The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum located at 10 Children’s Way in Pittsburgh, PA is a phenomenal experience for children of all ages. The admission rates are very reasonable and it’s so much fun! You can literally spend all day there no matter what ages your children are. There is SO much to do! My husband and I decided to take our 19 month old toddler to the Children’s museum over Memorial Day weekend. We had never been there, but some friends had recommended it to us. At first, I was a little concerned that our little guy might be too young, but it was just right for him and my husband and I had fun too.
The fun started as we pulled into the parking lot of the museum. There are gigantic fish sitting on poles about 2 stories high at the entrance to the parking lot. My husband, who was a little skeptical at first, turned to me to say “Wow, this is really cool already!” Then, walking up the sidewalk to the museum, my little boy delighted in the different colored spot lights built into the sidewalk.
We started our journey out at the restroom which was very clean and had stools for the kids to stand on for washing their hands. We then started the fun in the Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood exhibit. This was a fabulous replication of the Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood television set that I used to watch as a kid myself. My little boy had an especially good time in the castle where the puppet shows happen. There is a wall with 26 little windows that open- one for each letter of the alphabet. Behind each window was something different representing that letter. We all had a blast looking behind each window to see what was there. There is so much to see in the Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood exhibit including a life-size trolley, a player piano, and a pair of Mr. Roger’s sneakers!
Our next stop took us to the “Attic” Exhibit where our main focus was the wooden sliding board that warned: “slide extremely fast.” The slide was crazy fast! My husband took our baby to the top and I stood at the bottom to catch him. I couldn’t believe how fast he zipped off the end of the slide! My husband came down after him and zipped right off the end into the padded wall ahead!
We then made our way to the Garage Workshop exhibit. This was a fantastic room for kids a little bigger than ours. Our toddler enjoyed himself, however by picking up a bouncing ball and throwing it about. I really enjoyed the mechanical contraption that carried a ball up to the ceiling and took it through a gravity maze before dropping it back into a basket on the ground. There was a ton of activities in the Garage Workshop, but we didn’t stay too long as I felt this was geared toward older kids.
The next stop for our family was the “Nursery” exhibit. This was the perfect speed for our family- designed for infants and toddlers- there was so much for our toddler to do here! The most remarkable thing that we enjoyed was the life-sized “light-bright” wall and the immense train tables. There was also a bird-seed box that we could shovel bird seed into some cool gizmo’s that moved gears when you put in the seed. We spent a half hour here before heading to lunch at the cafe. In the cafe we had a fantastic lunch for a really reasonable price before heading back to the exhibits for more fun.
The last exhibits we visited were the Water play area, the Art area, and the Backyard. These were all fantastic and I’m sure we’ll spend a little more time there when our baby gets a little older. We decided after checking some of these exhibits out to return to the nursery where our little one could play without the risk of getting in over his head.
The Pittsburgh Children’s museum was a fantastic time and I highly recommend it to any family- no matter the ages of their children. I certainly look forward to going back again!