The Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh with a Toddler

Having lived in Pittsburgh for 11 years now, I continue to be amazed with just how much there is to do here in the ‘Burgh. From great restaurants to museums to outdoors, Pittsburgh really does offer something for everyone. Now that I have a son, I’m realizing that there’s even more fun to be had in Pittsburgh with a toddler than I ever thought possible. With that said, we’ve been on a mission to find some of the best things to do in our own city. And let me tell you, Pittsburgh is full of fun playgrounds, kid-centric museums and activities galore.

So whether you’re visiting Pittsburgh or live here with a toddler, we’ve got you covered! To help you find some of the best activities in Pittsburgh based on your toddler’s interests, I’ve organized this post into several different categories. While a few of these activities are toddler specific, almost everything mentioned here is great for kids of all ages.

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North Shore in Pittsburgh

Toddler-Friendly Museums in Pittsburgh

We’re big fans of finding kid-friendly museums when we travel, and Pittsburgh is no exception. I also have my son’s grandparents to thank for memberships to many of our local museums. (We’re huge fans of experiences versus things and they make a great Christmas gift!) Here are some of our favorite museums for kids in Pittsburgh.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Art Museums in Pittsburgh

We’ve also visited a few of Pittsburgh’s art museums with with our toddler. While art museums tend to not be super kid-friendly, these all offer something for little ones.

Randyland is one museum we haven’t visited yet with our son, but it supposed to be kid-friendly. And it’s FREE!

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Pittsburgh in May, be sure to check out the EQT Children’s Theater Festival. This fun festival embraces the arts and has tons of fun (and free) activities for kids.

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EQT Children’s Theater Festival

Zoos and Gardens in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a couple great zoos and a botanical garden that are great for kids of any age. All of them are open year round and include both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

If you’re looking for farm animals in Pittsburgh, Triple B Farms and Round Hill Park both have petting “zoos” year-round. We haven’t been to either yet but they’re definitely on our list!

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Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Sightseeing in Pittsburgh with a Toddler

Taking tours of any city always gets a little tricky when you’re with a toddler full of energy. If you’re looking for a fun way to see the beautiful skyline and sights, though, Pittsburgh has quite a few.

  • The Gateway Clipper is the best way to see Pittsburgh with kids of any age. This boat ride and guided tour has multiple levels with indoor and outdoor viewing. The Gateway Clipper also offers specific cruises for kids as well as seasonal cruises. Kids’s cruise include breakfast with Santa, “Pup Patrol,” princess and superheroes.
  • The Duquesne Incline takes kids on a ride up the mountain in a car that’s over a century old. You can catch amazing views of the city both on the incline and in Mt. Washington at the top. The Monongahela Incline is also nearby, and it takes you right to Difiore’s Ice Cream for ice cream with a view.
  • Attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game for baseball with amazing views of the city. Plus, the kids area and pierogi race make a Pirates game especially fun for toddlers. Read our post on attending a sporting event with kids for more tips.

Pittsburgh also offers Just Ducky Tours and Hop On & Hop Off Sightseeing Tours. We have yet to do these, but based on reviews they both look like they’d be fun with kids.

Boarding the Gateway Clipper at Station Square

Indoor Play Places in Pittsburgh

With the rainy and often cool weather, there’s fortunately a wide variety of things to do indoors with kids in Pittsburgh. That said, below are a few of our favorite indoor play places for toddlers in Pittsburgh.

  • Snapology in Bridgeville offers a STEAM based learning environment with LEGOs throughout. There’s dedicated toddler area with a variety of play tables.
  • Seabase Family Fun Center is a huge indoor play place in Greensburg. It has a variety of play areas for kids of any age, from babies to teens.
  • Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library in Shadyside has hundreds of toys for babies and toddlers in an open play environment. If you become a member, you can also check out toys just like a library.
  • Kidzville in Mt. Nebo has a play town set up, where kids can play pretend in a variety of “stores.” As a bonus, there’s also a full service coffee bar at Kidzville for moms.
  • Playground World in Wexford is a huge showroom with playground sets, swings, trampolines and basketball nets. All of them are for sale and for a small fee, kids can play on them.
  • Party Lane in Mars is another indoor play area near Pittsburgh that encourages pretend play. My son’s favorites are the wood shop, the camping site and the ice cream stand.
  • Planet Bounce has locations in the North Hills and with a variety of bouncy slides and play areas for kids of all ages.

Looking for more ideas on where to play indoors in Pittsburgh? Check out The Best Indoor Play Places in Pittsburgh for Toddlers.

Snapology Headquarters in Bridgeville

Story Times in Pittsburgh with a Toddler

Do you live in Pittsburgh or just looking for something low-key to do while visiting Pittsburgh with a toddler? There are so many different story times in Pittsburgh that you can easily find one for every day of the week. Some of our favorites are below.

Looking for ideas on unique story times in Pittsburgh? Check out this post: Unique Story Times in Pittsburgh.

Yoga Story Time at Riverstone Bookstore

The Best Playgrounds in Pittsburgh

There are so many great playgrounds in Pittsburgh that it’s impossible to get to them all. Pittsburgh has quite the variety of playgrounds, from brand new splash parks to old school wooden playgrounds. Below is a list of several of the best playgrounds in Pittsburgh that’d we’ve tested out.

The new Moon Township Park is another one we haven’t been to yet that we definitely want to check out. We’d love to add more playgrounds in the South Hills on this list, too!

Hampton Township Playground

Easy Hiking Trails for Kids in Pittsburgh

Now that my son is getting a little older, I love finding easy trails in the Pittsburgh area for him to hike and explore. Most of the trails listed below are flat enough that you can use a stroller as well.

  • Fall Run Park in Shaler is home to the largest waterfall in Pittsburgh, found at the end of the trail.  If you’re visiting with kids, look for the fairies located throughout Fall Run Park.
  • North Park in McCandless has a paved 5 mile trail around a lake that’s ideal for stroller runs and bike rides. There are also smaller trails that allows kids to explore nature.
  • The Three Rivers Heritage Trail offers views of Pittsburgh throughout the different neighborhoods. It’s also very flat.
  • Frick Park Environmental Center has a great indoor exploration area and a variety of easy trails for kids.
  • Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve has a stroller friendly hike around the pond and a handful of other easy hikes. We love Babes in the Woods, an outdoor program that’s free for kids under 3.
  • Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Gibsonia has a paved walking path as well as a number of different trails around the campus’ 400 acres. There’s also an awesome cafeteria at Eden Hall that’s open to the public.
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Fall Run Park

Hiking Outside of Allegheny County

New to Hiking with a Toddler?

I recommend looking for stroller friendly trails first so your toddler can take a break if needed. If you’re looking for a stroller that’s good on trails, we love this one that minimizes impact with its large tires. This soft baby carrier is our favorite for hiking with a baby or younger toddler. I still bring it for my 2 year old as a backup in case he gets tired. 

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Mommy and Me Classes in Pittsburgh for Babies and Toddlers

Whether you’re looking for places to exercise or a fun class with your toddler, there are several Mommy & Me classes in Pittsburgh. Below are a few of our favorite classes that you can take with a toddler in Pittsburgh.

  • Goldfish Swim School offers swim lessons in a fun and brightly decorated environment. Classes are typically done with a parent up to 3 years old. Goldfish has locations in Wexford and Peter’s Township. 
  • Kindermusik with Christa Beck is our favorite mommy (or daddy) and me music class. It’s super interactive and the owner, Christa Beck, is amazing. Kindermusik classes are held in Tarentum, Sarver and Murrysville. 
  • Artissima Studio in Fox Chapel offers an awesome toddler and me art class. The class starts with fun sensory bins that the kids love. Artissima also encourages children to explore a variety of art mediums, using different materials for each piece of art. 
  • Fit4Mom North Hills offers stroller workouts for moms in Pittsburgh that you can do with your baby or toddler. In addition to the class itself, the instructors do fun activities to entertain the kids throughout.
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Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Class

Looking for more ideas on where to exercise with a toddler in Pittsburgh?

The Bar Method in Wexford and The Dailey Method offer barre classes in Pittsburgh with childcare. Both are great options if you’re looking for a little “me time” while your child is happily playing right next door. 

Check out this post for more: The Best Places to Exercise with a Baby or Toddler in Pittsburgh or Beyond.

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Visiting Pittsburgh with Kids

If you’re traveling to the ‘Burgh, we have a few recommendations for kid-friendly hotels in Pittsburgh. Although we live here, we’re all about a staycation in Pittsburgh!

If you want ideas for family-friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh, we also have you covered in this post: The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Pittsburgh.

If you live in Pittsburgh with a toddler or have visited before, please share in the comments below if you have anything to add to this list! We’re always looking for new places to explore.

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Pittsburgh with Kids Toddling Traveler

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