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.
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.
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.
Children can watch chrysalises hatch in the butterfly room, and if they’re lucky perhaps one will land on them.
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”.
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!
5200 Randolph Rd, Rockville MD
Tuesday – Sunday
$12.50-22.50/child (adults are free)
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