One of the best part about raising kids in the Pittsburgh area is access to world-class museums. With RADical Days, you can get the entire family cultured on a budget! Here are some quick tricks and tips for making the most of Pittsburgh’s 2016 RADical Days.

2016 RADical Days in Pittsburgh

September 19 – Phipps Conservatory
September 22 – Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve
September 25 – Children’s Museum
September 25 – Heinz History Center
September 25 – Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History
September 27 – USC Rec Center/ Boyce Mayview Park
October 2nd – National Aviary
October 2nd – Carnegie Science Center
October 2 – The Andy Warhol Museum
October 7 – Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
October 8 – The Frick
October 9 – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
October 9 – Mattress Factory
These are just the highlights, there are even more FREE things going on around the city! Check out the RADical Days website for a full list.

Tips on Attending

Arrive early

Check websites for opening times and plan on arriving early to beat the rush! This will be your best chance at avoiding long lines.

Avoid the Lunch Rush

If you plan on attending during lunch hours, you may want to plan on an early/late lunch. Better yet, keep it a “free day” and pack your own lunch! Food at the museum cafes can really add up. All that walking can really work up an appetite to remember to pack a few munchies (double check the venue website to see if they allow you to bring outside food/drink).

Plan Ahead

As any mom/dad/caregiver will tell you, going anywhere with kids requires lots of planning. Dress for success. Wear comfy shoes and expect to do a lot of walking. Throw some small activities or toys in your bag to pull out in case you get stuck in traffic or need to entertain the kiddos while you’re waiting in lines.

Do Your Research

Do your research before you go! Be sure you know what’s included in the “Free” day. Most venues offer free admission but activities/shows will most likely cost extra. Also, plan on paying to park at many of the museums.

Prioritize

Going out and spending the day with your family is all about creating memories so don’t stress yourself out! Don’t try to do it all! Research the exhibits before you go and pick a few must-see attractions. Keep everyone happy by letting each family member pick one exhibits they want to see. When you’ve finished your rounds see how everyone feels and make a game-time decision whether to go home or keep going.

Keep Kids Close

There’s nothing scarier than losing track of a small child in a crowded, public place. Dress the children in bright, recognizable clothing so you can spot them in a large crowd. Have a talk with the kids beforehand and designate a “meeting spot” in case anyone gets separated.

Keep Calm

Keep calm, please. Just know, there will be people, lots of people. You will probably be bumped, your personal space will be invaded and there will be tantrums (hopefully just from the kids, not the adults but you never know). BUT, keep this in mind… many of these people are just parents looking to have a good time with their families. Embrace your fellow Pittsburghers and enjoy all the great things this beautiful city has to offer!

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