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“Fun for the 2-8 year old kid”

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Ranked #22 of 170 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hi! We're having a great time at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the only thing missing is you. MAKESHOP, our tinkering space, has real tools and materials such as wood, sewing machines, hammers, nails, a loom, animation station and more. Jump right in, that circuit isn't going to build itself! The Art Studio is calling for your creative energy to design and ink a silkscreen, paint, sculpt clay and create something unique alongside the many working artists who visit. Young ones, you are royalty in the Nursery, a space filled with colors, shapes and textures perfect for your growing minds and bodies. The Attic, Garage and Waterplay (because it's just not fun until your underwear is soaked) round out the permanent exhibits. But not so fast. From marching bands, slam poets and cultural traditions to letters that fall from the ceiling and a crawling maze made out of packing tape, our temporary exhibits, performers, programs, artists-in-residence and artwork are particularly awesome too. If we don't hear the protests of departing kids at the end of each day, we're not doing our jobs right.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Fun for the 2-8 year old kid”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

We've been members of the Children's Museum for several years now, partially because it provides a great activity for the kids to do during the long cold winters.

Our kids have grown up with the museum so we've diverted our focus over the years. In the beginning, we would spend a lot of time in the 'nursery" room on the second floor and the "water" room on the third floor. As they grew older, we would spend more time in rooms such as the "workshop" or see what the rotating exhibit was (they tend to rotate once per quarter). So, the idea is that if you have differently aged kids, you're likely to find SOMETHING that will appeal to their interest.

I think the interest starts to wane around age eight or nine. Those kids tend to be in the studio room where they can paint or draw while their younger siblings are off exploring other areas of the museum.

The only thing I don't care for at the museum is that it can take them awhile to fix things that break. A long while. As in several years. Eventually, a capital improvement will upgrade the entire room at once and everything works again (I'm looking at you, nursery room), but routine maintenance would work wonders in ensuring that the kids can play with everything for every visit.

Visited February 2012
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Wheeling, WV
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“A great time!”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

My daughter always loves visiting the Children's Museum.

Visited August 2011
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Ohio
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“A very nice place to visit”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We have been to the Children's Museum 3 times now. This is a very nice museum for Children with lots of hands on activities. Several different rooms to visit all with different types of activities. One room currently has a "wheels" theme and there are several different types of bicycles for kids to ride around the room to try out. There is an art room on the first floor that has many different activities such as painting, making paper, and much more. Another room we visited had many hands on activities for kids to experiment with electricity and doing things such as completing circuits, etc. At every room, there are several volunteers and employees to help the kids and answer any questions they might have. There is a lunch room that sells many different types of sandwiches, snacks, etc. and at prices that are typical for a museum type setting. Not as expensive as I would have thought. The bottom floor has a "theatre" where different shows are presented at different times through the day. They also have a radio show that they do from the bottom floor and they even take kids from the museum into the show to interview them. A neat experience for your kids if they get chosen. You can expect to spend half a day there and it would take alot for your kids to get bored here. One note, our daughter is 8 1/2 and I would say she is getting to the point where she might be a little old for this museum now. Again, she has been there at least three times so that may play a part in it too. If you have young kids who like hands on activities, I would definitely recommend this place for a visit.

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Childrens museum”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

It was a nice setup but my kids both ten were a little to old for most of the things there.

Visited February 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Your kids will love it!”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

There is a huge art studio, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and a variety of other hands-on learning exhibits and shows. Developmentally appropriate for a wide range of ages, cool ways to explore scientific concepts, and lots of opportunities for the building of problem solving skills. As an educator, I am very impressed with this facility!

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