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10 Best Things to do in Pittsburgh this May With Kids

By Anya Reiser, Macaroni Kid South Hills Intern May 3, 2021


Looking for things to do with kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh this May? Not only do we have a jam-packed event calendar filled with activities, but we’ve also made it easy by rounding up the best 10 things to do in May in Pittsburgh! 

1. Explore Farmer’s Markets 

Farmer’s markets are finally starting this May all across the Pittsburgh area. To make it easier for you, we compiled an ultimate guide to Farmer’s Markets in the South Hills and Pittsburgh. Some of our favorites opening up this month are Bedner’s Farm Market in Upper St. Clair, Main Street Farmers Market in Washington, and Bethel Park Farmers’ Market in Bethel Park.

2. Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on May 9th, and we think that moms and mom-figures deserve an extra amazing day this year. For a “momosa”, head to the Hard Rock Café for a special Mother’s Day brunch. If you want to celebrate Spring with Mother’s Day, the May Market and Conservatory at Phipps is the perfect place, with horticulturists, local nurseries, farms, and other vendors all coming together. Or, hang out at Janoski Farms Greenhouse to plant a flower. For even more ideas and events to celebrate this Mother’s Day, check out our ultimate guide to Mother’s Day in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. 

3. Watch Birds for World Migratory Bird Day

Never heard of National Bird Migration Day? Neither had we! But that doesn’t stop us from going to Frick Park to celebrate this newfound holiday on May 8th. To commemorate the day, make a pair of practice binoculars and then go on a bird-watching hike after to see what birds you can find in the Pittsburgh Parks. Both of these unique activities are FREE!

4. Splash Around in a Spray Park

With the weather finally warming up in Pittsburgh, your kids are probably itching to cool off at a splash pad. Luckily, there are many splash pads and spray parks in the South Hills area to enjoy with a variety of water features and activities. And to make things even better, all the splash pads we feature in our guide are FREE! 

5. Make Art at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Every Saturday starting in May going until October, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is hosting Young Artists in the Garden! Included in the admission for the Botanic Garden, there will be activities like coloring, reading, playing games, and making crafts for kids of all ages. Be sure to reserve your time slot in advance!

6. Be a Superhero

If your kids love superheroes or the show Super Why, there is a Super Why Mini Camp from the Bethel Park Public Library, filled with games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt! Or, plan your very own superhero party with the help of many amazing businesses in the South Hills area like Pitch a Fete and Jess COOKIEies.  

7. Watch a Free Movie

Allegheny County has begun presenting drive-in movies every Saturday at Boyce Park and Settlers Cabin Park! May’s movies are Field of Dreams, the Bee Movie, and Up. These are FREE events, but they are capped at 100 cars first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there at 6 PM for a spot! Or, if you want to see a free movie at an amphitheater with your own picnic, blanket, and chairs, head to Peterswood Park Amphitheater for Friday Night Flicks.

8. Enjoy Super Science Saturday

What do slugs and bugs have in common (other than rhyming names)? Find out at Super Science Saturday at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Watch their Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches race, and learn about snails, slugs, insects, and arthropods. This is a great event for your science-loving kids.

9. Get Outside for Kids to Parks Day

The third Saturday of May (May 15th this year) is the annual Kids to Parks Day and there are a ton of events in the South Hills of Pittsburgh area to mark this day! To start your day off right, enjoy some outdoor yoga in South Park. For an entire day of fun, Upper St. Clair is hosting a day of outdoor fun with group exercise classes, putting artwork on the “drawing tree”, and free golfing. Or, just head to any of the many amazing playgrounds and parks in the South Hills area. 

10. Sign up for Summer Camp!

With school ending soon, many camps in the South Hills of Pittsburgh area have already opened their registration for Summer Camps! We made it easy for you by compiling a guide to Summer Camps in the area, including some great Macaroni Kid discounts! Don’t even know where to start?  Check out our guide on how to choose a Summer Camp. If your kids aren’t going to camp this summer, consider doing DIY Mom Camp from the comfort of your own home!

Did you find something amazing for you and your family to do in the South Hills of Pittsburgh this May? If you didn't see it here, check out Indoor Play Places for Kids During COVID and our local event calendar for more great finds. 

Is there something you think we missed, or you’d like to see listed this month? Email emilyp@macaronikid.com and we will look into it. Have a wonderful May!