There are so many fun things to do with kids in Pittsburgh, PA, also known as Steel City. While we feel we have been lucky enough to do most of them, there are still more fun places to go and experiences to be had!
Pittsburgh has a gorgeous skyline, unique attractions, good eats, and plenty of fun things to do with kids.
And here we’re diving into all Pittsburgh has to offer kids of all ages to help you enjoy this city and have some great family quality time as much as we have.
Here you’ll find:
- All the great spots to go
- Plenty more fun activities for future dates
- Outdoor activities
- Indoor pool
- Live music
- And everything in between
Here are 57 things to do with kids in Pittsburgh:
#1 The Frick Pittsburgh
Our first stop in Pittsburgh was at The Frick, an art and historical center with a number of attractions and activities to see, including:
- Grable Visitor Center
- Car and Carriage Museum
- Greenhouse and Gardens
- Frick Art Museum
- Clayton (the Gilded Age home of Henry Clay Frick and his wife Adelaide from 1882 to 1905 before they moved to New York)
Local tip: The Frick Museum is also a great place for summer camps if you live close enough.
All of these attractions are free, except for tours of the mansion and special exhibitions at the Art Museum. Even the parking is free!
#2 National Aviary
They have some awesome shows which are each 20-minutes long and well worth the extra fee.
Important: Make sure to get a schedule of the daily feedings and special activities as soon as you arrive.
Every room of the Aviary showcases a different environment.
The first room, Cloud Forest, near the parking lot, has a roadrunner, a toucan, and a sloth.
Other environments include:
- Wetlands (flamingos)
- Grasslands (finches)
- Tropical Rainforests (macaws)
- Condor Court
- Eagle Hall
Canary’s Call explores how birds reflect environmental factors. The highlight of this area was seeing fruit bats in a bright room. You can feed the colorful lorikeets in Canary’s Call for an additional fee.
#3 Andy Warhol Museum
Next, we visited the Andy Warhol Museum (a Carnegie museum), a mere 15-minute walk away from The National Aviary.
Most of the Andy Warhol Museum will hold little interest and be inappropriate for children younger than 16, but there are some exceptions.
Children will love the exhibit Silver Clouds on the 5th floor. Warhol created silver balloon-like structures filled with helium that kids could move and catch. Choreographer Merce Cunningham used them as stage decor for a dance.
The basement has a large art room called the Factory, where people of all ages can create works inspired by Warhol’s techniques. There is also a kid’s lounge area with picture books.
#4 Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art
In Pittsburgh’s Historic North Side, you’ll find Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which are world-class museums and are actually connected. Hence, you get two museums for the admission price of one.
We also explored the Hall of Gems and Minerals, which has a good collection.
Our favorite part of the Art Museum was the Decorative Arts Hall with a lamp and stained glass windows by Tiffany.
There are lots of both permanent and temporary exhibits to see.
#5 Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museum in the country.
This natural history museum has permanent collections that are easily worth seeing more than once.
My kids absolutely love the huge Dinosaur hall that has the largest dinosaur collections in the United States.
#6 Carnegie Science Center
Located in downtown Pittsburgh, we did not have time on our trip to visit the Carnegie Science Center, which is supposed to be the most kid-friendly and interactive of the four Carnegie museums.
#7 University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning
A truly unique Pittsburgh attraction is the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.
Pittsburgh’s ethnic communities decorated classrooms in the style of their home country. Currently, there are thirty nationality rooms.
As you enter each room, press the switch near the light switch, and you will hear music from the country, plus narration about the architecture, furnishings, and objects in the exhibit cases.
These rooms would be a wonderful way of teaching your children about different cultures.
#8 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous Victorian-style building.
We particularly liked the:
- Tropical Room with information about African produce
- Japanese Garden with koi and bonsai
- Palm Court with Chihuly glass
- Fern Room with its enormous cocoa tree
The Conservatory is very kid-friendly, with lots of hands-on activities.
Toddlers will love the Phipps Public Market, with faux fish, fruits, and vegetables they can put in shopping carts and pretend to buy.
#9 Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
With over 600 different species to discover, this zoo is teeming with excitement and educational opportunities for kids of all ages.
The animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium (previously PPG Aquarium) are well taken care of and appear happy and healthy.
The zoo staff ensures that they are well-fed and their habitats are well-maintained, providing a comfortable environment for these fascinating creatures.
One of the highlights for the children was the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Kangaroos during the walk. It was an experience they wouldn’t soon forget!
#10 Take a Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet
Looking for the best way to tour Pittsburgh with your kids? Hop aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet! This delightful cruise offers a fantastic viewing experience for the whole family.
The tour guide shares fascinating knowledge about the city while you enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the riverfront attractions.
One of the highlights is seeing the three rivers up close from the water.
Ticketing and boarding are a breeze, and the boat provides ample seating, air conditioning, a full bar, and snacks.
#11 PNC Park
PNC Park is named after PNC Financial Services and is the ballpark of the MLB team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Seeing a baseball game makes for a great time, even if you’re not a big baseball fan. The kids love the game, the energy in the arena and are engaged throughout the game.
This is something you can do with visitors of all ages and is the best way for sports fans to have a good time in the city.
#12 Acrisure Stadium
If you want to keep the fun going with pro sports, the Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field) is the place to go for pro football.
Home to the Steelers and the Pitt Panthers, this stadium offers easy entry, wheelchair accessibility, and the chance to get up close to the action with field passes.
As you explore the concourse, you’ll be delighted by the incredible displays showcasing the history of the Steelers. It’s like a journey through time, immersing you in the team’s legacy.
Compared to other stadiums, food, drinks, and souvenirs were not overly expensive. It’s a family-friendly destination where you can enjoy the experience without breaking the bank.
#13 Senator John Heinz History Center
This remarkable history museum is a must-visit for families seeking an interactive and educational experience.
The Senator John Heinz History Center showcases the city’s industrial and medical legacy. Housed in a converted ice storage facility, the museum offers a unique setting that adds to its charm.
Local Tip: Your admission also includes access to the Sports Museum, where you can celebrate Pittsburgh’s local teams and athletes. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s sports culture.
Don’t miss the standout exhibits on Mister Rogers and the iconic Heinz brand.
Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the fascinating interactive exhibitions.
#14 Highland Park
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful hike, a refreshing swim, or a family picnic, Highland Park has it all.
Here you will find:
- Dog park
- Duck pond
- Sand volleyball court
- And more
The park features stunning waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Fishing is available; there are benches for relaxation and groves for picnics.
Don’t miss the Super Playground at Highland Park. This unique wooden play area features a variety of climbing structures and play spaces designed to cater to kids of all sizes and ages.
Your little adventurers will have a blast exploring and making new friends in this one-of-a-kind playground.
#15 Kennywood Amusement Park
Kennywood Park is one of the best amusement parks and theme parks in the Pittsburgh area that is fun for the whole family.
If you’re looking for exciting roller coasters, this is the perfect place to go. Some of the most popular roller coasters are:
- Phantom’s Revenge
- Sky Rocket
#16 Point State Park
Located right in Downtown Pittsburg, Point State Park is such a kid and family-friendly place to be.
This is where 3 rivers, the Monongahela River, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers, come together.
The trails at the park will take you Downtown or even to the North Shore, where there are plenty of great restaurants and even sports arenas.
This is also my favorite place to watch the sunrise and sunset in the city.
Why Visit With Kids?
- Large fountain
- Lots of green spaces
- A bike path
- Museum about the history of Fort Pitt that previously occupied this area
- Walking under the huge bridge
– Event Alert –
This is also one of the best places in Pittsburgh to celebrate the 4th of July and watch the fireworks in a safe place.
It’s easy to spend an entire day here exploring, having a picnic on the lawn, watching the water, and visiting the small, personal museum.
Especially during the summer months, if you can go during the week, there aren’t a lot of people, and it can feel like your own personal park.
Local tip: you’ll find paid parking on the park’s southeast corner. You will need to do a bit of walking, so pack comfortable shoes!
#17 Bethel Park
Bethel Park is a hidden gem for families in Pittsburgh, PA. It offers outdoor fun and recreation for kids of all ages.
With plenty of open space, three baseball fields, and two playgrounds—one big and one smaller—it has something for everyone.
The playgrounds at Bethel Park are a highlight. The larger one has exciting structures for climbing and sliding, while the smaller one is perfect for toddlers. Kids will have a blast exploring and playing on them.
Nature lovers will enjoy the short wooded hiking trail at Bethel Park. It’s an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the wonders of the outdoors and nurture their love for nature.
#18 Fort Pitt Museum
You can show your Heinz admission tickets from the Senator John Heinz History Center within 24 hours to get in to the Fort Pitt Museum for free!
Inside, you’ll find a captivating diorama showcasing the fort’s heyday and great exhibits with amazing artifacts.
Enjoy the museum’s two-story building with panoramic views of the three rivers and the old fort. Don’t miss the cannons recognized by Marquis de Lafayette from the Yorktown battle.
Visiting the Fort Pitt Museum offers a fantastic learning experience for kids, immersing them in the rich history of the region.
#19 Schenley Park
When exploring Pittsburgh with your little ones, make sure to visit Schenley Park, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Oakland area.
Schenley Park is a national historic landmark offering a variety of activities that are sure to keep your kids entertained and energized.
Why Visit With Kids?
- Free summertime programs
- Free concerts on Friday nights during the summer
- Grassy fields
Taking a stroll through the woods is a delightful adventure in Schenley Park. With numerous entrances available, I recommend parking near the Library or Phipps for easy access.
While the park is not typically crowded, you can choose to explore along the streets or venture onto one of the trails.
Be aware that some trails can be steep, and there may be a fair amount of steps involved.
#20 The Mattress Factory
This extraordinary museum is bursting with creativity and offers an array of interactive exhibits.
One thing to note about The Mattress Factory is that it embraces the wonderfully weird side of art. So, get ready to encounter some unconventional and thought-provoking pieces during your visit.
It’s important to mention that some of the artwork on the third floor may be a bit scary or vulgar for young children, so exercise caution when exploring that area.
There is a fantastic gift shop where you can find delightful treasures and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.
To make the most of your visit, I recommend arriving early when the museum opens at 10 a.m. This way, you can beat the crowds and have ample time to fully immerse yourself in the exhibits.
Before you leave, don’t forget to take the steps in the main building to catch a breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh.
#21 The Seesaw Center
The Seesaw Center is a fantastic indoor play space to let your little ones burn off some energy during those chilly winter days.
It is perfect for kids up to 5 or 6 years old, with plenty of toys, costumes, and playsets.
The staff keeps everything clean, and there are restrooms, a changing table, and a lunch room available.
#22 Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Nestled within the Heinz Center, this hidden gem offers a day of sports-filled fun for all ages.
Step into a world of sports history, covering everything from football and hockey to rowing.
The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and insider information on the Pirates and Steelers, Pittsburgh’s beloved NFL team.
One of the highlights is the golf section, featuring captivating items related to the legendary Arnold Palmer.
Marvel at the array of trophies and experience a mini golf hole showcasing Oakmont’s famous “Church Pews.”
As you wander through the exhibits, you’ll encounter a treasure trove of old uniforms, each with its own unique story.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Pittsburgh sports and learn about the athletes who have made their mark on the city.
#23 Thomas Town
At Thomas Town in Kennywood Park, you’ll find five exciting rides that are all themed to characters from the Island of Sodor.
Imagine the joy on your little one’s face as they climb aboard a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine and embark on a thrilling adventure.
For even more excitement and laughter, join:
- and Diesel
One of the highlights of Thomas Town is the interactive live show featuring “Sir Topham Hatt” and “He’s a Really Useful Engine.”
Your little conductors will be captivated as they watch the characters come to life and engage in a delightful performance.
#24 Dragon’s Den
Located in a beautifully repurposed old church, this fun spot offers a creative and captivating experience for the whole family.
The activities at the Dragon’s Den are fun and physically rewarding, like its awesome rope course and climbing wall.
Your little adventurers will have a blast navigating through the course, testing their agility and balance.
Meanwhile, the youngest kids who are not yet old enough for the rope course, worry not! Dragon’s Den has a fantastic selection of:
- Foam blocks
- And mats
So there is lots for them to play with, ensuring they have just as much fun.
Parents can relax and watch their kids on the ropes course, capturing unforgettable moments.
The indoor space at Dragon’s Den is visually dynamic and pleasing, creating a great hangout spot for parents.
#25 Play Pinball
Looking for a place to lose track of time and have a blast with your family? Kickback Pinball Cafe in Pittsburgh is the perfect spot!
With two floors filled with over two dozen pinball machines, both kids (and adults!) will have a fantastic time.
The cafe offers a small menu of delicious food options, perfect for refueling between pinball matches.
And for those who prefer a caffeine fix, there are plenty of cafe-style drinks to choose from.
#26 Market Square
Market Square is a public square with lots of food options. This is just a nice play to walk around and let the kids burn off some energy.
It’s easy to get to from the Warhol Museum Symphony and you can even walk to PNC Park from the Square.
#27 Children’s and Bridge Theater
The Pittsburg Cultural Trust offers 3 great theater options for kids and teens, all packed with live music and shows.
The Children’s Theater Series is perfect for kids of all ages.
The Bridge Theater Series is meant for pre-teens and teens to introduce them to storytelling. These shows are for kids ages 7+ and can be attended with an adult.
The EQT Children’s Theater Festival is hosted in May of each year in the Cultural District and is worth checking out if you’re in the area at that time.
We also love their Liberty Magic shows which are exciting magic shows from a variety of performers.
#28 Sandcastle Water Park
Sandcastle Water Park is such a fun waterpark in Pittsburg. From thrilling water slides to relaxing lazy rivers, there’s something for everyone.
It has 67-acres of fun including:
- 4 pools including a wave pool
- Lazy river
- Kid play areas
- 16 Water slides
With attentive lifeguards and a wide range of attractions, this park ensures a safe and exciting experience for the kids.
Clean facilities and convenient amenities make it a top choice for families.
#29 Go to The Top of Mount Washington
One of the most awe-inspiring experiences you can have in Pittsburgh is reaching the summit of Mount Washington.
Whether you prefer to hike, drive, or take the Cog, the journey to the top is well worth it.
The views from the summit are simply breathtaking. Words can’t fully capture the beauty that unfolds before your eyes. You have to stand there, surrounded by the majestic scenery, to truly appreciate it.
Be prepared for some strong winds, but don’t let that deter you. It’s all part of the experience!
#30 Duquesne Incline
For a great view of the city, take the cable car up and down the Duquesne Incline, the more renowned of the city’s two inclines.
It gives you a picture-perfect view of Pittsburgh’s rivers, bridges, and stadium.
A roundtrip only takes about 10 minutes.
The upper station has a viewing deck and a small gift shop.
Local Tip: Park at the lower station at 1197 West Carson Street for a cheaper parking rate. Also, there are no restrooms at either station.
#31 Go to SkyZone
SkyZone is an indoor trampoline park that will have your kids bouncing with joy! This fantastic place is not only great for kids but also for the adults who accompany them.
The activities offered in this park include:
- Freestyle bouncing
- Fitness programs
- And more
The staff at SkyZone are amazing, always ready to assist you and ensure you have a memorable experience. They are friendly, attentive, and dedicated to making your visit enjoyable.
#32 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
If my daughter was way younger, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, an interactive museum just five minutes away, would have been perfect.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburg has so many interactive exhibits and is one of the best things to do with kids (including older kids!).
This is a perfect thing to do with kids in Pittsburgh on a rainy day.
Local tip: if you visit during busy times, have your child wear bright colors so you can easily spot them.
#33 Go Kayaking
One of the most fun things to do in Pittsburgh with your kids is to go kayaking at North Park with Kayak Pittsburgh.
It’s a great way to spend the day and experience the beautiful water of North Park.
There are plenty of watercraft options to choose from, but we opted for tandem kayaks, which are perfect for families.
What’s great about Kayak Pittsburgh is that they provide clean and well-maintained kayaks and equipment.
If you’re a beginner, they even offer a crash course to get you started, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this activity safely.
#34 Go Ape North Park
Explore the forest canopy through an exciting treetop rope course at the Go Ape North Park.
From start to finish, everything about Go Ape North Park is simply fantastic. The instructors are top-notch and do an excellent job of preparing you for the course.
While it may seem a little daunting at first, just remember to stay focused and always secure yourself to the ropes.
What’s great about this treetop course is that you can tackle it at your own pace. Whether you want to go solo or as a group, you’ll never feel rushed.
The surroundings are breathtaking, and some sections of the course are delightfully challenging, making it worth every dollar spent.
#35 The Milkshake Factory
The Milkshake Factory is a cute little place with many options. They specialize in gourmet milkshakes that cater to every sweet tooth.
For $7, you can indulge in delicious flavors that go beyond the traditional choices of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, like:
- Birthday cake
- Peanut butter
- And more
They also offer unique flavors like s’mores, birthday cake, and peanut butter, surpassing the classics.
The staff is welcoming and efficient, ensuring a pleasant experience for customers. The place itself was pretty clean and tidy, maintaining a high standard of cleanliness.
#36 Take a Picture With Mr. Rogers
Located in a small park between the River and Heinz Field at the Mr. Rogers Memorial, the statue stands as a lasting homage to the beloved children’s television host.
The memorial features a statue dedicated to Fred Rogers, who was affectionately known to generations of children as “Mr. Rogers” due to his television presence.
However, some visitors might find the statue creepy, lumpy, and odd looking, adding a unique touch to the tribute.
One notable feature of the memorial is the archway. Inside the archway, visitors can hear Mr. Rogers’ voice played over a speaker, adding a touch of nostalgia and warmth to the experience.
Additionally, This spot offers beautiful views of downtown Pittsburgh. The serene atmosphere makes it an ideal place to relax and unwind.
#37 Moonshot Museum
Experience the active assembly of a lunar spacecraft at the Moonshot Museum.
With its shared space with Astrobotic, the museum offers a unique opportunity to witness the construction of actual spacecraft.
You can observe the intricate process of spacecraft assembly in their clean room, where cutting-edge technologies come to life.
In addition to the captivating spacecraft, the museum features interactive exhibits for all ages, providing a fun and educational experience in science and technology.
#38 Go for Delicious Ice Cream
You cannot miss this fantastic ice cream parlor on your trip to Pittsburgh.
Known for serving some of the best ice creams in the city, Dave and Andy’s offers a delightful variety of flavors, including yogurt and sorbet, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
What sets Dave and Andy’s apart is their consideration of dietary preferences, as they provide non-dairy options for those who cannot consume dairy products.
This is a great spot to go to satisfy that sweet tooth!
The ambiance of the parlor captures the nostalgic essence of the 1950s, creating a welcoming vibe for the visitors.
I highly recommend trying their blueberry cobbler shake. It is absolutely fantastic and is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
#39 Frontier Falls Mini Golf
Frontier Falls Mini Golf offers a fun and family-friendly experience! It’s the perfect outdoor activity for everyone to enjoy.
The course features 36 holes, and they have recently updated some of the holes to enhance the gameplay.
What sets this mini golf course apart is its unique design with interesting:
- Enchanting waterfalls
- Scenic hiking trails
- Charming bridge
- A pond
It provides a delightful combination of shade and sunlight, ensuring that you are not always directly exposed to the weather.
Moreover, the greenery and landscape are well-maintained, adding to the overall ambiance of the place.
#40 Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is a peaceful and beautiful place, making it an excellent option for a field trip with kids. There is so much to see and learn here.
As we walked along the hiking paths, we were greeted by a breathtaking display of Spring flowers, and the air was filled with the melodious symphony of birdsong.
The reserve offers a small playground specifically designed for children to enjoy.
Additionally, Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve features a delightful gift shop. It offers a variety of fantastic items for birders and gardeners, making it a treat for nature enthusiasts.
#41 Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library and Playspace
The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library and Playspace is a fantastic children’s space with creative toys for all ages.
This hidden gem has a designated infant’s area, specifically designed for children under 2, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for the youngest visitors.
Additionally, the Playspace provides ample room for riding bikes and running indoors, allowing children to engage in active play regardless of the weather.
Kids can have a blast exploring the jungle gym and choosing from thrilling slides.
The playspace also features the following:
- Play Kitchen
- Train set
- And building blocks
Offering endless opportunities for imaginative play and creativity.
Its a great destination to take the little ones. They can run, play, and burn off their energy in a safe and engaging environment.
#42 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Waffallonia
A tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant with an absolutely fantastic menu.
The waffles by Waffalonia are cooked to perfection, and their pairings of toppings are just spot on!
The service is excellent and top-notch, along with the indoor atmosphere and decor.
I would highly recommend trying out their Charleroi, a perfectly golden-brown Belgian waffle topped with Nutella, banana, and strawberries. It is such a simple dessert, yet so well-crafted.
#43 Altitude Trampoline Park
Looking for a trampoline fix? Altitude Trampoline Park is the place to be! It’s enormous, catering to all skill levels and ensuring a fun time for everyone.
The staff is friendly and helpful, ensuring everyone has a great experience. The park is well-maintained, with top-notch trampolines and a clean environment.
You won’t get bored with the variety of activities available. These activities include:
- Dodgeball court
- Basketball hoop
- Foam pit
- And more
The price is reasonable, and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!
#44 Statler’s Fun Center
Statler’s Fun Center is an exciting entertainment venue for all ages.
With a wide range of activities and a well-maintained facility, it guarantees a thrilling and clean experience.
Highlights include a captivating mini golf course and a decently sized go-kart racing track.
If you’re a fan of go-karts, you’ll be pleased to know that Statler’s Fun Center boasts a decently sized track for racing.
Here’s a bonus: if you present a valid driver’s license, you can drive the faster karts for an added adrenaline rush.
The arcade features a good selection of games, and there are plenty of indoor activities available.
It’s a great place to have a blast with the family.
#45 Get Wet at The Splash Pad or Spray Park
Troy Hill Spray Park is a fantastic destination for summer family fun. This clean, well-maintained park offers a refreshing, FREE way to beat the heat.
The park boasts an impressive array of sprinklers and water devices, surpassing what we’ve seen in other parks.
Your kids will have a blast getting wet and cooling off without the need for a traditional swimming pool.
Adjacent to the splash park is a nicely sized playground where kids can continue having fun while drying off.
Don’t forget to bring a change of clothing for yourself, as the water play can be quite enthusiastic.
#46 424 Play Factory
424 Play Factory offers various engaging activities tailored specifically for toddlers. It is a haven for children who love to be active and play.
424 Play Factory boasts many exciting options to keep your little ones entertained.
They can enjoy bouncing around in the delightful bounce houses, indulge in the joy of reading books, and have a blast playing with various toys, including trucks and other captivating playthings.
Remember to bring your socks along, as they are essential for ensuring a hygienic and comfortable experience.
#47 Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a hidden gem in the area, with a cheap entry fee. It’s a quiet and beautiful place to enjoy a variety of paths and plants, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll.
One of the garden’s highlights is the fantastic sensory garden, suitable for kids of all ages. If you’re walking with a little one, we recommend bringing an all-terrain stroller to navigate the paths easily.
There are plenty of places to sit along the paths, providing beautiful spots to relax and read.
Additionally, the interior of the main building is stunningly modern and serves as a beautiful backdrop for exciting portraits.
#48 Museum Lab
Museum Lab is a fantastic place for kids aged 10 and up to have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech, and making.
The staff here is super helpful and engaging, making it a great destination for families.
Inside the museum, you’ll find
- Contemporary artwork
- And more
#49 The Cloud Arbor
The Cloud Arbor is a stunning sculpture located in the Buhl Community Park.
Designed by Ned Kahn, the installation is constructed with 64 poles that contain high-pressure nozzles.
Not only is it a beautiful work of art, but it also serves a practical purpose. The installation provides shade and a cool mist on hot summer days, making it a popular spot for visitors to relax and cool off.
Surrounding the Cloud Arbor is a nice quiet park in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown area. It’s a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some peace.
#50 Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Center
The kids will have a blast at Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark and Party Center, where they can experience the thrill of skating on carpeted floors.
The theme of the center is super cool, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.
The facilities are well-maintained, with clean tables, chairs, bathrooms, carpets, and slides for the kids to enjoy.
There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, including:
- Super Ninja Challenge
- Glowing Bounce ‘N Slide
- Blacklight Dodgeball
- Carpet Hockey
- Nerf War Arena
- and Arcade.
It’s a great place to host a party or just spend a fun afternoon with the family.
#51 Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is a hidden gem for kids of all ages. It offers a highly interactive experience with a wealth of local and American history on electric transportation.
The staff is friendly and always willing to answer any questions you may have.
The museum’s main highlights include the two different trolley rides available.
The first trolley is an old-time passenger car with windows, taking you on a 15-minute ride around and back to the station.
The second trolley is an open car with no doors, taking you to the museum itself.
#52 Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park
Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park is a must-visit destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
They offer a variety of challenging activities high up in the air, including climbing, zip lining, and more.
The park is perfect for both kids and adults, and the staff is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a positive experience.
They provide training on the beginning courses, and then you can go at your own pace after that.
There are water stations throughout the courses to keep you hydrated, and the courses themselves are super fun and even challenging for adults.
#53 Ascend Pittsburgh
Ascend Pittsburgh is a spacious gym that offers a great introduction to rock climbing, suitable for all ages.
It’s a fun place to challenge yourself and try something new.
The gym is kept super clean, and the challenges constantly change, so there’s always something new to try.
One thing that sets Ascend apart is its landing mats, which are by far the nicest I’ve ever felt. You won’t have to worry about falling on middle school grade gymnastics pads here.
#54 Aspinwall Riverfront Park
A picturesque park with breathtaking views. It’s an ideal spot for cycling or taking a leisurely stroll.
The park boasts a 1/2 mile walking trail and a charming off-leash dog park that’s tucked away.
The entire area is a well-planned entertainment center for all ages, with both indoor and outdoor activities.
The docks are top-notch, offering the best fishing opportunities in a serene setting.
For families with kids, there’s a fantastic playground with a play structure that doubles as art.
The park also offers free parking, which is a nice perk.
#55 Sandra Ward’s Studio
Sandra Ward’s Art Studio, situated in Mount Lebanon, offers a comprehensive range of art lessons for individuals of all ages.
This esteemed art school boasts a professional studio environment, which exudes a cozy and personal vibe, fostering an ideal setting for learners to express themselves freely.
Within the studio’s nurturing atmosphere, students can explore various art forms, including watercolor and oils, among others.
#56 Zone 28
Zone 28 is a great entertainment center suitable for all age groups! There’s something for everyone, such as:
- And delicious food options
If you’re planning a family outing, consider visiting earlier in the day when it’s less crowded and perfect for younger kids to enjoy.
For teens and adults, Zone 28 is open late into the night, making it an excellent spot for a fun night out.
The bowling lanes are top-notch, and the laser tag arena features touch screens and the option to shield yourself, adding an extra layer of excitement to the game.
Additionally, there are:
- Escape rooms
- Pool tables
- Large party rooms for rent
Zone 28 also has restaurants with doors open to the inside of the games area, making it easy for folks to order food without missing out on the fun.
#57 Legacy Lanes
Legacy Lanes is an incredible establishment that combines a
- Bowling alley
- Axe-throwing venue
You’ll be captivated by the remarkable retro ambiance when you step inside.
The furnishings, the carpet, and the Pittsburgh-themed decor adorning the lanes create a fantastic atmosphere.
If you’re a bowler, you’ll be delighted to know that Legacy Lanes features a Pro Shop where you can find everything you need to enhance your game. It’s worth checking out if you require assistance with your existing equipment.
Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned bowler or not, all ages are guaranteed to have a blast at Legacy Lanes.
Even if you choose not to bowl, there are plenty of other entertainment options available to keep you engaged. The food they offer is simply fantastic, and the service is top-notch.
One aspect that particularly impressed me was the convenience they offer. You can have your meal from the restaurant delivered directly to your bowling lane table, making the entire experience even more enjoyable and hassle-free.
Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh offers a plethora of exciting and engaging activities for families with children.
Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures or a visitor exploring the city, there is no shortage of fun-filled experiences to enjoy together.
Pittsburgh’s blend of educational opportunities, cultural attractions, outdoor adventures, and sports enthusiasm makes it an ideal destination for families.