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Pittsburgh, PA 15212
National Aviary Description
A visit to the National Aviary is a rare treat for bird-loving kids, with many opportunities for hand-to-beak contact between kids and the more than 200 species of free-flying birds housed there. Take part in a wide array of daily events, as well as the definite don't-miss feedings to rainbow lorikeets (where kids hold cups of nectar and the colorful birds swoop down for a drink) and starlings and bluebirds (brave kids help the birds fill up on worms and crickets). Crawl spaces let kids to get closer to the Penguins, as part of the recently renovated "Penguin Point."
Babies: The aviary is stroller friendly and babies are mesmerized by the colorful birds.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Kids under 5 are admitted free every "Tot Tuesday." Little Peeper classes are designed just for them, including a story, craft activity, and a chance to meet a bird up close.
School-Age Kids: If your child is a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, call and ask about the scout programs. He or she may be able to earn a badge at the Aviary.
- Plan for lunch. Food isn't normally sold at the aviary, but on summer weekends they do grill burgers.
- Perks for vets. No, the other kind of vet! If you've served in the military, show your identification and you will get in for free.
- Penguin fun. If your child is a big penguin fan, sign her up for the Penguin Connection. Kids learn all about these amazing birds and even touch one. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about this program and others.
- Nearby taste treat. Enjoy food at Atria's Kookaburra Cafe which has meals for both adults and children.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open at 9 a.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Fees: General: $13 (adult), $11 (child), $12 (senior). Additional cost for admission to one, two or three bird shows.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours