Kennywood Cares About Its Community

For 120 years, Kennywood has worked to provide the finest in fun and entertainment for children, families and groups. This has been, and will continue to be, our mission. Within that mission there is also a commitment to serve our Team Members and the community at large. Today, we have a name for this century-long commitment: Kennywood Cares! We strive to be a good neighbor and a good employer in various ways, including direct ticket donations through the Kennywood Charitable Trust, Trolley and Costumed Character Appearances, and playing a supporting role for Team Members and the community.


2022 Tickets for Children's Charities requests are now open! Please continue reading for important information, including this year's application form.


“And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day!” – Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

We believe that every child in the Greater Pittsburgh Area - and in nearby communities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland - deserve a day of fun at Kennywood, no matter their physical limitations or family's financial situation. To that end, the Kennywood Charitable Trust helps provide lasting memories of summer fun to disadvantaged children and/or children with disabilities by providing tickets to the organizations directly serving them. Since 1992, the Kennywood family of parks in Western Pennsylvania - Kennywood, Idlewild & SoakZone, and Sandcastle Waterpark - have donated more than 400,000 days of fun.

Tickets can be used directly by individual children served by a qualifying organization or used as a fundraiser for the organization's benefit.

Applications for the Kennywood Charitable Trust are accepted and reviewed each fall and winter. Applications are accepted beginning September 4, 2021 with a deadline to submit ticket requests by January 15. A rotating committee of Kennywood & Sandcastle Team Members administers the program, with applications being reviewed in February. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Note: Idlewild & SoakZone administers their charitable ticket donations separately. Visit their page for more information.

Please note that all individuals/organizations requesting tickets for 2022 must complete the application form below.

Please understand that Kennywood & Sandcastle receive hundreds of charitable donation requests every month. While our hearts go out to all charities and their dedicated work, we simply cannot award tickets for every request.

For more than a century, Kennywood has worked to provide the finest in fun and entertainment for children, families and groups. To do so we've teamed with schools, churches, social service providers, charities, community organizations and more. This has been, and will continue to be, our mission.

2022 Tickets for Children's Charities Application

Please carefully review all applicable guidelines prior to submitting your application. Please note: the 2021 application period has ended. When you submit your application, we must receive:

  • 2022 Tickets for Children's Charities Application Form (See Above)
  • Letter of Request, Explaining why your organization should be considered based on the above criteria
  • Organizational Brochure (Optional)


  • On behalf of the entire Kennywood team, we thank you for your interest!


    Giving in Many Ways

    Across our region, and throughout the country, individuals, groups, and non-profit organizations are working to make our world a better place. While it isn't possible to contribute to every good cause, Kennywood strives to share some of its resources to help meet needs throughout the region. For instance:

    • Untouched, leftover food is regularly packaged and delivered to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
    • As part of our desire to better the future leaders of our community and our country, Kennywood awards ten $1,000 scholarships annually to Team Members who display exemplary performance in their jobs, their schooling and their service to others. It's one of many reasons young adults want to work at Kennywood.
    • Kenny Kangaroo, Parker the Arrow, and the Kennywood Trolley enjoy taking road trips for community and fund-raising appearances throughout the year. Additionally, Kennywood Team Members are available to give presentations on Kennywood history, operations and other related topics at schools, senior living facilities and other locations, schedules permitting. To inquire on a visit from Kennywood to your event, please Contact Us.