May 26 - OUTDOOR CLASSROOM - park open for LIMITED OPERATION until 6:00 pm for school students and families. This day also open to general public.

Idlewild & SoakZone is open for limited operation weekend May 27, 28, 29 with daily operations beginning Friday, June 2!
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Story Book Forest

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Fun for All Ages



Story Book Forest is where dreams are real, and so are your Story Book Friends!

A stroll through Story Book Forest is a beloved experience for families visiting Idlewild. Featuring a winding path through a real forest, guests visit cottages and other character scens from fairy tales and nursery rhymes – providing a great chance for parents and grandparents to revisit their youth as they introduce their own little ones to Mother Goose, Goldilocks, and many more.

Story Book Forest was the brainchild of Mr. C.C. Macdonald, former owner of Idlewild Park, and Arthur Jennings, a performance clown who spent his summers entertaining guests at Idlewild. Working together, they made their dream of creating a park based on emotion rather than motion, a reality. Story Book Forest is a place for dreams where you literally step through the pages of your favorite storybook to visit a land of imagination.

Story Book Forest is a place for dreams and kids activities in Pittsburgh. You literally step through the pages of your favorite storybook to visit a land of imagination.

Once through the book, here are some of the characters and familiar stories that await visitors inside:

  • Enchanted Castle featuring Princess Lily (live character), Duke the Dragon and the Sword in the Stone.
  • Mother Goose (live character)
  • Little Red Schoolhouse
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • The Crooked Man's House
  • The Good Ship Lollipop featuring Captain Candy (live character)
  • The Little Train That Could
  • Billy Goats Gruff
  • Mitzi Mouse
  • Ding Dong Bell
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (live character)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Gepetto's Workshop - Pinnochio
  • The Dragon & Gwenevere
  • The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe (live character)
  • Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  • Little Boy Blue
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Jack and Jill
  • The Wishing Well
  • Hickety Pickety
  • Mistress Mary
  • Little Red Riding Hood (live character)
  • The Elf Pond
  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (live character)
  • Jack Be Nimble
  • Peter Cottontail
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Old King Cole
  • The Talking Tree
  • Keyhole from Alice in Wonderland
  • Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (souvenir/giftshop)


Idlewild amusement park is one of the best fun things to do in Pennsylvania with kids! Save time and purchase your tickets and season passes online. Plan ahead and see our events and great places to eat.
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