15 Fun Indoor Playgrounds in Pittsburgh and Surroundings – Kidsburgh | Wonder Mind Kids

Photo above courtesy of Sky Zone.

The cold weather and snow have arrived in the Pittsburgh area. But kids (and adults too) still have plenty of energy to burn even if they can’t go outside and play. There are many indoor playgrounds in Pittsburgh and beyond that offer all kinds of opportunities for exercise and fun.

Check out more than a dozen of the region’s most popular spots:

zone 282525 Freeport Road, Harmarville

Although the Zone 28 site has long housed a bowling alley, a few years ago this entertainment destination was renovated and expanded to include much more. In addition to 33 bowling lanes (complete with rain gutters for the youngest bowlers), Zone 28’s 50,000-square-foot complex includes a giant arcade, laser tag, an escape room (book ahead), and virtual reality games. Party rooms are suitable for birthday groups of all ages. And you’ll find plenty of dining and refreshments at the Rail House Restaurant and End Zone Sports Bar. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

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snapology1350 Old Pond Street, Bridgeville

Kids who love to fantasize and build with toys like K’Nex, LEGOs and other technology will have a great time getting creative at Snapology. Creative play hours offer self-paced STEAM fun Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Young learners from the age of 5 can play for up to three hours for free. The global chain Snapology was founded in Pittsburgh and today has more than 140 locations worldwide.

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Neville Roller Drome5109 Neville Road, Neville Island

From Wednesday to Sunday, this Neville Island landmark welcomes children and adults Ice skating and inline skating. They offer family, art, teen and adult skate sessions, as well as select homeschooler skate times. Their website has some rules, including these: Minors cannot be brought to Friday and Saturday night sessions. And anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (21 or older) unless using their own skates.

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Photo by Kristy Locklin.

Fun slides carpet skate parkPine Plaza Shopping Center, McCandless

What exactly is carpet skating? Children aged 3+ can find out at Fun Slides by attaching special shoes to their (closed) shoes and sliding down ramps in this colorful play area. Children will find an obstacle course and a bouncy castle, as well as dodgeball and carpet hockey. All beginners are assigned a skate instructor who works with them until they are comfortable skating. Open 7 days a week for public skating, “toddler time” and more. See calendar here.

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Photo courtesy of Fun Slides.

The landing330 Hookstown Grade Road, Moon

With no membership required, the massive (50,000 square foot) landing facility is open to families, sports teams, and any other group looking for indoor exercise. In addition to the soccer field, there is a gymnasium, a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting rooms, a café and a soft play area for children under 42 inches only. Explore Landingtown, kids can visit Auto Alley, Bouncy Boulevard, Friendship Field, Scooter Way and more. Sign up for free play on weekdays or rent the space for a party.

Photo courtesy of landing.

fun for everyoneProgress Avenue 8, Cranberry

All year round, Fun Fore All is ready for families: in addition to countless outdoor activities, this entertainment complex offers more than 70 indoor arcade games and a 3D dark ride. It’s perfect for play and birthday parties on rainy days and even a round of mini golf in cold weather under the Christmas lights.

Photo courtesy of Fun Fore All.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh10 children’s path, north side

This incredible North Side family resource is designed to inspire curiosity and learning with a huge dose of fun. Open daily, the museum features 80,000 square feet of exhibition and learning spaces, including the groundbreaking MakeShop. Larger children aged 10+ may prefer to walk across the street to the MuseumLab, where they can indulge in art, technology and crafts and also explore the Gymlacium. Tickets are available here (note: the children Museum participates in museums for everyone with large discounts for families on welfare).

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SeaBase Family Fun Center770 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg

Admission to SeaBase – just $6 per person for everyone ages 1 and up – gives families access two huge arcades, a huge toddler area, an interactive play area, a musical play area and more. There is no time limit. You can stay all day. But there is no recovery if a visitor leaves. Additional fun at this complex, open since 1995, includes laser tag ($3), laser maze ($3), and train ride ($2). Open 7 days a week from 11am to 6pm

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Switch & Signal skate park7518 Dickson St, Swissvale

Swissvale’s 12,000 square meter indoor skate park is great for experienced skaters and very welcoming for newcomers. Staff are available to teach basic skills, and kids who aren’t sure if skating is for them can borrow a skateboard for free. Families can also rent protective pads and helmets. Check their website for open skate sessions and lesson plans.

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Switch and Signal’s 12 & Under Saturday Skate Session. Image courtesy of Michelle Newton.

The seesaw center935 Pine Ave., Shannon Castle

At this non-profit indoor play center, kids of all abilities and ages (from toddlers to preschoolers) can enjoy fun and relaxing indoor play with parents and caregivers. The Seesaw Center, open six days a week September through May, is all about imaginative play, gross motor development, sensory exploration and reading. In addition to day passes, families can purchase an annual pass ($85/year for the whole family).

The SeeSaw Center at Castle Shannon. Photo courtesy of SeeSaw Center.

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library5401 Center Avenue, Shadyside

This volunteer-run space offers mEmbers-only play sessions (masks are currently required) and public play sessions ($5/child or $10/family) for Children from birth to kindergarten. The library lends more than 400 toys and encourages early childhood development through creative play, with parenting books and resources for caregivers available.

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The wheel mill6815 Hamilton Avenue, Point Breeze

You can also cycle on snowy roads. Just check out the 80,000-square-foot indoor wheel mill, where kids can spend hours running up and down ramps and trails made mostly of reclaimed materials. Day passes and memberships are available, as well as bike rentals. Take lessons or just bring your young riders (all skill levels welcome) for an entertaining day of cycling.

Photo courtesy of Radmühle.

Liliput Towne Center4125 Washington Road, McMurray

This tiny town is packed with great fun for kids who want to play as adults. There are a lot of options from from two hour play sessions to full day (9:30am to 3:30pm weekdays) play passes and even private sessions where kids can explore the whole city. Weekend hours vary depending on whether a private party has been booked (check Facebook page or call 724-942-3022 to confirm).

Photo courtesy of Lilliput.

Sky Zone trampoline parkMonroeville and Canonsburg

When kids are in the mood to jump, with locations in Monroeville and Canonsburg, Sky Zone has them outfitted with everything from SkySlam basketball and Ultimate Dodgeball to SkyRobics fitness classes and more. You must sign a waiver before playing. Parents can purchase 90-minute or two-hour passes, or all-day passes for kids who want to let off steam. “Little hoppers” up to the age of 5 are welcome for their own safe play, and children aged 10 and over are welcome for glow fun under the black lights on Friday and Saturday nights. Sky Zone socks ($3/pair) are required.

Sky Zone Monroeville
Copyright: Christian Ricketts / Sky Zone Monroeville.

Carnegie Science Center’s Highmark SportsWorksA Allegheny Ave., North Shore

There is a lot of STEM learning at the Carnegie Science Center. But right next door, kids can have even more fun at SportsWorks, where more than two dozen interactive exhibits get kids doing incredible things. You can discover the physics of the sport by taking a “human yo-yo, learn CPR to the beat of disco hit Stayin’ Alive, use lasers to measure their MLB swing speed (and see if they could hit a home run out of PNC Park), and more more. Open every day except Tuesday from 10am to 5pm

Want more indoor playgrounds in Pittsburgh and beyond? Check out our guide to great venues for big kids birthday parties. And don’t miss this set of local bookstores you’ll love, plus our guide the forthcoming Festivals for children’s theater and bridge theater.

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