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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, North Side

Open 10 a..m to 5 p.m. daily, this North Side institution encourages play at every point.  The rotating exhibits provide 80,000 square feet of learning experiences that are typically innovative and a ton of fun. Kids can not only exercise their minds, but they can also exercise their bodies, too. Don’t miss Waterplay, a kids’ favorite. Then make it to the Big Red Room Cafe, which features baked, low-fat, nutritious meals and snacks. If you’re kids are a little older, head next door to MuseumLab, place where inquisitive folks 10 and up can have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech and making.

Pirate’s Cove at Conley Resort, 740 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler

Don’t let winter weather keep you from making a splash. Every weekend, Pirate’s Cove at Conley Resort heats up. The indoor pool, which is between 2.5 and 3.5 feet deep, has two water slides and an adjacent party room, perfect for a young buccaneer’s birthday bash.

The Seesaw Center, 935 Pine Ave., Castle Shannon

From September to May, Castle Shannon’s Seesaw Center gives parents a welcome respite from the winter doldrums. Filled with unique toys and activities for infants to kindergarteners, the facility specializes in combating boredom. Parents must be present which makes for a nice community. Fair warning: Seasonal membership often sells out.

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The Wheel Mill, 6815 Hamilton Ave., Point Breeze

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Switch & Signal Skatepark, 7518 Dickson St., Swissvale

This 12,000-square-foot skate park in Swissvale made its debut in February to give kids (and their parents!) a place to thrash. Staff members and veteran skaters are on hand to teach basic skills to newbies, who can borrow a house board for free and rent pads and helmets for a small fee.

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Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, 5401 Centre Ave., Shadyside

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library was launched in 1974 by a group of parents who wanted to fill an educational gap in the community. The volunteer-run space provides a safe (and fun!) place for children from birth through kindergarten, lends out more than 400 toys and promotes early childhood development through creative play. Caregivers also can soak in some knowledge via the library’s collection of parenting books and resources.

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Lilliput Towne Center, 4125 Washington Rd., McMurray

Let your kids go to town(e) in McMurray! Lilliput Towne Center is like a grown-up world in miniature. Here, little ones can buy groceries at the Neighborhood Market, take a beloved pet to the vet, be a firefighter, create a delicious meal at the Bistro or do a makeover at the beauty salon.

Carnegie Science Center’s Highmark SportsWorks, One Allegheny Ave., North Shore

It’s no surprise that the City of Champions would have a facility dedicated to the science of sports. SportsWorks offers nearly 30 interactive experiences that challenge the body and mind. Defy gravity at the new ropes challenge, scale a rock wall, test your baseball swing and hockey shot and even become a human yo-yo! It’s located next to the Carnegie Science Center where you’ll find lots more floors of indoor activities, shows and exhibits.

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Monroeville and Canonsburg
Kids bouncing off the walls? Take them to Sky Zone where such behavior is encouraged. With locations in Monroeville and Canonsburg, the trampoline park allows kids to jump, dive into the Foam Zone, play Ultimate Dodgeball, take a SkyRobics fitness class and practice NBA caliber dunks on the SkySlam. Beware, it might be hard to get the little ones to come back down to earth.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.