The kids are out of school and the endless haze of sunny, warm days stretches out far and wide. The summer is your oyster – so go out and live it!

Below are just a handful of the outstanding summer programs Pittsburgh offers that will not only educate, but challenge, engage and strengthen your children’s knowledge, relationships and skills. Some are free, or low cost, and all are accessible from any point in the region.

Pittsburgh Pro Baseball Camp by ABC

Shady Side Academy
423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Date: July 8-11, 2014

You might be thinking “is baseball instruction really educational?” Bear in mind that this camp is very, very different. Not only do kids get a format which is written by directors with years of pro-baseball experience, but they get a history of baseball and a week in which to grow not only physically, but socially as well. A day camp and overnight camp are both available, and the coach-to-player ratio is extremely low for maximum instructional time. General age divisions are 8-11, 12-13, 14-16 and 16+. Much more than your average sports camp, Pittsburgh Pro Baseball Camp is the leading sports camp for instruction, top form and outstanding attention to detail.

Pittsburgh Glass Center “Hot Jam”

5472 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 365-2145

Looking to get the kids interested in something more challenging than Minecraft this summer? Get them talking about art – and glass blowing, specifically. This delicate, challenging art form is on bright, full display at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where free open house events are held throughout the year. Each “Hot Jam” session, on the first Friday of each month, will feature live hot glass demonstrations and contemporary glass art exhibitions by trained artisans. Each session is from 6 to 9 p.m. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

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