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Pittsburgh Kids – Family Time in the ‘Burgh 

Remember when you dreamed of having a family with little ones running about?  Well, now that the dream has come true, it is your duty not only to love, clothe, and feed them, but have a little fun with them in the process.  Keep in mind, these years pass by quickly so take lots of pictures and enjoy each and every day!  Believe it or not, you will miss these precious days once they are gone.

Okay, are you looking for something to do with the kids when they are not in school?  Here are some ideas to consider.  It’s not a list of everything you can do with your family but it is a good start.

  • Sandcastle Waterpark – Great way to cool off and have fun too.
  • Kennywood Park – Find out who screams the loudest – you or the kids!Idlewild-Park
  • Miniature Golf – There are lots of places to play around the area.
  • PPG Plaza – Cool off in the fountain.
  • Station Square Dancing Fountain – Fun and relaxing to watch and enjoy the music.
  • South Park BMX Track – If your kids are a little older, watch them turn into biking enthusiasts.
  • Idlewild Park and Soak Zone – A little bit of a drive, but worth it for a day of extraordinary fun.
  • RiverQuest – Experience the rivers in person and learn how to take care of your environment.
  • Point State Park – Catch Frisbee or cool off by the fountain at the Point.
  • Wave Pool – Cool off in the South Park or Settlers’ Cabin Wave Pools.
  • Butler Farm Show (August) – Go and see the farm animals, ride some amusement rides and enjoy delicious food only found at a venue like this.
  • Movies in the Park – Free movies shown in and around the city.
    • Schenley Park/Flagstaff Hill
    • Brookline Memorial Park/Oakridge Street
    • Riverview Park/Observatory Hill
    • West End/Elliott Overlook, Mt. Washington
    • Grandview Park/Bailey Avenue, Mt. WashingtonPNC-Park-2
    • Arsenal Park/39th & Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
    • Local surrounding suburban communities offer movies as well.
  • Baseball Game – Join the Bucaroos’ Kids Club and go watch the Pirates and have fun in the Kids Play Land at the Right Field Gate of PNC Park.
  • Good Ship Lollipop – Show your kids the city skyline from a unique angle on a boat themed for kids.
  • Wild Things – Catch a fly ball at a baseball game at the minor level in our back yard in Washington, PA.
  • Old Economy Village – See how things were done before we had electricity.
  • Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival (May) – What could be better than celebrating kids.
  • Three Rivers Arts Festival (June) – Make sure you take your umbrella because it always rains at some point during this festival.
  • Renaissance Festival (August/September) – Experience life a little differently.
  • The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (July) – Get close to the action.
  • Pittsburgh Regatta (July) – Enjoy the festivities on the river. You can even watch the regatta while you are waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks in the city to start.

YEAR ROUND

WINTERTIME wintegarden-tree

  • Light Up Night (mid-November) – A great way to start off the shopping season in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • First Night (New Year’s Eve) – Explore the city on a very family-friendly night in the Burg.
  • Boyce Park – Lots of snow and skiing fun for all ages and levels.
  • Ice Skating – Ice skate outside at The Rink at PPG Place, Schenley Skating Rink, South Park and North Park Skating Rinks – A perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening just gliding smoothly on the ice.
  • PPG Place – Take an afternoon, travel into town and look at the gingerbread houses, see who won a blue ribbon and look at the Santa Clauses from around the world in the PPG Wintergarden.

Some of these activities are just for the summer months – others are all year long. Depending on the time of year, Pittsburgh has its share of parades, festivals, and other fun things to do with your family that won’t necessarily break the bank and may not cost anything at all.

The idea is to make memories together because that is what will last a lifetime.  Don’t forget the camera and make sure you bring some friends along as well!

Written by Diane Gliozzi

 

 

 

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