October 2, 2020

Homewood Virtual Block Party

We’re throwing you a BLOCK PARTY! Join the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center and Homewood Early Learning Steering Committee (HELSC) on October 10 for a virtual celebration filled with storytime sessions, family yoga, a virtual bike ride, and a dance party!


Since the onset of COVID-19, Trying Together has been working with the HELSC to figure out a way to provide Homewood families, partners, and collaborators an experience that matches the energy and excitement of the events hosted in years prior. With this in mind, Trying Together and the HELSC are excited to announce the first Homewood Virtual Block Party!

Homewood Virtual Block Party
Saturday, October 10
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

While this year’s event is different, the virtual event still features many educational and fun activities that past attendees of the Homewood Block Party know and love. The Homewood Virtual Block Party will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on this event page via the Trying Together Vimeo player and on Facebook via the Trying Together page.

Featured Events

The Homewood Virtual Block Party will feature online events from the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, Homewood Community Engagement Center, Homewood Children’s Village, Kenny’s, YWCA Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, WQED Education, Fund My Future/Propel Schools, Mayor’s Office/Imagination Library, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Family Dance Party

Ready to get your groove on? Join the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, HELSC, and DJ Doug for a Virtual Family Dance Party from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Family Fun Bags

Want a swag bag? Complete your virtual block party registration and you may pick up a Family Fun Bag with information, resources, and giveaways from the activities and partners featured during the party. Coordinate your bag pick-up time on the day of the party (October 10) with one of our contacts listed below during their available hours:


To register, please complete this online form by Friday, October 8 at 5 p.m. Registrants will receive the event link via email at least 24 hours before the start of the celebration.

If you miss the registration deadline, you can still coordinate a time to pick up a Family Fun Bag. You can also watch the Block Party Livestream on the Trying Together website or Facebook page on October 10.

More Information

For questions, please contact Sarah Byrne-Houser at

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May 20, 2020

Let’s Move! Family Dance Party

Join the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) on May 30 for a 20-minute dance class and dance jam session! Let’s Move! Family Dance Party offers a low impact workout that the whole family can enjoy. This session will also feature a new coloring book page from KST’s archive of performances.


To register and learn more, visit the Kelly Strayhorn Theater website!

Download the KST Coloring Book.

More Information

For questions, please contact the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at or 412.363.3000.


November 5, 2019

Free Play Day | PTLL 45th Anniversary

Join the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library on November 9 to celebrate their 45th anniversary!


For 45 years, the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library (PTLL) has been fostering play and community in Pittsburgh. In celebration of their anniversary, PTLL is hosting a birthday party, featuring cupcakes, singing, and a day of free play for everyone! Everyone is invited, but participants are encouraged to RSVP.


To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

More Information

For questions, contact PTLL at 412.682.4430.


April 5, 2019

Jeremiah’s Place: Block Party & Resource Fair

Join Jeremiah’s Place on June 22 for a fun-filled day of festivities at their Block Party and Resource Fair.


This year’s event will include:

  • Resource tables,
  • Storymobile,
  • Fire truck tour,
  • Face painting,
  • Arts and crafts,
  • Free picnic and carnival food,
  • Free wellness sessions,
  • Raffle prizes, and much more!

This event is FREE and open to the public, rain or shine!

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February 15, 2019

Homewood Block Party

Young children and their families are invited to join an afternoon of free activities, food, performances, and information from Trying Together and our community partners on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Kelly Street in front of The Homewood Early Learning Hub.

Tablers for the block party include:

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • MAYA Organization
  • Richard’s Imagine Center of Hope, Inc (RICH)
  • Homewood Concerned Citizens Council (HCCC), The Oasis Project
  • The Maker’s Clubhouse
  • Allegheny Land Trust
  • The University of Pittsburgh’s Community Engagement Center (CEC)
  • Homewood-Brushton YWCA
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Trying Together, Buzzword/Pgh Cultural Trust
  • Allegheny County Health Department – Housing and Community Environment
  • Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)
  • Kenny’s Homewood
  • Homewood Children’s Village (HCV)
  • C.C. Busy, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Fund My Future
  • Science Tots
  • Childcare Alliance.

Activities include face painting, balloons, free library, Imagination Playground, a science show, and a Zumba presentation!

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November 28, 2018

Provider Pajama Party

Early child care programs are invited to attend a pajama party at The Homewood Early Learning Hub.

Wearing comfortable pajamas and sipping hot cocoa, participants will get the chance to connect with Hub staff, learn about helpful community resources, and meet with organizations that support positive early learning and play. Fun activities for all involved will be available.

For more information, contact Rosie Hogan via phone (412.499.2909) or email (

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