Retreat from the Heat: 14 Places to Find Fun Indoors

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August in the DMV is known to be stifling, sweltering and too hot even for a day at the pool. But even amidst the high temperatures and even higher humidity, it is still summer after all. And summer is meant to be fun. So we rounded up a list of places to retreat from the heat and still have a blast. If you’re tired of ducking into a movie theatre or wandering the mall to get a break from the sun, this is a list for you.

Photo: Nook Play Well

Kids’ Gyms

Avoid the sunscreen and bug spray but still work in some playground time at these local indoor kids’ gyms.

Busy Bees
What: Small and contained soft place space.
Best for: infants and young toddlers.
Where: Falls Church or Chevy Chase
                                                                                                                                  Jumping Joeys
What: A giant room packed with bouncy houses
Best for: preschoolers and elementary school kids with bottled up energy
Where: Arlington and Falls Church

Magic Ground
What: Climb, draw, play pretend and more
Best for: toddlers and preschoolers
Where: 3100 14th St., NW

What: Beautiful, minimalist play space
Best for: infants and toddlers
Where: 5649 Lee Hwy. (Arlington, Va)

What: Nature inspired playspace and interactive environment with place to build, climb, draw, and tinker Best for: ages 2-13
Where: 5200 Randolph Rd. (Rockville, Md)

Photo: ClimbZone

Rock Climbing

Continue the sunscreen-free fun at these local rock climbing gyms.

Earth Treks
What: 45,000 sq. feet and more than 400 roped routes
Best for: teens
Where: Crystal City, Va and Rockville, Md

What: Themed climbing walls like Jack and the Beanstalk, the Empire State Building, and a spider web
Best for: kindergartners and older
Where: 13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd. (Laurel, Md)

Sport Rock
What: Indoor rock climbing with programs for kids ages 5 and up
Best for: kindergartners and older
Where: Alexandria, Va and Sterling, Va

Photo: Hot Skates

Roller/Ice Skating

Really cool down at an ice rink or strap on some wheels for an afternoon of roller skating, just like we used to do as kids.

What: Public skates daily throughout the summer
Best for: preschoolers and older
Where: 627 N. Glebe Rd. (Arlington, Va)

Skate N Fun Zone
What: Public Skate daily with skate mates for beginners plus an arcade, small jungle gym, and laser tag
Best for: preschoolers and older
Where: 7878 Sudley Rd. (Manassas, Va)

Hot Skates
What: Public skate daily, special character skate events, and skate camp
Best for: preschoolers and older
Where: 1716 Whitehead Rd. (Woodlawn, Md)

Photo: ftmeade via Flickr


Keep cool while sparing pins and having fun.

Bowlmore Bethesda
What: Glow in the dark lanes, plus an arcade
Best for: all ages
Where: 5353 Westbard Ave. (Bethesda, Md)

WhiteOak Duckpin Lanes
What: Pintsized bowling
Best for: preschoolers to young elementary schoolers
Where: 11207 New Hampshire Ave. (Silver Spring, Md)

Bowl America
What: Many locations for good old fashioned bowling fun
Best for: all ages
Where: several throughout MD and VA


What is your favorite hot weather indoor hideaway? Tell us in the comments below.

–Tricia Mirchandani

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