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After crawling out from the unseasonable winter temperatures, the family will be able to participate in events that fit perfectly with the spring season. The Pittsburgh region has enough activities to pique every interest for every member of the family. There are inside and outside selections that will be suited for the unpredictable spring weather conditions. Here are five places for wonderful opportunities to enjoy a family adventure.

Shen Yun
Benedum Center For The Performing Arts
237 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.org

Dates: May 10 & 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Families will be hypnotized by the production of Shen Yun at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. The stage is illuminated with a background of murals that dates back thousands of years to ancient China. The music and dance scenes are done by an adept cast of performers who are articulate with every acrobatic move and eloquent song. This is a journey into the past and a wonderful, historical and educational learning adventure.

67th Annual Shrine Circus
Consol Energy Center
1001 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 642-1800
www.consolenergycenter.com

Dates: April 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.; April 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.; April 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Even though spring hasn’t quite sprung in all its glory, the Shrine Circus brings another event to the expansive seating of the Consol Energy Center. With perfect seating arrangements to view all the exciting action and well-trained animals that are capably directed by their trainers, kids of all ages will be enticed to stand up and cheer. The energized stunts, acrobatic maneuvers, clowns, daredevil acts and animals are always a crowd pleaser, and the atmosphere of a circus is great for the entire family.

PYRO FEST
Cooper’s Lake Campground
205 Currie Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 368-8710
www.pyrofest.com

Dates: May 29 & 30, 2016

This spring event is a dynamic, one-of-its-kind aerial explosion of sounds, colors and imaginative technology that will give a new meaning to Memorial Day. The spacious campground offers a chance to spread out and enjoy all the action, including music, food, a kids zone and camping. The award-winning event will choreograph a display of fireworks that will dance in the skies for visual and sensory entertainment for all members of the family.

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Pittsburgh Earth Day
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 565-6000
www.pittsburghearthday.org

Dates: April 16-24, 2016

The Pittsburgh region will come alive with Earth Day events to educate and celebrate the Steel City and the businesses responsible for the sustainable, environmental and green initiatives of the region. There are opportunities for the entire family to share the experience with a calendar of events throughout the downtown area. Whether through a fashion show, concerts, exhibits, the steel festival or food, the Earth Day events will be a lasting memory for your family.

Shop ‘n Save Westmoreland County International Air Show
148 Aviation Lane
Latrobe, PA 15650
(724) 539-8100
www.palmerairport.com

Dates: May 21 & May 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Westmoreland County International Air Show has an average attendance of over hundred thousand spectators, proving it’s the place to bring the family for an outstanding jet performance. The aerial gymnastics have enough twists, turns and daredevil loops to make your heart skip a beat. The precise flight patterns displayed by the Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jets are indicative of the advanced tactics used in aviation technology. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will be hosting the exciting aerial adventure, making for a wonderful spring event for the family.

Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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