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Things to Do in Pittsburgh

As one of the best attractions in Pittsburgh and a top-notch destination for family activities in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center features a variety of  kid’s activities and children museum exhibits. If you’re looking for places to visit in Pittsburgh or things to do in Pittsburgh this week, we’ve got you covered!

For fun stuff to do in Pittsburgh, experience Carnegie Science Center’s exhibits, live demonstration shows, and more! Watch an electrifying science demonstration in the Works Theater or unravel the mysteries of the brain in a BodyStage show.

Curious about must-do things in Pittsburgh? Check out hundreds of animations and amazing models of Pennsylvania landmarks in the Miniature Railroad & Village®. Build to your heart’s content in Bricksburgh. Make a splash at the water table in Little Learner Clubhouse. Explore a Martian settlement and discover what it takes to thrive in Mars: The Next Giant Leap®

So many of our exhibits are among Pittsburgh top things to do! Snap a selfie with C-3PO, R2-D2, and other favorite Hollywood robots in the Robot Hall of Fame. Marvel at sight and sound in a Buhl Planetarium laser show. Plus, meet slithering, hopping, swimming animals in the H2Oh! Field Station.

Don’t forget to stop by Highmark SportsWorks® located right next door! Turn sports practice into a science experiment in the newest exhibit Motion Lab. Throw a pitch while being recorded on a high-speed camera. Then head to the Playback Station to compare your motions to Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar in slow motion. Test out other sports-related actions in this new permanent exhibit.

Explore the boxes below to help your family decide what to do in Pittsburgh today.

The Science Behind Pixar

The Science Behind Pixar

Venture into the creativity behind Woody, Sulley, and all your favorite Pixar characters with 50 hands-on activities.

Dining & Culture Guide

Dining & Culture Guide

Northside & North Shore

Food, drink, entertainment, and more!

Sensory Sensitive Science Hours

Sensory Sensitive Science Hours

Sun., July 21 and
Sun., Aug. 11
9 am–Noon

Discover how we can help make a visit more accessible with our special sensory-friendly hours!

Escape USS Requin!

Escape USS Requin: Pittsburgh

Select Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Now through Sat., Nov. 2
5:30 pm and 7 pm

Think you have what it takes to beat a 60-minute escape room inside USS Requin (SS 481) Submarine? Embark on this brand-new iteration of Pittsburgh's only escape room on a historic submarine.



Sat., July 27
9 pm
$10 for Members/$12 for nonmembers.

Stargaze a Saturday night away. Reconnect with the night sky through a featured planetarium performance and, weather-permitting, live views of night sky objects in telescopic detail.

Miniature Railroad & Village Sensory Friendly Tours

Miniature Railroad & Village® Sensory Friendly Tours

Upcoming Dates:

Thurs., Aug. 15,
5–6 pm
Fri., Oct. 25,
5–6 pm

Cost: $10 per person

Designed for visitors with sensory sensitivities and/or other disabilities, these tours are personalized and free of crowds and loud noises.

Events for All Ages

Events for All Ages

Our special public event activities are included with a general admission ticket. There’s no shortage of fun things to do at Carnegie Science Center. Explore our upcoming Special Public Events for the whole family!

Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Mars: The Next Giant Leap®

Embark on a 300-million-mile journey to Mars and arrive in a Martian settlement where you will discover the many facets of space exploration.

The Rangos Giant Cinema

The Rangos Giant Cinema

A movie experience like no other. With digital 4K clarity and Dolby Atmos surround sound, you will feel like you are in the movie.

USS Requin (SS 481)

USS Requin (SS 481)

Come aboard to learn how 80 men used their expertise, humor and sheer ingenuity during the submarine’s lengthy defense and scientific missions.

Fab Lab Public Workshops

Fab Lab Public Workshops

Have you ever wanted to experiment with a 3D printer? Want to learn how to use a laser cutter?

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®.

Laser Shows

Laser Shows

Be dazzled by lasers to popular music or holiday themes, from Stranger Things to Pink Floyd, there’s something for everyone.

NEW! Bricksburgh


Take on the roles of architect, artist, engineer, and builder at brick activity tables, stocked with thousands of bricks!

Little Learner Clubhouse

Little Learner Clubhouse

Explore this nature-inspired hub for free-play and hands-on activities, featuring a Water Table and Button Wall!

H2Oh Field Station

H2Oh Field Station

Full of lively, swimming, hopping, and slithering animals that demonstrate the delicate balance of life and water on our planet.

Searching for Pittsburgh events? Check out our daily calendar to see what’s happening at the Science Center today. Carnegie Science Center is a local favorite among destinations for safe family activities, fun things to do in Pittsburgh, unique things to do in Pittsburgh, and especially things to do in Pittsburgh with kids.

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