Welcome to the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch's Weekend Planner!
Got no idea what you'll do this weekend? Patch is coming to the rescue. We've got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
It's a good idea to have cash ready for these events.
1. Local Disaster Relief Donations
Where?/When?: Wendy's/Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 29-31
Why Go?: Now through Dec. 31, customers who visit area Wendy's restaurants can make a $1 donation to support local disaster relief efforts and subsequently receive free Junior Frosties for an entire year. Customers can purchase a Junior Frosty Key Tag for $1 and then show that key tag on subsequent visits to participating Wendy's locations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to receive free Junior Frosties through Dec. 31, 2012. Fifty cents from each purchase will support the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross, and 50 cents will support the relief efforts of The Salvation Army.
Pricing: $1 donation.
2. Family Play Date Skate
Where?/When?: Mt. Lebanon Ice Center/Thursday, Dec. 29, 9-11 a.m.
Why Go?: This program is for preschool through kindergarten-aged children accompanied by at least one adult on skates, and siblings of the preschool and kindergarten-aged child.
Pricing: $4.25 per person. Skate use is included.
3. Matinee in the Café
Where?/When?: Whitehall Public Library/Friday, Dec. 30, 1:15-4 p.m.
Why Go?: Each Friday, the Second Chapter Café screens a different movie! This week, the movie is Dolphin Tale.
4. Greeting the Planets: A Holiday Art Installation
Where?/When?: Art/Ink Gallery (Beechview)/Friday, Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m.
Why Go?: The Art/Ink Art Gallery will present the Holiday Art Installation Opening Reception. The exhibit features new and vintage holiday greeting cards and unique fiber sculptures and embroideries.
6. Noon Year's Eve Celebration
Where?/When?: Pittsburgh Zoo/Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Why Go?: It's like Times Square—only family-friendly! Countdown to noon and watch the "ball" drop, sign the New Year's ReZOOlution banner and dance yourself silly with Radio Disney!
Pricing: $10 per adult and $9 per child and senior.
7. Countdown to Noon
Where?/When?: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh/Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m.
Why Go?: Kids are welcome to a bedtime-friendly New Year's Celebration with lots of fun activities and an exciting show by local magician Jason Hudy.
Pricing: $12 per adult, $11 per child aged 2 to 18, $11 per senior citizen, $10 per members' guests. Children under 2 are admitted for free.
8. New Year's Eve Dinner
Where?/When?: Michael's Restaurant & Lounge/Saturday, Dec. 31, 3 p.m.
Why Go?: The community is invited to ring in the new year at Michael’s Restaurant & Lounge. They will be serving dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve. After dinner, there will be drinks, appetizer specials, party hats and a champagne toast at midnight. Call 412-882-4707 to make reservations.
9. First Night 2012
Where/When: Downtown Pittsburgh/Saturday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
Why Go?: Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is a unique, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration focused on the arts. Held in more than 200 cities worldwide, the festival is a wonderful way to bring in the New Year in an uplifting, alcohol-free atmosphere. Centered in the Cultural District, First Night Pittsburgh has something for everyone, from children’s activities and performances by nationally known musicians to installations by local artists and a spectacular fireworks finale. Click here to view a full schedule of events.
10. New Year's Eve Party
Where?/When?: Legacy Lanes/Saturday, Dec. 31, 9-11:30 p.m.
Why Go?: Legacy Lanes is hosting a New Year's Eve Party featuring the band Night Shift and a hot dinner buffet. Music starts at 9 p.m.