One of the Best Children’s Museums, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by
This post was made possible by Visit Pittsburgh and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh who provided us with tickets during my family’s recent visit. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about Pittsburgh family attractions we think your family will enjoy.

 

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

 

Incredible! Unique! Hands on! Wet & Dry Fun! Touch, See, Play & Do!

 

There are so many ways to describe how your kids can have an amazing experience with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

 

My youngest, 8 years old, and I recently visited the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as part of a family blogger tour. From the moment our tour bus pulled up to the museum and we saw plants traveling around a roller coaster on the top of a roof area, we knew this was not your typical children’s museum.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

 

Then, we came inside and found a crane created from recycled gas station signs. Two crazy cool things within a matter of minutes of arriving at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, we couldn’t wait to explore more.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Crane

 

Over 2 -3 hours we explored the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It wasn’t enough time. Your family could easily spend a whole day here. Because as we explored, each exhibit area invited us in to play, to see, to experience science and learning as we had never done before. Any of the exhibits could have held my son’s attention for hours. Allow us to share with you how we experienced the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

 

Our experience in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh exhibits

 

One of the first areas that caught my son’s attention was the Limb Bender. It’s across from the front entrance of the museum and was one exhibit area my son kept wanting to go back to over and over. The best way to describe the Limb Bender is to think of it as a human labyrinth that goes up, almost like a vertical maze. Thankfully, it’s large enough to accommodate many kids because this is certainly a kids’ favorite at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Limb Bender

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Limb Bender is sure to be one of your kid’s favorites.

 

In the Tough Art exhibit area, my son had fun with the Shy Lights area where he’d jump across these moving circular spots of light that were projected on the floor.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Tough Art Shy Lights

 

From the Tough Art exhibit area, we moved on to the Attic. Here kids can try to cross a Gravity Room, sort colors using a Color Bouncer, or play with a large over the top doll house. Our favorite was creating our own virtual puppet show. Where using the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s extensive digital puppet collection and Animateering, guests can become puppets that move, jump and spin on the screen in front of you.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Attic

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh virtual puppet show where your kids are the star.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Attic Color Bouncer

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Color Bouncer

 

Our next area of exploration at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was the Garage. This was another fabulous exhibit room that could hold a child’s attention for hours.  Parachutes, bouncing balls, spinning wheels, pulleys, conveyor belts all of it will fascinate your child as they play at each of the activity stations.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Garage

Imagine how much fun your kids will have sending balls through the tract.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Garage

Walk on this treadmill and see how many wheels you can make move.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Bouncing Array

The blogger kids enjoyed launching these bouncing balls all at one time to see what reaction would occur.

 

At the end of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh first floor is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Created in partnership with the Fred Rogers Company, this area gives children the opportunity to pretend to step into the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood show. They can visit the areas they see on the show, act out certain scenes, and demonstrate the character qualities the show exemplifies in their characters.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood kids can write thank you notes to others or learn a new problem solving strategy.

 

Across from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Limb Bender we were telling you about is the MAKESHOP®. Think of this as a creative space where kids can test their problem solving skills, creativity, and inventiveness. In the MAKESHOP® kids can try  woodworking, circuitry,  sewing, weaving, animation, and assembling and disassembling recycled toys, electrical systems and small appliances.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Maker Space

What will your kids create in the Maker space?

 

Now while there’s a whole lot of fun to be had on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh main floor, do not neglect to visit the lower level and upper level. Both levels also offer additional fun for your kids. In the lower level, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has the Studio. Here, kids can paint at kid-sized easels, shape a clay sculpture, create a screen-printed poster, design with looms or more.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Studio

He’s creating by weaving fabric looms on a grid frame.

 

Our final area of exploration at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was going up to the top floor. I am so glad we did. Not only was there an area for babies, toddlers, and preschooler in the Nursery exhibit, but there was an incredible Waterplay area.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

 

The Nursery area gives little ones a quiet place to be active. Little ones can ride a seesaw whose motion creates rising water bubbles,  send balls through a twisting maze, draw paths in colored sand above lighted tables, design a path for wooden trains, make a colorful peg design on the Light Wall, sift blue pebbles through beach toys as if they were grains of sand. There’s this and so much more. Even moms of the youngest babies will appreciate a padded play area where infants can get tummy time or the resource area where moms can take time away to nurse or feed their child.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Nursery

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Nursery

Tummy time anyone?

 

The last area we want to tell you about is the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh EPIC Waterplay area. I can honestly say I have never seen an indoor sprayground like this, let alone one inside a children’s museum. The Waterplay area is so unique and inviting that even if your child isn’t dressed for water fun you are going to have a hard time telling him no. So go ahead mom and give in. And if you do come prepared, there are special changing rooms on this floor.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Waterplay

 

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Waterplay area features nearly 20 different exhibit components that let kids pump, move, channel and dam the flow of water. There’s opportunities to play with water in all different forms rain, spray and ice.

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh waterplay

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Waterplay

Playing with shaved ice

 

Do you see why we LOVE the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh?

 

Well we still have more to show you. Take a look at our Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh highlights video. You’ll see more of the sights, sounds, and more that we experienced at this Pittsburgh family attraction.

 

Then head over to our Facebook album where you can see our Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh photos. Here’s a short preview.

 

To learn more about the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s exhibits, hours and admission prices, you can visit their website at https://pittsburghkids.org.

 

Click over to see the rest of our Family Travel to Pittsburgh series for help in planning your family vacation to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Family Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

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This post was made possible by Visit Pittsburgh and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh who provided us with tickets during my family’s recent visit. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about Pittsburgh family attractions we think your family will enjoy.
 

 

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