Summer Kids | Summer Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


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. And H2Oh! Explores the city’s rivers. North Side. 412-237-3400 or

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This season’s exhibit, beginning June 11, is Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, an immersive tour into world of the popular TV series. 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, Bloomfield Park and South Side’s Ormsby Playground.

Citiparks Recreation Centers. Ten rec centers offer sports and outdoor programs; Summer Food Service (start date TBD) 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.

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. Spray parks, where you can get soaked without opening a fire hydrant, open May 28 in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill, Beltzhoover and Hazelwood. 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 8), in which kids ages 2-5 can engage in hands-on exploration of history. Strip District. 412-454-6000 or

click to enlarge Citiparks Roving Art Cart, June 14-Aug. 5 - PHOTO COURTESY OF CITIPARKS
Photo courtesy of Citiparks
Citiparks Roving Art Cart, June 14-Aug. 5

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 or check online 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 great freebies like player wall-decals and, on June 26, an Andrew McCutchen jersey. 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. Themed programs take place on “Wild Wednesdays” from June 15-Aug. 3. 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.


Assemble. This Garfield “community space for arts and technology” offers weekday camps from June 20-Aug. 12, utilizing STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for kids ages 6-13.

Carnegie Museums. From June 13 through Aug. 26, 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 and a film camp. Kids 6-13 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 6-Aug. 19, kids ages 4-12 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

Citiparks Citicamp. Different themed adventures take place at Citipark recreation centers across Pittsburgh. Adventure titles include “Space Station Pittsburgh,” “Scales and Tales” and “Time Travelers.” Programs run from June 20-Aug. 12. Call individual rec centers for details.

Citiparks Sports Academies. Six week-long camps for kids ages 7-12 looking for a sport-specific experience with scrimmages, fun competitions and a real game. Sports include basketball, volleyball, flag football and tennis. Camps run from June 20-Aug. 8. 412-255-2539 or

click to enlarge Allegheny County Marbles Tournament, June 2-4 - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Photo courtesy of Allegheny County
Allegheny County Marbles Tournament, June 2-4

Citiparks Tot Camp. Half-day camps held in one-week sessions from June 20-Aug. 4 with no camp the week of July 4. Themes include “kids cooking,” “little builders” and “the wonders of nature.” Ages 4-6. 412-255-2539 or

Frick Art & Historical Center. Starting June 27, the Frick offers a week-long day camp for kids ages 8-12 exploring the world of antique cars. Beginning Aug. 15, a full-day program for kids entering grades 2-5 offers painting, printmaking and puzzles. 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. 1-5 at Winchester Thurston School. Girls will form bands that perform in a showcase on Aug. 6. Shadyside.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Five week-long, half-day classes run four consecutive weeks beginning June 20. Classes, including circus camp, creative writing, dance and more, expose kids to creativity. For ages 6-12. Bloomfield.

National Aviary. Camps run from June 20-Aug. 5 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 13-Aug. 26 in a range of disciplines are offered all summer long for kids ages 4-13, plus high school immersion camps (ages 14-18) 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 13-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 x205 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 6-Aug. 8. Verona. 412-828-5565 or


click to enlarge National Aviary Camps, June 20-Aug. 5 - PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL AVIARY
Photo courtesy of National Aviary
National Aviary Camps, June 20-Aug. 5

May 21

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Presents Kids Cook. Kids will learn to measure, prepare and taste delicious desserts at this event at the Carnegie Library Homewood branch beginning at 3 p.m. Homewood. 412-731-3080 or

June 2-4

Allegheny County Marbles Tournament. Since 2004, 10 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 20-24 in New Jersey. Downtown. 412-260-7278 or

June 14-Aug. 5

Citiparks Roving Art Cart. The Art Cart: Celebrating Pittsburgh City of Bridges offers free multi-media art projects 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 14. 412-665-3665 or

June 20-26

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. Regent Square.

Sept. 10

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

Comments (0)
Comments are closed.