Pitt Day at Kennywood tickets are on sale now for the July 15 event, held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the same location as last year, pavilion 5. Tickets for the day cost $22; those ages 55 or older can get in for $17, while children 3 years old and younger receive free admission.
New for 2018 from Staff Council — which organizes this popular annual event, now in its 27th year — will be giant-sized lawn games for the whole family: They’re planning for bean bag toss, Connect 4 and Jenga. This year’s DJ will also be bringing a new cup-stacking challenge game. Also new this year: Staff Council plans to have kids’ sizes of its Pitt Day at Kennywood T-shirts for sale.
The lunch menu has a fresh look, too, for this year's picnic: pulled-pork barbecue, hot dogs, barbecued chicken, vegetarian baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon and tossed salad.
Traditional games such as bingo and face painting will be part of the fun in the pavilion again this year, and raffle tickets will be on sale for prizes donated by campus departments and local businesses. Staff Council is still welcoming prize donations; contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how your department can be a part of the raffle.
Staff Council is still coordinating with the Department of Athletics for Pitt Panthers representatives to appear at Kennywood to host inflatable, sports-themed games (such as last year’s mini-basketball for children); football players, Roc and cheerleaders have attended in the past. Be Fit Pitt organizers are planning a number of healthy activities for the day as well.
Representatives from University schools and departments, including the School of Dental Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will be in the pavilion for the first time to provide information about their programs.