Kids | Summer Guide 2015 | Pittsburgh Summer Child Friendly Events and Activities


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Branches of the library citywide offer kids' and teens' programs — from story time and puppet shows to gaming and literature discussions — throughout the summer.

Carnegie Science Center. Lots of youth-friendly ongoing science exhibits, including roboworld, the Highmark SportsWorks and the traditional Miniature Railroad & Village. New this year is the H2OH! exhibit, an interactive display that teaches why our rivers, and water, are so important. North Side.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. This season's exhibit, beginning June 13, is Very Eric Carle, an interactive tour of the author's popular stories, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are also plenty of interactive programs. 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 programs 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 9 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 23 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 the third floor's Discovery Place exhibit, the center offers monthly "Hop Into History" events (the next is June 10), in which kids ages 2-5 can engage in hands-on exploration of history. Strip District. 412-454-6000 or

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 Pirates Kids Days. Sundays are all about kids at PNC Park. There are special ticket and concession prices. There's always a great freebie like jerseys and, on June 28, a Pirates Parrot lawn gnome. North Side.

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 13-20), the UPMC Summer Kids' Zoofari (Aug. 15-28) and on "Wild Wednesdays" from June 10-Aug. 12. 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.


The Andy Warhol Museum. From June 8-July 31, kids ages 8-10 will learn to create like the artist and Pittsburgh icon. Classes include lessons in screenprinting and pop art, and there's even an after-camp auction where students take field trips to explore the city. 412-237-8314 or

Assemble.This Garfield "community space for arts and technology" offers weekday camps from June 22-Aug. 14, utilizing STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for kids in grades 3-8.

Carnegie Museums. From June 8 through Aug. 21, the museums of art and natural history hold camps for kids ages 4-13, with activities ranging from hands-on "dino digs" to art classes to a film camp. Kids 5-12 can also spend full-day sessions at the Carnegie's Powdermill Nature Reserve in Rector, Pa. Oakland. 412-622-3288 or

Carnegie Science Center. From June 8-Aug. 21, kids ages 4-14 can participate in half- or full-day sessions on a variety of themes, from engineering and robotics to the science in the popular video game Minecraft. North Side. 412-237-1637 or

Frick Art and Historical Center. Starting June 22, the Frick offers a week-long day camp for kids ages 4-6 that looks at art and local history. Beginning Aug. 17, a full-day program for kids entering grades 2-5 offers drawing, painting and sculpting. Point Breeze. 412-371-0600 or

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh. This camp, in which girls ages 8-18 learn to play in a rock band, is held from Aug. 3-7 at Winchester Thurston School. Girls will form bands that perform in a showcase on Aug. 8. Shadyside.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Four week-long, half-day classes run four consecutive weeks beginning June 15. Classes, including circus camp, creative writing, dance and more, expose kids to creativity. For ages 4-12. Bloomfield.

Monologues and Movement. Kids from grades 6-8 learn voice, movement, acting and improvisational skills at this camp, presented by Prime Stage Theater. June 15-19. 840 Saw Mill Run Blvd., Beechview.

National Aviary. Camps run from June 22-Aug.7 for ages 4-18, where kids can interact with birds and go on birding-photography hikes. North Side. 412-258-9439 or

Phipps Conservatory. Kids ages 2-13 learn about conservation, ecology and healthy living in a series of camps throughout the summer. Oakland. 412-441-4442 x3925 or

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Camps from June 8-Aug. 21 in a range of disciplines are offered all summer long for kids ages 4-13, plus high school immersion camps that teach a wide array of subjects, from photography and ceramics to cosplay costume design and an anime workshop. Shadyside. 412-361-0455 or

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Kids ages 2-13 can attend half-day and full-day Animal Adventures summer zoo camps that run from June to August and range from story time for little ones to animal study and interaction. Highland Park.

Saltworks Theatre Company. From June 15-July 21, aspiring actors ages 4-16 can learn role-playing, movement, improv and other stage techniques at day camps held in Sewickley, the North Hills and Oakland. 412-621-6150 x201 or

Steel City Rowing Club Camp. Summer camps in rowing and other aquatic activities are offered to kids ages 8-18 in half- and full-day sessions from June 15-Aug. 7. Verona.


MAY 28-30

Allegheny County Marbles Tournament. Since 2004, eight National Marbles Champions have come from Allegheny County. The County Courthouse Courtyard hosts the finals for the county's marbles competition. Winners head to the national competition, June 21-26 in New Jersey. Downtown. 412-260-7278 or


Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank presents Kids Cook. Kids will learn to chop, measure, taste and prepare nutritious and delicious foods at this event at the Carnegie Library Sheraden branch beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sheraden.

JUNE 16-AUG. 7

Citiparks Roving Art Cart. The Art Cart provides free art-creation projects from around the world — like Amazon rain sticks and Chinese dragons — for kids at different city parks each Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opening celebration at Highland Park Super Playground June 17. 412-665-3665 or

June 22-27

Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open. Kids ages 16 and under can compete in this annual tennis tournament. There are three divisions — 16 and under, 14 and under and 12 and under. Point Breeze.

Sept. 12

Alphabet Trails and Tales. Take a walk through Frick Park and learn 26 awesome things to do on its Alphabet Trail. The interactive, free event promotes early elementary literacy through a day of nature and reading. 412-665-3665 or

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