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13 Things to Do with Kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh This June

By Alexus Miller, Macaroni Kid Publisher Assistant Intern June 3, 2021

Looking for things to do with kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh this June? 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 13 things to do in Pittsburgh this June! 

1. Celebrate Pride Month

Show your colors, your strength, your support and your PRIDE this month in Pittsburgh. June is Pride month and that means there are lots of way to celebrate and get involved, from reading a book, supporting a loved one or attending an event. Pittsburgh's TakePride 2021 is hosting many activities around Pittsburgh to celebrate your community. This year they have a new goal of directly benefitting the community. More information is still to come, so stay updated on Facebook and Twitter. Out and Proud, hosted by Sanctuary Pittsburgh, is a vendor fair for local artists who identify as LGBTQ+ to market their wares. These are just a few of the events you'll see throughout Pittsburgh in June. Be part of the change and help create a safe space for the people you love, and celebrate Pride in Pittsburgh.

2. Celebrate Father's Day

There are so many great activities popping up to celebrate Father's Day that your dad would love! Start your day with a Father's Day Fishing Frenzy 🎣 or head to the zoo for a Father's Day Celebration 🦒. Did you pack that snowball in your freezer? If so, take dad down to the Carnegie Science Center for Snowball Day ❄️.  At the end of the day, acknowledge dad with some great offers and meals that will have him asking, how did he get so lucky? Join The Hard Rock Café for a Father's Day meal or The Pittsburgh Bottleshop Café for all day specials, like 4 flights (5oz) of any beer on tap for only $5, and sample any of the varieties flowing from over 25 taps that day! Can't agree on one type of food? The Castle Shannon V.F.D has you covered with a Father's Day Food Truck Festival.

3. Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

If you're ready to attend an in-person event, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is ready for you. Pittsburgh's Cultural District and Point State Park welcomes you to ten days of free art and music at the 62nd annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, virtually and in-person. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, featured music concerts will take place on the Dollar Bank Main Stage on the city-side lawn at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are required. traf.trustarts.org

4. Inside Out - A New Outdoor Summer Event Series

This summer, make the Carnegie Museum of Art's courtyard your backyard! Starting June 5th through Sep. 4th, Thursday evenings, enjoy happy hour while listening to the summer jams of our region’s top DJs. On Saturdays, drop in for family friendly art making activities, see never-before-seen site-specific performances by Pittsburgh artists and arts groups, and hear even more summer music by our favorite DJs. Inside Out will host food trucks and provide kid-friendly snacks and adult happy hour beverages. Turn your summer Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art, for free. cmoa.org/inside-out

5. When the summer of 2020 gives you lemons, make lemonade in 2021! 🍋

The best summer beverage is, by far, lemonade. What better summer activity to do with your kids than make lemonade? There are SO many ways to make it fun, like building a lemonade stand, adding in frozen fruit or turning it into a freeze pop. I never had a lemonade stand growing up but every summer, I never failed to ask my parents for help. It's a fun activity that can get family, friends, and neighbors involved. If you want a fresh new lemonade recipe, check out our neighboring sites' Macaroni Made Very Berry Lemonade. Or try out a new recipe, like a lemonade pie. Creating memories and having fun is what summer is all about, no matter what way you squeeze 🍋 it. 

6. Mini Golf for FREE in Oakland

Summer is finally here and what better way to spend it than a game of mini golf, especially, a free one? The Pittsburgh Innovation District is offering free mini golf in the heart of Oakland. Reserve your spot now through NoWait or Yelp for a max group size of four people per tee time. Plus enjoy $5 off any $20 purchase with Redhawk Coffee, Primanti Bros., Rita's and many more. "Putt-putt" your family time to good use this summer in Oakland.

7. Wear Your Kids Out

Summer is all about spending more time with family, and that also means getting tired faster because your little monkey's never stop. This summer, have them go banana's at Skyzone's Little Leapers. Your little monkey's can bounce around the trampoline park with your supervision, without the big kids around. JumpBunch Sports and Fitness is offering rec classes all over the South Hills and will even bring a summer camp to your neighborhood if you'd prefer! Every week your kids will play a new sport or activity to get them moving and having fun. Choose where you will wear your kids out this summer, and check out our 8 Places to Climb in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and The Ultimate Guide to Playgrounds and Parks in the South Hills articles for more ideas.

8. FREE Summer Movie Series

Summer can be tiring because the heat drains you, and it doesn't drain your kids. Free Summer Movies can give your family time to relax, together and Macaroni Kid has the 411 on all the free movies in the South Hills this summer with our FREE Summer Movie Guide. Phoenix Theatres Entertainment is offering select 10 a.m. showings every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Don't forget to grab your special kiddie meal, all ages are welcome. Fairview Park is hosting Movies in the Park at dusk. One space per household and free tickets are required per person over the age of 6. Bring blankets, chairs and bug spray. Friday Night Flicks will start at dusk at Peterswood Park Amphitheater. Every Friday night enjoy snacks, quality time with your family and lots of blankets. 

9. Go Dino Hunting

Celebrate International Dino Day on June 1 with the best activities your kids will roar for. Jurassic Quest has created a full schedule of activities that you can find HERE and find out how to Win Tickets to Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru at The Pavilion at Star Lake. You can, also, find a Dino in your own backyard by following these steps HERE. Find your prehistoric fun to kick off the month. 

10. Go On Science Adventures

Summer means school is out, but that doesn't mean the knowledge and growth has to stop. Geocaching Adventure at Peters Lake Park will make learning fun with a scavenger hunt. Outdoor educators will teach you and your kids to use GPS units to navigate through Peters Park until you find each hidden "cache," with a surprise in each. At the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, each week, Young Artists in the Garden will provide activities and games for your kids to have fun and keep their thinking caps on. Bring your family to the Pittsburgh Reptile Show to buy, sell, trade and learn about reptiles. This educational and exciting show will have your kids begging you to take one home. This for the small price of $6 admission except kids 4 and under.

11. Go Fishin' 🎣

If you ever wanted to fish but nobody around you does, Trianglers Lunchtime Fishing will send you reeling. They'll provide the rods, bait and instruction, you provide the open mind. You can catch all kinds of fish on the Allegheny River. No matter your age, catch your first "big one" this summer on this relaxed lunchtime trip. Take your dad to Bedner's "Father's Day Fishing Frenzy." For the cost of $15 admission per person except children under 10, enjoy quality time with your family. While your dad is too focused on catching a fish that screams "I'm the best dad," enjoy the lunch that's included with the admission price. 

12. Summer Readings and Story Times 📖

This summer can be all about learning and growing with summer reading programs and story times for your kids to dive into. Kicking off the summer with Reading Colors Your World, children will have the opportunity to win prizes and coupons at the end of the summer for attending and completing activities. Jefferson Hills Public Library hosts their Summer Reading Program for six weeks beginning June 1. Register and pick up your kickoff bag to begin your summer of tales now. Online Summer Kids Read includes prizes like Target Gift cards for participants. Story Time in the Park at Brennan Plaza will include fun, like songs, stories, rhymes and even a take-home art project. There are so many opportunities this summer for your kids imagination and knowledge to grow. For more programs and information, check out our events calendar.

13. Sign Up for Summer Camp!

Even though it may seem too early to think about summer, many camps in the South Hills of Pittsburgh area have already opened their registration. Many of these camps have early bird pricing that you can secure if you register now and some even have Macaroni Kid exclusive discounts! We made it easy for you by compiling a 2021 Summer Camp and Fun Guide! Not sure where to start? Find some great tips in our article How to choose a Summer Camp.


 Did you find something fun for your family to do in the South Hills of Pittsburgh this June? If you didn't see it here, check out our local event calendar for more fun.

Is there something you think we missed, or you’d like to see listed this month? You can submit your suggestions HERE or email emilyp@macaronikid.com, and we will look into it. Have a wonderful June!