Our Five Ring Circus: The Places We Go: Carnegie Science Center

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Places We Go: Carnegie Science Center

One of the best things about living near Pittsburgh is the fact that there is so much to do.  It really is a great place to raise a family!

Our family is always on the go. We try to give our kids as many experiences as we possibly can to learn, have fun, and make memories. 

We definitely have a list of favorite places to visit, and we aim to visit those places at least once a year!  One of those places is the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. 


I vividly remember going to the Carnegie Science Center with my parents and my nephew (who is going to be a dad in a few weeks!) when I was kid.  My dad was the director of a local museum at the time, so we went to the preview night just before the grand opening.  I remember how much fun I had, and I'm so glad my children get a chance to experience it, too!

At the end of summer, the girls, Liam, my niece, Aubrey, and I went to the Carnegie Science Center with my friend, Amber. Dylan wasn't feeling well, so he chose to spend the day with his grandparents.  We missed him, but it didn't stop us from having fun!

We decided to visit Highmark SportsWorks first, because it wasn't crowded at the time.  Liam immediately got to work performing some surgery on the Sports Injuries Operation Game while the girls rode the BodyCam over and over again!


Lily was the only brave one in the group, and loved Bounce!


They all loved Go for a Spin!


We don't usually have time to visit the USS Requin Submarine Exhibit, but it was such a beautiful day and I had an extra set of hands, so we decided to go for it!

My dad was stationed on a submarine when he was in the service, so it was neat showing the kids how their Papa lived for months!

Carnegie Science Center Submarine

When we finally made it INTO the Carnegie Science Center, Lexie requested her favorite exhibit: the Earthquake Cafe!  This exhibit was at the museum when I was young, and I loved it.  We don't get to experience earthquakes in Pittsburgh (which is a good thing!), so they really think it's neat to feel what it's like!

Carnegie Science Center Earthquake Cafe

All the kids loved the BLUE! exhibit!  There's just something so exciting about all those giant foam blocks, although Liam preferred to stop, drop, and #downwarddude!

Carnegie Science Center Blocks and Balls Exhibits

Exploration Station Jr. is ALWAYS a hit! They just love the water table!!!

Carnegie Science Center Water Exhibit 3

Liam was very cautious at first...


...but decided to just get messy!


Liam had more fun with that water table than any of my kids ever did! Let's just say a COMPLETE outfit change was needed, and I had to drag him away from the water table so we could move on!

Carnegie Science Center Water Exhibit 1
Carnegie Science Center Water Exhibit 4
Carnegie Science Center Water Exhibit 2

Ping Pong balls were later added to our own water table!!!

We moved on to the Miniature Railroad & Village.  I truly could explore this for hours.  All the details are amazing and it's beautiful!

Carnegie Science Center Train Exhibit

My time was limited, and the kids wanted to see roboworld.  This is another favorite! Lily wasted no time finding all the Star Wars robots, including C-3PO!


Our last stop of the day was the H2Oh! exhibit.  The girls thought the "smiling" catfish was the best part, but Liam wasted no time making himself comfortable!

Carnegie Science Center Nature Exhibit

The girls had to do a quick WTAE Weather forecast before we left! I'm fairly certain Lily's the angriest meteorologist EVER.

Carnegie Science Center Weather Exhibit

After a quick stop in the gift shop, we were on our way to our next adventure!

We had a great afternoon of exploring at the Carnegie Science Center and we can't wait to go back! 


Have you gone to the Carnegie Science Center or somewhere similar?  What's your favorite exhibit?



  1. My kids would love that! You got great pictures.

  2. Looks like so much fun! Science centers are so great.

  3. You have so much fun stuff going on in Pittsburgh! That place looks fantastic.

  4. Fun! Fun! Fun! If we're ever driving through Pittsburgh, we'll be sure to stop!

    1. If you're ever driving through Pittsburgh you better let me know!!! XOXO


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