Indoor Play Places for Kids in the South Hills during COVID

Local Play Places Following COVID Guidelines that You Will Feel Safe Bringing Your Kids To

By Emily Papa, Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Hills January 29, 2021

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. Unfortunately, COVID has really affected our local economy and many of our beloved businesses have closed down; temporarily and permanently. Below we have compiled some of our favorite indoor spots that are still open and practicing safe guidelines during COVID in the South Hills and surrounding areas. We will continue to update this list as more venues open, but please be sure to check their sites for complete details prior to arriving.  

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1. Urban Air

800 Chauvet Dr.
Robinson, PA 15275


Hours vary

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. Bring your little adventurer Friday's from 10am-noon for only $9.99 Jumperoo time!

2. Snapology

1350 Old Pond Road
Bridgeville, PA  


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. Macaroni Kid Subscribers can use THIS CODE for 10% off! You can read more about their COVID-19 safety measures here

3. Fox in a Box

444 McMurray Road
Bethel Park, PA  15102


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.

4. National Aviary

700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


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.

5. Sky Zone

281 Georgetown Road
Canonsburg, PA  15317


Park Hours:

Closed Monday's
Tuesday - Thursday 2pm-8pm
Friday's 2pm-10pm
Saturday's 12pm - 10pm
Sunday's 12pm - 6pm

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.

6. Gymsport

98 Vanadium Road 
Bridgeville, PA  15017


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 Sunday 10am-12pm. 

7. That Pottery Place

7224 Baptist Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102


Business Hours:

Wednesday - Saturday: 11am-7pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

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).

8. Splat: A Make & Take Art Studio

5301 Brightwood Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102


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.

9. Carnegie Science Center

One Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA  15212


The Science Center will open 10am-noon on Wednesdays for vulnerable/at-risk populations only.
Thursday - Monday from 10am - 5pm at 15% capacity. 

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.

10. Printscape Arena at Southpointe

114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317

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

11. Carnegie Museum of Natural History

4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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.

12. Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 

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.

13. Throw: Indoor Axe Throwing

Crafthouse Stage & Grill
5024 Curry Rd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15236


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.

14. Chuck E. Cheese

1035 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
412) 221-4412

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.

15. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 

10 Children's Way
Allegheny Square
Pittsburgh, PA  15212


Reopening June 12th, 2021 10am-5pm Daily

16. Laser Storm Pittsburgh
7715 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Play laser tag daily from noon to 9pm. $8 per game - approximately 20-minute sessions. 

Have a venue you'd like to see make the list? 

Email with details as this list will continue to be updated!