The Complete Guide To Indoor Activities In Pittsburgh For Kids

Spring may be on the way, but this weather has a feeling a little cooped up. If you are longing to get out of your house and looking for a place for your kids to blow off some energy, we've got you covered. With options for toddlers to teens, we've rounded up an exhaustive list of indoor fun in the burgh. Don't see your favorite? Let us know what we missed in the comments.


Enjoy a few hours at one of Pittsburgh's many museums. Be sure to check current hours, open attractions and timed ticketing requirements before you head out the door.

Science Center
Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is a great place for kids of all ages. For younger ones, check out the top floor which is full of fun activities for toddlers. Don't forget to pop over to SportsWorks where older kids can challenge themselves with the ropes course or explore the physics of sports.

Carnegie Museum Of Natural History & Art Museum

If you have a dinosaur or gem lover there is no better place to spend a day than the Carnegie Museums in Oakland. For one admission price you can explore both the Natural History and Art Museums. Though most families tend to spend the majority of time in the Natural History Museum, don't overlook the art museum. Who knows, you may have the next Warhol on your hands.

National Aviary

If you want to get up close and personal with some feathered friends, check out the National Aviary on the north side. The Aviary is the only independent indoor nonprofit aviary in the United States. It is also the country's largest aviary, and the only one accorded honorary "National" status by the United States Congress. Visit the penguins or enjoy the immersive tropical rainforest exhibit. *pro-tip, make sure you bring some wipes with you. Birds flying overhead can lead so some unexpected souvenirs.

Heinz History Center

The History Center is a great place to spend a few hours. The lobby area gets kids involved right away with the interactive trolly and Kidsburgh play space. Grad a photo in a roller coaster before you head upstairs to check out Discovery Place which is an area created just for kids. Your kids can explore Pittsburgh inventions and the invention process. The fun doesn't have to stop there. Be sure to use the Smart Steps to stop by the Heinz exhibit for some fun tomato themed photo ops.

Phipps Botanical Garden

Phipps is a great place to hang out with your little nature lover. Kids can explore and identify plants and flowers while learning about the environment and conservation. Their schedule is full of fun events and activities for the whole family! Each new room you enter is full of wonder and beauty. Kids will have so much fun searching for butterflies and playing with different interactive exhibits.

Indoor Play Centers

Perfect for younger, pre-school aged kids, these play centers will keep them entertained and exploring while you take a moment for yourself.

Snapology Robotics
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Snapology Discovery Center

Snapology's Discovery Center is a great place to introduce your child to STEAM education through play. The center has tons of fun stations to encourage your child's skills in things like engineering and technology. Parents are welcome to stay and play with their kids or get this- Kids over 5 years old can be dropped off for up to 3 hours! Snapology also offers classes, workshops, camps and parent's night out activities throughout the year.

Kidzville in Mt. Nebo

At Kidzville you can enjoy a coffee while your child explores the one of a kind village. There are 8 custom playhouses that are furnished to looks just like a mini town. Your child can pretend to be an adult, while you enjoy acting like one.

C&M Play Studio In Robinson

C&M offers full time or part-time drop in day care in addition to their weekly classes. The space is designed with a wide open gym, offering plenty of room for your little one to blow off steam.

Chuck E Cheese

You don't have to save your visit to Chuck E Cheese for birthday parties. Drop in on a weekday for lunch to avoid the party crowds. Challenge your kiddo to some skeeball and see how many tickets you can collect. Look for coupons on their site to save on food and play passes.

Open Play Gyms

Get those kids moving and burning off that pent up winter energy at one of Pittsburgh's more active spaces.

Urban Air
Photo courtesy of Urban Air

Urban Air Adventure Park

Urban Air is more than your typical trampoline park. This indoor adventure park keeps kids and adults moving with their trampolines, ninja warrior courses, climbing areas and the sky coaster! Be prepared to jump around with your kids because it is hard to resist once you feel that spring under your feet. There are many Pittsburgh locations including North Fayette, Westmoreland, and Cranberry Township.

Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park

Think sliding on wood floors in socks...but on carpet. This slide park was created by the same person who invented EZ Moves® Furniture Slides. They apply the same concept to your feet. You put on smooth plastic 'skates' and slide around effortlessly on the carpet.


Sign up for a class at Gymsport or reserve a time for open gym on Friday nights. This expansive space is the largest gymnastics, tumbling, and parkour facility in Pennsylvania. The colorful space is inviting and there is a waiting area for parents who are staying on site.

Sky Zone

Check out Sky Zone on Fridays and Sundays from 11am- 12pm for toddler time. They keep the big kids away so that you can jump with your little one without the fear of them running into an older child, or vice versa.

Romp and Roll

Have a blast at Romp and Roll Bakers Square! These classes are specifically for children ages 3 months through 5 years. Instructors encourage learning through music, art, and physical activity to help your child learn and make friends while playing and having fun.

The Wheel Mill

If your child is old enough to ride a bike, and a little daring, check out the Wheel Mill in Point Breeze. This indoor bike park boasts 12,000 square feet of jump lines. Be sure to reserve your spot online as advance reservations are required.

Neville Roller Dome

Strap on some roller skates and get yourself a walker at Pittsburgh's nostalgic Neville Roller Dome. Bring the whole family and enjoy a night of skating and excitement. Stop by Wednesday-Sunday for one of the many sessions Neville Roller Dome offers!

Music Classes

If structured activities are more your style, why not sign us for a music class with your kiddo.

Guitar class
Photo courtesy of Kindermusik

Kathy's Music

Kathy's music offers music lessons as well as Kindermusik classes. The multi-level Kindermusik classes are crafted to support your child's development and fill them with joy.

Sound Beginnings

Sound Beginnings is a family music class for children ages 0-4 and a parent or caregiver. Classes include singing, movement, instrument play, nursery rhymes, games, stories, and ear training activities.

Art Studios

If your child loves to create new things and has an amazing imagination, check out an awesome Pittsburgh art class.

Art Class
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Fox in a Box art studio in Bethel Park

At Fox in a Box in Bethel Park, they foster a creative environment that replaces screens with paint brushes, curiosity, creativity, and inspiration.

That Pottery Place in Bethel Park

That Pottery Place offers pottery painting, board decorating, mosaics and more. You can reserve a private table for your group in advance by visiting their website.

Splat! Art Studio in Bethel Park

Splat! Art Studio in Bethel Park is a creative outlet for your art lover. You can stop in today to participate in an art class or open studio. Take your friends and family with you to a birthday party or group events. Summer camp options are also available.

Dance Classes

Have your child get their energy out while expressing themselves in one of these great Pittsburgh dance classes.

Dance class
Photo courtesy of Kickline Dance Center

Thomas Dance Studio

Thomas Dance Studio offers classes allowing your child to explore the world of dance. The goal of these dance classes is to build confidence and promote teamwork all while having fun. Thomas Dance Studio is perfect for beginner to advanced dancers.

Kickline Dance Center

Kickline Dance Center is a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun while encouraging confidence, creativity, and teamwork. Kickline’s focus is not to teach kids to be great dancers, but to teach dance to make great kids. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome.

More Ideas To Keep Your Kids Entertained

  • Turn your living room into a camp site and enjoy a picnic
  • Check out the drive in movies being offered by the Allegheny Parks Department
  • Visit one...or all of these ice cream shops
  • Take a trip to Seven Springs For Indoor Golf
  • Book a private watch party at a theatre near you
  • Go on a quest for the best bakery in Pittsburgh
  • Follow this tour to visit all the Pittsburgh Dinosaur statues