Are you looking for fun things to do with kids in Pittsburgh during the winter or just want to escape the rain or snow? Fortunately, there are so many indoor play places in Pittsburgh for kids 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 museums and indoor playgrounds, there’s no shortage of places to play indoors in Pittsburgh.
Keep reading for a list of our favorite Pittsburgh indoor playgrounds and more.
Table of Contents: Indoor Play Places in Pittsburgh
Note: Be sure to check individual websites before you go, since hours and opening days vary.
Snapology Discovery Center
With 100 locations throughout the world, we’re lucky to have the Snapology Discovery Center and Headquarters 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 Lego 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 as well.
The Pittsburgh Snapology Discovery Center is located at 1350 Old Pond Rd, Bridgeville PA 15017.
Seabase Family Fun Center
Seabase is located in Greensburg, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a Pittsburgh indoor playground outside of the city. 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, it’s perfect for toddlers and babies as well as the older kids. Perfect if you’re looking fun things to do with kids in Pittsburgh all year round.
Seabase is located at 770 E. Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601.
As one of the newest indoor play spaces in Pittsburgh, Poppins Playhouse is also one of the most thoughtful and creative. It’s full of different stations for kids of all ages to learn and explore, with creative outlets like a puppet theater and dress up close, an endless amount of art supplies to make your own creations and a make-believe town. Kids will also love building at the Lego station, playing trains and tinkering with STEM toys in the “Big Idea Lab.” To get the wiggles out, there are several ride-on cars and bikes as well fun little hanging treehouses to swing in.
Poppins Playhouse is located in Wexford, PA at 110 VIP Drive, Suite 204.
Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark
Fun Slides is the only indoor carpet skate park in the world, and it’s located right in the North Hills. If you’re looking for indoor things to do in Pittsburgh, the skate park is the focal point with several ramps and slides that you can go down using special flat, plastic “skates.” Younger kids can skip the skates and use a slide, and there are slides of all heights for different ages. Fun Slides also has a bounce house area, Dodgeball, a Ninja course and more. The entire “park” is darker inside with glow-in-the-dark features throughout. It’s also a great place for parties if you’re looking for kids’ birthday parties in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh’s Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark is located at 1130 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is a huge indoor trampoline park in Pittsburgh. The entire facility is filled with a number of trampolines and foam pits for every age. In addition to the freestyle trampolines, there are several different obstacle courses, a small zipline, ladders and more for kids to test their strength. You can also play several different sports on the trampolines at Sky Zone, including dodgeball and basketball.
In addition to being a fun birthday party venue in Pittsburgh, Sky Zone also offers special programs. Little Leapers is for the youngest jumpers to have free reign with their parents, and Glow nights are geared toward older kids (and adults) on weekend nights.
Sky Zone Pittsburgh is located at 160 Levine Way in Monroeville, PA.
Kidzville is an entire indoor 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 playthings set up in each of the separate buildings for kids to learn about functioning as a community and what each of the businesses 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.
Kidzville is located at Mt. Nebo Pointe Shopping Center, 262 Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.
Playground World is a fun concept that combines a storefront with an indoor playground in Pittsburgh. 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. It also has several fun trampolines as well as basketball nets. Pay to Play and Donate to Play hours vary by week, so be sure to check the website for more information.
The Playground World location in Pittsburgh is at 14000 Perry Highway (Route 19) Suite 400, Wexford, PA 15090.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
The entire Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is perfect for toddlers and really geared toward toddlers and younger kids. The entire museum is filled with hands on activities for toddlers. It has everything from creating artwork and more STEM focused activities, to special displays centered around children’s books. The Nursery at the Children’s Museum is also perfect for babies and younger toddlers, with train tables and hands on activities in an enclosed setting. The Waterplay floor on the 4th floor is also a favorite of kids of all ages.
In addition to the traditional children’s museum, there’s a separate museum for the big kids ages 10+ called Museum Lab.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is located at 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA.
Carnegie Science Center- Little Learners Clubhouse
The Carnegie Science Center is one of the best indoor things to do in Pittsburgh for families, and it offers a number of play areas and exhibits for all ages. The Miniature Railroad & Village®, roboworld®, BodyWorks and BricksBurgh are just a few of the awesome exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center. While most exhibits are suitable for toddlers, the Little Learners Clubhouse is specifically made for kids ages 6 and under. Kids can 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.
Looking for fun indoor things to do in Pittsburgh with kids of all ages? The rope courses at the Carnegie Science Center are great for all ages. The Ropes challenge is for visitors 48 inches or taller, and the SkyTykes Rope Course is for guests under 48 inches.
The Carnegie Science Center is located at 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Phipps Conservatory is one of our favorite things to do with family in Pittsburgh. The special events, on-going activities and play area make it great with a toddler or kids of any age. The flower rooms are also perfect for kids to explore and learn new things along the way. If you’re visiting Phipps during Christmas in Pittsburgh, there’s an amazing, interactive train display that kids love.
One of our favorite things about visiting Phipps with toddlers is the Gallery Room and Produce Market. When you first enter the Gallery Room, 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.
Phipps Conservatory is located at One Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.
Planet Bounce Pittsburgh
We previously visited the Planet Bounce North location, and it’s filled with bounce houses and slides for 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. Planet Bounce also 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.
Planet Bounce is located at 2560 Washington Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317.
Note: The North Hills Planet Bounce location in Allison Park has permanently closed.
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library (PTLL) is a nonprofit organization with an indoor play space in Pittsburgh in the Shadyside area. 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.
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is located at 5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
Note: Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library’s play space is currently only open to members at pre-booked times. Toy lending is available with specific lending hours.
Ross Park Mall Play Area
If you’re looking for Pittsburgh indoor playgrounds, don’t forget the mall! Long before there were all these unique places to play indoors in Pittsburgh, the mall was a favorite for families. And it’s free! Ross Park has a great play area set up right near the center of the mall. It’s the perfect spot if you and your kids need a break from shopping. 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 Pittsburgh malls have indoor play places as well.
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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