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Citiparks Roving Art Cart
Citiparks Roving Art Cart


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Branches of the library citywide offer kids' and teens' programs — from storytime and crafting to children's yoga — throughout the summer.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, opening May 18, is summer's special exhibit. There are also plenty of interactive programs, including a garden, a "makeshop" and Waterplay, a newly renovated water-based exhibit. North Side. 412-322-5058 or

Citiparks Recreation Centers. Ten rec centers all over town offer sports and outdoor programs; beginning June 17, Summer Food Service program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to children up to age 18. Most centers are open 1-9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 412-422-6542 or

Citiparks Swimming Pools and Spray Parks. The city offers 18 outdoor swimming pools from June 14 through Labor Day; swim lessons and swim team events are available at each. Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside and Troy Hill are the site of spray parks, where you can get soaked without opening a fire hydrant. 412-323-7928 or

Hive Days of Summer. Sprout-funded project connecting kids with programs that help them learn in a hands-on manner. Focus age is tween-and-up.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The zoo offers plenty of kids' programs, including the hands-on Kids Kingdom area. Highland Park. 412-665-3640 or

Tyke Hikes

Venture Outdoors presents relaxed, inexpensive nature hikes in city and county parks, for parents with children up to 8 years old. Various locations, usually weekday mornings.

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Carnegie Science Center


Carnegie Museums. Both the Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History hold camps for a variety of ages. This year's offerings include camps themed around the 2013 Carnegie International and Architecture 101, a camp for high schoolers. Powdermill Nature Reserve, an offsite research facility in Rector, Pa., offers camps as well. Oakland. 412-622-3288 or

Carnegie Science Center. The Science Center offers a series of camps throughout the summer, for ages 4 to teen. Topics range from "Creepy Crawly Bugs" to "Livin' It! A CanTEEN Camp." North Side. 412-237-1637 or

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh. Camp for girls ages 8-16 to learn to be in a rock band. No instrument or musical experience necessary. Girls will form bands and perform at the end of the week. Shadyside.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Topics include fashion, photography, puppetry and yoga — teachers include art-scene fixtures like Tom Sarver, Christine Bethea, Jennifer Hedges and Michael Lubbert. Age range 4-14. Bloomfield.

Monologues and Movement. Kids from grades 5-9 learn to write and present monologues at a camp presented by Prime Stage Theater and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. June 17-21. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Strip District.

National Aviary. Camps for ages 4-18, with themes like "Feathers and Fun" and "Intro to Falconry." North Side. 412-323-7235 or

Phipps Conservatory. Camps throughout the summer for kids ages 2 and 3 (with an adult) through 12. Topics range from "A Bug's World" to "Plant Your Plate." Oakland. 412-441-4442 x3925 or 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Summer art camps range from "Introduction to Fashion" to "Medieval Times," plus high school immersion camps that teach arts like animation, web design and ceramics. Shadyside. 412-361-0455 or

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Animal Adventures Zoo Camp at Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Animal Adventures Zoo Camp caters to kids ages 2-13, with half-day and all-day programs including "Wild Families" and "Zoo TV." Highland Park. 412-665-3640 or 

The Frick Pittsburgh. Camps include "A Peek at the Past," for kids ages 4-6, and "Passport to Imagination," for kids entering grades 2-5. Art is central to these camps. Point Breeze. 412-371-0600 or

MAY 15-19

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. This year's iteration of the festival is the 27th; each year, the event features performances by theater groups from around the globe, as well as hands-on educational programs. Oakland.

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Charlotte Blake Allston of African Pourquoi Tales at Pittsburgh International Children's Festival


Allegheny County Marbles Tournament. The culmination of the county's annual spring marbles program, which produces a disproportionate number of national marbles champs. County Courthouse Courtyard, Downtown. 412-260-7278 or

JUNE 18-AUG. 16

Citiparks Roving Art Cart. Celebrating 40 years, the Roving Art Cart provides free art-creation projects for kids at different city parks each Tuesday through Friday. 412-665-3665 or

JUNE 24-30

Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open. Tennis tournament for players 16 and younger, on the clay courts at Frick Park. Regent Square. 412-244-4188 or


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