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Family City Guide

There are the families that breeze through local attractions and institutions with reckless abandon — jetting from one sight to the next, taking in the city as if in a montage until parents and children alike are ready for a nap. Then there are those who know the hidden secrets, the illuminating details, the educational flourishes and the rich history.

This guide is to help more families join that latter category; we’ve compiled a list of our favorite places, activities and things in town, from A through Z, with the insider knowledge necessary to do them just right. Go create family memories that will last.

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Thomas Town: Ride the Rails in Kennywood's New Spot

At Kennywood Park, Thomas the Tank Engine arrives to revitalize the railroad — and, hopefully, to foster a new generation of Kennywood lovers.

The Fishing Tournament Where Everyone Catches Something

The annual Ross Township Fishing Tournament, now in its 22nd year, draws hundreds of anglers of all ages.

All Aboard: A Pirate Playground for Everyone

Featuring an eye-catching, life-size pirate ship, the inclusive Out of the Park Playground in Cranberry Township was designed for users of all abilities.

Taking Children on a Magical Journey to Everywhere

Bricolage Production Company’s original, immersive production, “The Forest of Everywhere,” provided kids with a magical experience — and showed how theater can reach new communities.

City Guide 2018-2019: Eat

If you’ve read our story on “How (and Where and When) to Dine Out with Kids,” you already have some smart strategies on what to do while you’re out. Here are some of our favorite places to put them to use.

City Guide 2018-2019: Do

Every parent has heard the refrain: There’s nothing to do. It’s time to disprove that idea and explore some of the many things to do in our region.

City Guide 2018-2019: Shop

Shopping with kids can be less than fun, unless you’re shopping at one of these locally owned brick-and-mortar or online stores. From the things the kids want (toys!) to the things they need (cool clothes and quality furniture), here’s where to go to get the goods.

City Guide 2018-2019: Play

Let’s be honest: Most of these spots are just as fun for an adult as a child. All of them are great ways to pass an afternoon — or an entire day — as a family.

City Guide 2018-2019: Learn

There are lots of spots for kids of all ages to absorb some knowledge across the region. They all have one thing in common — there’s fun mixed in at every step.

The Place Where You're Never Too Little to Learn

The Carnegie Science Center’s revamped Little Learner Club helps the youngest guests learn and play.

Empowering Foster Children with Love and Dignity

Foster Love Project, a nonprofit that provides new or gently used items to foster children, is celebrating its first anniversary in its permanent home in Dormont.

How and Where and When to Dine Out with Kids

When special-occasion eaters without kids and everyday diners with kids in tow collide, there can be conflict. A couple of tips can make life copacetic for everyone in the restaurant.

Introducing Children to Fun on the Farm

At Round Hill Park, families can learn and play on a working, historical farm.

¡HURRA! Happy Eating

Looking for good place to take the kids for dinner that's got enough options for adults too?

Perspectives: A Lovely Life

Associate Editor Lauren Davidson discovers children can be loud and may eat Play Doh, but they're also pretty fun.
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