Instead of spending hours on Google searching for keywords like “activities for kids in the Pittsburgh region” or “Pittsburgh summer camps,” just go to the Summer16 website.  Bottom-line, every parent hopes to get one thing from their kid’s summer vacation: memories.  During summer vacation in Pittsburgh, us parents just want our kids to have tons of fun in a safe, stimulating and community cooperative environment, but it’s a total bummer sifting through all of the flyers and local listings to find said activities.  So, where can you find all of the summer activities for kids in Pittsburgh in one place:

This summer our city and county are trying its best to ensure that every kid has the sweetest and safest summer of 2016 possible.  Here are 16 awesome ways to give your kids the best summer ever right here in the Pittsburgh region directly from the Summer16 website:

  1. Learn & Earn Youth Employment program
  2. 412 Build Eight Week Engineering Camp
  3. Adult Swim Classes
  4. Alcosan Summer Science Camp
  5. Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Contest
  6. Citiparks’ Movies in the Park
  7. Dollar Bank Junior Great Race
  8. The Citizen Science Lab’s Camp & Classes
  9. Carnegie Science Center’s Fab Lab
  10. Girl’s Rock! Pittsburgh Summer Camp
  11. Remake Learning
  12. Investing Now College Prep
  13. KOOL Summer Program
  14. GrubUp Pgh Summer Food Program
  15. Weekly Seedling Scientist Camps
  16. The Maker’s Clubhouse

Click here for even more activities!  Or, if you’re looking for activities for teens and tweens, click here.  If you’re looking for inexpensive options, click here.  If you’ve got an ACCESS card, click here.

For the last few years, the entire City of Pittsburgh has been a playground for my kids every summer.  From participating in the Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and attending the Pittsburgh Project summer camp to getting creative at Citiparks’ Roving Art Cart and splashing around at local spray parks, Pittsburgh has been our premier destination for low-cost summer fun.

Kids just want to have fun this summer! Summer16 is how we get there. We have PNC Bank to thank for making sure that all parents can access to find summer activities in Pittsburgh for their kids.

To find out more about the city’s Summer16 initiative to keep kid’s busy this summer.  Join our Twitter Party!

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Be sure to visit to find awesome activities for your kids this summer and every summer!  See ya out and about!

I’m teaming up with the Summer 16 to help ensure all Allegheny County children have a safe, healthy and productive summer. Although I am receiving some form of compensation, all opinions remain my own. #PghSummer16

Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

1 thought on “16 Ways to Give Your Kids the Best Pittsburgh Summer Ever”

Nichole Sims . June 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

Awesome! Thanks for the info Muffy!

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