Children's Museum

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Three young children stand, the boy in the middle raises his hand smiling.

Early Learning

At Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Our youngest learners and the people who share meaningful interactions with them are our priority.  We believe in creating fun, dynamic experiences that are rooted in social-emotional learning to inspire joy, creativity, and curiosity in our youngest learners!

Our Early Childhood team has created activity sheets for our youngest learners and their caregivers to explore as part of our Museum at Home program. Click here to learn more.

The Museum focuses on the following themes for young learners. For more information, please contact Chip Lindsey, Director of Education, at

Art, Art History and Art Exploration

Art and art history allow young children to establish an early foundation for art appreciation, visual analysis, imagination, and creativity that will extend well beyond their early years. Viewing and making art at an early age are crucial opportunities for multisensory immersion, creativity, fine motor skills, and cultural appreciation. These experiences focus on fostering a love and curiosity for art!

Early Childhood Learning through Art & Art History

Play Art Bingo

Technology, Science and Making

With technology, science and making practices, learning becomes a multisensory and interactive experience. Each of these avenues for learning promote digital literacy, problem-solving skills, inquiry, and encourage a growth mindset. These process-based, hands-on programs honor all learning styles and are intentionally designed to expand and deepen learning for all children.

Benefits of Technology for Early Learning

Wellness and Mindfulness Practice

Our approach to the whole child allows us to introduce physical, mental, and emotional health practices that are essential elements in creating a strong foundation for our youngest learners. These experiences focus on introducing learners to practices that can foster an understanding of the importance of health and wellness. 

Nature and Environmental Learning

The world around us is a source of life, inspiration, and expression for our youngest learners. These programs bring both outdoor (and indoor!) spaces to life through an environmental lens to help children broaden their perspective about the world while instilling them with a sense of natural wonder and curiosity.

Benefits of Nature and Outdoor Education in Early Learning

Identity and Culture Exploration

Identity is a core part of what it means to be human. We believe that guiding young children in exploring their own identity as well as the diverse identities of the world is a fundamental step in preparing them for a rich future.  These experiences focus on self identity and cultural competencies that are developmentally appropriate.