Hack the Summer with Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

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I stepped into the backyard.  There were hockey sticks strewn about the driveway, shoes in the grass (must they ALWAYS take off their shoes when they are outside??), and a baby doll stroller hanging from a tree.  

The kids are on summer vacation and our lawn shows it.

Hack the summer with these best kids activities and play spaces in Pittsburgh, information about the Chick-Fil-A One app.

Besides the toy tornado that has hit the yard, Summer is good to my kids.  They’ve got neighborhood friends to play with at the drop of a hat (a hat which most likely lands in the lawn with the rest of the kids’ possessions), are hitting the pool every other day, and are just enjoying the carefree days of summer!

But sometimes, a mom gets tired of removing toy baby strollers from tree branches.

Sometimes we need to get out of the house and go on some summer adventures. 

I was excited when I had the chance to meet up with some of my closest friends for a playdate at the park. The kids could run around and get their energy out on the playground while us Moms (and one Dad) chatted all things Summer.  Like, how to keep the kids active and having fun while creating a summer of memories with the whole family.

We chatted about ways to Hack the Summer and get out of the toy-nado funk and into local Summer fun.  What better way to make the most of summer than to build summer memories in our city?  We  came up with a few fun ideas to visit and places to play in Pittsburgh as a family. 

Here’s what we came up with:

Best Pittsburgh Summer Play Places for Kids and Families

Best Ways to Cool Off in Pittsburgh On a Hot Day: 

Pittsburgh’s Water Steps- The North Side’s fountain is a place to
cool down on a hot day. Kids can wear water shoes and get right into the water
feature while enjoying a great view of the city’s skyline.

The water fountain in the South Side Works just calls out to kids!
 They can run through the water on a hot day. There is free live music on
weekends for the whole family to enjoy.

Mellon Park’s spray park is a fun way to cool off that doesn’t
involve swimming.  Pack a picnic lunch and eat it on the large lawn.

Fall Run Park in Shaler (North Hills) is a mile long hike along a
rocky creek that is perfect for kids of all ages.  Kids (and adults!) can
play in the creek and will find a beautiful large waterfall at the end of the

Best Parks in Pittsburgh:

Blue Slide Park in Frick park is a unique playground with it’s
cement slide. Bring a piece of cardboard to slide down the slide that is
built right into the hillslide or play on the multi-level playground.

Squall Run Playground in Fox Chapel has two playground areas that
are great for different ages.  Kids love to play in the sand volleyball
court too, so bring your sand toys!

Highland Park’s Super Playground is a huge wooden playground with
passages, play features, and a castle-like appearance. 

Best Indoor Activities in Pittsburgh (for rainy or super hot days): 

Shaler Library has the best children’s librarians and programming
for kids.  People come from all over to attend story times, STEM
activities, hands-on learning programs, and interactive themed activities.
 There is something for everyone and something happening every day.

Sorgels Orchards has a great play area and mom can pick up a
couple of groceries in the market after play time.  They have great ice
cream for a treat, too!


While we chatted about things to do in Pittsburgh this summer, we had a great lunch from Chick-fil-A and got to talk about Chick-fil-A’s new app called Chick-fil-A One.  It’s a GREAT app for busy parents who have kids in tow as they try to grab a meal.  We’ve shared our love of Chick-fil-A before and how the restaurant is perfect for busy families who NEED to get out and enjoy a meal while creating memories.   Chick-fil-A has taken ease for families a step further with their new app!

Look at all it can do: 

Easy cookie pop recipe for kids and families

Easy cookie pop snack idea for kids

When we were done with lunch and play, our crazy crew headed home with full bellies and memories of a fun day with friends.  

We had some leftover Chick-fil-A cookies that were perfect for making these cookie pops.  It was easy to cut up the cookies into quarters and pop lollipop sticks into the cookie pieces.  Take these cookie pops to one of the play spaces we’ve shared above or one of your favorite local places while you “Hack the Summer” and avoid the chaos of toy baby stroller in trees.

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