Winter Family Fun Pittsburgh North Community Guide

Here are some great winter family fun places to explore in Pittsburgh North and beyond!

By CeCe Schantz January 23, 2024

It's time for some indoor winter fun! So, for those times when being out in the cold is not the option you are looking for, plan a trip to any of these fun places and spend some winter quality time doing something new that will be a sure winner for your family! Macaroni KID Pittsburgh North is dedicated to continually updating venues and events to help your family to make the most of the winter season in Pittsburgh North!

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Winter Fun at Home

Here are some great at home activities to enjoy together from Barbara Evangelista and Macaroni Kid Lowell, Mass.

1. Virtual reality travel

Visit many far-off destinations through the magic of Virtual learning channels on Youtube.  Or, if your kids have a VR headset, borrow it and try out some of the travel experiences. 

2. Learn a language

Have you always wanted to learn Italian to speak with your grandmother? Or Japanese, for a future trip? Now's your chance to begin learning. There are quite a few apps, videos, online services, and even DVD sets from the library to help you learn other languages. Learning a second language has proven benefits for your brain!

3. Online mystery games or escape rooms

I haven't tried these, but I hear they're fun! There are even monthly subscription boxes, like Hunt a Killer, to really dive deep into an interactive mystery.

4. Stop putting off tasks

  • Go through your digital photos and delete the bad ones. Get a digital frame and upload photos — the kids will love seeing photos from years ago.
  • Got piles of coins or other collectibles getting dusty? Make a commitment to sort and catalog them, or decide it's time to let this hobby go.
  • Estate planning. Yep, making your will and setting up guardianships is not a fun topic, but it's absolutely necessary. If you've been putting it off, do it now!

5. Learn a new creative skill

Try knitting, photography, drawing, art, weaving, or calligraphy. What else are you interested in that you can do at home?  It's amazing how fun it can be just allowing yourself the time to truly get creative.

6. Reading

My favorite. Branch out from your usual genres and explore some books you haven't tried before. Maybe science fiction, non-fiction, or history?

7. Earn an online certificate

So many colleges are offering online education in a huge variety of fields. Now's the time to take some courses and earn a certificate or degree that will help you when things are a bit more normal.

8. Walking

Walking can be such a stress reliever. No need to push yourself with regards to distance and time. Just get out every day, breathe the fresh air, and move.

9. Learn to cook or bake

If you're frustrated with your cooking skills, now is a great time to learn. The library has so many cookbooks, including good, basic "Learn to Cook" manuals. You can browse library catalogs online, request the books, and then pick them up within a day or two. We've enjoyed watching the "British Baking Show" — who knew there were so many varieties of sponge cake?

10. Learn an instrument

Have you always wanted to learn the guitar? Now's your chance! There are so many online resources for learning music.

11. Meditate

I'm not a regular practitioner of meditation, but I do use it to help me fall asleep at night. It has been incredibly helpful; instead of hours of insomnia every night, I'm now getting a good night's sleep almost every day. I've read that regular meditation — 2 or 3 times a day, just for 10-15 minutes — can be life-changing in terms of focusing, stress reduction, and achieving goals.

12. Write

This is a big and scary one. Have you always thought you couldn't write but wanted to? Why not give it a try? Set aside 15 minutes every day to write in a journal or even try writing fiction.