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A new series of tours aimed at elementary school kids will introduce them to the technology that powered the steel industry during its 20th century heyday.
"Kids at Carrie" will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 26, July 31 and Aug. 21 at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site, located in Swissvale near the Rankin Bridge. Advance registration is encouraged.
Ron Baraff of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which maintains the site, said the tours are designed to be short, kid-friendly, and interactive.
Families will learn how iron and steel are made and what it was like to work in a mill, take an adventure walk through parts of the Carrie Furnaces site, complete an art project based on the Carrie Deer sculpture, and enjoy treats from a cookie table. All children will receive a babushka and a hard hat to take home. Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per adult. All children must attend with an adult, and long pants are recommended. Flip-flops and sandals are not allowed and closed-toe, sturdy shoes are required.
Kids at Carrie is the newest program presented by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area at the Carrie Furnaces site. Other offerings include Guided Tours, Happy Hour with Carrie, Photo Safaris, Urban Art Tours as well as many private tours and events. More information can be found at the Rivers of Steel website.
Originally published June 16, 2016.