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Sometimes Easter Day isn’t just spent at home with family and friends. Sometimes you may be looking to break out of your usual routine and mix it up with some kid-friendly fun. These events, many of which are free or low-cost, are a great way to celebrate Easter and to welcome in spring. Expand your horizons on Easter by giving back, playing downtown, or simply change your place of worship.
Easter Dining Cruise
Gateway Clipper
1 Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015 Brunch Cruise from 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Dinner Cruise from 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, mix up your traditional Easter plans and take a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. With two options for sailing and dining, both brunch and dinner are covered for the whole family. Adult tickets start at $45.00, children’s admission begins at $20.00, and a variety of scrumptious items await you. Tuck in to francaised Yellowtail Sole with tangerine & tarragon, hand carved rosemary encrusted roasted strip loin of beef served with a demi glace, and sauteed chicken with a la king sauce, to mention only a few options from the Clipper’s hearty menus. A DJ will be playing tunes for both cruises, and a super fun surprise awaits the littlest sailors.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Downtown Pittsburgh
925 Liberty Ave., First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 566-4190

Date: April 5, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Join PDP and give back to this beautiful city on a day that’s dedicated to healing and rebirth. Your typical Easter Sunday may involve going to religious services, and include a brunch. Why not pitch in by helping a team of dedicated volunteers make this city gorgeous before heading off to celebrate the holiday? Volunteers never take a day off and lending your manpower on a day that’s reserved for reflection and family is one of the most selfless acts that a person can do. Get your kids involved and help by pulling weeds, landscaping, removing litter and debris, painting, and other helpful tasks. Pittsburgh will thank you and you’ll be rewarded with great satisfaction knowing that you performed a much needed, and fun, service to your community.

Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory
1 Schenley Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-6914

Date: April 5, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

After another cold winter, Phipps’ annual Spring Flower Show is the perfect reward for spring revelers as it celebrates rain and bright blooms. Head down to Phipps after your Easter celebration to continue the festivities with an abundance of color, scents, and breathtaking sights. Enjoy your favorites in this lush, tropical paradise with Himalayan poppies and the new Viola Hip Hop Cranbunny, along with tulips, lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, primula, snapdragons, and orchids. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors/students, and $11 for children aged 2 – 18. Members and children under 2 are free.

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Disney’s Beauty And The Beast
Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Date: April 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

A tale as old as time of love, retribution, and acceptance. Enjoy your traditional Easter celebration, then take your family to see this enchanting musical, adapted from the original Disney classic. Your kids will be delighted hearing old favorites – and new songs adapted for the stage – and seeing all their favorite characters. Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and even old Gaston come to life onstage during this spectacular performance that will reawaken your love of this timeless classic.

Upper Room Worship
1462 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
(412) 502-5052

Date: April 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Change up your traditional Easter worship by attending one of the fun events on this list and then head to worship on Easter Sunday night. Sound crazy? Not at this ultra hip and modern Christian revival that brings a fresh and energetic spirituality to the stage with joyful music that will make you stand up and shout. Coupled with a relevant, appropriate message for this Easter Sunday, this Christian church accepts all, and rocks out to the beat of its own drum every Sunday night in Lawrenceville.

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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at