Indoor Activities

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Art From the Heart is a paint your own pottery and beading studio. No appointment is necessary, drop in anytime! There are no studio fees so feel free to stay as long as you like! Classes and parties are available.

Kids-N-Clay of Stafford is locally owned and operated by professional clay artist and art educator Joyce Leatherwood. Opening a Kids ‘N’ Clay Pottery Studio gives Joyce the opportunity to share her love of clay and create art with children every day. Joyce’s enthusiasm for the creative process encourages even the timid “would be” artist and her ceramic expertise guides the more advanced student giving artists-in-residence at Kids ‘N’ Clay a full spectrum of the ceramic studio experience. The studio atmosphere provides a safe environment for children to make discoveries as well as mistakes and to learn from others as they develop their own unique view of the world.

The Creative Side: Art and Tumbling. Paragon Training Center and The Creative Side, are coming together on Wednesdays and Thursdays to offer a fun-filled hour of art and tumbling for ages 2-5. Classes include one half hour of Art Exploration and one half hour of Tumbling. Now registering for September classes. We are also now holding daytime classes for homeschoolers at Paragon Training Center and Spotsy YMCA. Schedule is as follows: Paragon Training Center Tuesdays 10:00-10:30 (ages 5-7) $10.00/class 10:35-11:20 (ages 8-10) $12.00/class 11:30-12:15 (ages 11-18) $12.00/class Spotsylvania YMCA Thursdays 11:30-12:15 (ages 5-10) $12.00/class 12:20-1:05 (ages 11-18) $12.00/class.

Aquia Towne Center
Potomac Mills

Children's Museum of Richmond exists to inspire every child’s potential by appealing to his/her natural capacity for curiosity, exploration and learning.

National Aquarium in Baltimore seeks to stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments. The Aquarium strives to blend naturalistic exhibit elements with the most modern interpretive techniques, engaging visitors by focusing on the beauty of the aquatic world and thereby eliciting an emotional response and awakening in visitors the desire to be environmentally responsible. Exhibits are designed to replicate natural environments and avoid the unnatural mixing of species. Specimens are chosen to give the best examples of biological concepts in an interesting and accurate way. The collections embrace diverse world-wide habitats.

National Museum of the Marine Corpsis a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines — past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to its 118,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology will surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Virginia Aviation Museum features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 36 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers' kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama that includes the Tuskegee Airmen and Women's Airforce Service Pilots; and the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The National Air and Space Museum has 2 locations. The original location in Washington, DC and their new location out in Dulles, VA. If your kids love airplanes or space, these are 2 museums you don't want to miss. What more to say... they are both awesome! Make sure to catch a movie at the IMAX.

Play Centers

Jungle Gym indoor play center is no longer in business.

Funland is an indoor/outdoor 40,000 Sq.Ft. location that sits on over four acres and is equipped with party rooms and facilities to accomodate groups as small as eight and as large as 600! In addition, Central Park Fun-Land offers attractions, rides and games to suit children and adults of all ages. For those seeking to satisfy an adventurous side, they have 2 Go Kart Tracks, Laser Tag, a Rock Climbing Wall, Bumper Boats, and so much more! For the younger or more laid back crowd, they also have Miniature Golf, a Soft Play Maze, Indoor Bumper Cars, Batting Cages and a NEW ride The HIMALAYA as well as over 100 video arcade games!

Chuck-E-Cheese's features age appropriate games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. They also provide great food for the family including freshly baked pizzas and a garden fresh salad bar. It's a great place to take the kids for everyday fun or for special occasions such as birthdays, play groups and school fundraising events.

Buzzy's Play Park is located in Spotsylvania Towne Centre!! The area is enclosed for safety and all of the climbing toys are soft but durable.

McDonald's of Stafford at the corner of 610 and Mine Road has a play area. They also offer free kiddie ice cream cones (just ask at the counter!)

Both the Chick-Fil-A on 610 in Stafford and also on Rt. 3 in Fredericksburg have indoor play areas.

Burger King off Rt. 17 North in Falmouth has an indoor play area. Don't forget to ask for your Little Likes toy in your Kid's Meal for kids under 3 :)

Kids-N-Motion is an indoor playcenter located in Woodbridge.

The Playroom is an indoor amusement center for kids of all ages, where you can bring the whole family to play & have fun! Inside you'll find a variety of large, interactive inflatables, a pretend town (grocery store, playhouse, kitchen, dress up/theatrical area, etc), arts & crafts, snack bar, new friends to meet, party rooms.....lots to climb on, jump off, crawl through & slide down!

Toddlin Time is a parent child play gym that provides mom and me type classes to the greater Manassas area. They offer an environment for parents and children from 10 months to 4 years of age to enjoy the world of learning through interactive play. They're more then then a preschool play gym, they're a meeting and learning place and one where friendships can be made for yourself and your little one.

The Jump Works was started with a single vision: to provide unique and exciting entertainment for the entire family. The indoor play center features a collection of their colossal, premier and express moonbounces and hosts indoor birthday parties and open bounce play times. You may also rent their product for parties at your home.

Central Rappahanock Regional Library locations offer a variety of activites for all ages each month. Some activities require sign-up prior to the event. Please see each location's site for a list of all programs offered.      Porter      Headquarters      Salem Church      Snow      Cooper      Montross      Newton

"Mother Goose On Base" at Marine Corps University, Gray Research Center (Quantico Libaray) 2040 Brodway Street W on Quantico MCB. This storytime is offered every Monday and Thursday at 10:00am. All are welcome; only those with military ID may check out books. You will need to show a valid driver's license to enter the base.

Border's Books in Stafford Marketplace offers a storyhour every Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30am.

Riverside Dinner Theater offers Children's theater matinee performances every Saturday and on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays. For the children's theater; a child friendly bag lunch keeps the costs down and offers younger patrons a chance to experience live theater for less than the cost of a movie and popcorn.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC offers a wide variety of childrens and family performances. Check their schedule to find something for you!

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