A Space to Play

Our play space is designed to engage young children. We carefully select each item with the developmental needs of children from birth through kindergarten in mind. Some toys encourage children to imagine, play pretend, or create. Some encourage cognitive development through design and problem-solving. Some encourage physical development through big movement and active play. We have a special area for infants and a space just for art. We especially focus on toys that allow for open-ended play and avoid electronic toys.


By Reservation Only(*Mask Required*)

Monday: 9 am-12 pm & 1pm-4 pm & 5 pm-8 pm

Tuesday:1 pm-4 pm& 5 pm-8 pm

Wednesday: 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm

Thursday: 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm & 5 pm-8 pm

Friday: 9 am-12 pm


Drop-in Play Sessions (*Follow Pittsburgh Public Schools Mask Policy*)

Tuesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Saturday: 9:30am - 12:30pm


Same as public play hours.


Our play space is now open to both members and non-members. We have two types of play sessions:

1) Members-Only Play Sessions (*Mask Required*)

You MUST be an active PTLL volunteer or patron member who has completed a brief training to attend these sessions. Reservation is required for members-only play sessions. For now, these play sessions are mask-required. Learn more about our members-only play session guidelines.


2) Public Play-Sessions (*Follow Pittsburgh Public Schools Mask Policy*)

These play sessions are open to all. No prior reservation is required. The guest fee for non-members/lending-only members is $5/child or $10/family. We will be following Pittsburgh Public Schools' masking policy for these sessions. A sign on the front door will indicate whether masking is required or optional on any given day. These sessions will be staffed by volunteers. You can pay the guest fee for a drop-in session here.

Guest fees are waived for the following visitors:

(1) First-time visitors

(2) Infants below the age of one

(3) Single-use family-pass holders

(4) ACCESS card holders


Our public hours depend on volunteer availability and are subject to change. Follow us on social media for up-to-date information.

Visit Us

Infants and toddlers under age two will enjoy a special area just for them. This section of the space is surrounded by a gate to allow these youngest players to explore, safely separated from the more rambunctious older children. This section is designed for the tiniest babies, rollers, crawlers, and new walkers.

Our space also includes an eating area with kid-sized tables and chairs. Our kitchen has a sink, microwave, refrigerator, and Keurig for use by members and visitors. We stock coffee and a variety of kid-friendly snacks that can be purchased for a nominal fee.