Last Minute Holiday Road Trip to Kidsburgh! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

So this year has been pretty busy and you just didn’t have time to make any holiday plans but you really want to get out the city for a few days. The kids have had an awesome school year and could use a little adventure. Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh! Kids and parents alike will truly enjoy this city. There is so much to do! My daughter and was invited to Pittsburgh to see some of sights and had a awesome time. You’ll be surprised to see how incredibly family-friendly Pittsburgh really is. So go ahead and gas up the car, pack a bag, and hit the road. Pittsburgh is waiting for you!

Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights at Kennywood

Imagine an amusement park decorated with nearly 2 million twinkling lights! It’s quite a sight! In this winter wonderland themed park, you will also find the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania. It’s huge! And of course you can’t go to amusement park and not get on a ride. Select rides are open, adorned in holiday lights to make Kennywood an even more magical time.

Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic! at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brought to life with artful LED lights, detailed props, decorated fir and pine trees, amaryllis, orchids and more than 2,000 poinsettias. From majestic, illuminated trees to whimsically oversized ornaments, toys, books and more, the show will delight the senses and kindle the spirit of the season in guests of every age.

Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden run through Sun., Jan. 7. Daily hours for Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and 5 – 11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 26.

Miniature Railroad & Village® at the Carnegie Science Center

This amazing amazing display of craftsmanship features

• 105 animations

• 250,000+trees

• 14 aircraft

• 85 automobiles

• 1 Incline (Monongahela Incline)

• 60 trucks

• 22 horse-drawn vehicles

• 23,000 fans in Forbes Field

Other Pittsburgh Adventures of Interest

Duquesne Incline

1197 W Carson St

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

National Aviary

700 Arch St, Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Where to Eat

Waffle Incaffeinated

2517 E Carson St

Pittsburgh, PA 15203


342 N Shore Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Primanti Bros

2 S Market Sq

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Where to Stay

Homewood Suites

1410 Smallman St

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Check out my daughter’s review of Pittsburgh HERE!!

*I was given this awesome Kidsburgh experience complimentary from the amazing people at Visit Pittsburgh. As always, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Pittsburgh Eats:  Smallman Galley 

Last week this time, was my very first time in the great city of Pittsburgh. Now that I’ve experience it first hand, I can definitely say that Pittsburgh is indeed great. Fresh off the plane, after checking into my hotel, I headed to Smallman Galley for lunch with a few fellow writers. This place was the perfect introduction to the culinary scene in  Pittsburgh. It definitely set the mood to my entire stay there. 

Smallman Galley is a food hall style incubator for undiscovered local chefs. Every 18 month, 4 new aspiring restaurant owning chefs are housed in Smallman Galley to receive a one-of-a-kind training experience. Here they fine tune their business and culinary capabilities. 

View from inside of Smallman Galley
Smallman Galley – 54 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
On this visit, we were delighted with  4 restaurant concepts that were truly amazing. Each chef telling their story through their food in a beautiful way.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Banhmilicious ~ Chef Hoa Le

Modern Vietnamese 

Inspired by the cuisine of her homeland, Chef Hoa Le brings a taste of Vietnam to Pittsburgh. Her menu is centered around healthy, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. This was beautifully reflected in her Chicken Noodle Soup. The broth was perfectly seasoned with an added spiciness to make it quite interesting. I really enjoyed it. 

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Pork Pupusas ~ Pulled pork stuffed corn tortillas topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa

Colonia ~ Chef Jesse Barlass

Latin American Cuisine

Featuring the beautiful cuisines of Latin America, Chef Barlass introduced the us to his Pupusa. A Pupusa is a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. It reminded me of a tamale,  but in a patty form. It was filled with pulled pork and topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa. I appreciated the uniqueness in this dish. 

Pizza topped with arugula.
White Pie – Garlic Cream, Caramelized Onions, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, Ricotta
 Iron Born ~ Chef Pete Tolman

Hand Forged Pizza

Chef Tolman presented his signature White Pizza to us and I was quite excited. The aroma coming off of it was to die for. I’ve had some amazing pizzas in my lifetime, but I can definitely say this one is definitely in my top 3. Cooked in cast iron pans, the crust is crisp, airy, and delicious. Nearly perfect. Described as Detroit Style Pizza, the toppings were fresh and the seasoned thoughtfully.

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Photo of deconstructed s'mores.
S’mores – flexible chocolate, smoked meringue, Millie’s Graham

Brunoise ~ Chef Ryan Peters

Progressive American Cuisine

Chef, you had me at s’mores! This version of the classic treat will have you plotting your next visit to the Smallman Galley for another taste.  It’s beautifully presented with a rich flexible chocolate beneath an adornment of smoked meringue. Beside it a mound of graham cracker crumbs topped with a bit of ice cream. This dessert is everything.

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From the Bar

Sandlot Themed Cocktails

Imagine how excited I was when we were told that Smallman Galley’s cocktail menu is inspired by the movie The Sandlot. AND the menu is presented in a Sandlot VHS clamshell. Very cool. These amazing craft cocktails are not only fun but unique. I had the opportunity to try two selections from the menu, the Wendy Peppercorn and The Great Spambino. Both well deserved of several thumbs up. 

Wendy Peppercorn – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Espolon Blanco Tequila, Szechuan Pepper, Hibiscus, Orange, Grapefruit
The Great Spambino – Spam-washed Wigle Organic Rye Whiskey, pineapple, nori, Wigle Mole Bitters

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*I receive this experience complimentary as part of a press trip with Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.