Badlands opened this past spring in the Loehmann's shopping center in Rockville. Badlands is the kind of indoor playspace we need more of in this area: cavernously large, well thought out, and tailor-made for the younger kid set. It features a workshop, "mountains" with slides, "event pavilions" for birthday parties and crafts, a toddler play area, and more.
Badlands also has a cafe that has kid- and parent-friendly lunch selections, as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
The cost is pretty comparable to other indoor playspaces in the area; it costs $20/2 hours for kids 3 and older and a steal at $12.50/2 hours for the under 3 set. Memberships are also available.
- As with anything and everything in the DMV area, it can get crowded (go during naptime?).
- The day we went, there were a lot of kids in the 2-5 age range, so bigger, rambunctious kids need to keep an eye out for little ones.
- Some of the copy on the website reads more like a college brochure than a place to take the kids to run around for a couple hours ("More than a play space, Badlands is a community. Together we are creating an escape of mindfulness and activity that empowers learners to become leaders. Badlands is the place to be inspired.") I recommend reading it over wine in the cafe!!