When the basement playroom just isn’t cutting it or you need to get the kids out of the
house and the weather isn’t cooperating, these centers can provide hours of fun with
options ranging from indoor playgrounds to music and dance classes.
BY MAURA MAHONEY
run & jump
Badlands is a 30,000-square-foot, nature-inspiredand interactive play space designed to bring thegreat outdoors inside. Kids can climb or slidedown its resin-composite mountain. There arealso tunnels, an artificial forest, a turf field anda gaga court. Badlands also has a screeningroom and a workshop area offering clay crafts,constructible parachutes and a LEGO pit.
Butterflies fly in a contained greenhouse space.
5200 Randolph Road, Rockville, 301-618-0009,
Be With Me Playseum
Be With Me Playseum is a children’s usedbookstore designed as a kid-size city, withinteractive, themed cityscape rooms. Theseinclude a grocery store with grocery carts,produce and a register; a pet store with realanimals, including rabbits, frogs, lizards and
Hill’s Gymnastics Training Center
Hill’s Gymnastics is run by Kelli Hill, who was
inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
in 2005 and has trained Olympians including
Dominique Dawes and Courtney Kupets.
Classes are available for toddlers throughteens. Summer minicamps for preschoolersand kindergartners include tumbling andgymnastics activities, arts and crafts andgames. Half- and full-day summer programsfor children entering first through eighthgrades include instruction on vaulting, unevenparallel bars, balance beam, floor exerciseand trampoline.
7557 Lindbergh Drive, Gaithersburg,
Kidville offers a wide range of child developmentclasses, including music, dance, gym, art andlanguage, for babies through 6-year-olds. It alsohas a preschool alternative program, parentresources and a play space for members.
4825 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-5030;
Fallsgrove Village Center, 14925-A Shady Grove
Road, Rockville, 301-545-0300,
My Gym’s classes incorporate music, dance,relays, games, gymnastics, sports and more,for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years. Inaddition to the weekly classes, My Gym offerscamps, Parents’ Night Out and free playsessions.
5110 Ridgefield Road, Bethesda, 301-652-2820;
Kentlands Market Square, 620 Center Point Way,
Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall,
11325 Seven Locks Road,
Potomac, 301-983-5300, www.mygym.com
Silver Stars Gymnastics
Silver Stars offers preschool and special-needsclasses for children ages 18 months to 5 years,open gym hours and gymnastics classes for olderchildren to teens. Kids’ Night Out is offered onselect Saturdays.
2701 Pittman Drive, Silver Spring,
things to do
doves; a salon with costumes, wigs and ballet
shoes; a fire station; a world travel shop; and
7000 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda,
Busy Bees is an indoor playground catering toyounger children—only those under 4 feet tallare allowed in. Its colorful space features largemobile setups, a balloon pit, swinging chairsand slides, and party rooms.
11 Wisconsin Circle, Bethesda, 240-396-6466,
Dynamite Gymnastics Center
Dynamite Gymnastics boasts a 15,000-square-foot facility that features a designated pre-school area with specially designed apparatusfor children ages 5 and under. The gym offersclasses for parent and child, preschoolers, kidsages 5-7 and 7-10, and tweens and teens (aswell as adults). Check the website or call foropen gym hours and regulations.
4956 Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville,
Freestate Gymnastics offers parent-child
classes for kids ages 18 months through 3
years old; and classes for kids ages 3 andup. The fully equipped gymnastics studio’spreschool classes use equipment speciallysized for younger students and recreationalgymnastics use competition-quality equipment.
Plus, there are fitness classes and competitive
artistic gymnastics for girls and co-ed trampling
and tumbling for boys and girls ages 6 and up.
9200 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, 301-987-7060,
Gymboree Play & Music
Gymboree Play & Music offers a range of play,
music, art and sports classes for kids up to age
5 that include age-appropriate activities to helpdevelop the cognitive, physical and social skillsof children as they play. Open-gym sessionsare also offered and parents are encouraged toparticipate with their kids in all activities.
6831 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, 301-654-8988,