Children's Museum

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Grand Opening of New Outdoor Classroom

at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, May 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH,  PA (May 10, 2012)--A previously empty, outdoor space comes to life on the Northside on the morning of May 17  at the grand opening of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s outdoor classroom.  This new space features a woven Basket Hut made from invasive Norway Maple tree cuttings harvested from Frick Park, earth mounds, fruit trees, a rain barrel, raised planting beds with native and edible species, musical instruments and educational signage.

On Thursday, May 17, from 11am-12pm, artist Indigo Raffel will join youth volunteers and representatives from the Children’s Museum of PittsburghKeep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Waste Management, Inc., to put the finishing touches on the woven Basket Hut  and adorn it with positive wishes for the earth. 

This new outdoor classroom space is funded by  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management, Inc., and will be used daily by the Pittsburgh Public School’s Headstart/Pre-K classes housed in the Museum, as well as for a variety of Museum programs. 

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 

Providing innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning.  Hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include: The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Nursery, and Backyard.  In October 2011 the Museum opened its newest permanent exhibit area MAKESHOP -  a space where kids and adults can build and tinker with old and new technologies, exciting projects and cutting-edge media The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building).  In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building (Silver LEED) and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust.  In 2011 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums byParentsmagazine.  For further information, call 412-322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org.