Soft play rooms are amazing! Now you can bring a little one at any age but once they can crawl/stand they definitely have more fun! We are lucky enough to have a free soft play room here in Arlington County!!!! The Fairlington Community Center has FREE soft play room from 8am-2pm 4pm-7pm every week day and 8-5pm on Saturdays. The room is for 1-5 year olds. The afternoons can get somewhat over run with bigger kids who are out of their morning pre-school so if you have littler ones it might be a better idea to head over in the early morning.
My little guy loves crawling through tunnels, standing up using the bigger mats, and crawling all around the soft flooring. If you don’t have the option to go to a soft play room in your area you can always make one! Here are some items you’d find in a soft play room.
These can all get quite pricey so do the math in your head if it’s worth purchasing (and if you have the space for it) or if you don’t have a free soft play room is it worth paying to go to one over the years? If you have a play room in your home or a basement used for this kind of thing then by all means pick up some of these things your kids will go crazy for them for YEARS!!!!
If you are here in the Arlington region and are looking for some other close by options you can check out the list below:
3210 King Street, Alexandria VA 22302
- Age: 0 to 5
- Notes: It is recommended to call the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility at 703.746.5441 to check availability prior to drop-in use, especially during peak times (weekends, rainy days, etc.). The Soft Playroom schedule may be adjusted for regular cleaning, weekend parties and private rentals.
- Hours: Monday- Thursday: 9am-8:30pm, Friday: 9am-5:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5:30pm.
- Fees: $5 per child, per half hour. First chaperone free; additional chaperones $1 Alexandria Resident/$4 Non-Resident.
6110 D Arlington Blvd. Falls Church VA 22044
- Age: 0 to 8 as long as you are under 48″
- Notes: Open every day of the week. No memberships, just drop in and play!
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00**am – 5:00pm **Unless we are hosting an Awesome Private Party. In which case, we will open at 11 on weekends. Be sure to check our FB page or our website before your weekend trip to BusyBees!
- One child-$15
- Parents and kids under 1: Always free!
442A South Washington Street – Falls Church, Virginia, 22046
- Age: 0 to 5
- Admission fee includes all day in and out privileges (during scheduled Open Play times).
- We offer free coffee and WiFi for parents.
- Sorry, we don’t offer drop off services (except for Parents’ Night Out and camps) and ask that you please supervise your children while they play.
- Our 8 visit Open Play Punch Cards are available in store or online for $76 ($9.50 per visit, a 20% savings over the regular admission fee).
Hours: Open play hours vary check the website for details.
- Fees: Open Play is $12 for children over 6 months, but always FREE for currently enrolled children. (Save on your visits by purchasing an 8 visit punch card – below! Buy online and pick up in person.)