Whether it’s raining or just too cold, there are some days that outdoor play is just not in the cards. But don’t go stir crazy—we’ve got you! Read on for the most creative ways to keep your kids stimulated and happy in the DC area in any weather.
Best for: age 1 – 13 years
At this 30,000-square-foot nature-inspired playspace, parents can play with their children, or relax in the café while the kids explore the open play area, climb the mountain, or tinker with a new tool.
Where: Chevy Chase, Fairfax, and Falls Church
Best for: age 1 – 6 years
The coolest indoor playground for kids under 48 inches. Drop by for open play—with lots of time slots available, you’re sure to find one that works for you and your busy little bees.
Where: Bethesda and Rockville
Best for: age 4 and up
Whether you keep score or throw up the bumpers and roll for fun, this bowling alley is a hit with the whole fam. Make a day out of it and enjoy tasty snacks and meals lane side and let the kids hit up the arcade for some extra fun.
Capital Badminton Academy
Best for: age 8 and up
A fun and educational sporting experience, here kids can hit birdies while learning the rules and techniques of badminton. You might even end up having a ringer at that next summer BBQ!
Where: Columbia, Crofton, and D.C.
Best for: under 5 years
Designed by experts in both education and in play, Gymboree’s age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of children as they play. Classes are designed in 6-month increments to continue to meet a child’s growing interests and abilities. You can read more about Gymboree and its philosophy here.
Best for: age 4 – 13 years
Calling all thinkers and tinkerers! KID Museum offers unique, maker experiences that integrate hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning with an exploration of world cultures and global citizenship.
Moco Movement Center
Best for: age 6 months – 12 years
This physical therapy facility takes evidence-based therapy out of the clinic and integrates it into real life activities. Children have access to a synthetic ice rink, climbing walls, agility courses, music studio, and much more! Therapists work with children on foundational skills then take them out in the ‘field’ where the child can practice real-life skills needed to participate with their community, peers, and family.
Where: Alexandria, Bethesda, Burke, and Rockville
Best for: age 3 months – 12 years
This partner has a variety of structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports, and more, to choose from. Kids have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence, and self-esteem.
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