I am beyond ready for summer this year. Every year we make a summer bucket list. Every year we overestimate how many weeks we have until school starts again. But we’re not letting that stop us. We’ll dream big, play hard, and not stress out if items on a fun list don’t get crossed off. And we’ll do it all on a budget.
Here are the top three FREE family summer fun items on our agenda for 2015:
1. Spray Parks
The City of Pittsburgh has six official spray parks, and we’re excited to hit them up. On hot summer days, they’re a great excuse to drag yourself out of the comfort of your air conditioned home without paying for pool admission. They are open May 30 and 31, but the real season begins on June 9. After that, they’re open until September.
2. Knob Hill Park
This isn’t technically in the city, but it’s my favorite playground ever. It wins the kids’ vote, too. Located in Warrendale just south of Cranberry Twp, Knob Hill Park’s castle playground has no shortage of things to do. The little ones can climb, swing, play in the sand box, and engage in all types of pretend play. Mom’s favorite part? It’s fenced in. So if you’re only one parent with a bunch of kids, you don’t have to stress about chasing all of them around solo: just guard the drawbridge.
3. The Posner Center
A part of CMU’s campus, the Posner Center is an interesting museum that flies low on the radar. The Posner family left their rare book and art collection to be made available to the public. You can visit the collection between 1-4pm Monday through Friday. To top it all off, there’s a really cool art installation on the roof. Numbers adorn a huge bench in the middle of a labyrinth. I’m not sure if their arrangement has any meaning, but my little mathematician may just figure it out.
What are your favorite free ways to have summer fun?