This post is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, however, all content and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
Having a two year old is SO MUCH FUN. I know that I’ve said every age is my favorite so far but the toddler stage really is a blast. I’ve spent the last few months looking forward to the warmer weather and brainstorming my bucket list for the spring. There are so many fun things to do in Pittsburgh in the spring time and having a toddler makes it that much better!
Of course we’ll be planning a trip to the zoo and plenty of baseball games but I’ve been searching for something new and exciting to do. You may remember me talking about the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Children’s Theater last fall, which was the perfect activity to get out for the day while avoiding the bitter cold. Well now that it’s warmer out, I don’t necessarily want to spend my days inside but I still want to find exciting new things for Mason to experience. Luckily, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival is right around the corner!
The festival is a fun way to introduce your little ones to the theater while also letting them experience a taste of different cultures. There will be live professional theater performances, family-friendly interactive art, a frog stop scavenger hunt throughout the Cultural District (with a fun prize!), and a ton of other FREE performances and activities. The 31st annual Festival will be from May 18-21, 2017 in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Hours for the festival are Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
I love that the performances are truly for kids of all ages. There are shows put on by professional, international artists that are geared towards older kids but there are also performances perfect for little ones ages 0-2! You can search all the events here and filter out by recommended age, which ranges from 6 months all the way up to 10 years old. We’ll be taking Mason to see Pulse, which uses soft textures and fun games to stimulate creativity in infants and toddlers. It’s recommended for kids ages 0-2 and it’s only 30 minutes long which is perfect for my two year old that doesn’t have the longest attention span haha.
We’re also hoping to check out We Built This City–an outdoor giant cardboard construction site! A few other activities I know Mason will have a blast at are the Imagination Playground, PDP Giant Games, the Animal Friends tent, Kidsburgh, The Balloonatic Fringe, and the Sticker Hut!
Here are a few bits of info that I’m sure all moms want to know before taking their kiddos somewhere new… Performances and activities will take place in the August Wilson Center, Byham Theater, Cabaret at Theater Square, Trust Arts Education Center, and outdoors in the 7th and Penn lot. There will be family-friendly food options (find a full list of food trucks and restaurants here), and portable restrooms and feeding/changing stations on Penn Avenue between 7th and 9th streets (as well as multiple indoor restrooms). Tickets for performances can be purchased at the box office at Theater Square or online. To find out more about the festival and plan your trip, visit here.
Now for the extra fun part! Because we are SO excited about the Festival, I’ve teamed up with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to give away four tickets to any one performance in the 2017 EQT Children’s Theater Festival! (excluding Elephant and Piggie). To enter, visit my Instagram page HERE.
*The giveaway will run from 5/9/17-5/12/17 and the winner will be announced by 5/13/17.
*if you are not able to click the link to visit my Instagram page, it is either because the giveaway is not live yet, or has already ended.
Make sure to follow along with my social media and Instagram stories on the 19th for more of our festival activities! And if you’re planning to attend be sure to let us know and say hi!