543862_calendar-200x153Saturday, December 31, 2011
What: Fire and Ice Party 2012 New Years Eve Party
Where: Rivers Casino
When: All night
Rivers Casino will roll into 2012 with the hottest party in Pittsburgh featuring the coolest live entertainment and dining options. Packages are now available for the casino’s Fire and Ice 2012 New Year’s Eve Party, hosted in Rivers’ new Ballroom, on Dec. 31, 2011.

Rivers will offer two packages to help guests make the most of their New Year’s Eve festivities, the fire package and the ice package.

In addition to these packages, the Wheelhouse Bar & Grill, Grand View Buffet and Andrew’s Steak and Seafood will also offer special New Year’s Eve dinner menus featuring items such as salmon in a lemon caper sauce, crab cakes and fusilli with lobster rose sauce.

To make the best of the last few hours of 2011, live music will play all evening at Rivers Casino.

Sunday, January 1, 2012
What: Messfest 2012
Where: Carnegie Science Center
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Carnegie Science Center is breaking out its messiest, sloppiest, grossest activities for a one-of-a-kind celebration guaranteed to kick off 2012 with a plop, splash, squish, and fizz with its sixth annual MessFest on Sunday, Jan. 1.

MessFest features a variety of exciting, hands-on activities available only once a year. From 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will have the chance to get slimy with oobleck, a gooey substance that feels solid when picked up, but then slips through the fingers like a liquid. The Egg Drop activity invites visitors to encase a raw egg in various packing materials, then to drop it over the outdoor railing to see whether it breaks.  Kids can make Steelers noisemakers, become messy artists with finger painting, create their own ‘Mars’ soil as they explore the characteristics of the Red Planet’s ‘dirt’, make sidewalk chalk out of plaster of Paris and tempera paint, and compete in a pi-eating contest.