The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh delights children with hands-on learning and interactive exhibits that allow kids to interact with real stuff and do things they wouldn't normally do, such as hammer a nail, build a circuit, and ink a silkscreen. The museum welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually, encouraging them to explore its interactive permanent-exhibit areas, which include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Nursery, Backyard, and MAKESHOP.
MAKESHOP invites young minds and hands to tinker with sewing machines, woodworking, and electronics. Kids craft boats and build fountains in the nearby Waterplay exhibit, and in the Studio they form clay, paint portraits, and create paper from recycled-newspaper pulp. Infants, toddlers, and their families can play in the Nursery, where they build wooden train systems and then roll their trains around, comb colored sand with hand tools atop lighted tables, and ride a seesaw whose motion generates water bubbles.
The museum’s award-winning, three-story center building is screened by a shimmering wind sculpture and connects two historic structures—the Allegheny post office building and the Buhl Building. In 2006, it became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011, the museum was named one of the 10 Best Children’s Museums in the nation by Parents magazine.
Founded 115 years ago by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Museums have grown into a cultural consortium containing four fine institutions: the Carnegie Science Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Owned and operated by the descendants of an Italian master shoemaker, Ullrich Shoe Repair has grown from humble beginnings to a shop that has serviced the footwear of such clients as Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, and Jordin Sparks. The shop's history dates back several generations to the 1940s, when Anthony Putaro immigrated to America and set up shop with the cobbling skills he learned from his master.
Today, Anthony's grandson, Rex, holds the reins and the shop enjoys its richest reputation ever in its entire 85-year history. In April, 2011, Esquire dubbed Ullrich the best cobbler in Pittsburgh. In earning such esteem, the staff has outfitted the feet of the stars in downtown plays including Wicked and The Lion King and performed repairs for the talented feet that star in the Pittsburgh Ballet.
Paddling down the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, the expert instructors at SUP3Rivers prove that stand up paddleboarding isn't just a tropical sport. During easy-to-learn introductory sessions, they set clients up with all of the equipment they need to succeed. After equipping a properly sized paddle, flotation device, leash, and board, clients undergo
instruction, learning how to get up on the water, where to stand, and how to handle the paddle. After mastering the basics, clients can set off on unique urban journeys that highlight the region's most picturesque bridges and architectural landmarks.
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