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Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

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Badlands opens TODAY!

Badlands play-space opens today, June 27th. The space brings the best of the outdoor experience, rock climbing, grass and trees, inside. No bugs, a place to get a hot latte, air conditioning and large family restrooms are perks of the great indoors. Ooey and I had a sneak peak last night, here’s what we thought.

We live in DC proper, but a 25 minute drive to a “stay all day” worthy destination is a no brainer. From the outside of the business Ooey began to bang on the glass windows, she liked what she saw inside. We filled out our waiver online before we arrived and were able to begin playing immediately. Well, almost immediately, first we got a quick refresher course on rock climbing safety.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Rolling hills and climbing walls, all in the sweet, sweet air conditioning.

Climbing, Kicking & Crawling

Climbing up a faux rock scramble was Ooey’s favorite part. This area could definitely wear a kid out, but requires supervision. Two staff members were on and around the wall to assist kids as they climbed up and down.

I wanted to see the rest of the area so I dragged Ooey away from the wall, they also have a butterfly room, a STEM workshop, a builder’s zone, a movie theater and for parents a cafe. Complete with coffee bar, grab and go salads that you could have with a cocktail, its pretty hard to imagine a more choice playdate spot.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Scrambling up a Rockwall to slide down a slide.

The hobbit has found her hole.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

An instructor plays with Ooey in a fenced in ball area.

The Workshop & Builder’s Room

The Workshop features a variety of activities which are scalable based on a child’s developmental stage. Danny Haley is a former school teacher and designs the curriculum and activities featured at Badlands. He says families can expect to see activities that involve circuit boards and arthropods. While we were there children were making and designing parachutes to use in the wind tunnels.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Danny Haley, program director at Badlands in Rockville Maryland.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Watching a well designed parachute in the wind tunnel. You can see the butterfly room in the background.

Butterfly Room

Children can watch chrysalises hatch in the butterfly room, and if they’re lucky perhaps one will land on them.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Chrysalises hang from the screen of the butterfly room.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Children eagerly look for a butterfly to hold.

Birthday Parties

There are four unique pavilions where families can book birthday parties, packages include a party host and a private activity in The Workshop as well as a visit from the Badlands signature “Candy Cart”.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

Ooey walks along the path outside the four pavilions that serve as birthday party spaces.

Badlands in Rockville Maryland emulates the great outdoors, featuring nature-inspired elements including a true-to-life climbable mountain with slides and crevices to explore, a thicket of birch trees where imagination takes flight, an open turf field with rolling hills and rotating nature exhibits such as live butterflies and hatching chrysalises.

One of the four birthday party rooms at Badlands play space

I had to drag Ooey away from Badlands, kicking and screaming, a hallmark of a good space. Badlands is a little further out then we would normally go for a play space  but it really is the type of place where you could spend an entire morning. I love that they have an onsite cafe, I’m so bad at remembering snacks and could always use more coffee. I’d definitely recommend checking it out!

 

Where

5200 Randolph Rd, Rockville MD

When

Tuesday – Sunday

9am-6pm

How Much?

$12.50-22.50/child (adults are free)

 

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