20 Things to do in Pittsburgh Under $20 **WINTER EDITION**

20 Things to do in Pittsburgh Under $20 **WINTER EDITION**


When I first posted 20 Things to do in Pittsburgh for Under $20 I had no idea it would have such an overwhelming response. Sincerely, the places and business’s I talk about on Curious Little Kid are places that my family and I enjoy and it’s been a pleasure introducing them to  over 50,000 people!

I spent several years working in a local kids program helping to coordinate and plan field trips. This, in combination with exploring Pittsburgh with my son, has allowed me to see and experience all kinds of fun events/places around the Pittsburgh area. Nonetheless, it can be an expensive hobby. It shouldn’t always cost an arm and a leg to have a fun time with family which is why I’ve gathered a winter edition of 20 Things to do in Pittsburgh for Under $20. From my family to yours… hope you enjoy!

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1. Gemini Children’s Theater

Cost: $12/Ticket, children 2 years and under are FREE

Hours: All performances are Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00pm & 3:30pm

Location: Point Breeze, Pittsburgh

Description: Established in 1996 as an interactive children’s theatre. With amazing shows, classes and educational programs their mission is to “cultivate creativity, imagination and originality through the performing arts.” Definitely worth checking out!

gemini children's theater

2. Tuesday Family Nights at PPG Plaza Skating Rink

Cost: Starting January 2nd, receive one child admission free when an adult admission is purchased. Offer valid Tuesdays from January to February 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. One adult admission purchase is required for each free child admission. $3 skate rental is an additional charge.

      • Adults (ages 13-49) : $8
      • Children (through age 12): $7
      • Seniors (ages 50 and up): $7
      • Skate Rental: $3

 Hours: Open mid-November through mid-February

      • Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      • Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Location: Downtown Pittsburgh

Description:  Spectacular outdoor skating rink in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

PPG Place Website

ppg plaza rink


3. Thursdays FREE Ballocity at Fun Fore All

Cost:  Regular Admission to Ballocity $5/child (all day pass)

Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Winter Hours, September – May)

Location: Cranberry, PA

Description:  “Ballocity is the areas most amazing kids play area. It’s three stories of fun for the whole family. Each level has something different that adds up to over 30 interactive things to enjoy. Some of the features of Ballocity: air cannons shoot foam balls, “Ballcano” – blasts foam balls high into the air, four story slide!!! There is something for all ages to enjoy, even parents!! And it’s big enough for adults to get in on the fun also. There is also a separate toddler area for the little ones.” -Fun Fore All Website

fun fore all


4. SkyZone Trampoline Park

Cost: $10 for 30 minutes of Jump Time


      • Monday- Closed
      • Tuesday- Thursday: 4:00pm – 8:00pm  (Sky Zone closes at 6pm on Thurs, Feb. 6th.  NO SKYROBICS)
      • Friday: Toddler Time (Ages walking to 5)- 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Open Jump 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm SkyMania $18* (ages 10-15) every Friday night from 9:00pm – 11:00 pm
      • Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm SkyJam $18* every Saturday night from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am for ages 16+
      • Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Leetsdale, PA

Description:  “Sky Zone is the original trampoline park and the one place where it is totally acceptable to have bouncing-off-the-walls fun! Our trampoline park offers open jump, a Foam Zone, 3-D Dodgeball (when available) and the SkySlam basketball court, all equipped for extreme amounts of fun! Not only is jumping an awesome way to have fun, it’s a great way to stay fit! ” -SkyZone Trampoline Park Website

skyzone leetsdale

5. Jump!Zone

Cost: Free for kids under the age of 2,

      • $5.00 for ages 2
      • $9.00 for ages 3 and up


      • Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays: One Session – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Friday evenings – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Family FunNITE!
      • Saturdays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      • Sundays: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Description: “Kids will have a blast playing at a Jump!Zone Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities and more.” – Jump!Zone Website

jump zone

6. Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library

Cost: Your first visit is FREE!

Regular Admission: $5 – Includes use of unlimited materials and play space


      • Monday 9:30 – 2:00
      • Tuesday: 9:30 – 5:00
      • Wednesday: 9:30 – 12:30
      • Thursday: 9:30 – 5:00
      • Friday: 9:30 – 2:00
      • Saturday: 9:30 – 12:30

Location: Shadyside, Pittsburgh

Description: “Provides children birth through age 6, their parents and caregivers with a safe, fun place to play; access to enrichment opportunities; and high quality, age-appropriate toys for take-home play.” – Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library Website


7. Bounce U

Cost: $8.25/child

Hours: Check the website for session times

Location: Warrendale, PA (North Hills)

Description: “Amazing inflatable structures, unbeatable customer service, and clean, climate-controlled environment, all you really have to do is show up and take pictures.” – Bounce U Website

Special session include weekday preschool playdates, family bounce night, open bounce, cosmic bounce and sensory bounce (for children with sensory disorders).

bounce u

8. KidCity Dance Party

Cost: Adults are $5 bucks each, kids are free

Hours: One dance party monthly; Check the KidCity Website for information

Location:  Locations determined monthly

Description: “KID CITY is a monthly dance party for kids. Hosted by DJ KellyMom, KID CITY brings music, dancing, Local Craft Vendors, an Art Lab For Kids – all under one roof with a Vegetarian/Vegan friendly snackbar. “ Kid City Website

kid city

9. GymSport Athletic Center

Cost: $5/hour

Hours: Preschool Playtime : Monday through Friday, 9:00-12:00

(Plus, check their website for additional Hours for other programs and classes!)

Location: Bridgeville, PA

Description: “Gymsport has opened its doors for parents to bring in their preschool- (or younger) aged children for parent-supervised playtime in our exciting Jungle Gym and on our preschool equipment. Come in for a great time at our “indoor playground” on a rainy or snowy day! This playtime is open to gym members and non-members alike.” – GymSport Website


10. Funslides Carpet Skate Park

Cost: $10 Admission + $2.50 Slide rental

Hours: Check their website for hours

Location: Greensburg, PA

Description: “A safe yet thrilling alternative to skate boarding, inline and ice skating, carpet skating is fun for all ages. Unlike other sports that take lots of practice, carpet skating takes only minutes until you are confidently sliding around.” Funslides Website

fun slides carpet park

11. Wildwood Highlands

Cost: $1 per Ticket / Check website for attraction pricing

Hours: 11am – 9pm Everyday ; Open until 11pm Friday and Saturday

Location: Hampton Township, PA

Description: “The ultimate Pittsburgh entertainment and amusement center, whether you’re looking for that perfect place to spend your date night, or you’re ready to enjoy hours of fun with the whole family! We have activities, rides, games, and adventures for every age, every day, all year round.” – Wildwood Highlands Website

Attractions include laser tag, four-level indoor jungle gym, arcade and snow tubing.


12. Story Time at Carnegie Library

Cost: FREE

Hours: Check Website, Times vary

Location: Throughout Pittsburgh

Description: Carnegie Library provides special events and story times FREE to the public. Check their website for more information about programs such as Baby and Me, Preschool Story Time, Lego Club and Sensory Storytime.

carnegie library

13. Snapology

Cost: $5/hour


      • Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
      • Monday: 10am – 2pm
      • Tuesday: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
      • Wednesday: 10am – 2pm ; 5:50pm – 7:30pm
      • Thursday: Closed for special events
      • Friday: 10am – 2pm ; 5:50pm – 8:30pm
      • Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

Location: Bethel Park & Monroeville Mall

Description: “We provide a fun environment for children to learn math, science, technology, engineering and literacy concepts using Lego® bricks and other similar building tools.” – Snapology Website


14. E2 Toys to Try

Cost: $8/child + $6 for each additional sibling


      • Mon: 10:00-3:00
      • Tues: 10:00 – 7:30
      • Wed-Sat: 10:00 – 5:30

Location: Bridgeville, PA

Description: “E2 Toys to Try is Pittsburgh’s premier toy store and indoor playground. You can shop, play and party in our clean, friendly and safe environment.” – E2 Toys Website

They also offer free Wifi and complimentary tea and coffee to parents! Relax while your kids have a blast.


15. IKEA Småland Play Area

Cost: FREE


      • Monday – Friday : 11am – 7pm
      • Saturday: 10am – 8pm
      • Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Location: Robinson, PA

Description: “Småland is a play area where children can feel Swedish forest atmosphere. While they are playing, you can enjoy your shopping experience knowing your children will be safe and cared for.” – IKEA website

      • Please note: Must be between 4 and 10 years old and must be potty trained (No training pants or diapers).
      • At the IKEA restaurant kids eat free on Tuesdays!

Ikea Smaland

16. Family Skating at Schenley Park Skate Rink

Cost: THURSDAYS one child FREE with paying adult!

      • Regular Admission: Adults: $4
      • Children (under 17): $3
      • Seniors: $3
      • Skate Rental: $2.50


      • Monday: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
      • Tuesday: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
      • Wednesday: 1:30om – 3:30pm
      • Thursday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
      • Friday: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
      • Saturday: 1:30pm – 11:20pm
      • Sunday: 1:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: Schenley Park, Pittsburgh

Description: “The Schenley Park Skating Rink is open for ice skating during the winter. Throughout the winter the rink operates daily and offers a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as family nights, adults only nights and college ID discount sessions. The facility hosts three special events: “Skate with Santa” in December, “Mascot Skate” in January, and “Valentines on Ice” in February.” – Citiparks Website

schenley skate park

17. Home Depot Kids Workshops

Cost: FREE

Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm; first Saturday of each month

Location: All Home Depot Stores

Description: “FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.” - Home Depot Website


18. Toonseum

Cost: Children 5 and under are FREE!

      • Adults & Children 13 and over: $6
      • Children 6 – 12yrs: $3


      • Monday: 10:30am – 3:30pm
      • Tuesday: closed
      • Wednesday: 10:30am – 3:30pm
      • Thursday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
      • Friday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
      • Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
      • Sunday: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Pittsburgh Cultural District

Description: “The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art.” – Toonseum Website


19. Giggles and Smiles

Cost: Single children under 3 are a  flat fee of $6.00 per Hr

      • See their website for additional pricing
      • + PRINT COUPON (10% off Regular Admission)

Hours: Mall Hours

Location: Pittsburgh Mills and Monroeville Mall

Description: “Giggles & Smiles is a supervised fitness and fun center for children ages 3 to 10. Tube Scapes, Ball Pits, Soft Play, Slides, Inflatable Jumpy, Traversing Rock Wall, “Toddler Only” area, Gymnastic Equipment, Giant Donuts & Barrels, Tumbling Mats, Hula Hoops, Mini Roller Coaster, Basketball hoop, Balance Beam and much, much more.” – Giggles and Smiles Website

giggles and smiles

20. Snow Tubing at Boyce Park


      • Adult: $12
      • Child: $8


      • Monday – Friday : 3:30pm – 9:00pm
      • Saturday & Sunday : 9:30am – 9:00pm

Location: Boyce Park, Monroeville

Description: Tubes provided; 6 lanes; lifts pull you and tube up the hill! “All participants must be at least 42 inches tall to participate. Participants between 42-50 inches tall must be attached to a parent. Participants 9 years and younger must be with an adult.” – Citiparks Website

boyce park

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  2. Gwyn January 22, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Thank you so much for the listing of 20 things in Pittsburgh area, can’t wait to take my 20 month old to some of them. :)

    • Sara January 22, 2014 at 2:17 am

      Thank you for reading! I always love to hear feedback about the places people go so keep me posted! :) have fun!

  3. Amy January 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Fun Buy The Pound is also awesome, its only $2.75/hr to play!

    • Sara January 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Amy! I’ve never been, I’ll have to check it out! :)

  4. Kristy January 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Absolutely LOVED your list from the summer, and hit up several of them on our 2013 Summer Bucket List! Thank you for doing the legwork for all of these! Just wanted to let you and your readers know that the Tot Tuesdays at the Aviary has been discontinued in 2014 apparently (due to lack of funding from a previous sponsor). Saw that on another Mommy Blog/Newsletter and went there this week and was informed of this.

    • Sara January 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Oh, no! What a bummer! I’ll have to change that. Thank you for the heads up! :)

  5. Rachel January 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I think this guide is really helpful – Thanks! I just have one comment: Have you actually been to the Toonseum? I went a while back for a cocktail reception and I am having a very hard time imagining how kids would find it entertaining?

    • Sara January 24, 2014 at 2:01 am

      Hey Rachel! Toonseum is on our Pittsburgh bucket list! I had heard they’ve had special events/exhibits that are more kid friendly. I will definitely report back after our trip! :)

  6. sarah January 24, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Giggles and smiles at the robinson mall has closed :(

    • Sara January 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I was bummed when I read that. My son loved it there! I haven’t tried their other locations yet.

  7. gayle March 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I just saw you have a winter top 20 to do list this is great. I am not familiar with Pittsburgh and things to do and your lists are wonderful for mothers who want to take the kids too do something but don’t have a clue as to where or what. I am grateful. Going somewhere on your winter list today.have already used some on the summer list. Ty again this help is wonderful

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