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25 Indoor Play Places for Kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

Your Guide to Finding Local Indoor Family Fun in Pittsburgh

By Emily Papa, Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Hills November 15, 2021

Brrrr.... That weather changed awfully quickly. Gone are the days of afterschool park visits and the hunt is ON for indoor things to do with your kids during the day. Living in the South Hills of Pittsburgh is a wonderful place to raise a family, filled with a variety of indoor play places where you can take kids of all ages. Are you looking for indoor things to do with kids in Pittsburgh this week? Below we have compiled some of our favorite indoor spots that we love to visit in the South Hills and surrounding Pittsburgh areas. Please be sure to check with the venue for complete details prior to arriving.  

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1. Snapology, Bridgeville

In-person and online classes

Snapology is the premier partner for STEAM activities and offers year round learning through play in their hands-on Discovery Center. In addition to their public sessions, they also offer private birthday parties and virtual programming. My kids love the variety of activities, all STEAM based. There's Legos, big building blocks, digital and traditional art, games, clubs and so much more! I love that I can go there to play with my kids OR sign them in for an hour while I run around the South Hills to complete some errands! Macaroni Kid Subscribers can use THIS CODE for 10% off! You can read more about their COVID-19 safety measures here.    snapology.com





2. Fox in a Box, Bethel Park

Walk into this paint-splattered floor studio expecting an afternoon of fun. Fox in a Box is an Art Studio for Kids that is jam packed with creative juices to satisfy every young creator. Textiles range from paint to fabrics to repurposing. Not comfortable going out yet? Call the studio and ask for a make and take box where you will get a personalized craft experience with all necessary supplies included to create in the comfort of your own home. www.silviartstudioforkids.com




3. Iron City Ninja, Brentwood

Want to give your kids a spectacular day and tire them out? Take them to Iron City Ninja in Pittsburgh. This facility will have your kids swinging, jumping, falling (in a good way) and climbing all day. They reserve birthday parties and can host up to a group of 12. You can schedule training if your kid(s) want to be real ninja's, or you can come and swing around during their open gym times. ironcityninja.com


4. That Pottery Place, Bethel Park

That Pottery Place located in Bethel Park is a family owned small business helping people find their inner artist. You can order pottery for curbside pickup or reserve a table (reservations are at 50% and times are staggered). thatpotteryplacepittsburgh.com/


5. The Seesaw Center, Castle Shannon

Open September through May

Monday - Friday 9:30am-3:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm, Sunday CLOSED

The Seesaw Center is a large room offering creative indoor play opportunities in a variety of developmental themes for children of all abilities, from infancy through kindergarten age. www.theseesawcenter.org

6. Splat: A Make & Take Art Studio, Bethel Park

April will work with all ages, needs, and abilities on an individual basis, based on skill-level and interests. To maintain social distancing and low occupancy numbers during COVID, hours are by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Customized Splat! - to - go kits are also offered for anyone wishing to "take & make" their projects at home. https://facebook.com/SplatMakeandTakeArtStudio


7. The Little Gym of Pittsburgh, McMurray

Another great place for young kids to let their minds adventures wander into reality. The Little Gym offers sports classes, gymnastics, dance lessons and more. Your kids can be in a safe and friendly environments while having fun and jumping and climbing their hearts out, with purpose. thelittlegym.com/PittsburghSouthHillsPA/




8. Chuck E. Cheese, Bridgeville

Sunday - Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am - 10pm, Saturday 10am - 10pm

Chuck E. Cheese has come a long way from the memories of my youth. Gone are the ball pits and cups of dirty coins. Play operates on an electronic card per play or by the hour. Tickets are still a thing and so are the smiles as your kid leaves with the small trinkets they pick out after turning in all their winnings. Get ahead of the game by downloading a free coloring sheet for your kids to do before you go for some free play points! chuckecheese.com


9. True Gymnastics, Castle Shannon

True Gymnastics offers a variety of ways for your kids to fly high and get all their energy out. They offer preschool programs, recreational programs, ninja classes, focused training and more. At True Gymnastics, it's the small progressions of success that matter. truegymnastics.com


10. Dragon's Den, Homestead

This historic church turned innovative community center is the magnificent home of 2 levels of ropes course challenges and a climbing wall. The strategically built courses offers targeted challenges for children ages 5-9 while offering more complex obstacles for ages 10 and older. Feeling super brave? Soar through the air on the140 foot zip line, the Dragon's Leap. dragonsdenpgh.org




11. GymsportBridgeville

Gymsport is the largest gymnastics, tumbling, and parkour facility in PA. Their 36,000 square foot complex offers a limited Open Gym for any athlete wanting a safe place to work on their skills or who just want to jump, tumble and have fun. Current open gym hours are Friday from 7-9 ages 6 and up. Mini Open Gym hours for ages 9 and under are Fridays 5pm-7pm. Preschool Playtime is held Tuesday's through Fridays 9:30am-10:30 and 10:45-11:45am and is $10 for one hour of play.  gymsport.com 





12. Sky Zone, Canonsburg

Looking for a place for your little one to burn off energy? We have made Sky Zone a frequently visited place for the sake of our own sanity! In addition to their open jump times listed above, they offer Toddler Time on Friday and Sunday from 11am-12pm for $10 plus socks. Face masks will be required by all guests while in the building, including while jumping. Entrance will be denied to anyone who wishes to not wear a mask. The only exception is children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask. You can purchase your timed ticket online or at the park. We suggest filling out your waivers prior to going to save some time while checking in. www.skyzone.com

13. Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center, Upper St. Clair

Whether you are a member or purchase a visitors pass, the Rec Center has a variety of indoor activities the whole family will love. The USC Rec Center hosts classes, activities, and an open gym, butI think the main attraction here is definitely in indoor aquatics facility. For $12 you can bring your child to a waterpark that will seem like Sastle through their little eyes!
14. Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

Tickets are sold for timed entry every 30 minutes. It is recommended you purchase your timed tickets in advance as there will only be a limited amount available at the door. The Science Center asks if you purchase your tickets on site that you use a credit card or touchless payment. All visitors over 3 years of age will be asked to wear a mask.  carnegiesciencecenter.org


15. Urban Air, Robinson

With attractions ranging from Basic Trampolines, Virtual Reality, Ropes Course, Sky Rider, Battle Beam, Warrior Course, Climbing Walls and more, Urban Air is an experience the entire family will love! You can read about how much our family loves it here. Please check site for current hours as they vary. Bring your little adventurer Friday's for only $9.99 from 10am-noon for Jumperoo time!  urbanairtrampolinepark.com





16. National Aviary, Pittsburgh

Transcend to a tropical paradise as you enter the National Aviary and the magical world of birds. Watch in delight as your children are fascinated by the birds walking next to them and flying overhead. They will love getting up close and personal with some of their favorite animals that they have only seen in story books. Children under 2 are free so pack up the stroller and bring the whole family. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online. www.aviary.org17. Printscape Arena at Southpointe, Canonsburg

More than just ice, Printscape Arena hosts Learn to Play Workshops for Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Soccer and more! printscapearena.com/ 




18. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

Located in Oakland, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is sure to be an all day affair. Adults will be in as much awe as the children as you visit the Dinosaur Armor exhibit (here until July 5th, 2021). Purchase your tickets in advance here.

19. Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

The Mattress Factory is now open Wednesday through Sunday 11am - 6pm (8pm on Wednesdays) with advanced ticket sales available here. Bring your family out to enjoy both installation and interactive art as you move through the Mattress Factory Campus that is nestled in the Mexican War Streets' neighborhood of Pittsburgh's Northside.  mattress.org/

20. Throw: Indoor Axe Throwing, Pleasant Hills

While you won't find me here with a toddler, this experience of axe throwing is sure to please your older kids. Walk-ins are accepted based on availability Wednesday - Thursday 1-8pm, Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 11:45am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Children under 16 are required to have an adult present. Book your experience in advance HERE.

21. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 

Ask my kids where their favorite indoor play space is, and the answer is going to be the Children's Museum. With 5 levels of fun, plus the backyard play space, you can spend hours here. We like to start in the Studio where the kids can create their own art that they will take home. Starting our day in the Studio allows us to leave any projects on the racks to dry while we are exploring the rest of the museum. From there, they run straight to the limb bender, or what I lovingly call the ant hill wall (it reminds me of an old school science project watching the ants move around from behind a piece of plexiglass). We could easily come down here and spend all day just in the wall but at some point I call them out, so we can move through the Makeshop, Attic, Garage and rest of the 1st floor exhibits. On a good day, my daughter won't make me walk through the Gravity Room! pittsburghkids.org


22. Laser Storm Pittsburgh, Ross Township

A short drive from the South Hills, this is an afternoon well spent. Play laser tag daily from noon to 9pm. $8 per game - approximately 20-minute sessions. 


23. Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark, McKnight

Mon – Thurs… 4pm – 8pm
Friday… 11am – 8:30pm
Saturday… 12:30pm – 8:30pm
Sunday… 12:30pm – 6pm

Have you ever been indoor iceskating, but not on ice?! Here's your chance! Fun Slides might be a little bit of a drive from the South Hills, but it'll be worth it to experience the world's only indoor carpet skate park! funslidespark.com

24. ASCEND Pittsburgh, South Side

ASCEND Pittsburgh is the perfect place for all ages of beginners and advanced climbers. It includes indoor facilities and outdoor training sessions. Rock climbing, rope climbing, yoga and exercise facilities are offered. You do have to register to attend the facility to abide by COVID restrictions. Prices vary for admission and memberships. But if you click the link above you can register for your climbing experience right now. ascendclimbing.com

25. AMF Mt Lebanon Lanes, Mt. Lebanon

If you can get here when kids bowl free, that's a major bonus. Even if they can't, pop in for a quick game of bumper bowling or spend an hour in the arcade playing throwback video games of OUR youth!


Do you have a favorite indoor play space in the South Hills? A hidden gem? Let us know here so we can get it on the list.