Ashburn is becoming a popular choice for families with the newest edition of Kidz Plaza. The indoor playground opened on April 28, 2013 and features a fun, climate controlled environment for infants and children up to eight years of age. No expense was spared in creating a safe, inviting facility that would attract families from all over Northern Virginia. I drove an hour with my six year old to check this place out and we were not disappointed.
The thing that immediately caught my child’s attention was the flickering of tiny red and green lights on the floor. It was a simple, yet great way to calm her excitement while I submitted the liability waiver.
The waiver is a standard procedure at any facility involving moon bounces and you can print it online to save time. Both my daughter and I were given neon wristbands with her name on it. After we took off our shoes (socks are required) and stored them in a cubby, it was time to explore.
The most striking spot is the three-level play structure filled with a trampoline, obstacles, cargo nets, tunnels, and a giant spiral slide that spills into a ball pit. My 3 1/2 foot child was up to her neck in the ball pit at the bottom of the slide. Depending on the age and height of your child, I would exercise caution as the entire structure is also covered with netting. Parents are required to remain with their children, but I also applaud that the three staff on duty were proactive at enforcing the rules.
One child was going down the slide head first and the staff member reminded the child to go down feet first. Staff were also tidying up each play space on an ongoing basis. There is an open ball pit outside of the structure which is designed for younger children. There are three large inflatables: a big wave with remote operated surfboard, bouncy castle and 14″ slide. The surfboard is operated by remote and must not be climbed on without assistance from the staff. The bouncy castle is ideal for small children with a maximum of six children allowed at one time on it.
As if that’s not enough, there are two additional, but separate play areas. One is devoted to babies and tots that includes soft climbing blocks, stacking cups, discovery toys, rocking horses, push toys and hop on balls. The second play space features a train table, puzzles, LEGOS®, housekeeping and play food. Older kids will delight with hula hoops and a game of badminton. Due to the open nature of the space you can keep a visual watch on multiple children playing in different areas.
Both men and women’s bathrooms are equipped with changing stations and step stools. Water fountains are in the lobby. A hand sanitizer station is located near the entrance and boxes of tissues are located throughout the building.
Kidz Plaza is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and on the weekends from 10am to 5pm. The cost is $6 for infants and $10 for children. Siblings get a discount at $8. Upon entry you receive a card that gets stamped per visit with your 10th visit being free.
Outside food is permitted making this a facility that is not peanut or allergen free. There is a lounge with tables and chairs, high chairs, magazines, free Wifi, and a television set to the Nick channel. Snacks for sale include goldfish, granola bars, pop tarts and beverages such as soda, bottled water, organic juice and milk range from $1.00 to $2.75. If you are looking to dine in Ashburn, head right for Bertucci’s, Fuddruckers and Potbelly. We headed left to Red Robin, but Panera is also here. All the eateries listed are within a two minute drive of Kidz Plaza. Extend your stay with a visit to the popular Ashburn Park (see review under Parks).