City Guide

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.

Choosing A Family

Frequent PM contributor Amy Whipple always intended to become a foster parent. Now the adoptive mother of a 3-year-old boy, she shares the story of her new family.

Eat, Do, Shop, Play and Learn

A restaurant that specializes in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Dance classes for toddlers and parents. A lending library for educational toys. Storytime at a nearly 90-year-old bookshop. A civic institution sailing the three rivers. In and around Pittsburgh, the offerings for families looking for food, fun and more go so much deeper than the expected family outings. From places to outfit and entertain to natural wonders and city treasures, here are some of our favorites.

The Sprawling Suburbs

Three major highways — the Pennsylvania Turnpike, William Penn Highway (aka Route 22), and the Parkway East — converge here. Roadways always have played a key role in this region’s growth; so has shopping. Developers built the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in 1954 to take advantage of the traffic, then other developers one-upped them with a 1 million-square-foot mall in the next decade. Research labs for U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and others attracted engineers from around the world, particularly India, and the new immigrants often built temples — one of which is a familiar sight perched on a hillside overlooking I-376

Around the Point

With exciting options for work and play, these Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the places a rising number of urbanites want to call home. Attractive new housing options are popping up to meet the demand of folks young, old and in between who want to take advantage of the easy access to entertainment, an exploding dining scene and iconic city scenery.

The Mon and Beyond

Past meets the present in the communities making up Pittsburgh’s eastern and Mon Valley regions. Here you’ll encounter reminders of where we started as leaders in the steel industry and — while plenty of these small towns still face challenges — you’ll find glimpses of where we’re going in neighborhoods moving towards revitalization.

The New North

This segment of the city contains PNC Park, which has the distinction of being the most Instagrammed location in Pennsylvania, according to a recent TIME Magazine analysis of Instagram data. And if you’ve sat down for a ballgame and been distracted by the stunning skyline, you know why. But if you venture to this neighborhood only to attend a sporting event or concert, you’re missing out; the area is full of restaurants, museums, cultural landmarks and churches, as well as some lovely historic homes.

Scaling the Mountain

There’s a lot happening in the area between the South Side and the Hilltop, and every time you visit, it seems a new business has cropped up. The communities around Mount Washington enjoy beautiful views of the city as well as parks, strong neighborhood associations and ethnic restaurants.