Summer break from school is a great opportunity to explore and investigate what the Pittsburgh region has to offer. Explore a vast array of cultural, educational and recreational pursuits for the entire family. Pittsburgh and the surrounding cities provide scenic vistas, riverfront playtime and a skyline that draws people to the plethora of exciting area options for the whole family all year. The most fun, however, should be enjoyed before the kids strap on those school bags.
As the dog days of August build toward September and a new school year, parents around the country are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief. While the kids wonder where the summer went, it is time for mom and dad to begin making plans for a little alone time. Arrange for the kids to spend the weekend with family or friends, then head out to any of the destinations on this list for an unforgettably romantic, weekend escape.
You and the family could throw down hundreds on back-to-school supplies and clothes, but at the end of the day, that big chain-store trip just stresses everyone out. Branch out this year with everything from consignment shops to supply stores the whole family will love. Save money and have a bit of an adventure with back-to-school shopping like you’ve never done it before.
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The kids are out of school and you’re desperate for a fun activity to please the whole crew. Pittsburgh’s fun summer options abound, so don’t fret. Take those eager babes-to-tweens for a day chock full of fun, excitement and maybe even some education at the best spots for summer playdates in Pittsburgh.
One of the most livable cities in the country, Pittsburgh boasts plenty of fun for the entire family this summer. The abundant rivers, cultural and historic venues make it easy to enjoy a day exploring educational, indoor or outdoor pursuits for a meaningful learning experience. Explore myriad museums, universities, parks, sports, art galleries, theatrical performances and concerts, or just hit one of these awesome area options for the perfect day out for the whole family.
People who live in cities of Europe seem to take their pets with them wherever they go, and many Americans would love that luxury. While Pittsburgh isn’t quite welcoming dogs to a chair at the dinner table, it’s getting closer. Pets may not pass the entrance or be near food preparation, but they are welcome in the best area restaurant’s outdoor seating areas. These venues provide a comfortable setting for both owners and pets, and always go that extra mile to help make each visit a pleasant and relaxing experience with treats, water and a dog bowl.
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With an eating contest, dachshund race, fireworks every night and an overall festival, Celebrate America Days take over Kennywood Park every year. Special entertainment includes mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, ice carving, arts and crafts, face painting, jewelry making, antique cars, and musical, dance and theater groups. Don’t miss out on the park itself, from potato patch french fries to world-famous roller coasters, water rides, thrill and classic rides, and a Kiddie Land, which offers a variety of rides and games for younger children. Keep an ear open for announcements each evening as some rides and stands close earlier than others.
Pyro Spectaculars produces some of the biggest July 4th fireworks displays. We talked to them about their plans for this year.
Summer’s here and so are the heat waves and high costs of trying to keep cool. Luckily, Pittsburgh’s pooling with great places to take a refreshing dip. Make a splash at one of the best waterparks and pools in Pittsburgh for a wet and wild day with the whole family.
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When the dog days of summer hit and high temperatures make it hard to exercise that cooped up pup, a soothing dip is just the ticket. Take your pooch to doggie paddle at the Pittsburgh area’s best Fido-friendly swimming locations, with fun extras including dog parks, swimming lessons and therapeutic treatments guaranteed to keep that furry fella on the right track all summer.
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