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Top 5 Indoor Play Spaces in the DMV

During this pandemic, many parents have become everything from teachers to coaches for their kids. For younger kids socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation are keys to their proper development.

At BHI as part of the larger Construction and Development community, we wanted to highlight some great opportunities in the Children’s Play Place space. Now more than ever indoor play spaces have become treasured necessities for many communities. As a developer and investor in many Dc communities, we wanted to put together a list of the top five indoor play spaces/enrichment programs in the DMV as food for thought.

I. Badlands Play Space: Rockville, MD

The Badlands is a 30,000 Sq. Ft indoor play space and enrichment program located in Rockville, MD. The goal of the Badland facility is to provide a safe learning environment with support in digital studies, vital social interactions, and mindful play.


  • Ample space for social distancing in our 35,000 square foot space • 25% maximum building occupancy at all times • Specialized air filtration system • Specially trained staff: virtual learning, cleaning, First Aid, and CPR/AED Certified • Hourly cleaning and sanitizing with professional deep cleaning every night • Partnership with Adventist HealthCare to test our staff for COVID-19 semi-monthly • Highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene for both students and staff • Check-in procedures include temperature checks & hand washing before entering for staff and students • Relaxation area if a child needs a moment without a mask • A dedicated restroom and sink for each group • Flexibility working with families if children must stay home for feeling unwell

II. Adventure Park USA: Frederick, MD

Adventure Park USA is a 17-Acre indoor/outdoor western-themed park about 40 miles outside of DC. Open year-round, rain or shine, you don’t have to pay admission to enter the park itself. Instead, you purchase a “Fun Pass” with credits that works like a debit card. The outdoor portion of the park features attractions such as roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, and go-karts. But for the winter indoors you'll find virtual reality games, soft playrooms, rope courses, laser tag, an arcade, bumper cars, and a rock wall.

Being that we are still in a pandemic outdoor and indoor attractions require temperature checks before entering the park, face masks to be worn at all times, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility. The entire facility is disinfected throughout the day and deep cleaning is done overnight.

III. The St. James: Springfield, VA

The St. James is an, out of this world, 450,000 sq. ft. destination for sports, wellness, and active entertainment for kids and adults. The St James features a 20,000 sq. ft. dedicated kids area called Super, Awesome & Amazing that is just as amazing as the rest of The St. James. Super, Awesome, and Amazing is essentially a kids version of American Ninja Warrior, complete with Nerf Battle Zone, Trampoline Court, Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, Ropes Course, Clip ‘n’ Climb, and a Virtual Reality Center. Cabin fever doesn't stand a chance here--your kids can literally climb the walls. You can climb with them...or chillax in the spa/gym/restaurant/basketball court/etc.

The St James COVID protocols include:

Health Declaration:

  • Enhanced our check-in protocols with mandatory health screenings. Everyone entering the Complex or involved in any of the programs will be required to complete a health attestation every time they enter the complex. Members may complete this via The St. James app. Non-members will be required to fill out a form.

Temperature Checks:

  • Prior to Complex entry, all members and guests will receive a touch-less temperature screening. Per CDC guidelines, individuals with a body temperature greater than 100.4 degrees will not be permitted entry into the complex.


  • They request that all members, athletes, customers, and clients notify The St. James as soon as possible if they have tested positive for COVID-19, shown symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19 after visiting the Complex. They will immediately notify all guests if there is a confirmed case within the community.

The St. James Team:

  • All team members of The St. James will be required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to work. All team members will have their temperature checked and complete a health attestation, like everyone else entering the Complex, before each shift.

PPE Requirements

  • Masks: Everyone will be required to wear protective masks in order to enter the complex and throughout the Complex, except during vigorous exercise, eating, and drinking.

  • PPE: All St. James team members will be trained in the proper use of PPE and will be required to use masks as part of their uniforms.

Contactless Check-in

  • Reserve a Time: Reservations will be required to visit the St. James. The St. James App will enable members to reserve time at the Complex and plan their activities.

  • Contactless Check-In: Members will use the app to check in to the Health Club and make purchases. Members may use their member ID cards to scan themselves in as well.

IV. Once Upon a Dream: Sterling, VA

Once Upon a Dream is a 4800 Sq Ft upscale, nurturing, fun, and friendly open-ended entertainment center for children (ages 9 months – 9 years) and their families. The facility is designed with an open-ended play area and activities geared toward early to mid-childhood development in order to expand imagination, creativity, and fine and gross motor skills.

Once Upon a Dream transports kids into another world the moment they walk through the door. The facility didn’t forget about the parents it includes a café that boasts a variety of lunch items, snacks, healthy drinks for kids, as well as our adult signature favorite coffee items most notorious the cappuccino. There’s also a cozy seating area that offers free WIFI and complimentary snacks for kids.

Along with open play, Once Upon A Dream also offers parents short-term supervised care for their little ones, called “Drop Off Service”, as well as, seasonal camps and Parents night out events. The facility specializes in providing perfect, custom party packages with special themes and activities for your child’s birthday, baby showers, special events, and seasonal parties. With three options to choose from, public, semi-private, or private open play options.

Once Upon a Dream, COVID protocols include:

Daily Temperature and Health Checks:

  • ​There is a partition at the front desk. All staff and anyone entering the center will have their temperatures checked and will need to answer screening questions required for admittance.

  • Face Coverings: they require cloth face coverings for adults picking up/dropping off and for children 3 years and up.

Physical Distancing:

  • Under their care, children will be placed into appropriate age groups and the program has been altered to increase the distance between children.

Hand Washing:

  • Staff will assist children to wash hands before they enter/leave, before eating, and after bathroom use. Hand sanitizer is located at parent sign-in and throughout the center.


  • The program will have a greater focus on small group activities and rooms have been physically rearranged to promote individual play. They will strive to keep groups of children together with consistent staff.

Pick-up/ drop-off:

  • Depending on attendance, they will ask to stagger arrival and drop off times and/or have staff meet outside the facility to pick up the children as they arrive. Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day


  • They will plate each child’s meal to serve it so that multiple children are not using the same serving utensils. Staff will ensure children wash hands prior to and immediately after eating. Staff will wash their hands before preparing food and after helping children to eat. Tables are arranged to ensure that there are at least six feet of space between groups, and tables are cleaned and disinfected between meals.

Enhanced Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting:

  • The team has been trained to routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, objects, and toys.

V. The Wiggle Room: Crofton, MD

When your little ones just need to get the wiggles out head to the play place with a not-so-subtle moniker: The Wiggle Room. The Wiggle Room boasts free creative and S.T.E.M. classes and all-day open play sessions. Take a music class, participate in an art lesson, or learn to make slime. The Wiggle Room can also be booked for special events and Birthday parties.

The Wiggle Room COVID protocols include:

  • You must reserve your time slot before arriving.

  • The Wiggle Room has a state of the art bipolar ionization system on the HVAC system proven to neutralize COVID-19 from the air by 99.4% within 30 minutes.

  • Daily Temperature and Health Checks:

  • all staff and anyone entering the center will have their temperatures checked and will need to answer screening questions required for admittance.

  • Face Coverings: are required cloth face coverings for adults and kids

  • Physical Distancing: children will be placed into appropriate age playgroups and classes as well as open play will be altered to increase the distance between children.

  • Hand Washing: staff will assist children to wash hands

  • Hand sanitizer is located at parent sign-in and throughout the center

  • Enhanced Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting:

  • the staff will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, objects, and toys.

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