If you are finding the weather outside a bit frightful, it might be fun to take the kids to an indoor play area.  We have visited most of these playgrounds, and each has great potential for fun.  Here are many of the indoor play areas and play times in the Arlington area.

Knee High Ninja

An indoor playground in Falls Church, located at the Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do.  Walkers” are $8 per child and $7 per additional sibling. “Infants/Crawlers” are $5.  An online reservation is highly recommended to guarantee a spot, and walk-ins are accepted only if room permits.  There are lots of brightly colored climbing structures, and plenty of room to  run around and play on the mats.  We have visited this playground, and really liked it.  There is not a ton to play with, but that can be a good thing.  It allows for room to run and let off some of that winter steam.

Our Kids also has a great review of the play area.  http://www.our-kids.com/static/?f=kneehighninja

http://www.kneehighninja.com/basicinfo.php?page=kneehighninjaplayground

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Playgroup

Located in S. Arlington off Four Mile Run Dr. , this playgroup is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm.  The play area is the huge main gym and there are toys, balls, bikes, cars, and walkers available.  Because the area is so big, the older kids can run around and ride bikes, and the littler ones can still play without (too much) fear of  trike hit and run.  It can get hectic with older kids, but other moms and dads have always been pretty hands on when we have been there.  Cost is $3 per adult (free for members).  No registration is required!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/file72958.pdf

JWT Playzone

The JWT Playzone is located at JW Tumbles in N. Arlington, and is in a separate room from the Tumbles gym.  There are tons of climbing structures with tunnels to climb through and balls climb over.  There are also slides, ropes and an obstacle type course.  Plenty to keep your kids busy on a cold winter day.  The website is not very helpful in giving information about the Playzone, or about the times in which it is open.  However, if you get on their mailing list, you will receive emails a couple times a week with open gym times.  Members enrolled in a class are $6, members not currently in a class are $8, and non-members are $10.  Siblings are 1/2 off.

Check out what The Meanest Momma had to say about this playground.  She has some great pictures to give you an idea about what to expect!  http://themeanestmomma.com/2009/03/31/jwt-playzone/

MoBu Kids Open Play

MoBu Kids is another large playroom in Falls Church (locally owned), with tons of balls, some slides, climbing structures (a banana, turtle, and a worm), a “tree house”, small trampoline, and rooms to run and play.  Again, not a great site for describing what open play entails.  Open gym is available most weekdays, and the cost is $8 for drop in per child for one hour of play.

http://mobukids.com/cart/index.php?main_page=page&id=13

Chinquapin Alexandria Soft Playroom

The playroom located in Alexandria, and is designed for children five and younger, with play areas filled with soft toys and climbing structures.  Hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays. Cost is $4 per child, per half hour.

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=12352#SoftPlayroom

OK, what have I missed?  Where do you play during the winter?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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