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Museum At Home

Our online projects were featured in USA Today!
We love introducing you to all kinds of activities in the Museum and MuseumLab, and love it even more when you keep the activities and creativity going at home. 

Kid makers, please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind. 

Share what you're making at home on our social media channels! Facebook, Instagram and Twitter   @pghkids / #pghkids / @museumlabpgh / #museumlabpgh

Tough Art @ Home 2020

We're so excited to announce Tough Art @ Home 2020, our first-ever virtual version of the annual Tough Art program!

The Children’s Museum's Tough Art Residency Program has offered creative, hands-on learning opportunities for our visitors since 2007. Unfortunately, the 2020 in-person residency was cancelled because of the Museum's unprecedented closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This prompted the creation of the first “Tough Art @ Home” residency. Five incredible artists have created art-making activities inspired by their creative process for you to try at home. Check out their projects here.

Window Art Gallery

We want to share your artistic talents with the neighboorhood! We'll be displaying our visitors' beautiful art in our Window Gallery in October and November. If you have art you would like to share, just put it in our drop box on the Museum's front porch.

We are not able to return art donations, so please drop off pieces that you don't mind parting with.

Window Art Gallery

Let's Try...

This new series provides instructions for creative activities you can try at home. We post new projects often, so keep checking back! 

Kid makers, please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.   Now let's try...

Making Boats That Float

Sarah shows us how we can make boats out of recycled materials!

Let's Try Making Boats that Float

See all of our Let's Try activities here.

Let's Try... Birthday Edition

Many of us are celebrating birthdays in ways that are pretty different, and the challenge is bringing out our creative spirit! The newest addition to the Children's Museum campus, MuseumLab, celebrated its first birthday on April 27, 2020 and the occasion inspired us to offer these fun projects to help you celebrate at home. 

Recycled Candles

Make a new candle from leftover candle scraps.

Let's Try Making Recycled Candles

See all of our Birthday activities here.

Let's Go Outside

This new series explores the many beautiful plants and flowers in our own backyards!

Pumpkin Life Cycle

It's pumpkin season! We're excited to kick off a series of videos about these famous fruits. Today, Let's Go Outside with Laura to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin.  

Let's Go Outside: Pumpkin Life Cycle

See all of our Let's Go Outside videos here.

Neighborhood Singalong

We believe the voices of children and families can help us connect to each other, and the world - and what better way to start than a “Neighborhood Singalong” of the iconic song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” from our friend and mentor, Fred Rogers?

Your response was both amazing and heartwarming. We hope it brightens your day as much as it has ours!

Neighborhood Singalong

Want more music? Enjoy our Museum Spotify Playlist

New Ways to Say "Hi!"

Many of you shared the ways that you say "hi" in these days of social distancing. Thank you for sharing your creativity, humor and love in your posts!

New Ways to Say Hi!

The Makeshop Show

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we created The Makeshop Show to introduce our (then) new MAKESHOP exhibit and making activities to our audience. We created online content for the show to show off some really cool projects and makers through videos, blog posts, contests and interviews. Please enjoy these throwback videos from 2011 - 2014 - because creative DIY projects never get old!

See Makeshop Show activities here.