If your kiddo is too big for the baby swing but not quite big enough for full-on playground play or the “Mommy and Me” classes that used to fill your schedule now fall smack dab in the middle of nap time, it’s time to pay a visit to Child Playtime And Swellness Center located in Columbia, Maryland just beyond the Beltway. Read on to discover why this tot-friendly destination is a must-visit for DMV families.


The 411
The Center is located in an unassuming office park, but once the doors open, it’s clear that fun for the under 5 set is at the top of the Center’s agenda. Amid the cheerful decor and kids tunes on the stereo, you’ll find developmental areas designed to encourage creativity, role playing, and independent play. Have a new mover? Visit the Cute Kiddie Crawlers Area to try out a tunnel or two. Blossoming Artists will enjoy crayons and crafts in the Vivacious Van Gogh Art Area. Bonus: your walls will stay clean, too!


Where to Play
After you pay your $10 daily entrance fee, take your block lover to the Little Builders Architectural Area or go into an adjoining room where young roadsters can take a spin in cars, buses, and even a spaceship. The Center’s also got some perks for parents, including bathrooms with changing tables, a refrigerator for storing meals or snacks (there’s water and sodas in there for you too!), and a comfy leather couch where you can kick back and relax while your little one plays.


Party Time!
Got a birthday party to plan? The Center’s known as a fun, and affordable, place for a pint-sized soirees of all sizes. Reserve the Center for your small shindig (10 kids or less) for $250, or pay just $10 per child if your guest list includes more than 20 kiddos. Also new at the Center are classes including Bricks4Kidz (a perfect fit for LEGO lovers) and Yo Hablo Espanol.

With its affordable rates, age-appropriate activities, parent amenities, a visit to the Child Playtime and Swellness Center is definitely worth hitting I-95 for.

8940 Route 108 (Old Annapolis Rd)
Suite F
Columbia, Md 21045
Online: childplaytimeandswellnesscenter.com

Has your family enjoyed some “swellness” at this playspace? Tell us about your visit in the comments section.

— Sarah Vogel

all photos courtesy of Child Playtime and Swellness Center