Virtual Family Movie Nights

April 16, May 28 & June 25

Image of Fred RogersWQED aired three classic episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and encouraged viewers to interact on social media while they are airing, bringing people together for a virtual family movie night amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The station asked viewers to participae by using the following hashtags: #CardigansAtHome, #AtHomeWithWQED and #AtHomeWithMrRogers.

Viewers were encouraged to wear their cardigans and post #CardigansAtHome selfies. Kids posted drawings using that hashtag.

Hero Elementary Drive thru Event

July 28

Image of person in dragon costume outside Childrens InstituteWQED and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh partnered to distribute activity kits to celebrate the launch of the new PBS KIDS program Hero Elementary on WQED. Families drove up to receive a bag packed with fun activities and giveaways for the whole family.

Be My Neighbor Day Virtual Drive-In

July 30

Daniel Tiger Be My Neighbor LogoBe My Neighbor Day was a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about acts of kindness, participate in hands-on activities that directly benefited the community and promoted a spirit of neighborly volunteerism. Be My Neighbor Day was celebrated on with a free live stream screening of the Neighbor Day episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Harbor from the Holocaust

August 20

Image from Shanghai ghettoAttendees were the first to preview this documentary produced by WQED for PBS. It shares the story of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII to the port city of Shanghai. You'll hear their extraordinary recollections and unique relationship with their adopted city.

This preview was followed by a panel discussion with Pittsburghers with ties to this poignant story. Rivaling all elements and in tragic contrast to those who could not escape, this is a Holocaust story of life.

Age of Nature Sneak Preview

September 15

Age of Nature LogoAt this crucial turning point in our planet’s history, WQED’s The Age of Nature brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it.

WQED hosted a sneak preview screening of its upcoming The Age of Nature series. Joining us was Camila Rivera-Tinsley, Director of Education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Mike “Carya” Cornell, Naturalist Educator – Interpretive Specialist at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Both shared their insight and will be available for any questions you might have during the screening. The online event previewed two thirty-minute episodes of the series.

Trailblazers: The Vote, then and now (virtual event)

September 17

Trailblazers LogoIt's been 100 years since American women fought for and won the right to vote. Yet today, many Americans are apathetic about exercising this fundamental civic duty. The 28-minute documentary Trailblazers of the Suffrage Movement – Celebrating 100 Years premiered September 17 on WQED-TV. The documentary streamed simultaneously as part of an online virtual event titled Trailblazers: The Vote, Then and Now. Immediately following the online documentary screening, WQED’s Minette Seate moderated a virtual discussion, with a distinguished panel discussing the suffrage movement of the early 20th century and its implications today.

WQED’s Frightfully Fun Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating

October 31

Pumpkins carved with Wild Kratts and Curious George

With many communities cancelling trick-or-treating, WQED stepped in to provide a safe, but fun-filled family event. The drive-thru event was held in the Highmark Stadium parking lot where children wore their Halloween costumed and collected PBS kids themed treats.

Cardigan Day

November 13

King Friday's castle outside WQED buildingIt was a day of festivity, beginning when WQED brought the party to the street, rolling out the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood castle. The lane in front of the WQED building was closed, allowing motorists with children to safely pull up to see the castle and receive a kid's kindness bag. The kindness bag came filled with snacks, crown-making, and everyone's favorite - Sarris Candies chocolates. As has been the yearly Cardigan Day tradition, WQED asked its “neighbors” to support kindness by donning their cardigans and using social media to post photos with the hashtag #Cardigan Day. Last year, Cardigan Day blew-up social media, trending as number one, as cardigan-wearing babies, pets and entire classrooms of students overtook Facebook and Twitter.

A Musical Christmas Carol Watch Party and Talk Back

December 18

A Musical Christmas Carol | Image of Scrooge and Tiny TimThe holiday season wouldn't be the same without the CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol." WQED was pleased to partner with the CLO to offer this production AND a LIVE watch party & talk back featuring cast members.

Warm Up with WQED


Child doing art project on floorWarm Up With WQED is a pilot project from WQED Education that focuses on STEM and sharing, and connects creative kids with those who can use what they make.  WQED Education has partnered with local libraries that are part of its Inquire Within initiative and with area Girl Scout troops. WQED provides kits that contain enough material to make two no-sew scarves, with the idea that children can make one scarf to keep or give to a loved one and leave the other someplace in the community where a person in need can take it.  Libraries and the Girl Scout troops can make arrangements with locations in their community to place the scarves (library, grocery stores, food bank, etc.) or they can have them collected and hung in one centralized location.  It is a great opportunity to partner with another community organization in a high traffic area.  WQED Education provides all of the supplies and instructions in individual grab-and-go bags.  Kids are encouraged to send photos of their completed creations to WQED and share in their community.

What COVID Exposed in Long Term Health Care

February 18

Zoom screen featuring five speakersThere has been a crisis occurring that came to a breaking point during the pandemic: how society has turned its back on frail seniors and the challenges of long-term care facilities. The tragic scale of death from COVID-19 and the failure to care for our frail seniors is largely a result of policy and societal neglect. Ravaged by the pandemic, long-term care facilities are reeling within a system that has all but forgotten them.

The documentary What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care, was produced by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and presented by WQED. The documentary was followed by discussion lead by Lynne Hayes-Freeland as moderator and a national panel of experts who discussed what is happening in the industry, what it means for boomers and their children, and what are the policy changes that need to occur to care for our frail seniors in the decades ahead. This is an hour you will not want to miss.

Well Beings Tour

March 10

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more teens are now finding help in an unexpected way: through social media and similar platforms. Virtual therapy has become a lifeline – especially for teens whose parents are unable or unwilling to connect with them on the issue of mental health. 

During these increased times of isolation, WQED hosted Healthy Connections: Teens, Parents, Educators, and Mental Health. In this virtual discussion, we explored specific tools to help parents and teens find common grounds and understanding, while offering guidance to educators in recognizing signs of mental illness in students.

WQED collaborated on this project with NAMI Keystone PA, the state organization in Pennsylvania for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and local school districts.

First Book

Two masked WQED employees with boxes at the loading deckWQED has been selected to receive an award of $10,500 for new books that will expand the mission of ACHIEVA Early Intervention and Beverly’s Birthdays. Both organizations will distribute the books in the community. First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for children in need, awarded the funds as part of its OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation, a program that will give more than $4.7 million in funding to distribute 1.5 million brand new books and eBooks to children living in low-income communities in 33 U.S. states and territories.

WQED will use the award to partner with ACHIEVA Early Intervention, which provides early intervention services in the Pittsburgh area, and Beverly’s Birthdays, which provides birthday parties for children in underserved communities.