Billing itself as the only indoor playground “where everything moves, spins, or flies,” Busy Bees is NoVa’s newest indoor escape for antsy 48”-and-under tots. Cue the happy dancing by mamas, papas, and caregivers everywhere. We get it.
So Fresh and So Clean
Located in a Falls Church strip mall adjacent to a pavilion and several lunch spots, the bright white space is largely dedicated to its pristinely-cleaned play equipment—staff uses only “naturally based” Dapple products to keep germs at bay. First-timers: anticipate spending a few minutes completing a safety waiver, and be sure that you and your child are wearing socks (there are also fun pairs for sale). Adults and children under one are free; entry for each older child is $15 and includes all-day, in-and-out privileges. For parents and caregivers looking to fill the late-afternoon witching hour, weekday admission from 4 pm-5 pm is only $10.
Features include a padded jungle gym, rotating carousel suspension swing, electric see-saw, slide, blocks and puzzles space, and merry-go-round. The pièces de resistance, however, are the elevated, clear-bottomed trampoline and a net-enclosed balloon room. Shrieks and laughter abound.
Outside of the safety latch-locking half-wall surrounding the primary play space are padded stools for break time (there are a few snacks available for purchase, but outside food is also permitted) and several suspended pod swings. Cubby holes for shoes and personal belongings line the walls. Toward the back are bathrooms (ask a staff member for diapers or wipes if you forgot your stash at home) and a station with complimentary tea and coffee. There is also a party room available for rent; prices range from $220-$550. Stay tuned: The party room will soon host ballet and Music Together classes.
6110 D Arlington Blvd. (Falls Church, Va)
Open: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-5 pm
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Photos: Casey Gammon, Bluebees Photography