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Giveaway: Win a Month of Play & Learn Classes at Gymboree in DC


The KFDC giving season continues with yet another giveaway, this time from Gymboree Play & Music DC. I first mentioned the activity center for children back in spring of 2013, when plans to bring the first Gymboree to DC were announced.

Over a year and a half later, the Play & Music place for children is thriving, offering all kinds of classes for young children. You can encourage development through play and learning with their six-level program designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, their classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind.

Learn more about their programs on the Gymboree Play & Music website. You can also try to win a month of free classes (4 classes) by entering the giveaway below.

Gymboree of Washington, DC, is located at 2639 Connecticut Avenue NW #113 in Woodley Park. Along with the convenience to Metro, the building also offers parking Monday – Friday (for a fee).

Giveaway: For a chance to win a month of free classes (4 classes) at Gymboree Play & Music DC, simply leave a comment below — anything you want! To be eligible, you must like the Gymboree Play & Music DC Facebook page. These classes are suitable for newborns through 36 months, and must be redeemed by March 31, 2015, valid at the Washington, DC, Woodley Park location only. This giveaway will run through the end of the week, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DC Kids Play, LLC, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


Filed under Babies, Class, DC, Educational, Giveaway, Indoor Play, Music, Sponsored Post, Toddlers, Weekdays, Weekend

Jump (and Play and Flip!) for Joy at Flight Trampoline Park


It took a gray, rainy day for us to finally get to Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, but we definitely won’t wait for another one to go back. In a nutshell, it’s a blast.


The huge space resembles a skate park, with an industrial look of exposed pipes and cinder block walls sprayed with graffiti. But where you’d find ramps, rails, and concrete to facilitate skills and tricks, there are… yep, you guessed it, trampolines. Everywhere. There are small squares, longer rectangles, trampolines on inclines in dodge ball and basketball areas. You can jump onto them from platforms, and also from square to square. You can jump just to see how high you can go, do flips, land on your bum and bounce back to your feet, or jump-dance to the blaring pop music.


It was crowded when we were there — it was gray day, after all, — but there was still plenty of room to bounce safely. Flight Trampoline caps the number of tickets they sell for each session, so it doesn’t get too congested.


Kids need to be at least 46″ tall to jump in the main area, but there is a whole section for smaller children with bouncy ramps and a foam block pit. Sasha is tall enough to play in both spaces, but spent most of her time in the kiddie area with a friend, which was plenty fun for them.


Adults are welcome to join in the fun, and I highly recommend it. Not only is it exhilarating, you get some exercise, too! But if you want to relax while the kids are playing, there are benches around, even some couches in the kiddie section.


Flight rates vary by time: $19 for an hour, $24 for 90 minutess. Kid Flights (jumpers 46″ and under, ages 0-6) are $14 for an hour, $19 for two 90 minutes. There is also an upstairs arcade if you want to do some gaming, and they offer party packages. You can purchase tickets and fill out waivers in advance online, which I recommend doing to avoid a wait in line and ensure you get the time slot you want. [Note: Pricing may have changed so be sure to check current rates.]

Flight Trampoline Park is located at 7200 Fullerton Road in Springfield, VA. Hours vary by day, so be sure to check the website.  And don’t wait for a rainy day to go.



Filed under All ages, Indoor Play, Virginia, Weekdays, Weekend

Open Play at the PG Sports & Learning Complex

Fun is a balancing act at the PG Sports & Learning Gymnastics Center

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.

Bouncing on the in-ground trampoline

Bouncing on the in-ground trampoline

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.

A favorite: Sliding into the foam pit

A favorite: Sliding into the foam pit

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.



Filed under All ages, Indoor Play, Maryland, Play, Weekdays, Weekend