It’s officially June which means in my eyes it’s SUMMER, which just so happens to be my favorite season of the entire year! And the only thing that makes summer even better is having a little one to spend it with. Mason was only a few months old last summer and we had a ton of fun experiencing summertime as a family but he was still too young to really enjoy it. He LOVES being outdoors and in the water and now that he’s a little bit older we are so excited to take on summer activities with him.
Almost everyday I would think of something else I wanted to do this summer so I finally decided to jot them all down and create our ultimate summer bucket list! These are all family friendly things to do in the Pittsburgh area. If you’re not local I’m sure you can look up similar places closer to home or you can just go ahead and make a trip to the burgh to hang with us! 😉
- Sandcastle- DUH! Ages 3 and under are free and Giant Eagle always sells discounted tickets. We took Mase to Water Country while on vaca in VA last year and he floated down the lazy river like a pro so we’re definitely looking forward to spending the day at Sandcastle this year!
- Idlewild & Soak Zone- I’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life and only been here a few times! They are obviously very family friendly but also have a ton to do for the little kids. 2 and under is free and again, check out Giant Eagle for discounted tickets!
- Shadyside Spray Park- located at Mellon Park and free 7 days a week! There are multiple spray parks throughout Allegheny county but Shadyside just so happens to be closest to us.
- North Shore Riverfront Park- I can’t wait to watch Mason splash around on the water steps! This is also free 🙂
- Round Hill Park- Working farm and spray park located in Elizabeth, PA. Also free!
- Local pools- our apartment complex has a pool for us so we’ll be there constantly. Unfortunately they don’t have a kiddie area though so since we’re east of the city we’ll be hitting up Youngwood pool & Lynch field too!
- Kennywood- We try to make it to Kennywood at least once a year! They have kiddieland for the little ones but we’re planning to bring grandparents so mommy & daddy can have some fun too! Last year we waited in all the long lines and vowed to invest in the roller coaster passes for this year. $17 and no lines for the coasters! Giant Eagle has discounts for your regular admission and I’ll be on the hunt for a discount for the coaster pass!
Misc Outdoor Fun:
- Arts Festival- I love me some festival food 😉 It’s June 3-12 this year in downtown Pittsburgh. Food, art, music, vendors…what more could ya want!
- Pirates Games- Sundays are kids days at the Buccos game… a ton to do on the street before the game and they can run the bases after the game! Giant Eagle offers discount baseball tickets too.
- Living Treasures Zoo- We will be heading to the Laurel Highlands location which is a little cheaper but way closer for us! Under 2 is free and adults are $13.99 each.
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium- okay, we’ve already crossed this one off! We love the zoo! Make sure to stop at Giant Eagle to get $2 off your ticket and kids 2 and under are free!
- Schenley Park Kids Days- Every Sunday afternoon at Schenley park they offer free carousel rides, face painting, balloon animals, etc!
- Soergels Orchards- I remember going to Soergels as a kiddo! Check out the petting zoo and kids area and grab an ice cream cone. Their Strawberry festival is on June 10th as well!
Rainy Day Fun:
- Children’s Museum: Visit the tot spot for the younger ones on weekday early afternoons! 2 and under is free, kids are $13 and adults are $14. They also have memberships if you plan to go often!
- Sea Base- This is out in Greensburg so if you’re closer to the city you may want to check out somewhere else. But if you’re out near us its only $8 for kids ages 1-13 and adults are free. Admission is only $5 on Tuesday’s! Mason just went here with his grandparents and had a blast!
- Science Center/Sports Works- 2 and under are free, kid admissions start at $11.95 and adults start at $19.95 (all depending on what activities you want to do!) BTW- return within 2 months with your original receipt and you get 50% off admissions!
- History Center- 5 and under are free here and adults are $16
- Sports Museum- 5 and under are free as well and adults are $15. Mason is still a little young for both the History Center and Sports Museum but it’s still fun to bring him along!
Up for a drive?
- Hersheypark in Harrisburg (3.5hr drive)
- Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH (3 hr drive)
- Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, OH (2 hr drive)
- Kings Island in Mason, OH (4 hr drive)- we just may need to go here because it’s in MASON Ohio 😉
- Lake Erie/Presque Isle- (2 hr drive) visit the beach, go kayaking, check out Waldameer amusement/water park. We already crossed this one off our list too!
Local friends- are we missing anything?!? We are so ready for a super fun summer! And we are totally up for kiddo dates with new and old friends! Let us know if you are around!
Stay tuned for photos from all of our summer fun!