Feel like your kids are bouncing off the walls? Let them do it literally at one of the area’s many bounce house places. Giant slides, obstacle courses and plain old jumping will be sure to get them good and tired for nap or bedtime. At most places, parents looking to burn off a little steam (yes, the Fitbit counts each jump) can bop around with their kiddos, but for those who need a break, many also have cafes.
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Pump It Up
Open jump times welcome kiddos of all ages to hop around the giant bounce houses, which feature slides, climbing and obstacles. Area locations offer special events, too. In Manassas, wear tie-dye on Tuesdays and get $2 off, keep it safe with Little Tikes Jump for ages 6 and under while parents enjoy a free cup of coffee in Loudoun County, and make it a family affair with Family Jump in Silver Spring. It’s $11/kid and $3/adult, including 90 minutes of bouncing, 30 minutes for pizza (two kid-sized slices per person) and a drink.
Cost: About $10, varies slightly by location
Where: 10110 Battleview Pkwy. (Manassas, Va); 73 Lawson Rd. SE (Leesburg, Va); 12210 Plum Orchard Dr. (Silver Spring, Md); 109 Post Office Rd. (Waldorf, Md)
Tap your inner kangaroo and head here to bop from inflatable to inflatable. There’s one set aside for the littlest boppers and a long one with basketball hoops on either end. Tall slides and obstacle courses are plentiful. Note: It’s a nut-free facility.
Cost: $10.60/single session, bulk passes available
Where: 1425 N. Quincy St., Arlington; 402 W. Broad St., Suite 200, Falls Church
Sport Bounce of Loudoun
It’s tough to get bored with 10,000 square feet of jumping and playing potential. Two steep slides greet you at the door, with two more giant slides waiting farther back. There’s also a colorful jumping pillow that’s huge, basketball challenges, obstacle courses and a bounce house for the 36-month-and-under set. The back room houses some climbing and seesaw-like toys, and there’s a café for mom and dad. Remember to bring socks!
Cost: $10/child over 24 months, $6/child 18 to 23 months
Where: 44710 Cape Ct. (Ashburn, Va)
Kid’s Choice Sports Center
Lots of options during open play here, including bounce houses, basketball, soccer, aquatics and bubble ball. There’s also the new Toddler Town for kiddos 1 through 5. It features more than 100 games, a playhouse and mini sports. Each pass gets you 2.5 hours of play time. Check out the after-school programs and day camps, too.
Cost: $8 for single play, $35 for five passes, $55 for 10 passes
Where: 13000 Sport and Health Dr. (Woodbridge, Va)
In its 8,700-square-feet of space, this family-owned indoor playground and bounce house place offers two bouncing areas and a full arcade plus a parents’ lounge serving free coffee. Look for discounts such as the $5 Bounce for late-afternoon jumpers and $7 sessions on Wacky Wednesdays.
Where: 7679 Limestone Dr. (Gainesville, Va)
Keep an eye out for the furry purple Monkey Joe mascot as kids 12 and under bounce around on the giant inflatables. There’s a separate area for the youngest guests, and an arcade where the machines give tickets that can be exchanged for prizes. Note: Adults can help children 4 and under but are not allowed to bounce for safety reasons.
Cost: $12.99/child over 2, $6.99/child 2 and under who are playing
Where: 23521 Overland Dr. (Sterling, Va); 13032 Middlebrook Rd. (Germantown, Md)
Check out the All-Age Open Bounce on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($10.95/bouncer), Cosmic Open Bounce on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($13.95/bouncer, parents bounce for free) when the facility breaks out glow-in-the-dark accessories and turns up the tunes or Preschool Playdate, which happens on weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon ($11.95/bouncer) for kids 5 and younger. It includes 90 minutes of bouncing with a snack and story break in the middle. Toddler Time is offered four times on weekends for kids 4 and under.
Cost: $10.95 to $13.95
Where: 1632 E. Gude Dr. (Rockville, Md)
The five giant inflatables here feature superhero and princess themes, and a firetruck with a slide. Stop by for Family Fun Night on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., when you can get the Family Package for $30, which buys you admission for two children (adults are free), a one–topping pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda.
Cost: $8 to $10.99
Where: 6858 Race Track Rd. (Bowie, Md.)
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