20 {MORE} Things To Do In Pittsburgh For Under $20

20 {MORE} Things To Do In Pittsburgh For Under $20


I am so happy to hear that so many people enjoyed the “20 Things To Do In Pittsburgh For Under $20” post. I’ve compiled the suggestions from readers, did a little more research, added a few of my own favorite and am happy to present “20 MORE Things To Do In Pittsburgh For Under $20”! I hope to continue to find new, interesting family fun near (and around) Pittsburgh so make sure to sign up for the newsletter and leave your feedback below!

1. Caddie Shak ($20 for 28 tickets)

Go-Karts, mini golf, batting cages, an arcade and more. Check out their website for their internet deal: $20 for 28 tickets. Their website has a list of attractions and prices.


2. County Fair (about $7 for general fair admission)

Fair food, carnival games, rickety old rides and tons of livestock… it’s actually a ton of fun. The Crawford County Fair was always one of my favorite summer events growing up. For those parents with tweens or older children, make sure you check out the demolition derby schedule. The Big Butler Fair is June 28th – July 6th

Big Butler Fair Carnival Rides2

3. Laser Storm ($6 / game)

Check their website for special prices and deals. Wednesdays are buy one game, get one free!

laser storm

4. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (Children 6 and under FREE / Children 6-12 $5 / Adult $20)

Don’t forget the ear plugs! It’s fast, loud and fun! Check their website for upcoming races and events.


5. Bowling (FREE for kids)

“Don’t forget Kids Bowl Free at local bowling alleys all summer. 2 free games of bowling every day for kids. They have shoe passes and a family pass that can be used for adults or older kids too. Great fun on those rainy days that keep you inside or away from the pool!” – Kathy Wolf

Arsenal Bowl / Forward Lanes / AMF Noble Manors  / Pines Plaza Lanes / Lattitude 40 


6. Monster Mini Golf  ($8 child / $9 adult)

A unique and fun indoor mini golfing experience.

monster golf

7. Living Treasures Animal Park (Children 2 and under FREE / Children 3 – 11 $7.99 / Adults 12 and over $10.99)

{ We visited Living Treasures, read our review! }

“Living Treasures Wild Animal Park in Moraine and Donegal are super fun and kids are only 7.00 a piece. You can feed the animals and on Thursdays at the Moraine location they have animal enrichment lectures and special things that you learn about them. My kids love it.” -Chris

We’re constantly traveling on 79 and hope to make time to stop here soon! This came highly recommended from friends. It’s different from the typical zoo experience as you get to get close, touch and even feed most of the animals. While you can buy them there, it was suggested to bring a bag of carrots!

living treaures

8. Toonseum (Children under 5 are FREE / Children ages 6 – 11 $3 / Adults 12 and over $6)

An trip full of superhero fun? How can you go wrong with that?!


9. Concerts at Hartwood Acres (FREE)

“Great list! Three things I would add off the top of my head would be the free gallery crawls in the Cultural District, free concerts at Hartwood Acres, and cheap movies at the Dependable Drive-In.” -Guy Manningham

Looks like there’s tons to do on their event schedule. Definitely something for everyone!

hartwood acres

10. Gemini Theater  ($12/ticket)

“Gemini Children’s Theater in Point Breeze! Tickets are typically under $20!! GREAT SHOWS!!” – Gollum

“Gemini Children’s Theater — Tickets are $12 each! Concessions are $1.00 for any item. All shows are performed by local, Pittsburgh actors including students. All shows are original, musical adaptations of classic children’s stories or Gemini, original shows. Children participate in all shows either from their seats or are invited to the stage. We only seat 124, so the setting is very easy for parents. The interaction helps active kids because they get a chance to get out of their seats and move – then sitting for other parts of the show is much easier! Our season runs September – May!” – Jill

gemini theater

11. The Linesville Spillway (FREE)

“Where the ducks walk on fish!” Bring some bread and feed the fish… wait to be amazed. I’ve never seen anything like it! The drive is the investment on this one, so while you’re in the neighborhood you may want to stop at the historic Conneaut Lake Park.


12. Dormont Pool (Children ages 3 – 18 $4 / Adult $6)

A great way to spend a hot day!


13. Twin Hi Way Drive In (Children 5 and under FREE / Children ages 6 – 12 $3.25 / Adults 12 and up $6.50)

Going to the drive in is on our bucket list this summer! There are so many great movies coming out this summer, check the website for shows and times.

 14. Starlite Car Cruise (FREE)

Nothing takes me back to childhood like smell of classic car exhaust and doo-wop music! I’ve always loved going to classic car shows and this one is a must see. We LOVE this car cruise for so many reasons.


15. Alle-Kiski railroad (About $7 / ticket)

“The alle-kiski railroad-tickets are about 7 per person. They have a Halloween special and a Christmas special. They are a locally owned and operated railroad-and are SUPER FAMILY friendly.  let the kids in the engine, answer all questions, beautiful scenery, the whole shebang.” – Rachel

16. Roller Skating (prices vary)

This might be another one for the older kids! Have some fun and burn some energy off!

Romp n Roll / Neville Roller Drome

17. Inventionland (FREE)

As seen on the History channel! It’s like Pittsburgh’s version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but for people with a creative knack. This one might take a little planning, but would be totally worth it! Inventionland does an hour tour of their 2.5 acre creative campus that’s a “magnet for inventors with a dream.” Schedule a tour with 5 or more people, ages 8 and up.


18. Fiddlesticks Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert (prices vary / tickets about $15)

A family fun concert from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Arrive early for a pre-concert Discovery Time Adventure. Children meet and listen to PSO musicians, create a take-home craft and experience a variety of other musical and  educational explorations unique to each concert.There are three upcoming shows in October 2013, March 2014 and May 2014.


19. Wildwood Highland Family Fun Center (Prices Vary)

Bumper boats, go karts, indoor playground, laser tag and more! Looks like fun for the whole family!

wildwood highlands

20. SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park (60 minute jump: $13)

Wow! This looks like FUN! I’m sure even the older kids would have a blast here, too. Check the schedule for times for pricing and hours. In addition to open jump, it looks like they also have toddler times and SkyMania (for ages 10-15 years old). Happy jumping!


Are you planning on watching fireworks this 4th? Be sure to check out Pittsburgh 2013 Area Firework Schedule!


  1. Megan S July 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Henle Park in Leetsdale, with two playgrounds, covered sand box, concession, covered picnic tables, basketball courts and huge splash pad. Everything but the concession is free. Street parking and a parking lot are free as well.

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  5. Heather H August 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for this! I’m calling Inventionland tomorrow! Who knew??? My nephews thank you in advance..lol

    • Sara August 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Heather, after hearing about Inventionland, I immediately tried to schedule an tour with my son, but he’s unfortunately a little too young. If you get a chance to go, I’d love to hear about your experience!

  6. debbie January 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I took my son to skyzone he loved it

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