Family Fun Day sat Phipps. Photo by Paul g. Wiegman.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
December 26 – 30
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Looking for something meaningful to do with the kids during their holiday break? Opt for a holiday staycation and take in all of the glow and wonder of one of the country’s leading cultural amenities at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens‘ during the special Family Fun Days.

Photo by Joseph Reed

It’s five full days packed with family fun for all ages, running from Saturday, December 26th through Wednesday, December 30th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids of ages can participate in hands-on projects and immersive adventures at a variety of activity stations amidst the spectacular flowers, plants and exhibits. Pot your own plants, channel your inner crafter, join in fun games and more. Featured educational activities for the week will explore natural habitats, regional plant life, desert plant adaptations and carnivorous plants. Activities will vary day to day.

Photo by Joseph Reed.

Open to all ages, Family Fun Days activities are specifically geared toward children in kindergarten through middle school. Family Fun Days are free with Phipps admission ($15 for adults; $14 for seniors and students; $11 for children ages 2 to 18; and free for members and children under 2).

Looking for a family-friendly way to ring in 2016 that does not require staying awake until midnight? Head back to Phipps on New Year’s Eve for an early countdown starting at 8:45 p.m. paired with a variety of festive children’s activities for the entire family. Phipps’ special NYE celebration is free with admission and open to all ages.

While at Phipps, families will experience some of the site’s top holiday attractions, including the wondrous Winter Light Garden and Flower Show, wildly popular Garden Railroad and the Outdoor and Discovery Gardens.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December feature.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...