Places to Have a Child's Birthday Party in Pittsburgh

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The city of Pittsburgh, tucked away in western Pennsylvania, boasts a thriving arts scene, a handful of large universities and fiercely devoted sports fans. Besides offering activities for adults, this bustling "city of bridges" provides diverse opportunities for family fun. Parents planning their child's birthday celebration can choose from an array of options suitable for any taste or budget.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

  • If your child loves wildlife, science or the outdoors, you might consider hosting his birthday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Located in Highland Park, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh's East End, the establishment offers birthday packages year round. Packages include admission to the zoo, parking, food and drinks, favors for each guest, a birthday cake and a "special gift" for the birthday boy or girl. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium recommends its birthday packages for children ages 2 to 10, and rates begin at $300 for non-members or $250 for members.

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
    One Wild Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    412-665-3640
    pittsburghzoo.org

Carnegie Science Center

  • For a curious child interested in science or how things work, consider hosting an educational party at the Carnegie Science Center, part of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Located on Pittsburgh's North Shore, the Carnegie Science Center offers birthday party packages suitable for up to 20 people, with prices beginning at $400 for members and $500 for non-members. Packages include a party room for two hours, admission to the museum, pizza and soda, ice cream and favor bags for each guest. Additional options include a "live science demonstration" or a room upgrade to the Rangos Omnimax Theater. In addition to these packages, the Carnegie Science Center offers "Science on the Road" packages, which bring the party to your house or venue.

    Carnegie Science Center
    One Allegheny Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    412-237-3400
    carnegiesciencecenter.org

PNC Park

  • If your child is a sports fan or just loves live events, you might consider taking her and some guests to a live game. Home to Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park is situated on the riverfront along the city's North Shore area. For $35, which goes directly to Pirates Charities, you can even put your own birthday message on the scoreboard, which will show up in the fourth inning. Other birthday package options include a visit with a Pirates Mascot, tickets for the big game, a Pirates hat and food.

    Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club
    PNC Park at North Shore
    115 Federal Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    412-321-2827
    pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Pittsburgh Parks

  • For parents working with a smaller budget, or who are looking for a more low-key birthday option, the Pittsburgh Parks offer shelters and ball fields for rent. These venues lend themselves well to groups of children who need room to run and play. Located throughout the city and the surrounding area, the shelters range from covered picnic areas to enclosed buildings and vary in price. Some buildings come equipped with cooking facilities or grills, and many are situated near playground equipment. Barbecuing or picnicking are allowed, but alcoholic beverages (without a permit) and glass bottles are strictly prohibited. Renters must be a resident of the city and at least 21 years of age.

    Department of Public Works
    611 Second Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    412-255-2370
    city.pittsburgh.pa.us

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