10 Family-Friendly Indoor Activities in Pittsburgh

When the snow is falling, sometimes the last thing you want to do is be out in the cold. But, your kids keep begging you to take them out to play and the last thing you want is for them to be disappointed. Next time, meet in the middle and take them out to an indoor facility for some family time away from the house. Imagine all the fun and excitement you’ll have jumping through the air on crazy trampolines, creating and painting a handmade piece of pottery, or cracking the code to a safe full of money. The possibilities are endless and it all starts in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Laser Storm Laser Tag

North Hills

Do your kids need to get some energy out after a long day sitting at school? Hide behind obstacles and chase down opponents in the blacklight arena at Laser Storm Laser Tag. It isn’t just laser tag at the arena either. Take off your gear and head to the arcade to win big prizes or try out a rock wall climbing simulator. 

Puttshack

Strip District

This mini golf course will make you feel like you’re living in the future. With new technology, the golf balls at Puttshack track your game for you, scoring you points depending on how you play the game. Unlike regular mini golf, you’ll want to maximize your points by landing your ball in the glowing supertube or hitting bonus goals. Some holes may be a bit more challenging for younger players so it’s recommended for children seven or older.

Row House Cinema 

Lawrenceville, Dormont

Sit down to a movie and munch on some popcorn at this independent cinema. Row House Cinema plays select new movies and many of the cult classics you love. Stop by for themed shows which feature multiple films, or their special Cereal Cinema days where you can enjoy a bowl of crunchy breakfast goodness alongside famous children’s movies. 

Ascend

South Side, Point Breeze

South Side and Point Breeze’s climbing, fitness, and yoga gym isn’t just for adults. Both locations have youth programming customized for all different age groups. Not to mention, they have family climbing classes where you can learn the basics of safety, bouldering, rope wall climbing, and more, side by side.

Fired Up Art Studio

South Hills

Let your inner artist shine with hands-on experiences at Fired Up Art Studio. Choose from pottery painting, fused glass art, canvas painting, mosaic making, and clay handbuilding to create a piece of take-home art. Not only is it a fun activity but it also allows time for bonding with your little ones.

Urban Air Adventure Park

Cranberry Township

Get ready to jump, climb, and fly as you explore trampolines, rock walls, dodgeball, warrior courses, and so much more at Urban Air Adventure Park. This isn’t your average trampoline park either. It’s crafted with various types of attractions so that families of all ages have something to enjoy. 

Ice Castle Arena

Castle Shannon

Since the weather fluctuates so often in Pennsylvania, you’re probably better off planning an ice skating day indoors so you don’t end up with the ice melting beneath your skates or hail coming down from above. Head on over to the Ice Castle Arena and skate the day away with a concession stand on hand in case your stomach starts rumbling. Plus, on the weekends, the arena is aglow with “disco” lighting. 

Breakout Games

North Hills

Test your teamwork skills as a family with Breakout’s 60-minute escape rooms. Let your kids lead the way, but be ready to lend a helping hand as you take on one of six different storylines. Complete puzzles to get your way out of Mystery Mansion, The Kidnapping, Island Escape, Operation: Casino, Do Not Disturb, or Hostage. 

Museum of Illusions Pittsburgh

North Shore

This new museum on the North Shore immerses you in a world of illusions, where nothing is quite as it seems. Explore a spinning Vortex Tunnel, tiptoe through the Tilted Room, and even serve your head on a silver platter. It all sounds crazy but you’ll just have to trust us and go see for yourself.

Zone 28

Harmarville

This entertainment complex is lots of fun for kids and adults alike. Spend time bowling, playing laser tag, exploring the arcade, and working through the escape rooms at Zone 28. Then, when you’re tired and need a little break, take some time to relax at the End Zone Sports Bar while the kids continue to play the day away.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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