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Summer Kids

Citiparks Roving Art Cart, June 17-Aug. 29
Citiparks Roving Art Cart, June 17-Aug. 29


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.

Carnegie Science Center.
Lots of youth-friendly ongoing science exhibits, including roboworld, the Highmark SportsWorks and the traditional Miniature Railroad & Village. Opening June 14 is BLUE!, in which visitors can build mini-cities from foam blocks.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
This season's exhibit is XOXO, which lets kids explore love, forgiveness and other emotions with interactive art and activities (through Sept. 21). There are also plenty of interactive programs, including a garden, a garage-themed playroom, and Waterplay, a water exhibit. North Side. 412-322-5058 or

Citiparks Dek Hockey.
Full-size Dek hockey rinks are open at Banksville Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Marmaduke Playground in Brighton Heights, Hazelwood's Lewis Playground and South Side's Ormsby Playground.

Citiparks Recreation Centers.
Ten rec centers all over town offer sports and outdoor programs; beginning June 16, 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 10 through Labor Day; swim lessons and swim team events are available at each. Spray parks, where you can get soaked without opening a fire hydrant, open May 24 in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill and — new this year — Beltzhoover. 412-323-7928 or

Heinz History Center.
In addition to ongoing kid-friendly exhibits in the lobby and on the third floor, the history center offers three "Hop Into History" events (June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20) in which kids ages 2-5 can engage in hands-on exploration of the past — with music, dance and games. Strip District. or 412-454-6000

Kids Open Mic.
Local club Hambone's has launched a monthly all-ages/family open mic event where kids can sing, play an instrument or dance. Lawrenceville. For scheduling, see

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library.
Kids up to age 6 can hone their social and motor skills in this indoor art- and play-space, which also features a toy-lending program for members. Call for hours. Shadyside. 412-682-4430 or

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
In addition to the hands-on Kids Kingdom area, the zoo offers family-friendly events all summer long. Specially themed programs take place during Eat'n Park Family Week (June 14-22), the UPMC Summer Kids' Zoofari (Aug. 16-29) and on "Wild Wednesdays" from June 11-Aug. 13. Highland Park. 412-665-3640 or

Tyke Hikes
Venture Outdoors presents relaxed, inexpensive weekday-morning nature hikes in city and county parks, for parents with children up to 5 years old.