Open play gymnastics sessions at the PG Sports & Learning Complex are listed among my recommendations for places to let kids burn energy, but seeing as it’s been among our regular Tuesday activities for years, I wanted to give the pursuit its own post.
The Gymnastics Center at the Complex is incredible. Elite competitions are often held there, so the venue is huge and equipped with every kind of gymnastics apparatus imaginable. And gymnasts of all abilities also take classes and train there, so there is equipment to accommodate the youngest tumblers, from soft mats and trampolines to easy swings and a foam pit to low balance beams and even a mat slide.
It’s these soft, safe parts that guests have access to during open play sessions. And it’s nothing short of a blast for kids. Much of the fun is centered around the big foam pit, which you can jump into from a springboard or balance beam, swing into from a dangling rope or gymnastics rings, or slide into down a mat set on an incline. Nearby are low parallel bars where kids can dangle, big trampolines and a narrow in-ground one where they can bounce, and big, soft colorful “blocks” and boards set up like obstacle courses to be navigated. You really have to see the place to comprehend how truly impressive — and insanely fun! — it is.
Open play sessions during the school year are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm, Fridays 4:30-5:30pm, and Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm. Be sure to call ahead, especially on the weekends, to make sure a session isn’t preempted by another program being held there. Admission is $7/child. The Complex is located at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover, MD. *Days and hours may change during the summer, so be sure to call ahead to make sure it’s running before you go at that time of year.
Oh, and a bonus: PG Sports & Learning is about a two minute drive from Wegman’s and Costco. I usually plan to do a little shopping and grab lunch after open play — Wegman’s has a huge selection of freshly prepared foods and a special kids’ eating area.
6 Responses to Open Play at the PG Sports & Learning Complex
One of our most favorite places! I like to say that $6 is well worth the 2 hour nap that follows!
Have you been swimming there yet?
We haven’t been swimming there, but have been thinking of going sometime. And I agree about the $6, though not always so lucky with the nap. :-/
Do you know if the new school year schedule is still the same?
Hi Kara – I have confirmed that the schedule is the same for this year.
Do you happen to know whether the open play hours are the same for 2017? I can’t find any info on the website and haven’t been able to get through by phone!
Good question, Elizabeth. It’s not listed on the calendar, but they usually follow the school year, so I assume hours are the same. I’ll try to confirm and will update if anything has changed.