We recognize that it is often difficult for members of the RSS community with children to balance professional travel with family obligations. RSS is committed to support our colleagues with children by making the conference more welcoming and accessible to parents and families.

Free Childcare

We are excited to announce that free childcare will be available during RSS 2018! Childcare will be provided by Sweet Dreams Child Care, which provides professional childcare for private events, including several run by CMU.

If you are interested in signing up for childcare, please complete the following registration form:


We would appreciate it if you also e-mail Matt Walter (mwalter@ttic.edu), so that we can keep track of interest.

Family-Friendly Activities

Pittsburgh is a family-friendly city with many wonderful options for children (and adults) of all ages. These include excellent science and natural history museums, the children’s museum, botanical gardens, the aviary, river cruises, and many others.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was ranked one of the top children’s museums in the country and includes many interactive, hands-on exhibits for children of all ages.

Address: 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Website: https://pittsburghkids.org

Hours: 1000-1700 (daily)

Admission: Adults are $16/each ($14/each for 60+), Children 2-18 are $14/each, Children under 2 are free

National Aviary

The National Aviary is the only independent indoor nonprofit aviary in the United States. It is also the country’s largest aviary, and the only accorded honorary “National” status by the United States Congress.

Address: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Website: https://www.aviary.org

Hours: 1000–1700 (daily)

Admission: Adults are $15/each, Children 2-12 are $14/each, Children under 2 are free

Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is the most visited museum in Pittsburgh and includes a planetarium, World War II submarine, and an Omnimax theater. Most importantly, it has the largest robotics exhibit in the world!

Address: 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Website: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

Hours: 1000–1700 (daily)

Admission: Adults are $20/each ($15/each for 65+), Children 3-12 are $12/each, Children under 3 are free

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The museum consists of 115,000 square feet (10,700 square meters) organized into 20 galleries as well as research, library, and office space. It holds some 22 million specimens, of which about 10,000 are on view at any given time and about 1 million are cataloged in online databases.

The museum gained prominence in 1899 when its scientists unearthed the fossils of Diplodocus carnegii. Today its dinosaur collection includes the world’s largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and its Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition offers the third largest collection of mounted, displayed dinosaurs in the United States!

Address: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Website: https://carnegiemnh.org

Hours: 1000–1700 every day except Tuesday (closed) and Thursday (10am-8pm)

Admission: Adults are $16/each ($15/each for 60+), Children 2-13 are $14/each, Children under 2 are free

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Dating back to 1898, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium sits on 77 acres (31 hectares) and includes more than 4,000 animals from 475 different species.

Address: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Website: http://www.pittsburghzoo.org

Hours: 10am–5pm (daily)

Admission: Adults are $16/each ($15/each for 60+), Children 2-13 are $14/each, Children under 2 are free

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Oakland neighborhood, Phipps has provided a world-class garden experience to its visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows, stunning outdoor botanical gardens, free-with-admission activities for all ages, an award-winning on-site café, and some of the greenest buildings in the world.

Address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Website: https://www.phipps.conservatory.org

Hours: 09:30–1700 every day except Friday (09:30-22:00)

Admission: Adults are $18/each ($17/each for 62+), Children 2-18 are $12/each, Children under 2 are free