Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Today, I had the great privilege of checking out Chibis Indoor Playground with my six-year-old son. Right off the bat — if they had this place years ago when my now 6- and 7-year old were younger I would have lived there! It was fantastic. I was skeptical at first because we have seen the concept of an indoor playground attempted before in the Northern Virginia market with just so-so results (think the now-closed At Play Cafe in Reston). Additionally, with so many playgrounds offered by places like Burger King and Chick-fil-a, how different could it be? Needless to say — those place don’t compare. I was more than pleasantly surprised by Chibis’ space, the attention to details, and the quality of the equipment and toys.

Chibis Indoor Playground, located in Ashburn, off Loudoun County parkway near Ashburn favorites Sport Bounce of Loudoun and Jumping Jack Sports, is an interactive indoor playground for children 4-months through age 6. Open 7-days a week, they offer 90-minute play sessions. Not only do they boast a multi-level play structure, they also have a dedicated toddler area (ages 3 and under), and 2 additional “toy” areas with a kiddie-kitchen set-up and train tables. It seems that it would appeal to the most energized children who want to run and climb to kids who just like to sit back and play.

Upon entry, after you fill out one-time paperwork, you can request a numbered bin to store your belongings. They stow it for you for safekeeping.  If you don’t want a bin though, cubbies and coat hooks are abundant. Everyone is required to take their shoes off in the play areas, including adults, and socks are required for everyone. If you forget — don’t worry — they sell pairs for a dollar!

In addition to all the fun trains, puzzles, and sensory toys, they also have plenty of balls to play with, cars to ride on, and mini-structures to climb. While there, the management was busy picking up toys and washing them. I was super impressed with the attention to cleanliness — especially with the younger children and their desire to mouth anything! In fact, the whole establishment was bright, cheery, clean and spacious. They also have an area to sit, rest and grab a drink or snack. They offered a large selection of snacks for $0.25 and $0.50 each including mini-muffins, animal crackers, fruit snacks, fruit squeeze packs and more. For the mommas think coffee, water and soda. (Kudos to the management on the cute min-trays!)

Parents are encouraged to keep a steady eye on their children — but this is made easy with all the comfy couches and chairs throughout the facility. I saw lots of moms connecting and making new friends. I could easily see this as a hangout for a playgroup or moms club!

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend. Although, as glad as I am to have school-aged children, I am a touch jealous we’ll be aging out of this great option in 9 months and 21 days (but who’s counting). Perhaps we can convince the owners a Kid’s Night Out program for the big ones is in order (hint, hint Chibis!) .

Chibis Indoor Playground is located at 44675 Cape Ct., Ste. 175, Ashburn, VA 20147 and can be reached at (571) 918-0310. They don’t appear to have prominent signage yet, but they are in a red brick building directly next door to Great Falls Interior Design, Suite 171. You can learn more about Chibis Indoor Playground on the Web here. Also, find them on Facebook to become privy to deals, specials and updates.

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We love our Saturday mornings at Home Depot! They offer a FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9 a. – 12 pm. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

We go quite often and always have fun. Although the age limit says 5, there were younger children there, with the help of parents having a good time. You do not need to pre-register for this event. Although the Web site says this is at all store, I would highly recommending calling to confirm your specific location. Today we made planter boxes. The girls got to assemble the boxes with wood glue and nails from kid-friendly instructions and then decorate them. They also had their choice of plants to complete their planters including peppers and tomatoes.

Learn more about their free kids workshops here. Find your nearest location here. Check out our morning at Home Depot:

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