Thursday, June 15, 2017

Family Fun in the City: A Night at The Children's Museum

Pittsburgh

It may seem like my family does a lot together, but the reality is it's very difficult to get our schedules to coordinate! With four kids going in four different directions and a husband who logs in more hours at the office than he does at home, planning a major outing can be a challenge. But every so often, our schedules magically align, and we are able to head into Pittsburgh for a night of family fun!


Last month, we attended Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. It was night for celebrating moms (the unspoken everyday heroes) and having fun together as a family, while giving back. Chick-fil-A of Pittsburgh sponsored the event, and all proceeds benefited A Glimmer of Hope Foundation.

My kids have been to The Children's Museum many times, but Grant has never been able to join us. Even though some of the exhibits were closed during the event, they were really excited about going there at night! Grant was excited, too. It was his first time going to the museum since he was a child!


When we arrived at the event, we got to walk the red carpet on our way into the museum! My kids thought that was exciting!

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

After burning off some energy in the giant, multi-level maze, we took a break to make superhero masks. Well, the big kids took a break to get creative. Liam ran, and Grant chased after him!

Superhero mask making at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We finally managed to get all four kids in the same spot for, oh, five seconds.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Then the littlest dude ran again, and we ran after him. After going through the crooked room about 30 times (which I couldn't photograph because I was trying to keep both Liam and I from falling over), and down the slide that I barely fit in, I was exhausted. Obviously, the little mamas were, too.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

They perked up so they could show their favorite exhibit to their dad!

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

I managed to keep Liam entertained with the falling letters on the bit screen for a while before he noticed that his sisters and dad were MIA. He promptly found them!

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We finally headed into Liam's favorite room (other than the water floor which was closed)! We "test drove" the mini car, but decided that our SUV is the only comfortable way for our family to travel. We will DEFINITELY not be downsizing!

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Liam burned off a ton of energy while the girls got their faces painted, and I got a much needed manicure. (No pictures, because, well, wet nails!) After that, we were more than ready to enjoy some delicious Chick-fil-A food in the cafe!

Chick-fil-A Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

After we ate, we joined a little dance party and played some games. Lily declared that the party at The Children's Museum totally rocked!

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The "party" wasn't over yet! We left some special messages on the tree, and had our family picture taken!

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We decided to take a break from exploring, and head into the art studio to give back even more! Each of our kids made small donations, and in turn, they created their own screen print superhero capes, and got customized Chick-fil-A stuffed cows!

Screen Printing at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

While we were in the art studio, Liam was reunited with the Chick-fil-A cows. He was hesitant at first, but warmed up quickly!

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We said goodbye to the cows, and headed back into the museum for a little more fun while the capes dried!

Chick-fil-A

We went through the crooked room and down the enclosed slide a few more times, while Grant took Lily to get her hair braided and dyed with chalk. She was so excited!

Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Hero Night at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

We ended the evening by playing a bit longer in Liam's favorite room!

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The night was a huge success! Somehow, Grant and I managed to wrangle four kids in a crowd, without losing anybody or losing our minds. (Oh, wait...where did Liam go?!?)

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Although we would prefer to live at the beach, we do love living so close to an awesome, family-friendly city that is full of fun places to go. We all had a fun, memorable night together at one of our favorite museums!

{Funny story...Lily handed Grant the sign and he realized what it said just as they took the picture! Priceless.}


Hero Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh


Do you have a Children's Museum in your city?


Family Fun in the City - A Night at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Pittsburgh and The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for hosting such a fun event!

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7 comments:

  1. Lily's personality and poses. Rack me up. That girl has enough personality for a few kids. Love her. Looks like a ton of fun!

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  2. What a great evening! You guys really do always do so many fun things!

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  3. Such an awesome evening! I am sure those nights where the schedules all align feel nothing short of magical.

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  4. Oh gracious. Your hubs did NOT hold that sign while posing with his wife and children. That’s hilarious! And the look on his face is priceless. Just need to add his Mother and Grandmother to the mix. Can you say “awkward”?
    Tbh tho I don’t like those signs. Yes I get it is an attention grabber … but not in a good way =/
    Have a good day !

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  5. That's one for the scrapbook. Could be worse. She could have asked Dylan to hold it. :P

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  6. Looks like you guys had a great time!

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