The PG Sports and Learning Complex is an amazing indoor resource for children and families. With two indoor pools, a huge gymnastics facility, fitness center, childcare center and indoor track facilities it boasts something for everyone.
The focus of our visit on a rainy Sunday was the leisure pool. Encompassing a large 3 foot deep pool as well as water play areas, a tubeless lazy river and a large water slide this pool had something for swimmers of all ages and swimming abilities. The water play area has fountains, tumble buckets and a depth ranging from 2 feet to just a few inches. No flotation devices or life jackets are allowed here so for smaller kids this may be the only area where they can stand. The lazy river has a 3 foot depth and was a very popular water feature for my kids. This large oval has jets to propel you around which made my kids feel like very fast swimmers!
The large blue water slide at the far end of the leisure pool area is fast and fun but is reserved for kids 48″ and above. For our family this meant disappointed kids but happy adults as we both took a turn going down. Another adult only diversion here is the 18 person hot tub kept at a toasty 102 to 104 degrees. The water and air temperatures throughout the pool area were kept comfortably warm with the pool measuring 84 degrees.
Rounding out the aquatics facilities here are a party room adjacent to the leisure pool and a large competition size lap pool next door. Large locker rooms with showers, restrooms and changing areas are a short walk down the hall from the pool entrance. Signs are posted around that kids 5 and older need to use the appropriate gender changing area. Three family changing rooms are available for those uncomfortable with that set up.
At $5 per adult and $4 per child, this indoor aquatic complex is a great deal. Our family of four was able to swim for a few hours all for $18. Plenty of free parking is available at the facility but lots can be quite full depending on the events taking place throughout the complex on that day. There was both an indoor track meet and a gymnastics competition going on during our visit. Large windows allow you to view the events from the “Main Street” of the complex. The facilities here are quite impressive, take a peek if you can!
At 11 years old, this building is very well maintained and shows little sign of wear and tear. There is great signage pointing you to the different areas of the complex and the employees were all very helpful and friendly. There is a cafe on the main level selling smoothies, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and snacks if you want to extend your visit to this sprawling complex. There are also many vending machines and several sets of water fountains.
The leisure pool is open daily with varied hours. For families with young children you may also want to consider a visit to Open Gym held most Tuesday to Saturdays with both early afternoon and after school hours. The fee for this activity is $6 per child and an adult must accompany all children (maximum ratio = 3 kids to each adult).
Keep in mind that the complex is located adjacent to FedEx Field, traffic getting into and out the facility could be impacted by big games or events. For more information on programming visit the website or pick up a pamphlet at the information desk upon your arrival.
Photo by Kim Engstrom