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8 Ways to Have Indoor Fun in DC!

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.


Where: Rockville
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.  

Busy Bees

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

Where: Gaithersburg
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!

Diverse children enjoying playing with toys


Where: ColumbiaCrofton, 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.

Kid Museum

Where: Bethesda
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

Where: Bethesda
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.

My Gym

Where: AlexandriaBethesda, 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.

Want to discover and book more new activities in the Washington DC area? Check out all upcoming activities across the DC metro area! 

Header Image: Adobe Stock/Oksana Kuzmina 

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