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Drop-In Open Play Programs for Toddlers & Preschoolers


Community and recreation centers are great sources for open play times for toddler and preschool-aged children. Plus, they’re often low-cost, if not free!

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Arlington | Fairfax | Loudoun | Prince William


Arlington County


Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Arlington Mills Community Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22204 | (703) 228-7790

Quick look: Most Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm

No matter the weather, Arlington Mills Community Center is always the perfect temp inside! Parents and kids ages 1-5 can enjoy their free playtime in their indoor gym. Soft play balls and other toys are put out for kids to enjoy and make new friends.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 228-7790. Updated Sept 2018


Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22206 | (703) 228-6588

Quick look: Most weekdays, 8 am-2 pm & 4-7 pm, and most Saturdays, 8 am-4:45 pm

Sometimes us parents just need four walls to corral the kids! Kids ages 1-5 will enjoy the indoor play time at Fairlington Community Center. The play area will feature soft play equipment in a fun, safe indoor play environment.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 228-6588. Updated Sept 2018


Fairfax County


Kiddie Play Zone at Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, VA 20170 | (703) 787-7300

Quick look: Canceled while under renovation

Bring your toddler and walkers through 5-years-old to Herndon Community Center and enjoy open play, tumbling on the mats, and kiddie basketball. This fee-based, open play session is open to the public, registration is through the WebTrac System or in-person at the Community Center.

Please always call ahead to confirm, as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 787-7300. Updated Sept 2018


Tot Time at Reston Community Center Hunter Woods (at link search event code 902989)
2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, VA 20191 | (703) 476-4500

Quick look: Most Mondays, Thursdays, 9:30-11 am

Simply show up for some fun at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods on Mondays and Thursdays. Children 0- to 4-years-old, and their caregivers are invited to drop-in for morning play, socialization, and other activities between 9:30 and 11 am, twice a week! Learn more by searching 902989 here.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 476-4500. Updated Sept 2018


Soft Play Room at Chinquapin
3210 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302 | (703) 746-5553

Quick look: Most weekdays, beginning at 9 am

Designed for children ages 5 and younger, the Soft Playroom offers a clean play environment to provide exercise for imaginations as well as bodies! Under guardian supervision, children can share play zones loaded with soft toys and activities with their families, playgroups, or new friends.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 746-5553. Updated Sept 2018


Tot Time at Falls Church Community Center (at link view page 6)
223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, VA 22046 | (703) 248-5077

Quick look: Most Fridays, 10 am-12 pm

Most Fridays from 10 am-12 pm during the school year, bring your preschoolers to the Falls Church Community Center and watch them climb through tunnels, ride tricycles, and interact with peers. All equipment is provided, including ride-on toys. The cost is $1 per child.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 248-5077. Updated Sept 2018


Spring Hill Recreation Center
1239 Spring Hill Rd., McLean, VA 22102 | (703) 827-0989

Quick look: TBA Mid-October

Most Fridays from 9:30 am-12:30 pm during the school year, families are invited to bring their toy, bikes, and other ride-on toys to Spring Hill’s spacious gym for indoor fun.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 827-0989. Updated Sept 2018


Loudoun County


Tot Drop-In at Sterling Community Center
120 Enterprise St., Sterling, VA 20164 | (703) 430-9480

Quick look: Most Weekdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Children ages 5 and under are invited to have fun at the Sterling Community Center indoor gym! Beginning in early September each year, little ones will enjoy riding toys, balls, slides, and much more for a small fee ($1/child) throughout the school year.

This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 430-9480. Updated Sept 2018


Prince William County


No drop-in play times listed for Prince William County. Have a suggestion? Let us know.


Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this DullesMoms.com post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.


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