Family Events for Cleft-Craniofacial Center Patients

Families who have a child with a craniofacial disorder can sometimes feel alone. This is normal. We work hard to connect you with families with similar conditions.

For the Cleft-Craniofacial Center staff, dealing with the emotional needs of children and their families is as important as dealing with the physical and medical needs of the patient.

Our team is also aware that sometimes the best medicine is to take a break from the medical setting. Annual events – including our family picnic -- have been created with this idea in mind. This is an opportunity for patient and their parents and siblings to gather and talk with others who are facing a similar journey.

Annual Cleft-Craniofacial Center Picnic

Two people smiling and having fun at the Annual Cleft-Craniofacial Center Picnic.Join us for our annual Cleft-Craniofacial Center picnic at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! View a full album of photos from a previous picnic on UPMC Children’s Facebook page.

A limited number of zoo band passes are available for our patients and immediate family members. RSVP today to reserve your spot!


Saturday, July 8, 2023


The Garden Tent
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
7370 Baker St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


11:30 am- Noon – Registration

11:30 pm- 1:30 pm – Face Painting

Noon- 1 pm – Lunch

12:30 pm– 1 pm – Animal Encounter

12:45 pm- Raffle Drawing


$15.00 Per Adult (18 years old & up)

$13.00 Per Child (2– 17 years old)

Free for kids 2 years old and younger

Price Includes: All Day Zoo Band Pass, Lunch, Face Painting, Prizes, and Animal Encounter

RSVP Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2023


To RSVP, please fill out the bottom part of this pdf and mail it along with a check for the total amount of your tickets made payable to “UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh” to:

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Cleft-Craniofacial Center
Attn: Jennifer Szczepaniak
Faculty Pavilion 7th Floor – Suite 7104
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Note: Payment can only be made by check. Please allow at least two weeks for the bands to be mailed to you.


Please contact Jennifer Szczepaniak at or 412-692-6203 with any questions regarding this event. We look forward to seeing you there!