May in Pittsburgh means warm weather, holiday weekends and outdoor family outings. Play Pittsburgh’s event calendar is full of over 100 FREE family events going on in the ‘Burgh all throughout May!

Please note: Some events occur over multiple days. If you see an event you’re interested in attending, always check the link for the specific date/time/details/registration. Many of these popular kids events in Pittsburgh fill up quickly so be sure to arrive early . While admission is free, some activities at the events may cost extra.

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Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh in May

Monday, May 1 |If you’re looking for a fun family outing, visit Family Night at Whitehall Public Library– Curious George will be there, too! Enjoy crafts, stories, songs and fun at Toddler Storytime at Cooper-Siegel Library or Preschool Storytime at Castle Toys and Games. FREE

Tuesday, May 2 |Later on in the evening Family Movie Night at Castle Shannon Library will be featuring the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We love great storytimes offered by local libraries. For books and rhymes meet at the Children’s Programming Room for Story Time at C.C. Mellor Library. FREE

Wednesday, May 3 | Get your FREE tickets to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during their special performance, Tiny Tots. Make a DIY Grass Head at Wacky Wednesdays at Robinson Library. FREE

Thursday, May 4 | Enjoy FREE Admission to Ballocity all day at Fun Fore All. Or, if the weather is nice you may want to check out Settler’s Cabin Park. FREE

Friday, May 5 | Children ages birth – 18th and their caregivers can enjoy Baby Storytime at C.C. Mellor Library. Enjoy strolling musicians, street performers, fire dancers with more activities all weekend long at 3rd Annual Millvale May Days. FREE

Saturday, May 6 | Kids can make their own flower pot at Kids Workshop at the Home Depot. Bring the bikes to Ross Township Bike Rodeo, try out the obstacle course and learn about biking safety. If your child is totally obsessed with fidget spinners then they’ll love the Fidget Spinner Showdown at Learning Express in Bakery Square. FREE

Sunday, May 7 | Grab some hot chocolate and enjoy a story during Sunday Morning Storytime at Nine Stories Pittsburgh. Enjoy Free Admission to Westmoreland Museum of Art! Have the kids sort out their cards and bring them to the Pokemon Trading Event at Learning Express in Bakery Square. FREE

Monday, May 8 | Kids eat free at Walnut Grill! Babies and tiny tots will love Infant Story Time at Cranberry Library. FREE

Tuesday, May 9 | There’s plenty of fun for the “older” kids at Tween Art Club at Cranberry Library. Foster speech development and motor coordination through rhymes, puppets and a variety of activities during Book Babies at Shaler North Hills Library. FREE

Wednesday, May 10 | Listen to stories, make a craft and sing songs at Preschool Story Time at Cranberry Library and C.C. Mellor Library. Workout while the kids play at North Hills Park on their outdoor exercise equipment. FREE

Thursday, May 11 | Take stroll or hike through the trails at Riverview Park. Pull up a seat at School Age Story Time at Castle Shannon Library. FREE

Friday, May 12 | There’s a lot happening at the Bakery Square Summer Kick-Off Party! FREE

Saturday, May 13 | There will be plenty of bands on the outdoor stages at Millvale Music Festival. TheShaler Township Bike Rodeo will teach children (and their parents) about bicycle safety and the rules of the road and rights as a bicyclist. See the animals, play on the playground, take a hike and enjoy the great outdoors at Down on the Farm Day at Round Hill Park. The 17th Annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival will have games, crafts, activities and even a barnyard petting zoo with over 40 animals! FREE

Sunday, May 14 | Happy Mother’s Day! Moms receive FREE Admission to Pittsburgh Zoo! Bring the kids for a special Mother’s Day Craft at South Park Nature Center. Come toKids’ Days in Schenley Plaza for free activities including face painting, a balloon artist, lawn games, special guests and performers, and free rides on the PNC Carousel. Get ready to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and many other talented guests at the 2017 Wings Over Pittsburgh. FREE

Monday, May 15 | Meet at the Community Room for Mother Goose Storytime at Shaler North Hills Library. The Remake Learning Days Kickoff event will be at PNC Park and will feature dozens of fun and creative hands-on activities along with light refreshments. FREE

Tuesday, May 16Make bird feeders at Monroeville Library. There will be insect and spider activities all day long during Bug Day at Northland Public Library. Everything is awesome at Tween LEGO Club at Cranberry Library. FREE

Wednesday, May 17 | Explore basic robotic coding Bee Bot Learning or Toddler Songs and Stories – both at Castle Shannon Library. FREE


Thursday, May 18 | Build homes and cities out of giant cardboard boxes during the “We Built This City” exhibit at the 2017 EQT Children’s Festival. FREE

Friday, May 19 | Channel your inner musician at the Sound Playground at the Children’s Festival. Create a work of art that tells a special story during Family Craft at the Flower House. FREE

Saturday, May 20 | Meet Peppa Pig at Learning Express in Bakery Square. It’s Upper St. Clair Community Day – check out the Pittsburgh inspired Casey’s Clubhouse Playground while you’re in the neighborhood! Bring your furry friend to Sewickley Unleashed Pet Parade. Honk horns, pretend to drive and climb around big vehicles at Cecil Township Touch-a-Truck. There’s live music, games & activities for kids at the Two Way Street Festival in Wilkinsburg. Get everyone involved at Family STEM Day at Crafton Library. FREE

Sunday, May 21 | Take a hike… at Story Hike in Frick Park. Learn all about worms during Nature Detectives at Jennings Environmental Education Center. FREE

Monday, May 22 | Visit Shaler North Hills Library for Parachute Play and/or Book Babies at Night. FREE

Tuesday, May 23 | Watch the new Disney movie, Moana, at Family Movie Night at Castle Shannon Library. FREE

Wednesday, May 24 | Celebrate the new playground at Hampton Twp Playground Party! Sing and dance at Toddler Fun at Shaler North Hills Library. FREE

Thursday, May 25 | Crafts, games, snow cones, hot dogs and more at Party in the Park at Pine Community Center! FREE

Friday, May 26 | Who’s ready for summer?! Celebrate at Bakery Square Summer Kick-Off Party. Bring your bouncing baby to play during Baby Storytime at C.C. Mellor Library. FREE

Saturday, May 27 | Kids can participate in a little friendly competition for all ages and skill level at Pittsburgh’s Strider Cup. Meet Cinderella at Princess Storytime at Learning Express Bakery Square. Take a stroll through Swissvale Farmers Market. FREE

Sunday, May 28 |Bring the fishing pools to FREE Family Fishing Day at Point State Park and even watch historical demonstrations. You’ll want to check out the new playground at Deer Lakes Park.. it should finally be finished and open this weekend! FREE

Monday, May 29 | Happy Memorial Day! There are tons of parades and festivals going on today: Elizabeth Borough, Lawrenceville, Beaver and South Park, to name few! As well as the special celebration honoring fallen heros at Soldiers and Sailors. FREE

Tuesday, May 30 | Read “Bear’s Truck is Stuck” and paint with hot wheels’ cars and tonka trucks at Story Time at Learning Express in Bakery Square. Make a craft or create whatever you want during Make and Take Tuesday at Monroeville Library. FREE

Wednesday, May 31 | Take a stroll to Blue Slide Park, cross it off your summer bucket list early! There’s tons of local vendors and activities at the Ross Township Welcome Party. FREE

Play Pittsburgh Event Calendar

For more family events in Pittsburgh, check out our entire May Events Calendar!

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