Drop-In Open Play Programs for Toddlers & Preschoolers


by DullesMoms.com, March 2018


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!

Choose your county:
Arlington | Fairfax | Loudoun | Prince William


Arlington County


Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Arlington Mills Community Center | Arlington, VA
Quick Look: Most Tuesdays & Thursdays during the school year, 10 am-12 pm

No matter the weather, Arlington Mills Community Center is always the perfect temp inside! Parents and young children and invited to enjoy playtime in their indoor gym. Soft play balls and other toys are available 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.

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Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Fairlington Community Center | Arlington, VA
Quick Look: Most weekdays during the school year, 8 am-2 pm & 4-7 pm, and most Saturdays during the school year, 8 am-4:45 pm

Sometimes us parents just need four walls to corral the kids! Kids ages 1-5 will enjoy the indoor playtime 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.

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Fairfax County


Kiddie Play Zone at Herndon Community Center | Herndon, VA
Kiddie Play Zone at the Herndon Community Center is no longer offered.


Tot Time at Reston Community Center (Hunter Woods) | Reston, VA
Quick Look: Most Mondays and Thursday during the school year, 9:30-11 am

Enjoy some free tot-sized fun at Hunters Woods (a Reston community Center)! On select days, children and their caregivers are invited to drop-in for a morning of play; this is an unstructured, free-play opportunity. To learn more, click here and search activity code 902989.

Tot 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.

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Soft Play Room at Chinquapin | Alexandria, VA
Quick Look: Most weekdays during the school year, beginning at 9 am

Designed for children ages 5 and younger, the Soft Playroom offers invites little ones and their caregivers to enjoy play zones loaded with soft toys and activities. The Playroom schedule may be adjusted for cleaning or private rentals, please call (703) 746-5553 to confirm availability; click here to see playroom rules.

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Tot Time at Falls Church Community Center | Falls Church, VA
Quick Look: Most Fridays during the school year, 10 am-12 pm

Most Fridays 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. To learn more, click here and scroll to page 6.

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.

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Spring Hill Recreation Center | McLean, VA ~
Quick Look: TBA

Updated details, coming soon!

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.
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Loudoun County


Tot Drop-In at Sterling Community Center | Sterling, VA
Quick Look: Most weekdays during the school year, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Children ages 5 and under are invited to have fun at the Sterling Community Center indoor gym! 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.

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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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