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Pittsburgh hasn’t been this excited for a tongue since the last time Gene Simmons and Kiss came through town.

Join Mayor Peduto, Kenny Kangaroo, and a cast of local celebrities for a celebration of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial and the re-dedication of Kennywood‘s Noah’s Ark fun house, including the return of that beloved squishy whale tongue.

The attraction, the last of its kind anywhere in the world, was built in 1936 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The Ark underwent a massive renovation in 1996 that saw the whale mouth entryway replaced with an elevator ride into the depths of the ark.

Kick back with some Potato Patch fries as representatives of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Ballet, National Aviary, Heinz, Primanti Brothers, Giant Eagle and more local institutions help celebrate the restoration of the Ark, now in its 80th year.

This one-of-a-kind fun house boasts family-friendly surprises at every turn, and is just one of dozens of Kennywood attractions that will please kids and grown-ups of all ages.

Looking for more events? Read our NEXTravaganza! 20 can’t-miss Pittsburgh events & concerts in June and our Top 10 things for families to do in June in Pittsburgh features.

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.