Pittsburgh Childrens Museum
The Pittsburgh Children's Museum
10 Children's Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The Pittsburgh Childrens Museum is not your typical "see but don't touch" museum. Here, kids of all ages are encouraged to see, touch and most of all, do! A unique feature of this museum is that each exhibit includes an area developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers and older kids versus other childrens' museums we've visited where there are separate exhibits for each age group. For that reason, parents with kids of varying ages should find the Pittsburgh Childrens Museum a much easier place to keep everyone simultaneously entertained.
The Attic - is a place that challenges your senses and your sense of reality. A highlight is the Gravity Room where you can experience the strange sensation of the room tilted at a 25% angle to the floor. In the animateering area, kids can create a virtual puppet show complete with scenery and music of their choosing.
Garage & Workshop - Have kids who like to take stuff apart? Set them loose in the workshop where they are encouraged to take apart household appliances like stereos and computers to see how they work (Note to parents: Give the "Don't Try This at Home" speech before entering this exhibit). Budding mechanics will love tinkering under the hood of a real Mini Cooper.
The Studio - Kids can find their inner artist through print making, paper making, clay molding and painting. The best part about a visit to The Studio is that kids get to take home "free" souvenirs to remember their visit to the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Demonstrations by various artists working in a variety of media are offered throughout the year.
The Theater - Calling all drama queens (and kings)! Your aspiring actress or actor cand get glam at the artist's make-up table, select an outfit from the costume rack and then, through the use of theater technology, perform to a packed house. The Theater is also where you'll find Stuffee, the Pittsburgh Childrens Museum blue haired mascot. Stuffee's fabric organs are perfect for providing kids with a health and anatomy lesson.
Mister Rogers Neighborhood - Inside the Pittsburgh Childrens Museum is a full-size replica of Mister Rogers' television house and neighborhood of make believe. Kids can take a seat on the neighborhood trolley and even try on Mister Rogers' sweater and sneakers.
Waterplay - Kids love water play and with museum provided slickers and boots, everyone can have some water fun here. Younger kids can play with waterwheels and funnels at the shallow pond while older kids can build their own boats and launch them down the river.
The Backyard - When the weather is nice, head to The Backyard for some outdoor fun. There is a sandbox with buckets, rakes and shovels, an interactive clubhouse called The Lookout and loads of fountain fun at the Allegheny Waterworks. Stop by the earth clay area if you don't mind the kids getting a little messy.
Nursery - Does your little one (or you) need a break? Head to the soothing soft colors of the Nursery. Here you'll find quiet activities for infants and young toddlers as well as a nursing area.
Good to Know
When hunger pangs strike, The Cafe is a convenient place to grab a bite to eat without having to leave the museum. In warmer weather, outdoor seating is offered. There are plenty of kid-friendly items on the menu including yogurt, chicken tenders, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, soups, salads and wraps.
The Pittsburgh Childrens Museum is open Monday - Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. The museum is closed on major holidays.
Insider Tip: Show your AAA or Giant Eagle Advantage card to receive a $1 discount on admission. The museum also offers active military and Pittsburgh Entertainment Book discounts.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh hosts special events throughout the year including temporary exhibits, a Chinese New Year Celebration and special guest performers.
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