Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, there are still closures and last minute cancellations due to Covid-19. Some of the playgrounds below are now open to the public. We highly recommend that you call ahead or check a park’s website before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them acrosssafe!
The heat is on! But instead of schlepping your crew to an air-conditioned mall (AGAIN), hit up a strategically shaded playground instead. You’ll save a ton of money, and the kids can run off all of their energy (sans a sunburn). Courtesy of an abundance of shade trees, oversize umbrellas and covered play structures, keeping your cool really is a walk in the park at these play places.
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Burke Lake Parks
This 888-acre park has it all: mini golf, an ice cream parlor, boat rentals, an ice cream parlor, a 4.7-mile flat trail, a mini train, an ice cream parlor, a carousel, several playsets situated among the trees to keep them cool and shaded – and did we mention an ice cream parlor? Check the website for details on events such as the Full Moon Boat Tour ($6, July 26 at 8:30 p.m.) for ages 6 and up and Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing ($6, 8:30 p.m.) for ages 3 and up.
Where: 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, VA