Best Of May 2018

by Janet Jonus

“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.” – Fennel Hudson

May is the month when spring (finally) comes to Pittsburgh. School is in, but outdoor activities begin to dominate our calendar. Here are the FamilyFunPittsburgh highlights for May 2018:

May 5th and 6th

Kennywood opens for its 120th Season. Expect to find all of your old favorites and a lot of construction! Kennywood Park has over 40 rides and attractions, 30 food stands, and countless games. With fourteen rides, Kiddieland is ready to welcome the youngest guests. New this year is Kennywood’s Thomas Town but be forewarned, Thomas Town will open in “midsummer 2018” so it is NOT open this weekend- or for the entire month of May. Read our feature article, Kennywood Opens for its 120th Season, for all of the details.

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Avella also opens for its 50th season May 5th and 6th. http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/opening-weekend-meadowcroft-2018

Old Economy Village in Ambridge PA hosts their Hands-on-History days also on May 5th and 6th . http://oldeconomyvillage.org/

The Pittsburgh Marathon is May 6th but events are run from May 4th through May 6th. http://www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/

Mother’s Day is May 13th!

While many Mother’s Day events are already sold out, The Gateway Clipper Fleet still has some room on their special Mother’s Day cruises. The Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo celebrate mothers with special discounts and events all day.

Mother’s Day at the History Center


Or you can take your children to IKEA in Robinson for Mother’s Day craft events on May 8th and 10th.

Look for the FamilyFunPittsburgh feature article – Make your Mother’s Day Special in 2018

May 17th – May 20th

The 32nd EQT Children’s Theater Festival takes over the Cultural District! Enjoy child-pleasing live theater throughout the Cutural District plus many free events!

Check out our feature article – The 2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival

May 19th and May 20th

Idlewild Park opens for the season! (Note: Soak Zone will not open until May 25th.) Idlewild Park opens with limited operations.

May 25th – May 27th

The Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival takes over the Meadows Casino with over 50 food trucks, vendors, and entertainment. May 25th is Family Fun Night with music and fireworks. (Note: You do NOT have to enter the casino to attend.)


May 26th

Seven Springs hosts the Mud on the Mountain Race for Kids. Age specific heats and courses are set up for kids ages 8-9, 10-12, and 13 and up. Expect your kids to get MUDDY during this fun annual event.

Kids’ Mud on the Mountain

Plus many more Memorial Day activities. Look for our Memorial Day Special on FamilyFunPittsburgh

Check out our Calendar for a complete list of events in May (with new events added daily)!

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