By Heather Wampler
The Carnegie Science Center has been a staple in Pittsburgh for the past 20 years. The newest of the Carnegie Museums, it plays up to the kids and everyone’s inner child. It offers nearly 30 interactive experiences in three thematic areas: LifeWorks, Physics of Sports and Sports Challenge. What more could a parent want? It’s education, activity and fun.
Carnegie Science Center
LifeWorks is an exhibit about the latest information available on the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Do you remember the game “Operation” as a kid? Well, here they have a giant one that can help our kids learn about anatomy. It’s both informative and educational. The kids will never even realize it.
In Physics of Sports, you can put your inner daredevil to the test. Become a human yo-yo at the new You-Yo. There is a 25-foot Rock Wall that helps you learn about gravity. Get fastened into a bungee harness and do some awesome tricks on Bounce. If you are really brave, you can get on a unicycle suspended high above the exhibit gallery on High Cycle.
Sports Challenge gives you the opportunity to be the pro. You can compare your times against Olympic Silver Medalist and local track star Lauryn Williams. Then, head over to the Reaction Time Hockey simulator and test your reactions against those of a pro hockey goalie. Have you ever wondered how fast your fastball really is? You can find out in Pitching Cage with radar. Do you think you have what it takes to keep up with Tony Hawk? You can ‘hang ten’ on Skateboard Stability and find out.
Highmark SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center
Hours: Sunday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday- 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: General Admission- Children ages 3-12 ($11.95); Adults ($17.95)
Open late Friday and Saturday evenings for Omnimax films, laser shows and special programs. Call for ticket prices.
The USS Requin is open daily from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. through April 3rd and beginning April 4th, hours are from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
If you work up an appetite bouncing and running around, you can stop at the River View Café. They strive to develop personal relationships and deliver exceptional culinary experience while focusing on what the guest needs. They offer a wide array of specialized brands resulting in a diverse selection of options for the family. They also accommodate food allergies.
Heather is a mom and blogger living in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin boys. You can find more of her writing at www.thepittsburghhousewife.wordpress.com.