Things to do in Pittsburgh on Black Friday that aren’t Shopping

So your family is in town for the holiday, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and no one wants to go Black Friday shopping. What else is there to do in Steel City on November 27th? Plenty!

Pittsburgh in Autumn
Festive fall foliage can been seen all over Pittsburgh, and soon your family will be here for the holidays as well. By John [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Family Day 2015 at the Mattress Factory art museum features lots of kid-friendly activities that are free with admission. The Mattress Factory, bursting at the seams with modern art installations, is normally not the most kid-friendly place, but giving kids a chance to make their own works of art, get their faces painted, and participate in a scavenger hunt through the museum.
  • Allegheny County Park ice rinks will be open in North Park as well as South Park. The rinks will be open 9 a.m.-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Weather permitting, it might just be the perfect day for a skate.
  • The Warhol Book Hunt is on! Follow #warholbookhunt on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine to get clues on where the latest book is hidden. Then, go on a scavenger hunt through the city to find the book and return it to the Warhol Museum to be added to the shelf. Finding the book gets you some pretty nice prizes, including free admission to the museum.
  • A Waltz Tradition at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is at 8 p.m. This kick-off to the holiday season will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. Close out your anti-Black Friday with some nice culture.


Home investments for the holidays

Do you have family coming to stay for Thanksgiving? There are all kinds of things you might need for your home when the whole clan rolls in for the holidays, so we thought we’d compile a list of odds and ends that might be useful if you don’t own them already:

  • A plunger will be a lifesaver for your overworked toilet.
    Pittsburgh in Autumn
    Festive fall foliage can been seen all over Pittsburgh, and soon your family will be here for the holidays as well.
    By John [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Extra toilet paper will be a must, so even if you have a few rolls left, buy a jumbo sized backup pack.
  • Drain strainers for your kitchen sink and bathtub will save you the headache of clogs caused by built up food and hair.
  • If you’re hosting, you probably already have all the sleeping arrangements worked and won’t another air mattress, but make sure you have a spare pump and a patching kit ready to go just in case.
  • Your bathroom almost definitely doesn’t have enough towel racks for everyone, but crumpled up towels will stink of mildew after their first use. Luckily, folding drying racks are cheap and easy to store when you no longer need extra hanging space.
  • Child proofing equipment is a must if you have small children among your guests. You’ll want to at least get locks for your cabinet doors, and a lock for your your toilet seat would be a good investment as well.
  • Stock up on carpet cleaner (and all other cleaning products, for that matter) in case of spills.
  • If you have pets and don’t already use calming pheromones or other soothing agents, now is a good time to look into it. A Feliway plug-in will help keep your skittish cat calm in its suddenly full home.
  • Extra shoe storage will protect your flooring from the wintery mix likely to be blowing outside. Even just a plastic tray to set wet shoes on will be helpful.