With championship teams around every corner, a vibrant cultural scene, and a unique food scene, Pittsburgh is a great place to live and raise a family. Pittsburgh does have one major downfall, however – the Steel City is consistently ranked one of the dreariest cities in the United States. The good news for rambunctious little ones and exhausted parents alike: Pittsburgh also has a variety of indoor playgrounds and activities that are sure to tire out the kiddos without tiring out your wallet. Check out this list of the coolest indoor play centers, ropes courses and jungle gyms in the Pittsburgh area that are perfect for the unpredictable Pittsburgh weather.
Located right at the convergence of the three rivers and next to both Heinz Field and PNC Park, your kids will be in the spirit of sports at Highmark SportsWorks. SportsWorks’ thirty interactive exhibits include a 25-foot rock wall, two indoor ropes course (one for the big kids and one for the little tykes), a human yo-yo, and a batting cage to determine your little athlete’s swing speed. The kids will be having so much fun romping around these exhibits that teach them about physics, they’ll hardly realize they’re learning while doing it.
Located in Allison Park, Jump Zone Party Play Center features six inflatable attractions – including a Batman obstacle challenge, princess bounce house, and crocodile dual slide for hours of inflatable fun for the little ones. The facility not only offers day passes, but also family dinner specials and birthday parties for easy and simple family nights. Jump Zone also plays an active role in the community, having donated birthday parties to children within their community, making it a worthy investment of time and money for not only your kids, but for your community as well.
Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark hits the mark for a fun, unique indoor experience. The 33,000 square foot, blacklit facility equipped with carpeted slides and ramps. Participants strap on slider-grips to their tennis shoes and are instantly converted into skaters – without having to worry about the rough surfaces of concrete or ice. All skaters are taught safety rules at the beginning of their visit, and instructors teach tricks and stunts to skaters ready to challenge themselves within the course. Fun Slides also offers educational programming for schools and youth groups to provide a fun, unique educational experience.
In addition to a wide variety of outdoor activities for Pittsburgh’s less-gloomy days, Fun Fore All features a four-story Ballocity playground. Ballocity features over thirty interactive activities within a series of tubes, slides, obstacles. The Ballocity jungle gym surrounds a ‘ball-canon’ that launches foam balls throughout the playground that visitors can then collect, shoot from cannons, or pile up at the bottom of a slide for a crash landing. Ballocity is not just for the little ones; parents and teenagers alike will enjoy climbing through the obstacles to get to high-speed slides and engaging in battle-like ballocity shootouts.
Giggles & Smiles is an indoor recreational facility that focuses on getting kids moving and playing rather than glued to their TV or video games. Their fun center features indoor playground equipment, a bounce house, and soft mats designed like gymnastics equipment for playtime to play on. Children can also ride the indoor roller coaster and rock wall located in the facility. This facility is extremely affordable and has qualified instructors monitoring the children at all times to ensure safety, fun, and cleanliness during every visit.
Snapology Discovery Center is an indoor play center with a hands-on learning environment. With a variety of classes and programs where the youngsters can learn about building, structure, engineering, and robotics, your kids will hardly realize that all the fun they’re having is helping their brains grow and develop. This makerspace is full of legos, toys, and toys and knick-knacks to keep their minds and hands busy for hours - the ultimate parenting win.
As a childhood favorite, Chuck E. Cheese is the ultimate play place and birthday party destination for kids. With locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, Chuck E. Cheese features a large indoor playground with a ball pit, a plethora of arcade games, and prizes to win that will keep the little ones entertained long after they leave. Chuck E. Cheese rolls pizza out of their kitchen and serve during animatronic shows of the character your kids will grow to love and be begging to return to.
Planet Bounce Pittsburgh is a space-themed inflatable park featuring inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses that are movable and versatile, providing bouncers with a unique, out-of-this-world experience with every visit. The facility features fully inspected and sanitized equipment as well as the Lunar Café that serves snacks and treats to visitors. Planet Bounce is great for birthday parties and group outings, promising to provide you and your child with an experience you will never forget.
With 23,000 square feet of fun for the family, visitors of Tropical Fun Zone will never run out of activities. The facility features bumper cars, a massive jungle gym, laser tag, a black-light mini-golf course, bowling, and blaster cannons to keep the whole family busy and content for hours. Located inside Tropical Fun Zone is Joe’s Cantina, serving family-friendly food and drink to visitors and birthday party attendees, making it the easiest family night out you will ever have.
With these indoor play centers and an even more extensive list of outdoor parks in the area, your family will have no problem switching up weekend outings all throughout the year. These affordable, convenient locations are sure to break the whole family of their cabin fever by giving the kids space to run, climb, jump, play, and exercise their minds while giving you a moment to sit back and enjoy your children’s precious smiles.