Forget video games, texting and instant messages, if your middle schooler is searching for something to do on a rainy day, there are some great places to visit in and around the Pittsburgh area. Here are seven suggestions where they can find some fun!

Highmark SportsWorks at The Carnegie Science Center

One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212

What does it feel like to be a Yo-Yo? Are you as quick as Penguins’ goalie Marc-André Fleury? Highmark SportsWorks, located next door to the Carnegie Science Center, contains nearly 30 fun and educational exhibits spread out over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space. Kids can “explore and discover the physics of sports, nutrition and health” and try their hand at exciting sports challenges.


98 Vanadium Road
Bridgeville, Pa. 15017

Jump, dance, balance, tumble… if you have an acrobat at home, then Gymsport is the dreary day escape for you! With coaching in both cheerleading and gymnastics, their classes get kids moving and teach teamwork, perseverance, poise, confidence, attention to detail and concentration. They offer a variety of fun classes for kids all ages!

Dave & Busters

180 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, Pa. 15120

If you’re looking for a little family fun at a decent price then Dave & Busters is the place to be on a rainy day! With a kid-friendly menu and plenty of games that parents and kids can enjoy together, there’s lots of fun to be had! There are often specials on food and game combos, and if you save up your tickets there is a potential for some awesome prizes.

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Laser Storm

7715 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237

For the kid who loves heart-pounding adventure (and the parent who loves teaching team-building skills), Laser Storm is a great rainy day spot! According to the website, “Laser Storm is a unique interactive laser tag adventure that puts players right into the heat of the action.” The arena consists of “barriers, police beacons, energizers, base stations, sentries and more.” In addition to laser tag, the center also offers an arcade and climbing wall.

Monster Mini Golf

3813 William Penn Highway
Monroeville, Pa. 15146

Putting a spooky spin on the goofy golf experience! With a host of family-oriented fun activities, Monster Mini Golf is an exciting indoor monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole course. The courses “are challenging enough for adults to navigate, yet very playable for children.” They also have an in-house DJ and a family arcade.

Color Me Mine

5887 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217

With more than 300 ceramic pieces and 30 colors to choose from, Color Me Mine is a fun and affordable place to spend time a rainy day! Kids will have plenty of fun dreaming up and creating their own artwork. Then, proud parents can take it home as a keepsake and display it for all their friends!

The Clay Cottage

10913 Perry Highway
Wexford, Pa. 15090

Calling all artists! The Clay Cottage is a place where your kid’s creativity can flow. This paint your own pottery studio provides “everyone an opportunity to be creative regardless of age or artistic skills.” They provide the pottery, paint, stamps, stencils, sponges and more to help kids create their own unique piece of pottery. Plus, all of the glazes are food safe, non-toxic and water-based.