Winter is here, and with colder temps on the way, cabin fever is expected to take hold. While stocking up on arts and crafts supplies or dusting off the kid-friendly cookbooks are both good ideas, sometimes all kiddo needs to bring that fever down is some good old fashioned run around time (and maybe a jump in the foam pit). Not registered for a class? No problem. Take advantage of open gym at one of these local centers and leave the play-doh and cookies for another day.
Photo: Marvatots n‘Teens
This Loudon County facility trains young gymnasts from across the Northern Va. area and welcomes non-gym members for Open Gym on Saturdays from 12-2 pm, or on Mondays 11 am-12 pm and Thursdays 12 pm-1 pm at a reduced price.
44675 Cape Ct. (Ashburn, Va.)
Dulles Gymnastics Academy
While they’re closed on Christmas Eve, kids reign supreme at this gym according to the web site, which may explain why it is open for its regular Sunday Open Gym sessions on December 25, from 5 pm-6:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Looking to get more serious about gymnastics training? Check out DGA’s classes for various age groups.
45449 Severn Way (Sterling, Va)
JW Tumbles offers classes similar to Gymboree or My Gym for ages 4 months to 9 years, but also offers Open Gym to non-class participants. Kids can work their wiggles out Monday through Friday afternoons with one witching hour time slot at each location, on Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 6 pm in Arlington, and Wednesdays from 4:45 pm to 6 pm in Alexandria.
The largest gym in Loudon County, APEX has 28,000 square feet of space in Leesburg, and an evening Open Gym time slot on Saturdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Mondays are also available from 11 am to Noon. The price for registered class participants is half the general admission so you may want to consider some of the unique class offerings such as Warrior Fitness for boys.
741 Miller Dr., SE (Leesburg, Va)
Soccerplex and Discovery Sports Center
This facility which serves local soccer teams for both practices and games offers a designated two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays called Playtime at the Plex. For just $2 per child up to age 10, you get 54,000 square feet of space to just play. Other free time options include drop-in volleyball, basketball and indoor soccer, depending on the season.
18031 Central Park Cir. (Boyds, Md)
In business since 1972, Marvatots n’ Teens is a go to spot for local families interested in both recreational and competitive gymnastics training. With an open gym monitored by trained staff every Saturday at noontime, plus weekday slots, it’s also one of the most reasonably priced on this list.
Dynamite Gymnastics Center
With an almost daily Open Gym schedule, Dynamite offers the most floor time of any gym on the list. Check out the sessions restricted to kids 10 years old and up that do not require parental supervision, and consider purchasing an open gym pass for a discount on the individual admission price.
4956 Boiling Brook Pkwy. (Rockville, Md)
Hills Gymnastics is a training facility for toddlers to competitive gymnasts. They allow kids seven and over to participate without adult supervision, and offer a 90 minute Open Gym Clinic on Sunday evenings, as well as weekday options at reduced prices.
7557 Lindbergh Dr. (Gaithersburg, Md)
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