Affordable family fun in Pittsburgh

Affordable family fun in Pittsburgh

Monday, 17 Jun, 2024 0

Nicknamed ‘KidsBURGH’ due to wealth of attractions for children, Pittsburgh unlocks a host of top summer experiences for families.

As summer kicks in, the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region is re-launching its free KidsBURGH 2024 Passport.

An initiative to spotlight Pittsburgh’s iconic family-friendly attractions throughout the city and beyond, the mobile-exclusive pass is available to use until 26 August 2024.

It allows users to earn prizes when checking in at participating attractions, plus offers passholder-only deals and discounts redeemable at select locations.

With no app download required, the pass is accessible via by entering contact information and it is sent directly to a mobile device via text and email.

Upon arrival of participating attractions, users need to ensure GPS tracker is on to “check in” and present the pass to a member of staff. Key attractions offering discounts as part of the pass include:

Carnegie Museum of Natural History – One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and among the top natural history museums in the country with areas devoted to many different topics. These include birds, minerals and gems, mammals, the arctic, and dinosaurs. There is also an excavation area to dig for bones.

Carnegie Science Center – From four floors of exhibits and live science demos to 50 interactive activities, visitors can explore distant galaxies in one of the nation’s most advanced Planetariums and tour a real Cold War submarine.

Idlewild & SoakZone – An amusement park located just outside the city in the Laurel Highlands which features classic amusement rides, a waterpark, live entertainment and unique attractions, including Story Book Forest.

Kennywood – Located southeast of the city, enjoy a unique mix of modern and classic rides, including seven roller coasters and a 12-ride Kiddieland in this 120 year old amusement park. Recent additions include Thomas Town and Steelers Country.

Moonshot Museum – Offering an unprecedented opportunity to go behind the scenes of the 21st century space industry. Visitors can watch the real-time assembly of lunar spacecraft in Astrobotic’s clean room lab and explore interactive space exhibits from engineering a rover to designing a mission patch.

Mr. Messado’s School of Magic – Bringing a fresh new take on the age-old art of prestidigitation, superstar magician Mr. Messado performs a 60-minute magic show with comedy. (ages 8+)

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – Providing 65 acres of outdoor gardens and woodlands to explore, family adventures include David Rogers’ Big Bugs + Pollinators exhibit of larger-than-life sculptures.

Senator John Heinz History Center – Featuring six floors of exciting exhibits and activities, the Heinz History Center is the perfect place to learn of Pittsburgh’s history. Explore the Neighbourhood of Make-Believe featuring the original set and puppets from “Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood.” Design Pop Art, construct bridges, and more in the interactive Discovery Place, or slide down the ‘Liberty Tube’ in the museum’s Kidsburgh exhibit.

Complete list of participating venues here.

For UK visitors, offers a four-night stay at the Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton from £1,128 per person, including return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh. Prices based on a family of four sharing one room. 

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