New Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail, Photo courtesy of Sky Trail LLC
New Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail, Photo courtesy of Sky Trail LLC

I recently took my kids to see Paddington (great movie btw!) at The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum. While wandering around the mall prior to the movie, we happened upon a massive construction project in the Food Court. It looked like the beginning phases of a roller coaster or a floor-to-ceiling jungle gym or something equally as alluring. Curious, I went home and did some googling. I was excited to discover that the Pittsburgh Mills will soon be home to a kid-friendly indoor 32-foot aerial adventure ropes course! I managed to connect with Lori Gunthorp, the project’s marketing manager and got some of my questions answered. Here’s what she had to say:

Can you tell me more about this new attraction?

The new attraction is called Sky Trail® Explorer and is an all-ages adventure course owned and operated by Sky Trail, LLC. The  attraction includes two levels. The first is called the Sky Trail, which is a 32-foot high course with 30 elements including rope ladders and cargo nets to climb, a zig-zag beam to balance on, a plank to jump off and a zip line to slide on. Participants are able to choose their own path through the course while going at their own pace with the ability to pass other participants at each platform. Participants must be at least 48 inches to use Sky Trail alone, or 42 inches if accompanied by a parent.

There is also a scaled version of the full course called Sky Tykes, which is designed specifically for children less than 48 inches tall. The platforms are less than 3 feet from the ground allowing the young adventurers to traverse the elements at a comfortable height. Any walking child can use this course and parents can follow alongside.

Is it safe?

Each participant is outfitted with a full body harness and sling line. The sling line is inserted into an overhead track and allows the participant to traverse each element by walking, balancing or climbing. The overhead tracking system prevents participants from disconnecting their sling line from the course at any time. The sling line is inserted into the track before they leave the ground and it cannot be unhooked from the system until they are back on the ground. Training is not required to use the course, but certified course operators go over the rules with each visitor before they participate.

What’s the cost?

The cost for the Sky Trail is $14 per person and the Sky Tykes is $7. There is also a 10-percent discount on groups of 10 or more.

What will be the hours of the new course?

The new course will open sometime in April. Although the opening date has not been announced, there will be a special event on this day so please check the Facebook page regularly for more information on it. After opening day, the adventure course will be open during regular mall hours, which are 10-9pm on Monday-Saturday and 12-6pm on Sundays.

What is the idea behind this course? Why is it a good activity for families?

The Sky Trail is a unique and fun activity for all ages and parents can partake in it right alongside their children. It’s also a great activity for families looking to stay healthy and active, even when they can’t be outside because of weather or other reasons.

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Seems like the Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail might be a cool new addition to the indoor play scene here in Pittsburgh–especially during the cold weather months when I’m always looking for ways to help my kids burn off some energy!

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Nadine Champsi

Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
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