The past week has been a wet one here in Pittsburgh. Anytime you think it’s safe to go outside, bam, Mother Nature throws out a storm and according to Weather Channel it’s supposed to stay that way the rest of the week.
So what’s a mom with cabin fever kids supposed to do?
Oh there are a lot of things you can do!
One place I loved going as a kid and still do is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse. It has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh’s largest greenspaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city’s Oakland neighborhood.
In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region’s most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.
If you’re not into plant or find it boring (which you’re nuts if you do. It’s hours of fun, not expensive and educational.) you can head over to Pittsburgh’s National Aviary. If you don’t know what the aviary is, it is an enormous bird house. There are a wide variety that you can observe as well as daily activities involving the birds. It’s fascinating and another fun activity that is indoors and not expensive.
Pittsburgh also boasts 3 amazing museums. The Carnegie Museums. The first of the five is The Carnegie Museum of Art. The Carnegie Museum of Art offers a distinguished collection of contemporary art that includes film and video works. Other collections of note include works of American art from the late 19th century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late 17th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, opened as part of the museum in 1993, is dedicated to the collection, study, and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. The Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and one of the three largest in the world. The marble Hall of Sculpture replicates the interior of the Parthenon.
The Next is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Carnegie Museum of Natural History collects and cares for specimens and artifacts that document the history of life on Earth. Through field studies and collections-based scientific research, we generate new knowledge and promote stewardship of the Earth and its natural resources. Through public exhibitions, programs, and educational partnerships, we share the results of our scientific research, in order to enhance scientific literacy by illuminating the processes of evolution and adaptation that have shaped the diversity of our world and its inhabitants.
The kid friendliest of the Carnegie museums is the Carnegie Science Center. This is one of places that pretty much every kid in south-western PA went for a school field trip sometime in their school life. My school took us pretty much every year. It’s a blast. In recent years Carnegie Science Center: Sport’s Works has been added on to this. I haven’t been there myself yet, but it looks incredibly amazing and when my boys are older, we’ll be taking them there to play.
And perhaps the most kid friendly museum in Pittsburgh is the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. They provide the highest quality exhibits and programs for learning and play. They are a partner and a resource for people who work with or on behalf of children.
Those are just a few places you can take your kiddos when the restlessness of staying indoors all day because of inclement weather. It may last an hour or two but it could be enough time to get the jitters out of the children. Of course after visiting one of the museums, or the plants, or the birds you have to go to lunch. That tacks on another hour of out of the house.
So go have fun!
Oh, and if you click on the highlighted words, it takes you to the website for that place. Just an FYI.