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Best Activities For Pittsburgh Kids 5-8

June 18, 2011 6:46 AM

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(Credit: pittsburghmuseum.org)

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend time with the kids this weekend? Look no further than this informative guide to Pittsburgh parks and museums catering to children and families.
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The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is the idea venue for entertaining children in the 5 to 8 age bracket. (Credit: pittsburghkids.org)

The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum

10 Childrens Way
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
(412) 322-5058
www.pittsburghkids.org

The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum is the idea venue for entertaining children in the 5 to 8 age bracket. Explore the “home” of Pittsburgh native Fred Roger’s of “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” There are also a range of interactive activities, including paper making and silkscreening, a garage and workshop where kids can invent, build and take apart their work and a rope net where they can climb into a planetarium dome and launch parachutes.

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Schenley Park is a great spot to take the kids due to its 456 acres of hiking trails and woods, clearly-marked paths. (Credit: pittsburghparks.org)

Schenley Park Visitors Center

1 Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
(412) 687-1800
www.pittsburghparks.org

A destination for university students, outdoor enthusiasts and business people, Schenley Park is also a great spot to take the kids due to its 456 acres of hiking trails and woods, clearly-marked paths and abundant water fountains located throughout, all within reach of the city. There are also fun activities within the park including yearly car shows and a seasonal ice rink flush with families.

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Point State Park is an urban oasis located between the Three Rivers and the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne Bridges. (Credit: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us)

Point State Park

300 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233

Point State Park is an urban oasis located between the Three Rivers and the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne Bridges. An underground river feeds the recently-renovated fountain. Bring a picnic for the whole family while you watch the highway, river and rail traffic pass you by.

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At $5, the National Aviary is a fun and inexpensive way to spend the day with the kids. (Credit: aviary.org)

National Aviary

700 Arch Street
Allegheny Commons West
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
(412) 323-7235
www.aviary.org

At $5, the National Aviary is a fun and inexpensive way to spend the day with the kids. The birds are very people friendly and have been known to perch on benches in close proximity to visitors, so prepare for a near-interactive experience. Especially popular is Penguin Point, where you can even touch these majestic animals.

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Families can treat themselves to a great holiday experience at Renick’s farm where you will find the tree of your dreams while taking in a stunning view from a hill-top vantage point. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Renick’s Tree Farm

721 W. Sunbury Road
West Sunbury, Pa. 16061
(724) 283-1869

Families can treat themselves to a great holiday experience at Renick’s farm where you will find the tree of your dreams while taking in a stunning view from a hill-top vantage point. You might even catch a glimpse of a friendly horse on your trek. Singing Christmas carols walking up the hill to search out trees makes the time go by quickly for small children. Place your choice on a tarp and drag it back down the hill. Staff are friendly and willing to help find the type of tree you want, knowing well where their trees are located. You can also choose from pre-cut trees and wreaths on the lot. Stop in at a nearby local restaurant for a family meal after the tree is secured in the car.

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