Whether it’s raining, snowing or you just want something different to do with your toddler, there are so many options available in the Pittsburgh area for them to play freely and run around inside. (And with Pittsburgh being in the top 5 of US cities with rainy days, you’re bound to have quite a few indoor play days!) From LEGO® focused play to make believe play towns to indoor playgrounds, Pittsburgh has no shortage of places to play inside.
Below is a list of our favorite indoor play places in Pittsburgh for toddlers, although most of these are suitable for kids of all ages. Be sure to also check out our post on unique story times in Pittsburgh more more indoor fun with toddlers.
Note: All hours and prices are as of April 2019. Be sure to check individual websites or call before you go, as hours and prices could vary.
Snapology Discovery Center
Snapology has 100 locations throughout the world, and we’re lucky enough to have the Discovery Center and Headquarters located right in Bridgeville. Snapology applies STEAM learning concepts in a way that makes learning fun and exciting for kids. The focus at Snapology is all about learning through play, and there are several stations throughout the play center with a variety of LEGO® bricks and other building toys. The best thing about Snapology is that there’s really something for kids of all ages. From the legos style bricks of all shapes and sizes, to the robotics and virtual play stations, there’s an endless number of things for kids to do in a fun and creative space. While Snapology caters to kids up to age 14, there’s a play area specifically dedicated to toddlers that my (almost) 2 year old loves.
- Location: Snapology’s Discovery Center is located at 1350 Old Pond Rd, Bridgeville PA 15017. (Note: This location changed from the prior Bethel Park location.) See here for more information on all Snapology locations.
- Hours of Operation: Creative Play (i.e. open play) sessions are available 10am-2pm Mon-Fri, 12-8pm on Sat and 12-5pm on Sun.
- Cost: Open play hours are $8 per child per hour for the first 2 hours. Parents are free.
- Additional Information: Snapology offers birthday parties as well as several programs geared toward kids ages 3-14. Drop off is also available during open play hours for kids ages 5+.
Note: Our visit to Snapology was sponsored in exchange for review. As always all opinions are our own.
Seabase Family Fun Center
Seabase is located in Greensburg and is basically a huge indoor playground. It has tons of different sections for various age groups and interests, including dedicated toddler and music play areas. With so many soft things to climb on and play with, it’s perfect for toddlers and babies, as well as the older kids who may be a little more adventurous. There’s also a train in the center of the play space that’s a favorite for little ones.
- Location: 770 E. Pittsburg St, Greensburg, PA 15601
- Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm and Fri & Sat 10am-10pm
- Cost: Admission is $8 per child, ages 1-13. Adults are free.
- Additional Information: Seabase does birthday parties for kids and has an onsite dining area. Seabase also offers a playgroup every Tuesday geared toward kids ages 2-5. (Note: Playgroup takes a break during the summer.)
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh- Nursery
The entire Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is perfect for toddlers and really geared toward toddlers and younger kids. (In fact, they just recently opened a separate museum geared toward the big kids ages 10+ called Museum Lab.) While there’s so much for young children throughout the museum, we especially love the Nursery on the 2nd floor. There’s everything from train tables to a sand table to light up picture displays. This area has tons of hands-on activities in a predominantly enclosed setting, making it easy for toddlers to access everything and allow the parents to observe as they play.
- Location: 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
- Day/Time(s): 10am-5pm daily
- Cost: Accessed as part of general admission to the Children’s Museum. Kids under 2 are free. For more information, visit the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s website.
- Additional Information: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is available for birthday parties. On Thursdays, Young Sprouts is held in either the Nursery or the Garden depending on whether. This program includes activities geared toward kids 5 and under, and it’s included with admission.
Related Post: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with Little Kids
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library (PTLL) is a nonprofit organization play space located by the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The entire play space is dedicated to kids 6 and under, making it perfect for toddlers of all ages. Throughout the space, there are several opportunities for kids to play with blocks, puzzles and use the play kitchen and other displays set up for make believe play. In the middle of the space, there are a few structures to climb on, as well as ample space for kids to roam around in a variety of cars and trikes throughout.
- Location: 5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (Note: PTLL is located in the basement of a church, and there is ample free parking outside.)
- Hours of Operation: Open Mon-Sat at 9:30am. Hours vary daily; be sure to check the PTLL’s website for more information.
- Cost: First visit is free and open play is $5 from your 2nd visit on. (Max is $10 per family. Children under 1 and parents are free.)
- Additional Information: The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is run on a volunteer basis. Memberships are available at a discounted rate for parents who volunteer.
Kidzville, just like it sounds, is an entire village set up for kids to engage in pretend play. The various shops and buildings include a market, a restaurant, a library, a workshop and even a bank where kids can learn how to count and use money. There are a variety of toys and interactive play things set up in each of the separate buildings for kids to learn about functioning as a community and what each of the business do. One of my favorite things about Kidzville is that it also has a full service coffee bar. So Moms can get that latte and relax for a minute while the kids are playing.
- Location: Mt. Nebo Pointe Shopping Center, 262 Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
- Day/Time(s): Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat-Sun 9am-12pm
- Cost: $12 for the 1st child for all day play. Additional children are $10 and parents are free.
- Additional Information: Kidzville is available for birthday parties on the weekends. See Kidzville’s website for more information.
Playground World is a fun concept that combines a storefront with a play area. Whether you’re in the market for a new play set or not, it’s a great way to test them out in an indoor setting. Playground World includes a variety of play structures including slides and swings, plus trampolines and basketball nets.
- Location: The location in Pittsburgh is at 14000 Perry Highway (Route 19) Suite 400, Wexford, PA 15090. Check out Playground World’s website for more information on other locations and those with indoor showrooms for open play.
- Day/Time(s): Hours vary by day. Check the website here for more information on open play hours and availability.
- Cost: Donate to play is available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30am-11:30am for $2 (Cash Only.) Pay to Play is available at times throughout the week for $7 per child. Be sure to call first, as hours and availability may change.
- Additional Information: Birthday parties are available as well.
Carnegie Science Center- Little Learners Clubhouse
While most exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center are suitable for toddlers, the Little Learners Clubhouse is specifically made for kids age 6 and under. This play place let’s toddlers do anything from play at the coolest water tables, build with foam blocks, sort colors and objects and climb on the huge play structure. Babies will also love the little play garden designated for non-walkers. There are also several opportunities throughout Carnegie Science Center’s Little Learner’s Clubhouse for kids to learn and use their imagination.
- Location: Carnegie Science Center, located at 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
- Day/Time(s): 10am-5pm daily
- Cost: Accessed as part of general admission to Carnegie Science Center. Kids under 2 are free. For more information on ticket prices at Carnegie Science Center, see here.
- Additional Information: Carnegie Science center offers birthday parties as well as several special programs and camps throughout the year.
Related Post: Visiting the Carnegie Science Center with Little Kids
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens- Gallery Room and Produce Market
This indoor play space at Phipps is one of the main reasons we love it so much with our toddler. (In addition to the beautiful flowers, of course!) When you first enter the space, there’s a full wooden kitchen set for kids to cook, store and serve their pretend food. The highlight of the space is the produce market, which is full of a variety of pretend meats, cheeses and produce for kids to shop with the mini shopping carts. They can even check out at one of two registers after they complete their grocery shopping. All of this is set among a variety of plant species like the rest of Phipps.
- Location: One Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time(s): 9:30-5pm Sat- Thurs and 9:30am-10pm Friday
- Cost: Accessed as part of general admission to Phipps Conservatory. Kids under 2 are free. For more information on ticket prices at Phipps, see here.
- Additional Information: Phipps offers several programs specifically for toddlers. See here for more information.
Party Lane in Mars is another fun indoor play town for kids. In addition to the number of cars, rocking animals and other fun things to play with in the middle, there are several shops set up throughout the play area. Kids can do everything from serve ice cream to caring for pets at the Vet to shopping at the grocery store with one of several mini shopping carts. There’s also a stage for kids to dress up and put on a show and a workshop for them to practice using play tools to make things. In addition to the main area, there’s a separate indoor campsite complete with a tent, chairs, a fire and a kayak to fish from.
- Location: 162 Brickyard Road, Suite 400, Mars, PA 16046
- Day/Time(s): Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
- Cost: $10 for all day play for the kids. Parents are free.
- Additional Information: In addditon to birthday parties, Party Lane holds several events including themed story time and play sessions.
Planet Bounce Pittsburgh
Planet Bounce has two locations, one North and one South of Pittsburgh, making it easily accessible for families on both sides of the downtown. We had a chance to visit the Planet Bounce North location, and it’s filled with bounce houses for kids of all ages. With a variety of slides, tunnels and bounce areas, it has everything from a Sponge Bob bounce house to an alligator slide to a princess bounce castle. One thing I liked about Planet Bounce is that it has a dedicated area for kids under 2, so you don’t have to worry about your little ones getting jumped on by the big kids. This little bouncer area has a farm set up with animals, a small slide and tunnels, along with toys outside of it for the kids to play with.
- Location: 4025 Alpha Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101 (North) and 2560 Washington Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317 (South)
- Hours of Operation: Hours vary by day and location. Check out Planet Bounce’s website for more information.
- Cost: $10 for all day play for the kids. Parents are free.
- Additional Information: Outside food and drink of any kind is not allowed at Planet Bounce, but they do offer a cafe with food and drinks. Planet Bounce does birthdays as well.
Chick-Fil-A on McKnight Road
Chick-Fil-A is one fast food place we actually enjoy stopping at as a family. The food is good with healthy options, there’s a great play area for kids and it always seems to be so clean regardless of which location you’re visiting. The play areas are just as clean, with hand sanitizer and wipes available, plus a “no shoe” rule to help the spread of germs. While pretty much all Chick-fil-A’s have play areas, the one on McKnight road is particularly great. And it’s the only one in the area that has Mommy & Me mornings with story time and activities for Moms and their toddlers. Plus it’s open early for breakfast. So if your kids go through 5am wake up streaks like mine and are itching to get out of the house by 7am, there’s actually somewhere for you to go and watch the kids play while you have breakfast or a cup of coffee.
- Location: 7451 McKnight Rd , Pittsburgh , PA 15237
- Day/Time(s): Mon- Sat 6:30am- 10pm. Closed Sunday.
- Cost: FREE (for restaurant patrons)
- Additional Information: Mommy & Me Mornings are held the 1st and 3rd Friday morning of each month. Check out the Chick-fil-A McKnight Road Facebook Page for more information.
Ross Park Mall Children’s Play Area
Long before all of these amazing indoor play places were available, we often frequented the mall play area as kids. Ross Park has a great play set up right near the center of the mall. It’s the perfect spot if you and your kids need a break from shopping or are heading to the mall to walk around a bit. (Something I never thought’d I’d do before the age of 60 but can quickly become appealing when stuck inside from the winter weather.) Mall play areas in general are usually the perfect size for toddlers, with smaller slides and play structures just their height. If you don’t live close to Ross Park, most other malls have indoor play places as well if you check their websites.
- Location: Ross Park Mall, 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
- Day/Time(s): Mall hours are Mon- Sat 9am-10pm and Sun 11am-6pm
- Cost: FREE
- Additional Information: Head to Ross Park Mall’s website for more information.
Please share in the comments below if you have any additional favorite indoor play places in Pittsburgh for toddlers. We’re always looking for new ideas!
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