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2014 Pittsburgh Area Summer Camp List

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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We are pleased to bring you a list of some of the most interesting summer camps in the region for 2014. If you have others you'd like us to add just leave a comment or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Central/Multiple Locations

 

 

Camp Invention

Locations throughout the region http://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/program_map.aspx?_ga=1.32271614.1706472437.1397070356
For children entering grades 1 through 6
Base Cost: $220*  
Dates vary depending on locations
Times either 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m

Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program backed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
At Camp Invention, our top priority is to provide quality programming in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So our unrivaled program presents essential STEM concepts through the most creative hands-on activities. By combining learning and fun, we satisfy parents, educators and children, earning an approval rating of more than 90%.

 

NORTH SIDE: ALLEGHENY YMCA

600 West North Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Contact: Sabrina Rudolph 412-689-5861

 Session Start: Monday, June 16

 Number of Sessions: 10

 Ages: 5-12

 Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 At the Allegheny YMCA, we are very lucky to be conveniently located. Each week, we visit a variety of outdoor spaces and the local Carnegie Library. We have a pool onsite where campers can explore the possibilities of taking swim lessons during camp hours, as well as swimming with their friends twice per week. We also have a garden onsite where the children can learn the life cycle of plants, and use some of the things that grow in cooking projects!

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

 OAKLAND: COLLEGIATE YMCA

 311 Bellefield Hall, 315 S. Bellefield Ave

 Pittsburgh PA 15260

 Contact: Lila de Klaver 412-648-7960

 Start Date: June 9th

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 9

 Ages: 6 – 12

 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Optional Before Care: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Price Included in Program

 Optional After Care: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Price Included in Program

 Optional Swim Instruction and Lunch (University of Pittsburgh Pitt Summer Kids and campus catering Sodexo)

 Monday – Thursday. 3 week session only. June 23 – July 31

 Collegiate YMCA camp is an excellent setting for your child to build friendships, grow, learn and play.  Age appropriate activities reinforce the values-strengthening of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. They include swimming, arts and humanities, science projects, healthy active play, Chinese language, and field trips.

 http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/locations/collegiate-ymca/

 

 

HOMEWOOD YMCA

 7140 Bennett Street

 Pittsburgh PA 15208

 Contact: Ronette Saunders 412-436-0524

 Start Date: June 16, 2014

 Number of Sessions: 9

 Ages: 5-13

 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

 Before Care: 7:00am – 9:00am $15 per week

 Where fun and smiles are guaranteed!  Homewood Day Camp offers endless opportunities for your child to have a fun and memorable camp experience.

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

HILL DISTRICT: THELMA LOVETTE YMCA

 2114 Centre Avenue

 Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 Start Date: June 16 2014

 Number of Sessions: 9

 Contact: Shannel Givner 412-315-0987

 Ages: 5 – 13

 Time: 7:45am – 5:00pm

 Before Care Provided: No

 After Care:  5:00pm – 6:00pm –  $25 a week

 Summer day camp at the Thelma Lovette Y is full of field trips, arts & crafts, sports & swimming. Our newly built facility boasts an indoor pool, gymnasium, rooftop deck and classroom space! Our day camp counselors are a diverse combination of skilled, talented and qualified adults that are sure to keep you entertained! Your summer will be unforgettable at the TLY! Our day camp runs June 16 – August 15th

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Summer Art Camps

 

1047 Shady Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

412.361.0873

This summer, send your children and high school students to Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for an enriching experience in both studio and media arts! 

Various Camps beginning the week of June 9.

Art Camps Ages 4 - 13

High School Immersions: Entering grades 9 - 12

Prices Vary per class.  Check Website for details:

http://pittsburgharts.org/summerartcamps/camps

 

 

Summer Zoo Camps

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

One Wild Place

7340 Butler Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

412-365-2528

Spend a week exploring the most amazing creatures on the planet through fun-filled, educational Zoo Camp programs. Campers will be introduced to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's most fascinating residents through animal encounters, behind-the-scenes and guided tours, and exciting classroom lessons and activities. Program themes are designed to be fun and engaging for each age group.

Cub Club - Age 2

Zoo Tots - Age 3

Age 4 & 5 - Half Day

Age 6 & 7 - Half Day

Age 6 & 7 - Full Day

Age 8 & 9 - Half Day

Age 8 & 9 - Full Day

Age 10 & 11 - Half Day

Age 10 & 11 - Full Day

Age 12 & 13 - Half Day

Age 12 & 13 - Full Day

Registration Information

Prices and schedules vary, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 412-365-2528

 

 

Pittsburgh CLO Academy's Summer Performance Camps

130 CLO Academy Way

Penn Avenue Place, 8th Floor

Pittsburgh PA 15222

412-281-2234
Pittsburgh CLO Academy's summer performance camps are designed to give kids the opportunity to experience preparing for and performing on the stage. Working with a Director, Music Director and Choreographer, students will create their own exciting musical theater experience! All camps take place at the CLO Academy, which is located in Penn Avenue Place, Downtown (the old Horne's/Lazarus building).  In addition to the classroom experience, students will also receive a coupon for a Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season show at the Benedum Center!

 For questions about Summer Camps, call 412-281-2234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ages 3-5

Pre-School Camp

June 2-6

10:00-11:30am

$150

2-12

CATS

June 9-13

5:00-8:00pm

$250

1-3

Disney's Cinderella Kids

June 16-27

8:30am-2:00pm

$395

6-12

The Wedding Singer

Note: to be performed at the

New Hazlett Theater on 6/29.

June 16-29

4:00-8:30pm

$550

7-9

Footloose

June 30-July 18

9:00am-3:30pm

$495

4-6

Disney's High School Musical

June 30-July 18

8:30am-3:00pm

$495

2-12

CATS

July 21-25

4:00-7:00pm

$250

 7-9

Disney's High School Musical

July 21-August 8

9:00am-3:30pm

$495

 4-6

Footloose

July 21-August 8

8:30am-3:00pm

$495

Ages 3-5

Pre-School Camp

July 28-August 1

10:00-11:30am

$150

1-3

Disney's Cinderella Kids

August 4-15

4:00-8:00pm

$395

 

 

 

 

 

 Ages

12-18

1/2 hr Private Voice/Piano Lesson

June 16-August 8

 By appointment

$245

 Ages

12-18

 1-hour Private Voice/Piano Lesson

 June 16-August 8

 By appointment

$388

 

 

 Carnegie Science Center Summer Camps

 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 Camp Registration Call 412.237.1637

 http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/summer-camps-schedule/

 Ages 4-5 Half Day Camps

 Cost: $110 members / $125 non-members per session.

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $85 members / $100 non-members.

 Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

 Morning session: 9 am – noon (am)

 Afternoon session: 1 – 4 pm (pm)

 

Science Fun Days

 June 2 – 6

 Aug. 18 – 22

 9 am – noon for the morning session

 1 – 4 pm for the afternoon session.

 Come for one half-day or make a week of it! Campers will play in the exhibits, see a live theater show or laser show, participate in a 1-hour science workshop, and see an Omnimax movie.

 $22 members / $25 non-members per session / per day

 
My Place in Space

June 9 – 13 (am)

July 7 – 11 (am)

July 28 – Aug. 1 (pm)

Blast off to explore our planet, the Solar System, and the Milky Way. Discover your place in all of that space!

 

Lil' Chemist

June 9 – 13 (pm)

July 28 – Aug. 1 (am)

Chemistry can be fun and messy! Create chemistry experiments from items that you can find in your own home.

 

All Aboard!

June 16 – 20 (am)

July 14 – 18 (pm)

Climb aboard for a behind-the-scenes look at the Miniature Railroad & Village®. Learn about trains and the culture of workin' on the railroad all the live-long day!

 

Seussical Science

June 16 – 20 (pm)

July 14 – 18 (am)

Discover the science in some of Dr. Seuss' childhood favorites. Help the Lorax take care of the environment and join Bartholomew in some oobleck play. Oh, the places we'll go...

 

Wee Bots

June 23 – 27 (am)

July 21 – 25 (pm)

Aug. 4 – 8 (pm)

What is a robot and what does it do? Is it the same as me and you? Learn as you interact with some robots in action!

 

Take Flight

June 23 – 27 (pm)

Aug. 4 – 8 (am)

The sky's the limit as we "take off" and learn the science behind flight. Investigate how insects, birds, and even humans command the sky. Build a rocket and see how science can really soar!

 

Color, Color, Everywhere!

June 30 – July 3 (am) *

Somewhere over the rainbow... are fun and science! Brighten up your day with this camp about light and color. Stir up a bucket o' primary colors and check out prisms and kaleidoscopes.

* No camp on July 4.

 

Creepy Crawly Bugs

June 30 – 3 (pm) *

July 21 – 25 (am)

Aug. 11 – 15 (pm)

Get an up-close look at a bug's life! Build a bug house, make insect snacks, and find out how creepy crawlers eat, sleep, and play.

* No camp on July 4.

 

Science Makes Sense

July 7 – 11 (pm)

Aug. 11 – 15 (am)

Use your five senses to explore science. Make some scented play dough and experiment with swirling colors. Touch, smell, hear, taste, and see with some hands-on fun.

 

Ages 6-7 Half Day Camps

Cost: $110 members / $125 non-members per session.

Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

Morning session: 9 am – noon (am)

Afternoon session: 1 – 4 pm (pm)

 

Insect Investigators

June 16 – 20 (am)

July 14 – 18 (pm)

Get an up-close look at a bug's life! Learn about the life cycles of these amazing critters and find out how creepy crawlers eat, sleep, and play.

 

We Can Build It!

June 16 – 20 (pm)

July 14 – 18 (am)

Here's your chance to build structures big and small. Join your fellow engineers as you construct bridges and skyscrapers. Create a model city and learn about the amazing feats of engineering.

 

Science Detectives

 July 7 – 11 (am)

 Learn to use the powers of your five senses to explore the world around you, like a scientist, and to solve a mystery, like a detective.

 

Junior Space Explorers

 July 7 – 11 (pm)

 July 28 – Aug. 1 (am)

 Discover the world beyond our home planet. Travel to Mars and then learn about black holes, comets, and supernovas. It's cosmic!

 

 Trains, Trains, Trains!

 July 28 – Aug. 1 (pm)

 Do you know what 'kingpin', 'highball', or 'frog' means? Learn about the world of a railroad engineer! Explore our Miniature Railroad & Village® and the scientific principles that make it work.

 

 Ages 6-7 Full Day Camps

 2014 Summer Camp registration begins in February.

 Cost: $205 members / $220 non-members per session

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $165 members / $180 non-members.

 Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

 All Camps 9 am - 3 pm

 Campers should bring their lunches

 

 Science Fun Days

 June 2 – 6

 Aug. 18 – 22

 Come for a day or make a week of it! Campers will play in the exhibits, see a live theater show or laser show, participate in a 1-hour science themed workshop, plus see an Omnimax movie.

 $40 members / $45 non-members per day.

 

 Construction Instruction

 June 9 – 13

 June 30 – July 3*

 Create a model city – complete with bridges, tunnels, and skyscrapers – as you learn about the amazing feats of engineering that allow us to build longer bridges and taller buildings.

 * No camp on July 4.

 

Superhero Science

 June 9 – 13

 July 14 – 18

 Go on a caped quest to discover the powers of your favorite superheroes! Spin a web, test your X-ray vision, and explore a bat's ability to "see" in the dark. Your curiosity will soar with this power-packed camp!

 

Crazy Chemistry

 June 16 – 20

 June 30 – July 3*

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 Discover the science of solutions, create chemical concoctions, explore states of matter, and more! You won't believe the chemistry you can do with everyday materials and a few slimy substances.

 * No camp on July 4.

 

 Far Out Space

 June 16 – 20

 July 21 – 25

 Learn about the moon, stars, and planets and fly through space – in the Buhl Planetarium. Discover how astronauts live on the international space station and what it takes to travel in microgravity.

 

Roboworld™ Camp

 June 23 – 27

 July 14 – 18

 How does a robot sense, think, and act? Get up close with some binary beings in roboworld™ and learn about how they were designed and built. Discover how robots help people, and come up with some robot design ideas of your very own!

 

Junior Wizard

 June 23 – 27

 July 7 – 11

 Aug. 4 – 8

 Is it magic or is it science? Become a real-life wizard when you dissect owl pellets, make shrinky dinks, create a wand, and make some slime to take home!

 

 Hidden Worlds

 June 30 – July 3*

 July 21 – 25

 This camp is more than meets the eye. Campers will view our newest Omnimax movie, Mysteries of the Unseen World. Learn about light, speed, and size as we uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, or too small to be seen.

 * No camp on July 4.

 

 Rainbow Zone

 July 7 – 11

 Aug. 4 – 8

 From chemistry to chromatography, learn how color and science go hand in hand. Make a kaleidoscope and discover the secret behind magic color-changing beads. Experiment with light and colors and have a psychedelic time.

 

I'm Biology

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 Aug. 11 – 15

 Become a Jr. Doctor for the week as you learn about the different systems of the body. Test your reflexes and flexibility, discover amazing organs and tissues, and learn what makes you, you!

 

 Ages 8-9 Full Day Camps

 2014 Summer Camp registration begins in February.

 Cost: $205 members / $220 non-members per session

 (Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs listed in camp descriptions.)

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $165 members / $180 non-members.

 Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

 9 am – 3 pm

 Campers should bring their lunches

  NOTE: For sold out camps, please call to have your camper added to the wait list.

 

Science Fun Days

 June 2 – 6

 Aug. 18 – 22

 Come for a day or make a week of it! Campers will play in the exhibits, see a live theater show or laser show, participate in a 1-hour science workshop, plus see an Omnimax movie.

 $40 members / $45 non-members per day

 

 Minecraft Camp

 June 9 – 13 – SOLD OUT

 July 7 – 11 – SOLD OUT

 July 28 – Aug. 1 – SOLD OUT

 Use the popular cubed world of Minecraft and examine the real science in the game. Spend time exploring and building in a cooperative 3D world where you mine for resources, then refine, combine, and use them to build amazing creations. Discover biomes, learn about geography, perform chemistry experiments, and more. Learn about 3D modeling and watch as we print our Minecraft creations on a 3D printer!

 $235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)

 

Monster Science

 June 9 – 13

 June 30 – July 3*

 Discover the scientific bases behind some of your favorite creatures of the night... Vampires, mummies, Frankenstein…Oh my! Track an infectious zombie outbreak, learn more about cryptozoology, and separate science fiction from science fact!

 * No camp on July 4.

 

 Game Design: Gamestar Mechanic

 June 16 – 20

 June 30 –  July 3 *

 July 14 – 18

 Aug. 11 – 15

 Explore your passion for video games and game design as you learn basic game theory and put it to work. You'll become a master game designer for the week as you explore a steam-punk comic book world to learn new skills.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (including materials fee)

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $195 members / $210 non-members.

 

 Create-a-Bot

 June 16 – 20

 July 21 – 25

 Aug. 4 – 8

 Technology and imagination unite as you combine craft materials and robotic components to build and animate robotic creations. Using visual programming software and Hummingbird Robotics Kits, campers will engage in the artistic side of robotics.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)

 

 Introduction to Robotics

 June 23 – 27

 July 21 – 25

 Can robots help clean your room and play basketball? Get up close with some binary beings in roboworld™ and learn about how they were designed and built. Using LEGO Education's newest EV3 software and technology build a robot and then take command. YOU are in control!

 $235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)

 

Explore Pittsburgh

 June 23 – 27

 July 21 – 25

 Learn about our beautiful city through a series of activities and trips. Visit Heinz Field and the National Aviary as you take a look at the science of football and the power of flight. Explore outdoor ecology, put our city's environmental health to the test, and get your body moving as you kayak, fish, and hike!

 $280 members / $295 non-members (Field trip fees included in price.)

 

 Science Mysteries

 June 23 – 27

 Aug. 4 – 8

 This camp is more than meets the eye. Campers will view our newest Omnimax movie, Mysteries of the Unseen World. Take an amazing journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision. Uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, or too small to be seen without the help of science.

 

Science with a Sparkle

 June 30 – July 3 *

 Prepare to be dazzled! Dive into chemistry and learn how science relates to health and beauty products. Become a cosmetic chemist and concoct your own creations to take home.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (Materials fee included in price.)

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $195 members / $210 non-members.

 

 River Camp

 July 7 – 11

 Hoist your sail for science and explore life on Pittsburgh's three rivers. Examine the engineering of bridges, how pollution effects our rivers, water conservation, and more!

 $280 members / $295 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

 

 

Kennywood Science

 July 7 – 11

 Aug. 11 – 15

 A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics, momentum, and chemistry behind what makes them tick. Camp includes a field trip to Kennywood.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (Field trip fee included in price.)

 

 Robotics Engineering Challenge

 July 14 – 18

 Aug. 4 – 8

 Work with other future roboticists to solve real-world challenges using LEGO Education's newest EV3 software and technology. Face a new challenge each day, program a robot, then take command!

 $235 members / $250 non-members (Materials fee included in price.)

 

Science Apprentice

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 Aug. 11 – 15

 Do you want to be a scientist? Learn about chemistry, physics, biology, and more as you explore a different science topic each day and perform experiments. Explore some different science careers and see if one might be the perfect fit for you!

 

Ages 8-9 Full Day Camps

 2014 Summer Camp registration begins in February.

 Cost: $205 members / $220 non-members per session

 (Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs listed in camp descriptions.)

 * No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $165 members / $180 non-members.

 Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

 9 am – 3 pm

 Campers should bring their lunches

 NOTE: For sold out camps, please call to have your camper added to the wait list.

 

Science Fun Days

 June 2 – 6

 Aug. 18 – 22

 Come for a day or make a week of it! Campers will play in the exhibits, see a live theater show or laser show, participate in a 1-hour science workshop, plus see an Omnimax movie.

 $40 members / $45 non-members per day

 

Create-a-Bot

 June 9 – 13

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 Aug. 11 – 15

 Technology and imagination unite as you combine craft materials and robotic components to build and animate robotic creations. Using visual programming software and Hummingbird Robotics Kits, campers will engage in the artistic side of robotics

 $235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)

 

Robotics Engineering Challenge

 June 16 – 20

 Aug. 11 – 15

 Work with other future roboticists to solve real-world challenges using LEGO Education's newest EV3 software and technology. Face a new challenge each day, program a robot, then take command!

 $235 members / $250 non-members (Materials fee included in price.)

 

Minecraft Camp

 June 16 – 20 – SOLD OUT

 July 14 – 18 – SOLD OUT

 Aug. 11 – 15 – SOLD OUT

 Use the popular cubed world of Minecraft and examine the real science in the game. Spend time exploring and building in a cooperative 3D world where you mine for resources, then refine, combine, and use them to build amazing creations. Discover biomes, learn about geography, perform chemistry experiments, and more. Learn about 3D modeling and watch as we print our Minecraft creations on a 3D printer!

 $235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)

 

Game Design: Gamestar Mechanic

 June 23 – 27

 July 7 – 11

 July 21 – 25

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 Aug. 4 – 8

 Explore your passion for video games and game design as you learn basic game theory and put it to work. You'll become a master game designer for the week as you explore a steam-punk comic book world to learn new skills.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (including materials fee)

 

Explore Pittsburgh

 June 23 – 27

 July 21 – 25

 Learn about our beautiful city through a series of activities and trips. Visit Heinz Field and the National Aviary as you take a look at the science of football and the power of flight. Explore outdoor ecology, put our city's environmental health to the test, and get your body moving as you kayak, bike, and hike!

 $280 members / $295 non-members (Field trip fees included in price.)

 

Introduction to Robotics

 June 30 – July 3 *

 Can robots help clean your room and play basketball? Get up close with some binary beings in roboworld™ and learn about how they were designed and built. Using LEGO Education's newest EV3 software and technology build a robot and then take command. YOU are in control!

 * Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $195 members / $210 non-members. (price includes materials fee)

 

Awesome Astronomy

 June 30 – July 3 *

 The sky's the limit to what you’ll discover as you travel to distant galaxies and beyond! Learn about deep space, black holes, dark matter, supernovas, stars, and planetary collisions. It's out of this world!

 

River Camp

 July 7 – 11

 Hoist your sail for science and explore life on Pittsburgh's three rivers. Examine the engineering of bridges, how pollution affects our rivers, water conservation, and more!

 $280 members / $295 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

 

Kennywood Science

 July 14 – 18

 Aug. 4 – 8

 A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics, momentum, and chemistry behind what makes them tick. Camp includes a field trip to Kennywood.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (Field trip fee included in price.)

 

Science Mysteries

 July 28 – Aug. 1

 This camp is more than meets the eye. Campers will view our newest Omnimax movie, Mysteries of the Unseen World. Take an amazing journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision. Uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, or too small to be seen without the help of science.

 

 

Ages 12 and Up Full Day Camps

 Full-day camps run from 9 am – 3 pm

 Campers should bring their lunches

 Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

 NOTE: For sold out camps, please call to have your camper added to the wait list.

 

Trailblazers (ages 12-14)

 June 16 – 20

 July 21 – 25

 This program will challenge you to solve a mock attack on Carnegie Science Center while exploring real STEM careers. Retrieve the clues and assess the risks using engineering, chemistry, and materials science skills. Will you blaze the trail to a new science profession?

 Cost: $205 members / $220 non-members per session

 

Livin' It! A CanTEEN Camp (Girls only, ages 13-14)

 July 14 – 18

 Are you a girl who loves working on experiments? Are you a techie wiz? Do you redesign things to make them your own? Think girls can do it better? Explore STEM careers through hands-on activities, challenges, and digital interactives. Connect with awesome women who work with STEM to make a difference in the world while making a living! Explore how your interests can lead you to an awesome future.

 $235 members / $250 non-members (including materials fee)

 

Educator in Training (ages 12-14)

 July 7 – 11

 Think you might like to join the Science Center education team? Come try it out for a week as you learn the skills necessary for working with children, then practice under the supervision of our instructors. This camp includes a childcare and babysitting certification course, orientation, behind-the-scenes tour of the Science Center, and the chance to assist with one of our camps.

 Cost: $235 members / $250 non-members per session

 

Minecraft Extreme (ages 12-14)

 June 23 – 27– SOLD OUT

 Aug. 4 – 8 – SOLD OUT

 Use the popular cubed world of Minecraft to explore and build in a cooperative 3D world where you mine for resources, then refine, combine, and use them to build amazing creations. Campers will use the periodic table of elements and examine how elements combine to form molecules. Discover how basic survival techniques that are beneficial in the game apply to real life. Learn about 3D modeling and watch as we print our Minecraft creations on a 3D printer!

 Cost: $235 members / $250 non-members per session

 

 

Squirrel Hill JCC Summer Camps

 5738 Forbes Ave

 Pittsburgh, PA 15217

 412-521-8010

 To Register Contact:Kelly Gable LaBelle

 412-521-8011x 209

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Bring It On: Cheer Camp with Hot Cheer

 August 4-8    9 am-3:30 pm 

 Grades 1-8   Fee: $375

 Join the JCC for our first ever cheerleading camp. Participants will show off their spirit as they learn the basics of cheerleading—stunts, jumps, cheers and tumbling. The week will culminate with a special performance by our new cheerleaders.

 

Summer Skills Basketball Camp

 August 11-15  9 am-3:30 pm

 Grades 1-8 Fee: $325

 Campers will learn new skills that can be used on and off the basketball court. Instruction will emphasize correct shooting form, all types of passing, dribbling and defensive techniques. The camp will also emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.

 Fee: $325

 

Performing Arts Camp

 June 16-July 11 9 am-3:30 pm

 Grades 4-9

 Performing Arts Camp offers a full day of training in theater, music and dance. Campers stage a public performance at the end of the session.

 Hone your craft with expert faculty and theater arts professionals aw we produce the show “Beauty and the Beast”

 Performances: Wednesday July 9, and Thursday July 10, at 7 pm

 

Camp K’Ton Ton

 June 23-July 18; July 21-August 15

 Scheduling Options:

       Monday-Friday 9-11:30 am or 9 am-3 pm

       Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-11:30 am or 9 am-3 pm

       Tuesday and Thursday 9-11:30 am or 9 am-3 pm

 

 The JCC’s Early Childhood Development Center has an expanded focus of play-guided development for our youngest campers. We offer our two-year-old friends a day of structured activities in a safe environment that support your child’s newfound freedom as a toddler. There is a good balance of outdoor and indoor activities.

  Your child will enjoy

 

      Water play through guided games and activities in our baby pools located within the secured facility and inclusive playground.

       Daily music and movement with our music specialist

       Israeli dancing

       Judaics

       Building with a variety of materials and tools

       Arts & Crafts with our art specialist

       Mini flagpole in your child’s classroom

       Special programs from the Children’s Museum, Aviary and others

       Experiments with our JCC nature and science specialist

       Large motor skill games in our gym facilitated by a JCC fitness specialist

       Shabbat experience

       Access to three outdoor play spaces

 

All Scheduling Options include a 11:30 am-12:30 pm kosher lunch

 http://jccpghdaycamps.com/

 

 


 

 

 

East

 

PLUM: EAST SUBURBAN FAMILY YMCA

 2200 Route 286

 Pittsburgh PA 15239

 Contact: Nicole Roberts (724) 327-4667 ext 6

 Start Date: June 9, 2014

 Number of Sessions: 11 Weeks

 Ages: 5-14

 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 Before Care: 6:30am – 9:00am  No Additional Cost

 After Care: 4:00pm – 6:00pm    No Additional Cost

 Activities:

 -Swim daily

 -Outdoor Deck Hockey Court

 -Large Wooded Area for Exploration

 -Large Open fields for Sports Activities

 -Arts and Crafts

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

PENN HILLS YMCA Day Camp

 11817 Frankstown Road

 Pittsburgh, Pa 15235

 Contact: Chris Kaminski (412) 335-3913

 Start Date: June 9, 2014

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 11

 Ages: 6-13

 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 Before Care: 7:00am – 9:00am  No Additional Cost

 After Care: 4:00pm – 6:00pm  No Additional Cost

 The Penn Hills YMCA is excited to bring the magic of camp to our surrounding communities again this summer. Our Day Camp program serves campers ages 3-13 years old and strives to help each individual camper feel success and to know they’re cared for in our full facility, which features a full size gymnasium, classrooms for arts and crafts, giant playing field, a large Gaga court, and much, much more. Our program is age progressive and appropriately challenging for each child. This summer we will be visiting a local pool for swimming, going to different parts of the city on field trips, and planning the best activities and big events here at the Penn Hills YMCA!  Day Camp’s goal is to give campers new experiences to gain self-confidence, build character and share a love for the outdoors.

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

J&R Day Camp Summer Camps

JCC Family Park Monroeville

261 Rosecrest Dr

Monroeville, PA 15146

412-829-7707

 

J&R Stepping Stones

Half-Day Camp

June 16-July 11 |

Ages 3, 4, PreK 5

Monday through Friday 9 am-1 pm, Family Park Monroeville

Campers take a dedicated bus with seat belts and counselors between the JCC and the Family Park. Activities include daily swim lessons, arts & crafts, Judaics, sports, nature, music, drama, bus sing-alongs and Kabbalat Shabbat. Campers receive lunch and snacks and follow a schedule that is suitable for young children. Placed in groups of 10 to 12 with a senior counselor, junior counselor and CIT, campers are part of the Karmiel Unit. Campers must be potty trained.

 

Noar & Bogrim Travel Camp

June 16-July 11;

July 14-August 8

Grades 5-8

Campers enjoy time with friends while building new relationships, gaining independence and becoming part of a team. Daily trips depart from Family Park in Monroeville and include Sandcastle, Pirates Game, Kennywood and horseback riding. Fifth- and sixth-graders are grouped separately from seventh- and eighth-graders, with careful attention paid to leadership development and individual growth.

During the third week of each session, Travel campers embark on a 5-day Big Trip out of town. Each getaway includes travel by coach buses and overnight accommodations in Jewish Community Centers. All meals are provided, with most dietary needs being met (kosher, vegetarian). Counselors contact parents the night before each trip to answer questions and help prepare the camper to be away from home. Campers call home at least one time during the five day getaway.

 

 

All that Racquet Tennis Camp w/ Mark Haffner

July 21-25; July 28-August 1

Grades 1-8  Fee: $375

Campers will hit the courts from 9 am to 3:30 pm at  Family Park, Monroeville to learn backhand, forehand, court awareness skills and more from 2011 USTA Allegheny Mountains Tennis Professional of the Year, Mark Haffner.

Fee: $375

 


 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Pro Baseball Camp by ABC

 Shady Side Academy

 423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

 Ages: 8-18

 Cost: $375 to $555

 America's Baseball Camps is back in Pittsburgh for our 8th annual Pittsburgh Pro Summer Baseball Camp. If you don't like standing around or just playing catch all day, then this is the camp for you!

 Our daily formats are written by directors with years of Professional baseball backgrounds and mirror a Spring Training type day. Huge reps and teaching all day long with live games mixed in.

 Come join us and eat, live and breathe this great game of baseball. Each day the players will receive a significant amount of individual attention due to our low player to coach ratio.

 Campers will be broken into groups by age and ability levels.

 General age divisions are:

 8-11, 12-13, 14-16 and 16+

 Camp Packages

 For your convenience, America's Baseball Camps has two options to meet your camp needs.

 Package #1: Day Camp Option (no accommodations)

 Package #2: Overnight Staying w/ other Players Option (dorm room included in camp fees)

 Additional Options

 Professional Pitching Mechanics or Swing Video Analysis

 Players will be evaluated personally with Video Analysis software and have the chance to have their swing and/or their pitching mechanics broken down by a Professional Instructor. Professional Instructors will provide an evaluation of feedback, changes and recommend drills to help fix or improve your swing and/or your pitching mechanics.

 Check out our One Day Hitting Camp!

 We will be conducting an extensive Hitting Camp on July 7th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. This camp will cover every aspect of hitting and is a great way to "kick off" the week.

 http://baseballcamps.com/cbccampdetail.cfm?Camp=10075

 

 

YMCA CAMP VOYAGER AT COVENANT COMMUNITY

5157 Wexford Run Rd

Wexford, PA 15090

Contact: Lauren Barber ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Start Date: June 16th, 2014

Number of Weekly Sessions: 10

Ages: 6-15

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Children and teens will have opportunities to explore who and what they want to achieve during their 10 weeks at camp. Campers will go swimming at least once a week at The Woodlands Foundation utilizing their heated indoor pool, weekly field trips to explore many locations around the Pittsburgh area, as well as exploring the 13 acres of land that surround the camp’s location. This includes a covered pavilion, open land, Angleball equipment, playground, and various trails through the woods.

 

YMCA CAMP VOYAGER AT NORTH PARK – ROSE BARN

303 Pearce Mill Road,

Allison Park, PA 15101

Contact: Michelle Gephardt – 412-258-5591

Start: June 16th, 2014

Number of Weekly Sessions: 10

Ages: 6 – 15

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Children and teens will have opportunities to explore who and what they want to achieve during their 10 weeks at camp. Campers will go swimming at least once a week at The North Park Pool, weekly field trips to explore many locations around the Pittsburgh area, as well as exploring the land that surround the camp’s location. This includes the open land, playgrounds, and various trails through the woods. During all of our activities throughout the summer we will incorporate YMCA’s 4 Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

 

YMCA CAMP VOYAGER AT O’HARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Address: 115 Cabin Lane

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Contact: Phone Contact: Brandi D’Amico – 412-967-0644.

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 Start Date: June 9th, 2014

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 10

 Ages: 6-15

 Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 Children and teens will have opportunities to explore who and what they want to achieve during their 10 weeks at camp. Campers will go swimming at least once a week at Camp Guyasuta, weekly field trips to explore many locations around the Pittsburgh area. During all of our activities throughout the summer we will incorporate YMCA’s 4 Core Values.

 

 AVONWORTH: NORTH BOROUGHS YMCA - AVONWORTH COMMUNITY PARK

 536 S. Home Avenue

 Pittsburgh, PA 15202

 Contact:  Janet Ambrass & Jaime Minnitte 412-761-1227:

 Session Start Date: June 9th

 Ages: k-9th grade

 Time: 7:00am – 6:00pm

 North Boroughs YMCA Summer Day Camp is located at the Avonworth Community Park; with extended day at The Church of the Epiphany in Avalon. Avonworth Community Park offers 17 acres of green space that provides our campers a variety of activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, nature trails, and field trips in a safe, nurturing environment. Our well-trained staff focuses on meeting each campers needs, as well as encouraging your child to make new friends. New parent orientation is on Wednesday, May 21st pavilion at Avonworth Community Park: 498 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

 

SHALER: NORTH BOROUGHS YMCA – SHALER ELEMENTARY

 Address: 700 Scott Avenue

 Glenshaw, PA 15116

 Contact:  Janet Ambrass & Jaime Minnitte 412-761-1227:

 Session Start Date: June 23rd

 Ages: k-9th grade

 Time: 7:00am – 6:00pm

 North Boroughs YMCA Summer Day Camp is located at Shaler Elementary School on 700 Scott Avenue, Glenshaw, PA 15116. The YMCA program offers campers a variety of activities like swimming, arts and crafts, nature walks, sports, and field trips in a safe, nurturing environment. Our well-trained staff focuses on meeting each campers needs, as well as encouraging your child to make new friends.

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 


 

South

 

BRENTWOOD: YMCA CAMP GLADIATOR

3129 Elroy Avenue

Pittsburgh PA 15227

 Contact: Annamarie Casciato 412-386-7130

 Ages: Having completed Kindergarten through 12

 Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

 Before Care: 7:00am – 9:00am | Included in Fee

 After Care: 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Included in Fee

 Camp Gladiator, where we conquer everyday challenges.  Camp Gladiator is located at Elroy Elementary School in the Brentwood School District.  The camp is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Camp Gladiator is a wonderful place where children learn hands on about the world around them through amazing activities and field trips. Our activities include arts and crafts, sports, cooking swimming, theme days, talent shows, a carnival and so much more. Our well trained staff plan the activities to meet each individual campers needs. Our main goal of summer is making sure all of our campers have a summer to remember in a safe and friendly environment.

 

SOUTH PARK: SOUTH HILLS YMCA – CAMP SOUTHWINDS

 Location: Silent Brook Barn

 South Park PA

 Contact: Josh McCanna  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Start Date: June 16th

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 9

 Ages: 6-12

 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Before Care: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (No additional charge)

 After Care: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (No additional charge)

 Day camp activities will include arts, crafts, sports, games, field trips and swimming. Field trips may include the Zoo, Science Center, Children’s Museum, Wild Thing’s Baseball, bowling, ice skating, mini golf and much more. Our day camp provides an experience to enhance and enrich each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development.

 

BALDWIN: SOUTH HILLS YMCA – CLOVERLEAF CAMP

 425 Bliss Drive

 Pittsburgh PA 15236

 Contact: Josh McCanna  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 9

 Ages: 6-12

 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Before Care: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (No additional charge)

 After Care: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (No additional charge)

 Our Camp Cloverleaf is jammed packed with fun activities and field trips that will keep your children excited all summer long. All of our staff has been through training and most are education majors in college. They serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive and responsive to each child’s needs.

 Activities include arts, crafts, sports, games, field trips and swimming. Field trips may include the Zoo, Science Center, bowling, ice skating and many more. Our day camp provides an experience to enhance and enrich each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development.

 

 South Hills JCC Summer Camps

 345 Kane Boulevard

 Pittsburgh, PA 15243

 412-278-1975

 http://jccpghdaycamps.com/

 To register contact:

 Francine Cicco

(412) 278-1975×509

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 Mini Adventure Camp

 June 23-27; July 28-August 1

 Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm

 PreK - grade 1

 Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm

 Campers will enjoy new adventures with field trips to a children’s theater (Little Lake or South Park), Dormont Wood Castle and Bridge Playground, feeding the ducks and visiting the buffalo at South Park, mini golf, bowling and Chuck E. Cheese.

 

Camp Yeladim

June 16-August 8

Ages 3-4

Scheduling options:

Monday-Friday;

Monday, Wednesday

Friday; Tuesday and Thursday

9 am -12:30 pm

(includes a kosher-style lunch)

9 am -3 pm

(includes a kosher-style lunch and afternoon snack)

 Campers thrive in a safe and structured program that has both outdoor and indoor activities. Most importantly, your child will be safe and have fun.

 Your child will enjoy:

       Learning to swim in our indoor pool with Red Cross Safety Instructors.

       Playing in our outdoor water play area

       Participating in outdoor nature activities with our nature specialist

       Enjoying music activities with our music specialist

       Creating with our arts & crafts specialist

       Playing and learning a variety of physical activities

       Climbing, sliding and running around in our private, enclosed outdoor playground

       Camp-wide activities are connected to weekly themes and may include carnivals, parades, special sporting events and holiday celebrations.

       Experiencing Israel and its culture with our 2 Israeli counselors

       Celebration the Sabbath each Friday at our Kabbalat Shabbat

       Learning about giving to those in need by weekly contributions to our food and money drives benefiting local food banks

       Learning to help others by earning leaves on our Mitzvah (Good Deed) Tree

 Parents get updates through emails and other communications.

 

 

Camp K’Ton Ton

 By the week June 16-August 8

 Scheduling options:

 Monday-Friday;

Monday, Wednesday and Friday;

Tuesday and Thursday

9 am-12:30 pm (includes a kosher-style lunch)

9 am-3 pm (includes a kosher-style lunch and afternoon snack)

 Campers thrive in a safe and structured program that has both outdoor and indoor activities. Most importantly, your child will be safe and have fun.

 Your child will enjoy

       Learning to swim in our indoor pool with Red Cross Safety Instructors.

       Playing in our outdoor water play area

        Participating in outdoor nature activities with our nature specialist

        Enjoying music activities with our music specialist

       Creating with our arts & crafts specialist

       Playing and learning a variety of physical activities

        Climbing, sliding and running around in our private, enclosed outdoor playground

       Camp-wide activities connected to weekly themes which may include carnivals, parades, special sporting events and holiday celebrations.

       Experiencing Israel and its culture with our 2 Israeli counselors

       Celebrating the Sabbath each Friday at our Kabbalat Shabbat

       Learning about giving to those in need by weekly contributions to our food and money drives benefiting local food banks

       Learning to help others by earning leaves on our Mitzvah (Good Deed) Tree

 Parents get updates through emails and other communications.

 

Camp Sabra

 By the week June 16-August 8 | K-Grade 2

 9 am -3 pm (includes a kosher-style lunch and afternoon snack)

Camp Sabra activities

       Learning to swim in our indoor pool with Red Cross Safety Instructors.

       Daily hobby periods called chugim during which campers specialize incrafts, nature, music and drama or sports

       Outdoor nature hikes in the Scott Conservancy with our nature specialist

       Planting and cultivating our garden with produce donated to local food banks

       Enjoying music activities with our music specialist

       Creating with our arts & crafts specialist

       Playing and learning a variety of physical activities

       Climbing, sliding and running around in our private, outdoor playground

       Special things we do at JCC South Hills summer day camps:

       Experience Israel and its culture with our 2 Israeli counselors

       Celebrate the Sabbath each Friday at our Kabbalat Shabbat

       Learn about giving to those in need by weekly contributions to our food and money drives benefiting local food banks

       Learn to help others by earning leaves on our Mitzvah (Good Deed) Tree

 

 

Overnight at the JCC: Week 5 – Thursday, July 17

Camp-wide activities are connected to weekly themes and may include carnivals, parades, special sporting events and holiday celebrations

 

Adventure Camp

 June 16–20; July 7-11; July 14–18

 Grades 2-8

 Campers travel every day to a new destination. Adventures may include the Pittsburgh Zoo, Monster Golf, Idlewild, Horseback Riding, Climbing Wall, Wheeling Park, Tour-Ed Mine, Bowling and Laser Tag. There will be late pickups on some days.

Scheduling options:

9am-3pm June 16-20: Grades 2-5

 9am-3pm July 7-11: Grades 6-8

 9am-3pm July 14-18: Grades 2-8

 

 Performing Arts Camp–South Hills

9 am-3 pm | June 16-July 11

Grades 2-8

Campers are part of a complete musical show, from rehearsals to set production to opening night. Training in theater, music and dance culminates with a performance on Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm. The musical will be chosen based on registration. Performing Arts Camp is a program of the Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program

Other South Hills JCC Camps available

Check  the Website: http://jccpghdaycamps.com/

 


 

 

West

 

 

Sewickley Academy

315 Academy Avenue

Sewickley, PA 15143    

412-741-2230

Sewickley Academy is offering many four day courses for Grades Pre K-5 throughout this summer with various themes and varying start dates.  They are listed below.  Please check out their Website for detailed information about all of them. 

http://www.sewickley.org/page.cfm?p=300

Grades listed are indicated by the grade a student will enter in the fall of 2014 or the current age of the child.

Students in the age 4-6 playgroups should bring a change of clothes with them. All students of this age group should be bathroom trained.

Treasure Island (Ages 4 - 6)

Dr. Seuss Camp (Ages 4 - 6)

Superheroes Playgroup (Ages 4 - 6)

Beach Vacation (Ages 4 - 6)

Castles & Dragons (Ages 4 - 6)

Circus, Circus! (Ages 4 - 6)

The Magical World of Fairies (Ages 4 - 6)

Storytime (Ages 4 - 6)

The World of Eric Carle (Ages 4 - 6)

Fun & Fitness (Ages 4 - 6)

Passport to Adventure (Grades K - 2)

American Girl Doll Week (Grades K - 3)

Co-Ed Soccer Camp (Grades K - 4)

Storybook Characters - Clay-mation! (Grades K - 5)

iMath & iPhonics (Grades 1 - 2)

Fetch-ing Science (Grades 1 - 3)

Scratch Programming & Lego WeDo (Grades 2 - 3)

Science Discovery Camp (Grades 2 - 4)

Math Magicians Camp (Grades 2 - 4)

Learn to Do Magic! (Grades 2 - 5)

Summer Theater Performing Arts Camp/PAC (Grades 2 - 12)

Authors & Illustrators (Grades 3 - 5)

ROAR! (Grades 3 - 6)

Recycling Art (Grade 3 - 6)

Wheel Throwing - Pottery! (Grades 3 - 8)

EV3 Lego Robotics (Grades 4 - 5)

Math! Math! Math! (Grades 4 - 5)

Reading Strategies (Grades 4 - 5)

Video Game Design (Featuring New Games!) (Grades 4 - 6)

Readers, Actors, & Creators (Grades 4 - 7)

Drawing & Painting with Doc (Grades 4 - 8)

Girls' Lacrosse Camp (Grades 4 - 9)

Win Palmer's Journey to the Hoop (Grades 4 - 9)

Techie Tool Camp (Grades 5 -8)

Camp LEAD at Sewickley Academy (Grades 5 - 8)

Intro to Engineering, Bridges (Grades 5 - 8)

Study Skills/All-Subject Tutoring/Reading & Writing Support

 

Summer Theater Performing Arts Camp/PAC (Grades 2 - 12)

 

Sewickley Academy

 315 Academy Avenue

 Sewickley, PA 15143    

 412-741-2230

 This camp is an intensive and comprehensive four-week theatrical experience for the highly motivated performing arts student. Guided by professionals in the fields of drama, voice, and dance, students will work toward a professional production, fostering the development of individual talents and abilities. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to their fullest.

 Emphasis is placed on enhancing a young person’s poise, self-esteem, and confidence. The Performing Arts Camp experience will provide students with enjoyable memories and skills to last a lifetime.

  Dates: June 13 - Evaluation Day, June 16 - July 12

 Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Location: Rea Auditorium

 Inquiries can be made to Dru Cox at 724-935-7572.

 

CORAOPOLIS: WESTERN AREA YMCA

 195 Montour Run Road

 Coraopolis, PA 15108

 Contact: Andy Keaton 412-787-9622

 Start Date: June 9, 2014

 Number of Weekly Sessions: 11

 Ages: 6 – 14

 Time: 7:00am – 6:00pm

 Western Area YMCA Summer Camps provide an excellent setting for your child to build friendships and to grow, learn and play. You’ll find our experienced Camp Counselors offer children a variety of imaginative activities that nurture children’s spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies

 http://www.ycamps.org/day-camp/

 

 

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh Easter Egg Hunts 2014

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!  It's a nice late Easter this year, which means it should be warmer for these upcoming Easter Egg Hunts.  I still remember the year that it was so cold my son was bundled up as tight as could be and still had blue fingers.  We've compiled a list of some of the best Easter Egg Hunts in the region. If you know of others, tell us about them here and we'll add them to our list! 

 


 

City 

Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary

The National Aviary
700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-7235

April 12th and 13th, 18th - 20th
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Daily

Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary! Bring your kids and your camera to the National Aviary for a visit with the Easter Bunny and his Ducky friends! Pose for an unforgettable family photo, then after join us in the Rose Garden for a traditional Easter egg hunt!

No reservation required, included with admission.

General Admission: Adults $13, Children (ages 2-12) $11, Seniors $12, Children under 2 are free.

http://aviary.org/special-events/easterweekend2013-2


 

 8th Annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

Saturday, April 19, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Celebrate spring by learning about egg-laying animals from prehistoric and modern times! With scavenger hunt maps in hand, children 12 and under visit hands-on exploration stations where touchable natural history specimens await. Interact with museum nature experts, answer intriguing egg-related riddles, and earn stamps and small prizes. It is a fun and exciting way to celebrate spring even if the weather is still cold and rainy outside.

Free with museum admission; no registration required. Scavenger hunt map and prizes are available to the first 500 children, so don't be late!

http://www.carnegiemnh.org/programs/


 

North

 

PRO-LIFE EASTER EGG HUNT
This Easter Egg Hunt is for children 12 and under on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 AM at Sts. John and Paul Church (2586 Wexford Bayne Road Sewickley, PA 15143) at the Cardinal DiNardo Center. Free-will donations will be accepted and given to the Genesis House of Pittsburgh. Easter Basket raffle tickets also available! There will be 5,000 eggs and over 100 lbs. of candy! Register online at www.tinyurl.com/ssjpegghunt2014. Contact Patrick Sabados with questions or to volunteer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Discovery Church Egg’stravaganza

Mars High School
520 Route 228, Mars, Pa 16046
(724)779-1010

 Saturday, April 12th
3:00pm – 5:00pm

No registration required.  Free event.

This is an indoor, carnival style event where your child will get loaded up with candy filled eggs as prizes for the games they play

Carnival Games
Inflatables
Face Painting 
Hot Dogs
Popcorn 
Cotton Candy 
Balloon Animals
And of course... the Easter Bunny!

Come and see why thousands of people have participated in this event over the past nine years!  Bring as many friends as you want and a bucket or basket for your eggs!      

http://www.discovertogether.com/default.aspx?p=51537&evtid=165073&date=4/12/2014


  

Bruster’s Easter Egg Hunt

Bruster’s Ice Cream of Ingomar
9600 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 366-9899

Call ahead to register. Divided into ages groups. Each child will be given a set amount of eggs to hunt for, so that everyone gets an equal share of the fun! This event also features coloring, chalk drawings and games.

Free, but donations will be accepted for United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

http://www.brustersingomar.com/events/


 

 Pine Township Easter Egg Hunt

Pine Community Center
100 Pine Park Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Phone: 724-625-1636 Opt 3

Saturday, April 12th

10:30 am—12:00 pm
Ages 1 — 9 yrs.

10:45 am - 10:55 am (Ages 1-3)
11:00 am- 11:10 am (Ages 4-6)
11:15 am - 11:25 am (Ages 7-9)

Residents - FREE
Non-Residents - $3.00 per child
(Event will start promptly - Please be on time)

http://twp.pine.pa.us/thecenter.html


South

 

South Park Game Preserve Easter Egg Hunt
https://www.facebook.com/events/470866156374975/

It is time for Presley's 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt for Save the South Park Game Preserve. This event is open to all children 12 and under. THIS IS AT THE UPPER PLAYGROUND, NOT THE BLACK AND YELLOW PARK.
We had no idea what to expect last year and our 800 eggs were gone in minutes! This year we will have 3,000 eggs!!! Also, be sure to bring your camera, because we may have a special visitor hop by to say hello!
We are asking that you RSVP and let us know the number of children and their ages so we can plan accordingly.
If anybody would like to donate pre-filled eggs or anything else to the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m or you can take it to the park office and let them know it is for Presley's event.

 

Schramm Farms Easter Egg Hunt
http://www.schrammfarms.com/event/easter-egg-hunt/
Friday April 18 1-4 p.m. & Saturday April 19 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
$3/ child
Join us for our annual Easter Egg hunt on the Friday and Saturday before Easter. Hunt for Easter eggs and receive prizes, meet the Easter Bunny, visit with some live rabbits, watch a Ukrainian Easter Egg demonstration, and enjoy refreshments.

 

2014 Easter Egg Hunt
Simmons Farm
170 Simmons Rd, McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 941-1490

Begins April 11th
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday  10am-5pm

No pre-registration for small groups

Large groups with special requests should call ahead.

Price- $10.50 (No charge for adults to accompany children)

What’s included
1- Decorate farm related craft.
2- Decorate your Easter egg gathering bag
3- Collection of 12 eggs that are exchanged for prizes, every child hunting will receive prize (in apples orchard if sunshine or in greenhouse if rain)
4- Decorate a flower pot and then plant a flower
5- A Coloring craft
6- A Visit to our petting zoo to visit the animals

http://www.simmonsfarm.com/easteregghunt.html

 


 

Trax Farms

528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
(412) 835-3246

Easter Fun at Historic Trax Farms
Egg Hunts / Outdoors (Weather Permitting)
What fun to hunt for Easter eggs hidden in our Egg Patch! To make sure everyone has a great time, we've created three age appropriate patches. Hunts start every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30am.

Dates: April 12 & 13, 18 & 19
Start Time: 10:30am
End Time: 1:30pm

 Reservation: Not required; advance ticket purchase recommended. 
Cost:  $7

Other Easter Activities Include:
Bounce House
Egg Toss
Pony Rides
Balloon Animals
Glitter Tattoos
Train Rides

http://traxfarms.com/events/breakfast-with-the-bunny-easter-celebration-at-trax-farms-pittsburgh.html


 

Mt. Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt

Mt. Lebanon Main Park
Entrance on Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 561-4363

 Saturday, April 12, 2014
1 p.m.

Free event for Children through age 7.

This is the time of year when that floppy-eared rabbit comes around, so come to the Recreation Center and join in the crowd. Bring your cameras and basket too, and hop, hop, hop through the park to look for eggs hidden just for you.

 http://www.mtlebanon.org/index.aspx?NID=272


 

 West

 South Fayette Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt

South Fayette Township High School
3640 Old Oakdale Rd
Mc Donald, PA 15057

Saturday, April 12
9:00-12:00 p.m.– Breakfast with the Easter Bunny ($5.00)
11:00 a.m. – Egg Hunt Kick-Off (Free)
For Information contact 412-221-8700 ext. 17http://www.southfayette.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=573&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=615&PageID=1

 


Robinson Township's Easter Egg Hunt

Rotary Shelter in Clever Park
Saturday, April 19, 2014
1:00-3:00 p.m. 

 Bring the kids! Bring your cameras! And hop over to Robinson's annual Easter Egg Hunt! It's much more than just hunting for Easter eggs filled with treats (although that is part of the joy!). The Easter Bunny arrives by fire truck for photos and fun. There will be treats to eat right there, sack races, and other events. Spend the afternoon hopping down the bunny trail with friends and neighbors at the Rotary Shelter in Clever Park.

 http://www.townshipofrobinson.com/events.html

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Review: Cirque du Soleil Varekai

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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Last night I had the pleasure of being a guest at the opening night of the Cirque du Soleil Varekai show at the Peterson Events Center. This is the third Cirque show that I've seen in as many years and I am equally impressed by them all. In addition to seeing the evening show, I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal session and have a tour backstage of the production earlier in the day. It really gave me a rare glimpse into not only how the performers get ready for each show but also fun hidden gems like the costume room. It was fascinating.

I learned that the show Verekai travels with 19 tractor-trailers to transport all of their sets, costumes and crew. There are 100 people that travel with the show, 50% of them performers.

I had the opportunity to speak with Karen, a the trapeze artist for the show. A quiet, friendly girl from New Hampshire who fell in love with the circus because of a teacher, she has traveled with the show for the past two years. I love watching her go from a regular-looking girl in a ponytail and yoga pants backstage to full costume and make up during the show in the evening.

Varekai is the story of the Greek legend Icarus. The premise is that it begins where the legend leaves off. In the myth, Icarus iis given wings by his father but told not to fly to close to the sun. Of course, like most kids, he doesn't listen to his father's advice and flies near the sun, his wings melt and he subsequently drowns in the ocean.

In this version of it, instead of falling into the ocean,  Icarus falls into a an enchanted forest full of mythical creatures.The show is a series of acts done by the creatures and Icarus himself.

Like every other Cirque du Soleil I've seen, I don't always understand the nuances of the story at every moment. The shows remind me a lot of poetry. While I don't always know the story, I can appreciate the beauty of the art.

I am fascinated by simply looking at the performers and their sheer strength and athleticism. The way they fly through the air holding on with nothing more than fingertips is just incredibly amazing to me.

Of the three shows that I've seen this particular show is a nice combination of the fun, somewhat zany circus acts that Cirque du Soleil is often known for and some of the more serious artsy performances. I've seen Saltimbanco, which is much more circusy and fun, and Ka, which is much more serious and not like a circus at all.

Varekai fall somewhere right in the middle. Most of the acts centered around the story and the creatures in the forest. But every now and then something completely unrelated would come onto the stage for a little comic relief.

 My only regret is that I did not bring my children. Since the last show I saw (Ka) was so serious, I wasn't sure if they would enjoy sitting through this one. But I think after seeing this that they absolutely would have loved it. If I had to do it over it would definitely be a family show.

(One small warning, however - There is one act in the show if it is a little bit racy in a comical way. If you're conservative parent you might want to consider this before bringing young children).

Varekai is playing at the Peterson Events Center from now through the end of the weekend. If you have a chance at all to get out and see it I would highly encourage you. There is just nothing quite like seeing Cirque du Soleil live, and this is a great show to go and see.

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No complaints without proposals

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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I'm trying something new in my life.  It's a "no complaints without proposals" philosophy.

A couple of years ago, when I first became chair of the faculty in my department, someone gave me wise advice. They said that their motto with their faculty was "no complaints about proposals".

That was one of those pieces of advice it always stuck with me. I've tried to empower the people that I work with to have that attitude. Complaints are okay as long as you're willing to at least propose a solution. And then I am happy to work with them to make the solution happen.

Lately I've realized that this can apply to more than just my job, but also to my personal life. I think it's high time for to practice what I preach and be willing to be the change I seek.

I've tried to start teaching my kids the same concept. If they want to complain about something and they need to be prepared to tell me what they would like to do to change it.

I've also tried to take this to heart myself.

My first big "proposal" project is in the works right now.  Recently, I found myself complaining that our school district did not offer any sort of track or cross country running program until the students are in seventh grade. My children have not had the best luck with team sports, but I want to find a way for them to stay active. (Either they don't like them or they're just not that talented at them.) They both really enjoy it running, though, and I really want to make sure that they get exercise.

As a runner myself I was lamenting the fact that there was no way for the kids to run formally before seventh grade. I looked around at area running programs but they were none that worked with our schedule in our area.

That was when my motto came back to me. No complaints without proposals. So I decided that if I wanted to complain about it I had to be willing to fix it and I took the leap to propose a running program for elementary school kids in our school. I went first to the gym teacher and then to the principal and then to the track coach and then to the parent teacher organization president and board.

Everyone loved the idea and was thrilled that someone was willing to take the time to start a new afterschool program for kids. I wasn't sure if anybody else besides my two kids would want to do it but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.

I sent out information and a sign-up sheet and within the first week we had 50 kids signed up! Our sign-ups end this week and we will have at least 75 kids participating in our running club.

I couldn't be more excited. Yes, it's going to be a lot of work. But it's something I wanted for my own kids so I had to be willing to propose, and in this case follow through, with a solution. And it feels good.  I hope I can continue to live the motto.

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Making friends with moms

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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I was thinking the other day about making friends. My children are at the age where they have naturally started to develop good friendships both at school and outside of school in some of their extracurricular activities. So far, it's been pretty natural for them children to make friends. Sometimes, however, the parents need to lend a hand by setting up playdates and arranging opportunities to develop these friendships outside of school or soccer practice, especially in the summer.

What I'm struggling with is that I find it much easier to help foster Matthew's friendships because I am friends with many of his friends' mothers. I'm not sure if it's because I've known them longer or if we just "click" better.  But I know them well enough to be able to pick up the phone and call them and ask for a playdate when Matthew asks.

I'm finding Ben to be a little bit tougher. He has several friends at school that he keeps telling me about, but I've realized that I have no idea who their parents are and don't really know how to contact them to help keep these friendships going outside of school. With summer approaching, I would like to do something to change this.

Of course, that means that I need to now work on my own social skills. The boys are young enough that I would need to feel comfortable with a playmate's parents before allowing a playdate. So that means I need to make friends with their parents.  But when I think about just picking up the phone and calling a parent out of the blue, it makes me nervous.  What if they reject us? What if they say no?  I feel like I'm in junior high again. :)

Up to this point, many of my children's best friends have been the children of my friends. It's amazing how many of our children's friendships are shaped by our friendships. When my husband and I go to dinner or go camping or do social things with our friends, of course their kids and our kids play together. I guess that's just natural. So they've developed good friendships just because of us.

But now that the kids are in school and are making their own friends, I have to follow rather than lead.  They pick the friends, I get to know the parents, not the other way around.

So here goes nothing. I'm going to call and introduce myself and ask for a play date. Wish me luck.

 

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