Playhouse Please? Where To Take Your Tot in the City
When you have a year and-a-half year old, it’s a fact you have a curious and constantly energetic baby. They are talking, walking, discovering, and sometimes breaking and spilling things just for entertainment.
If you’re like me, you may be wondering where to take your kid when the weather cools down and it’s time to play indoors. Washington, DC is a huge city, so I knew there were places I could take my baby to explore. I was overjoyed to find these fun, clean, and affordable play centers where it was okay for my tot run out her energy in creative, safe, and innovative environments.
6110 D Arlington Blvd. (Falls Church, Va)
(703) 462-9445 www.busybeesplay.com
Open: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-5 pm
Busy Bees call themselves an "indoor playground" because it's an activity center where everything moves and spins. It's ideal for the 3 and under crowd who are constantly moving around. This place is cool because it's colorful and geared toward small but innovative toddlers who have big imaginations.
Play at Nook
5649 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
703-270-6388 Online: https://www.playatnook.com
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, Sat-Sun, 10am to 4pm
This "family-style" hangout is definitely innovative. It is uber-sleek looking and gives your kid the ability to experience, game tables, new friends, and activity walls in an environment that is cool for the entire family. The best part is you can rent this out for your kid's next birthday party! You have to buy tickets to use this facility but isn't it worth it to play here?
Children's Science Center
11948L Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, Va
Open: Monday-Friday, 10 am-6pm
While the "Discover Zone" is meant for toddlers, this facility has activities for even older kids (under 12) that include hands-on labs and experiments for them to do to make their minds run wild! It introduces gears, chemistry, and science to our curious little people. The cost for over 2 year olds is $12.
American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC
Location: 1st Floor, West
Open: Everyday besides Tuesday from 10:00am-4:00pm
My girlfriend told me about this place months ago so this is the only place we've been to-yet! It is a cool play room that has faux groceries, a play kitchen, a gear wall, towers for babies and kids to climb into and around, blocks and other toys they can play with and interact with. This place was a huge hit even before Aria was exclusively walking. It's ideal for under 4 year olds, but right next to it is a computer lab for older kids 5-12 , and the best part is Wonderplace is FREE! Yippee.
Every major city has a least a few of indoor play areas, and most of the time they range in entry pricing. Some will have special pricing for multiple children or “open play hours” on specific days so look around! I highly suggest finding local favorites to frequent with growing babies at this age. It is amazing for stimulation and building motor skills to be in functional environments that were built for developing minds.