credit: Compass Inn
Compass Inn
A stagecoach that is housed in the barn at Compass Inn in Laughlintown, Westmoreland County. The Compass Inn will host Children’s Weekend on Saturday, June 16, 2012 and Sunday, June 17, 2012 Photo credit: Compass Inn

This weekend, a few Pittsburgh-area attractions are offering free admission to dads, with the purchase of one admission ticket, to celebrate Father's Day.

At the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze, fathers get free admission to Clayton all day Saturday and Sunday. Fathers, grandfathers and fathers-in-law can take a regular Clayton tour, or take a child-friendly tour with the kids.

The family tour is free for the kids and men of honor. The men also will get a one-day discount pass to the Frick's gift shop. Tours can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.

Details: 412-371-0600 or www.thefrickpittsburgh.org

At the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park, dads accompanied by a child get free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details: 412-665-3640 or www.pittsburghzoo.org.

At the National Aviary in the North Side, fathers and grandfathers get free general admission Sunday. Details: 412-323-7235 or www.aviary.org

Children can return to the late 1700s

You can take the kids out for a history lesson at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown, Westmoreland County, which will host Children's Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

At the museum — a restored stagecoach stop built in 1799 — docents will provide hands-on activities for age 3 and older, and a kid-friendly tour.

The children can participate in a simple, open-hearth cooking project, dip candles, churn butter and play early-century American games.

A petting zoo, with critters from Living Treasures Animal Park, will be on the museum's grounds Saturday.

Children's Weekend activities are included with general admission of $9; $6 for children; age 5 and younger are free. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society is sponsoring the annual Children's Weekend.

Details: 724-238-4983 or www.compassinn.com

Drum, sing, dance with Sister IAsia

On Saturday, kids can sing, dance, dress up in ethnic garb and play African drums with Sister IAsia at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Visitors can dress up in African fabrics and paint their faces from noon to 12:45 p.m.

At 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Sister IAsia, the North Side museum's fine artist in residence, will present a Umoja Karamu Circle.

Also Saturday, kids can learn about eco-friendly activities.

Activities are included with general admission of $12; $11 for ages 2 to 18 and senior citizens. Details: 412-322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org

Actors tackle their own monsters

“Monster Season,” a new play from local playwright James Jamison, will continue its run at Modernformations Gallery in Garfield this weekend.

The play, which tips its hat to Nickelodeon television in the '90s, tells the story of three television actors — Andy, Martin and Bev — and how they tackle their own monsters: responsibility and maturing.

The play includes a motley crew of monsters and puppets.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12; $10 for students; and $8 for age 10 and younger. Children 3 and younger are free.

Parents are cautioned that the show includes a few scary scenes.

Details: 412-362-0274 or www.modernformations.com

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