Are you finding time to PLAY?

What does play look like to you? How do you define play? How can we find more time to play? All of these are important questions that we seek to answer everyday. Sometimes it's fidgeting with a device while sitting at your desk, or maybe it's finding time to walk outside during the day or on a beautiful night. Sometimes it's at a playground, sometimes it's a board game at home. Whatever way you define play, no matter how small or how large, find time to do it when you can!

Take a look at some pictures below from a mini pop-up play day at the Carnegie Library in Hazelwood with some students learning to build and work as a team last week! 

We'll continue to provide and highlight opportunities in and around Pittsburgh for play and are always excited to partner in new and exciting ways!

We look forward to playing soon!


ARTventures: Plaster Weekends

Saturday, March 3, 2018
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Carnegie Museum of Art (repeats on Sunday!)

Hazelwood Family Yoga

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00pm to 8:00pm 
Carnegie Library - Hazelwood

Family Hike with a Naturalist: Nocturnal Animals

Saturday, March 10, 2018
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Frick Environmental Center

Pot O' Gold Geocaching

Saturday, March17, 2018
2:00pm to 4:00pm 
Schenley Park

Member Blog

These articles are part of our Member Blog Series, which showcases Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative PLAYers' efforts and commitment to ensure that play is a critical element in the lives of people of all ages. Each month, a different PLAYer organization will share their take on how play is a part of the work they do. 

March 1, 2018
Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Member Blog
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Playtime at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Family Playshop

As we adults go about our busy modern lives, we often forget why young children need to play. It's easy to overlook that long before parents send their child to meet their first preschool or kindergarten teacher, children are learning with their families.  

Play is an essential way that parents are their child's first and most important teachers. Every interaction a child has in the early years helps to form synapses, or connections, in the brain, building the physical infrastructure for future learning.

February 1, 2018
Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Member Blog
Carnegie Museum of Art


The Art of Play

Last Saturday, I spent the better part of an hour with a young 7th grade artist in The Art Connection (TAC), the longstanding program for children in grades 5-9 at Carnegie Museum of Art, trying to figure out how to best peel the outside layer off of a golf ball. (I had no idea it was pink inside! But, according to my young friend with obvious prior experience, not all are pink. “It depends on the brand,” he said casually). Pliers, a coping saw, a nail and hammer. Some mild success. I was totally engrossed. My new friend was working on his latest project, where students were challenged to transform a functional, everyday object into something extraordinary. Generous enough to include me in his process, this young student and I were engaged in experimental play — a familiar state for an artist. That’s how we do what we do, after all.  


"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson