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Indoor Playgrounds or Amusement Centers in the Washington, DC Area

Best Places to Play Indoors in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia


© Sharon Dominick

Indoor playgrounds and amusement centers give kids a great way to have fun and get some exercise during those times of the year that its uncomfortable to be outside. On cold, hot or rainy days, kids will love to go to these indoor play places:

Adventure Park USA
New Market, Maryland (301) 865-6800 Western theme park with Go Karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, water wars, moon bounce, paintball, soft-play playground, arcade games, carousel, and tea cups. Located about 40 miles north of Washington, DC.

Alexandria Coliseum
Kid’s Choice Sports Center, 4317 Ravensworth Rd, Annandale, VA (571) 730-0675. The indoor activity center specializes in inflatable amusements and birthday parties. Participants must be age 2 and older and at least 30 inches tall.  Highlights include a soccer themed moon bounce, a 22 foot tall slide, and a two story cross-over obstacle course.

The Animated Child
5167 Waterway Drive Montclair, VA (703) 763-0003. The innovative center is inspired by the multiple intelligences of Gardner’s theory, and engages children to highlight their unique way of learning. Open exploration times, enrichment classes, summer camps and birthday parties are available.

Be With Me - the Children's Playseum
Two locations, 545 8th Street, SE Washington, DC and 7000 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, Maryland. The children's indoor activity center offers hands-on opportunities for ages 9 months to 14 years. Themed rooms are set up to inspire imaginative play. At the Bethesda location, The Playseum UPSTAIRS provides a creative space for tweens/teens with books, billiards room, makeup beauty bar, man vs. enemy room, art studio, a live pet shop, a retro 70's room with stage, café with WIFI hookup and more.

Central Park Fun Land
1351 Central Park Blvd. Fredericksburg, VA. (540) 785-6700. The family fun center has indoor and outdoor amusements including more than 20 rides, laser tag, go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, mini bowling, rock climbing and bumper cars. There's also a large arcade with over 100 video games.

Chuck E. Cheese
With seven locations in Maryland and Virginia, Chuck E. Cheese is a fun place for kids where they can crawl through tunnels, play arcade games, enjoy kiddie rides and play in ball pits.

Jumping Jack Sports
44710 Cape Court, Ashburn, VA (703) 858-9901. The family sports center offers classes for kids ages 2 and up and open gym times featuring moonbounces, rockwall and interactive gaming room. Birthday parties are available.

6614 James Madison Hwy Haymarket, VA (703)754-6822. The entertainment center is geared to children ages 12 and under and features over 6,200 sq. ft. of indoor inflatables. Summer camps and party packages are available.

Kid Junction
4090 Lafayette Center Dr. Chantilly VA (703) 222-5582. The 10,000 sq. ft. facility offers a fully-enclosed toddler play area, parent/teacher seating, mazes, obstacle courses, tunnels and slides, sports-oriented arcade games, token-operated rides, imagination play areas, and a music room where children can make their own music videos. In addition to daily open play, birthday packages, field trip options, or fundraiser options are available.

Two local locations: 4825 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD (301) 656-5030 and 14925-A Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD (240) 575-1777. The children's enrichment center offers an indoor playspace and a wide range of classes including music and dance, gym, and art. Programs are geared toward kids ages six and under. A variety of all-inclusive birthday parties are available.

The Little Gym
Gymnastics, karate and fitness programs for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. Many locations in Maryland and Virginia.

My Gym
National chain of gymnastics centers with several locations in Maryland and Virginia. My Gym offers non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics programs for kids ages 3 months to 9 years.

National Children's Museum
151 St. George Boulevard, National Harbor, MD. the museum encourages kids to learn through play through hands-on exhibits and programs. The exhibits include a 3 & Under Gallery and Our World geared to children over the age of 3. There's a 130-seat theatre to engage visitors in entertaining presentations.

Planet Fun
6000 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD (301) 982-2444 The indoor amusement park and arcade appeals to kids ages two to twelve. Amusement rides, games, soft play, and imagin-area.

Shadowland Laser Adventure Centers
Laser tag is a group activity geared to school-age children and adults. Players put on high-tech suits and hand sets and shoot lasers at each other while running and hiding in a two-level arena with mazes. Locations in Columbia and Gaithersburg in Maryland and Springfield/Alexandria and Chantilly, Virginia

Sport Bounce of Loudoun
44710 Cape Court #116, Ashburn, VA (703) 729-9522. The 10,000 sq. ft. moonbounce facility is geared to kids ages 4-10 and offers fitness classes, open gyms and birthday parties.

5711 Woodcliff Rd. Unit 102 - Bowie, MD (301) 262-4889. The indoor family play space is designed to educate children ages 0-14 in self-discovery, creative arts, health/fitness awareness, and technological innovation. The programs, facility and people are designed to help each child discover and build on their unique gifts.

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