Top family and learning events in Pittsburgh this week

Looking for family-friendly events to keep the kids busy this week?

From a movie history exhibition to discount art shopping, there's plenty to do when it comes to opportunities for learning and fun. Read on for a rundown of what to do this week.

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Hop into History: Movie-Making

First, the Heinz History Center is celebrating Women's History Month with this child-oriented exhibition on filmmaker Lois Weber. Credited with being the country's first female director, the Pittsburgh-native directed 135 films that debuted technical innovation and included themes of social justice.

Youngsters will view highlights from her movies, try out movie-making techniques and star in their own silent movie.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St.

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Pups and PJs

Next, Humane Animal Rescue invites parents to drop their kids off for a puppy-filled evening this Friday. Children, geared in their favorite pair of PJs, will have the chance to meet-and-greet four-legged friends, watch family-friendly movies and chow down on pizza and popcorn.

When: Friday, March 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Humane Animal Rescue, 6620 Hamilton Ave.
Price: $25 (First Child), $10 (For Each Additional Sibling)
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Bag It Up! Pittsburgh Artists Seconds Sale

On Sunday, local artists are emptying out their storage spaces with your help — For $20, you'll get a bag to fill with your choice of surplus crafty creations including mugs, prints, t-shirts and more. And don't forget to bring your furry friend to this dog-friendly event to help sniff out some extra treasures.

Cocktails and coffees will also be provided by the hotel's bar and coffee shop.

When: Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S. Whitfield St.
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