Bicycle Heaven

If you’re at Randyland, Gilson just might suggest another trip to a fascinating place nearby: Bicycle Heaven, the largest bike shop and museum in the world. The sight of thousands of colorful bikes will thrill kids, not to mention adults. This place is a treat for all ages and it’s open seven days a week. It’s free, but donations are welcome. Your best bet? Bike here. Take the North Shore trail past Heinz Field and Rivers Casino and look for the signs. It’s just a couple of blocks off the path with very little traffic on weekends.

Farmer’s markets

It’s not too late to teach kids to get closer to their food by visiting a grower such as Soergel Orchards, whose specialty is apples. The year-round market has local meats and other goods, including a bakery and ice cream. Hours through Dec. 26 are: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The Garfield Community Farm started eight years ago as a permaculture experiment on 2.5 acres of abandoned land. This urban farm with a bioshelter and passive solar greenhouse sells greens and edible flowers to restaurants, donates food to a church pantry, grows hops for a brewery and lets beekeepers set up hives. It keeps eight chickens and three rabbits. The farm’s volunteers eagerly teach others about gardening and more.