Kids with Autism Get Special Visit with Santa


Pittsburgh, PA – Autism Speaks Pittsburgh Chapter and the National Aviary have teamed up to offer a special morning for children with autism and their families. On December 15 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. the Aviary will open its doors early for a program of activities and a visit with Santa.

Children will have the opportunity to feed the birds in the Tropical Rainforest, watch the African Penguins eat breakfast and learn what it’s like to be a veterinarian, while families can explore all of the Aviary’s exhibits. Children can tell Santa Clause their holiday gift wishes and have their photos taken with Santa and one of the 16 African Penguins who live at the Aviary.

All activities are free with regular admission.

For more information about the National Aviary, visit us at or by calling 412.323.7235. 


About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 600 birds representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world.


Ericka Leigh Houck