With the beautiful spring flowers popping up around the city comes the inevitable rain that keeps you and your family from enjoying the outdoors. Never fear, though - Pittsburgh has plenty to do inside to keep your family busy and having fun.
So head indoors where it's dry and check out some of these great family fun attractions!
Every day is spring at the National Aviary, an indoor bird zoo where you can enjoy the chirp of 500 birds representing 150 species from around the world. Located in the North Side neighborhood, the National Aviary has large walk-through exhibits offering an intimate interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and meet many species. Watch Malayan Flying Foxes at Canary's Call and take part in free-flight bird shows inside Immersion Theater. Get up close to your favorite bird with Interactive Encounters and say hello to the flamingos, penguins and owls!
The Carnegie Science Center has loads of indoor fun for the entire family with four floors of hands-on exhibits. Get your astronaut on at SpacePlace, a weightlessness simulation experience featuring a two-story, walk-in replica of the International Space Station and Exploration Station where you'll learn about magnetic forces, lasers, and sound. Take a seat in the Rangos Omnimax Theater, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX dome theater. Learn about Pittsburgh’s three rivers at H2Oh! Gallery. Feel like an athlete or a scientist at Highmark SportsWorks where science and sports unite. Mingle with the robots at roboworld, the world's largest permanent robotics exhibit. Climb aboard a real Cold War-era submarine, the USS Requin.
Walk among prehistoric dinosaurs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Dinosaurs in their Time exhibition. Nearly 75% of the exhibits are composed of actual fossils from one of the finest dinosaur collections in the world. Dig for dinosaur and mammal fossils at Bonehunter's Quarry. Head to Botany Hall to explore plant and bug life and check out the mummies at Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Then experience beautiful art without leaving the building at Carnegie Museum of Art. There are cool programs for kids at the galleries too - from Preschool Play Dates to drop-in ARTventures: Gallery Fun for Families (Weekends and holidays).
Enjoy beautiful blooms indoors at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The kids can unearth the wonders of nature at the Children's Discovery Garden and Butterfly Forest. There's Story Time every Wednesday where you sit among the flowers. Look for Discovery Stations throughout the gardens for a fun, hands-on look at a specific subject related to the natural world.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is a fun place to be! There are lots of creative, educational exhibits to explore. See Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-iffic Exhibit, inspired by the original "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" series. Climb, crawl and jump through a unique structure made entirely of packing tape at TapeScape 2.0. Explore things that drive, fly and roll at the Garage. Pump and move water at Waterplay or put on your own show on stage at the Theater.
Discover more than 250 years of Pittsburgh History at The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Explore African American history in From Slavery to Freedom. Learn about the British, French & Indian War at Clash of Empires and the importance of glass and Western Pennsylvania at Glass Shattering Notions. Visit the fourth floor Special Collections Gallery to see the largest collection of original items from the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" television set on public view.
Step back in time to Pittsburgh's birthplace at the Fort Pitt Museum and discover the world-shaping events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania. There's also guided and self-guided tours.
Most of all, make sure that you have fun!
Suzie McGrane is an avid Pirates fan, has a sweet tooth, is a world traveler and has a big disco ball in her cellar. She’s been known to dance around her office on Friday afternoons.