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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!


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

Quick look: Most Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am

Beginning in October each year, bring your toddler, 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 offered on most Wednesday mornings 10:30-11:30 am and is open to the public. Please always call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 787-7300. ~KK


Open Gym at Douglass Community Center
405 E. Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176 | (703) 771-5913

Quick look: Quick look: Most Wednesdays, 3:15-4:00 pm

Visit the Douglass Community Center most Wednesdays for Preschool open gym from 3:15-4 pm. Preschool-aged children ages 2-5 are invited to run, jump, and play in the spacious gym. Enjoy scooters, balls, the balance beam, and more in the community center gym. The cost is $1 per child at the door for both residents and nonresidents. This open gym time is on-going throughout the school year, but please always call ahead to confirm as cancellations can and do occur without notice: (703) 771-5913.~KK


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

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

Children ages 5 and under are invited to have fun most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am in 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. 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 11/14/17


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

Quick look: Most Tuesdays, Fridays, 9:30-11 am

Beginning in late September, children ages infant to 4 years old are invited to have fun most Tuesdays and Fridays during the school year at Reston Community Center Hunter Woods. Tot Time is a free and unstructured drop-in playgroup that runs from 9:30-11 am and encourages parents to socialize with one another while their children become acquainted. Toys, games, books, and music are provided. 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 11/14/17


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

Quick look: Most weekdays, 9 am to one-half hour before closing

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) 746-5441.~SM


Tot Time at Falls Church Community Center
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. 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.~SM


Tot Time at Southgate Community Center
12125 Pinecrest Rd., Reston, VA 20191 | (703) 860-0676

Quick look: Most Mondays, 10 am-12 pm

Starting each September, little ones will enjoy unstructured, drop-in play at Tot Time at the Southgate Community Center. Toys, games, books, and music are provided to create an experience for little ones to enjoy. This playtime is on most Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am-12 pm and is free during 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) 860-0676.~SM


Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Arlington Mills Community Center
909 South 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.


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-5 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.


Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Lubber Run Community Center
300 N. Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 228-4712

Quick look: Most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9-11:30 am

When the day calls for an indoor play date, head on over to Lubber Run Community Center. They host free indoor play for kids ages 1-5 on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-11:30 am. The indoor play area features soft play balls and other age-appropriate toys for children to enjoy. 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) 228-4712.


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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