Activities with Children

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Within walking distance of the convention center, and of interest to adults as well, is the Senator John Heinz History Center, with both Kidsburgh and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibits for children (and an exhibit on Pittsburgh innovation for adults).

On the Northside, across the Allegheny River, the Carnegie Science Center, with Highmark SportsWorks, as well as the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, offer indoor activities for children, with lots of buttons to push and educational value. For pure fun, visit the free outdoor space of Randyland.

Also on the Northside is The National Aviary, with over 150 species of birds, which can fascinate children and adults. Local restaurant Atria's provides soups, salads, and sandwiches for the Aviary’s Kookaburra Kitchen.

Not quite soaring like a bird, but still gaining a bird’s eye perspective on the city, adults and children can take the Duquesne Incline, to the top of Mt. Washington. Even though some of the viewing platforms at the top may remain under repair, the ride itself is fun and affords good views.

In Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, adjacent to Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a huge hit with children interested in dinosaurs or the gorgeous mineral collection.

Also in Oakland near the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is Schenley Plaza with food kiosks and green space. Unfortunately, the Victorian-era carousel closes October 13.

On Friday, October 25, Phipps Conservatory will host a Boo-Tanical Bash for children to celebrate Halloween. A Butterfly Forest and paths through flowers are of potential interest to children (and adults) during the day.

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Farther east, in the Highland Park neighborhood, there is The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium , as well as Highland Park itself, which contains a playground area (though there are playgrounds closer to downtown as well).