9 Coolest Places in Pittsburgh for Your Kid’s Birthday

When it’s your child’s birthday, you want to make it's as fun and memorable as possible for them.

Planning the perfect birthday party for your child can be challenging. After all, the memories they make now will last a lifetime! You don’t want to settle for a simple cake and some party hats. So, why not check out some of these cool, out of the ordinary places around Pittsburgh to host your kid’s next birthday party? We’re sure they’ll thank you later!

If you’re looking for a spot to have your child’s birthday, chances are your friends or family are too. Why not give the gift of a personalized electronic GiftYa gift card to any of these amazing places? They’ll thank you twice when they don’t have to worry about forgetting a physical gift card at home and when their child has the best birthday party ever!

1. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

For a fun, educational experience!

10 Children’s Way | North Side | pittsburghkids.org

A staple in Pittsburgh, this museum has been dedicated to children and finding educational ways for them to play since the 1970s. In a building specifically designed for kids, there are all kinds of cool exhibits and attractions to keep their attention. A perennial favorite are the tubes made for crawling all over the place, and a ball pit for jumping into.

In addition to fun activities, having a birthday party here would be extra special. There’s something for every kid to get into, and they just might learn something as well!

"Had an Absolute ball here! Really enjoyed basket making with my daughter! She LOVED learning about green screens!...” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

2. The Pittsburgh Zoo

Fun for the whole family during any time of the year!

The Pittsburgh Zoo
Fun for children of all ages. Image courtesy of YouTube.

7370 Baker St | Highland Park | pittsburghzoo.org

Children of all ages love the zoo. Your kids and their friends can get treated to an animal theme party and even get the chance to meet some of the creatures brought around by the staff. Afterwards, the kids can explore the zoo and see all their favorite wild animals. Don’t forget about the climbing park — that’s one of the best parts!

"Make sure you take advantage of the chances to feed the giraffes, take pictures with the elephants, and all the other great extras daily and around the holidays!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for The Pittsburgh Zoo. 

3. Mad Science of Pittsburgh

Introducing kids to the fun of science!

100 Hafner Ave | Etna | pittsburgh.madscience.org

This is where science and fun meet! You can choose to have a birthday party in their science lab, or they’ll come to your location. Their high energy and interactive shows are a hit with kids. Scientists perform a show directed at getting kids into science, and afterwards will help the kids make an experiment of their own. They’ll even get to take it home! In addition to birthdays, Mad Science also does after-school events, camps, and workshops.

"We recently had a party at Mad Science of Pittsburgh for our 7 year old daughters birthday, and it was better than we could’ve ever hoped for..." - Yelp Review

4. Code Breakers

Save the day by cracking the code!

Kids play at Code Breakers
Kids work together to win this escape room. Image courtesy of Code Breakers.

1130 Perry Hwy, #101 | Ross Township | codebreakers412.com

Let your kids solve the puzzle and save the day in this fun, kid-friendly escape room. They have two simulations designed for kids, who need to work together to beat the game. It’s a fun way to teach them problem solving and teamwork skills. This is anything but an ordinary birthday destination, this is an immersion experience they won’t soon forget!

"A wonderful escape room experience....The hour flew past..." - Yelp Review

5. Pittsburgh Puppet Works

For an engaging teaching experience on your child's birthday

workers of Pittsburgh Puppet Works holding puppets behind-the-scenes of party
Puppets are a great way for kids to learn, and have fun at the same time! Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Puppet Works.

Allison Park | pghpuppetworks.com

Pittsburgh Puppet Works takes the time honored tradition of puppeteering and brings it to your child’s party! What an awesome way for the kids at the party to enjoy a funny, antic-filled show and be taught some good life lessons in the process.

Just like the professionals behind the puppets on Sesame Street, Pittsburgh Puppet Works believes that puppets are an excellent teaching tool, and one that children especially respond to. In addition, they also offer face painting, balloon artists, and magic acts!

6. Fairytale Princess Visits

Yes, some fairytales do come true!

Traveling Professionals | pittsburghprincess.com

Can you imagine the delight when your child meets their favorite character for the first time? What little girl wouldn’t want her favorite characters from Frozen or Beauty and the Beast to visit her on her big day? And your little boy would just love to meet Captain America or Peter Pan!

These professionals come to your house and spend a delightful afternoon at your birthday party, and the kids have a blast hanging out with their favorite characters.

"Little Mermaid and her assistant came to my granddaughter’s 4th birthday party and she was amazing! The children and adults were mesmerized! This company is fantastic..." - Facebook Review

7. Chuck E. Cheese

A classic venue for the perfect birthday party

a cake-cutting at Chuck E. Cheese in Pittsburgh
This place has been making kids’ birthdays awesome for years. With the addition of even more games, it really is a fun place to spend the afternoon. Image courtesy of Chuck E. Cheese.

20 McIntyre Square Dr | Ross Township | chuckecheese.com

Kids love to spend the afternoon playing skee-ball, video games, and meeting Chuck E. Cheese, of course!

They have group birthday packages as well, so you can choose to pick a set amount of tickets or time to ensure all the guests get to play as much as they want. And don’t forget, pizza and fountain drinks are included in those birthday packages as well!

“Everyone had a blast and we will definitely be going back. Food was great! Staff was great! Very happy.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Chuck E. Cheese.

8. Carnegie Science Center

Introduce your child to one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic spots

Image result for Carnegie Science Center pittsburgh
A Pittsburgh Staple. Image courtesy of Where Science Happens.

1 Allegheny Ave | North Shore | carnegiesciencecenter.org

When you have a birthday party there, you get a private party room, access to the exhibits in the Science Center as well as HealthWorks, and get to see a science demonstration. They have hands-on activities that are fun as well as educational.

In addition to that, there’s also astronaut ice cream available for all the kids. Sounds like a pretty nice place to have a party!

“We have been here many times since moving to Pittsburgh...it has provided our children with a fun, educational, and very satisfying visit each and every time.” - Yelp Review

9. Ultimate Air Trampoline Park

So much to do at one place!

Altimate Air Trampoline Park in Pittsburgh
Help you children let out some energy at the trampoline park. Image courtesy of Ultimate Air Trampoline Park.

1701 Lincoln Hwy | North Versailles | ultimateairstillwater.com

Altimate Air Trampoline Park is located in North Versailles and is a kids’ birthday dream come true! Not only are there a bunch of huge trampolines to play on, but the complex also has rock climbing, a ninja course, and a movie theater. There’s so much to do here, the kids will run out of time before they run out of options.

“So much fun! My cousin and her 7 y/o old son were visiting from out of town... I jumped just as much as the lil ones there did :)" - Yelp Review

10. Sky Zone Trampoline Park

The perfect place to get out all of that pent up energy!

160 Levin Way | Monroeville | skyzone.com/monroeville

From freestyle jumping to dunking to heart-pumping dodgeball games, Sky Zone offers everything you need for a fun and unforgettable birthday party. Parties at Sky Zone are so popular that most kids aren’t going to want to leave by the time the event has ended! Sky Zone offers multiple party packages, a private party room, dedicated party hosts, and food for your private party. You can sit back and relax while your party hosts manage the planning and logistics of the event. 

“Take my granddaughters and their friends. Staff are beyond courteous and friendly. My girls know most of them by name now. The park is always very clean and organized. Refreshments are reasonably priced ($2.00 vs $6.00 for drink).” - Yelp Review 

11. A+ Party Zone

Fun birthdays at a reasonable cost

You don’t have to break the bank in order to host an enjoyable party for your child. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2510 Brownsville Rd | Carrick | apluschildcarellc.com

A+ Party Zone offers a lively and entertaining birthday party venue at a reasonable cost for parents around the Pittsburgh area. Several packages are available, including the Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3 party packages. Each package varies according to the food and gift bags it offers to each child. All packages include the essentials, such as paper plates, cups, and napkins for your child’s party. Refreshments include soda, chips, nachos, and pizza. Everything you need for your party can be provided by A+ Party Zone.

“I recently had a birthday party for my 13 yr old daughter and A+ Party Zone was the perfect place to have it. The staff was amazing, the music was awesome and the food was delicious! They also have a fun party bus!! Definitely will be having future events with them.” - Facebook Review

12. Snapology

Cultivate your child’s love for science

Snapology specializes in nurturing your child’s curiosity for STEM. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1350 Old Pond Rd | Bridgeville | pittsburgh.snapology.com

Does your child love LEGO®s? Snapology specializes in hosting LEGO®-themed birthday parties for children in Pittsburgh. Led by a certified Snapology party facilitator, these parties encourage children to cultivate their curiosity and creativity. Popular birthday themes include Minecraft®, Superman®, Batman®, and more! The best part? You can sit back and enjoy the party while your party facilitator handles the operations and logistics. 

“My son has so much fun here and it is a reasonable price too! We have done both classes and just the simple play time. He's always excited when he knows we are going to snapology and is happy the entire time he is there as well!” - Yelp Review

13. Pinball PA

The hours will fly by at this popular arcade

Your kids will love this hidden gem in Aliquippa. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2284 Brodhead Rd, Suite 10B | Aliquippa | pinballpa.com

PA’s best arcade is located right in Aliquippa. For at least two hours, you can book the arcade for your child’s birthday party. Over 400 games are available for your kid’s friends to try and play. Catering options are also available. We recommend the Park Snack Pack Meal, which comes with delicious snacks like homemade chips and chicken tenders. Yum!

“This is a hidden gem for sure! My friend and I took a drive out here to see what all the five star reviews were about, and we found out super quickly. For twenty bucks each, we were able to play unlimited games for two hours!” - Yelp Review

Kids’ parties can be as fun as you want them to be, and these places are big on catering to kids and offering them an awesome birthday party. As a parent, it’s nice to know that you’re treating your child to a day they’ll treasure forever, and one you will as well. Give the gift of a wonderful birthday party with a GiftYa egift card!

Where did you have your child’s favorite birthday party? Let us know in the comments!

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