Looking for another trampoline park? Check out Flight Trampoline Park in the South Hills. And if your kids enjoy bouncing on inflatables instead, check out Jump!Zone in Allison Park, BounceU in Warrendale and Planet Bounce in Canonsburg.
Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark
Looking for an off-the-beaten path active adventure? Consider this fun option located in both Greensburg and the North Hills. Invented by the children of a local furniture mover, “Fun Slides” are based on the EZ Moves Furniture Slides used to more easily drag furniture across rugs. “When we were kids, we used to strap our dad’s EZ Moves Slides to our shoes and skate across the carpets,” says Candy Holsing, co-owner of Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark, “Now that we’re adults, we used this inspiration to create Fun Slides, a similar device that straps to the bottom of athletic shoes.” Still wondering are skate shoes good for walking?
At Fun Slides Carpet Skateparks, local families can strap on the revamped shoe slides and skate on carpeted ramps, rails and jumps. There’s even “butt slides” for the 3-4 year old crew. Add in black lights, music and concessions and it promises to be an adventure.
The Aquatics Center at the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center
Not ready to give up last summer’s poolside adventures? There’s a pearl for you hidden within the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center. Their Aquatics Center is essentially an indoor water park–complete with a lap pool, whirlpool and a recreational pool with zero-depth entry, underwater benches, a lazy river, a water slide, and an interactive water play area. For only $12, you can get a day pass to visit the Aquatics area and the rest of the Rec Center. If you really love it, you can purchase a membership, too.
The Center also offers both private and group swimming classes for kids starting at six months of age.
Looking for other drop-in indoor swimming options in Pittsburgh? Check out the Kingsley Association‘s pool and the Oliver Bath House in the city, as well as the Carnegie of Homestead Athletic Club‘s pool to the east.
Gymsport Athletic Center
Finally, are you looking for ways to keep even your littlest kids active this winter? Since I know that many of the locations that I’ve mentioned might be better suited to the slightly older child, I also wanted to include one spot specifically catering to the toddler-aged crew. If you have tiny tots, I would suggest checking out Gymsport Athletic Center in Bridgeville.
Gymsport is home to one of the most well-known gymnastics schools in the area with classes for kids as young as 18 months. They also offer a fairly unique option among gymnastics schools–drop-in open gym times for kids 5 and under. This “Preschool Playtime” is offered Monday through Friday from 9-12pm. For $5/hour, your little ones can explore their “Jungle Gym,” featuring slides, a zip line, foam pits, a trampoline, a rock wall and more traditional gymnastics equipment like a balance beam, rings, tumble tracks and more. They have a similar program for older kids on Friday evenings.
I hope this article has given you some fun ideas for family-friendly outings over the coming months. We know it’s going to be cold. We know it’s going to be gray. But, it doesn’t have to get your family’s adventurous spirit down. Have fun and be healthy!