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Insider Tips on Indoor Family Fun in Washington D.C. (and beyond!)

Just because the weather isn't playing nice doesn't mean you have to put off having fun with the family. With that in mind, Team CertifiKid set out with our families to find the best places to take the fun indoors. From "top secret" spy missions to high flying fun, we found tons of ways to make any day awesome.

International Spy Museum (Washington DC)

In a city best known for world-class free museums, you might wonder why you'd want to pay to play, right? To be honest, we wondered the same thing. A single visit to this one of a kind, interactive, and truly unique museum answered that for us... it is AWESOME for all ages!

Randi - Director of Business Development (daughter age 8, son age 5)

My kids loved doing the scavenger hunt as we navigated our way through the museum. It adds an extra element of fun!

Insider Tip: Remember to bring a pen, pencil or crayon for each kid! They will give you the scavenger hunt to do you'll need something to write with too!

Lara - Director of Marketing & Creative Development (daughters ages 16 and 9, son age 10)

We loved the mix of historical and pop culture. Everything from James Bond to Aldrich Ames. There are so many things to see and discover that you could go back again and again and not find everything! To be honest, I liked this place so much that I'd even go without my kids just to enjoy it for myself.

Insider Tip: Push buttons and turn knobs. There are even secret passage ways to discover. Choose your cover identity wisely, you'll need to be able "play" the part.

Rockin' Jump (Gaithersburg, MD)

Raise your hand if the 8 year old you would have been stoked to have an entire room covered in trampolines. Yeah, your kids are gonna love that too. It gets even better at Rockin' Jump though because it is an entire building filled with jumping awesome. If you can dodge a ball, you can dodge one on a trampoline! Flip and flop into giant airbags to test out those acrobatic skills, or just jump, jump, jump till you can't jump anymore.

Randi - Director of Business Development (daughter age 8, son age 5)

We had a blast at Rockin' Jump! It was so much fun, and great exercise for all of us. The kids could jump for hours, and I could go for most of the time. :) It was a really great activity to take a break from the heat. I'd recommend to go during the week and go when they first open so you can have less of a crowd.
 
Insider Tip: We had the whole place to ourselves at first on a Tuesday morning at 11:00. Don't forget to bring your Rockin' socks if you already have a pair - saves you $2 on buying a new pair when you get there. 

 

Monkey Joe's (Sterling, VA)

This place is perfect for those days when the kids need to expend some of that endless energy they have. Monkey Joe's is packed with bounce houses, and fun ways to play. There is a separate play area for the smaller kiddos and even some comfy seating for grownups

Nikki - Account Executive (two sons ages 1 and 5)

We love to do Monkey Joe's and then go to the V Brewhouse. They have a patio with couches and surprisingly kid friendly brunch menu and it is only about a mile from Monkey Joe's.

Insider Tip: Don't forget the socks! Monkey Joe's requires the kiddos to wear them.

Adventure Park USA (New Market, MD)

Adventure Park USA is Maryland's largest family entertainment center. They’ve got mini-golf to a rock climbing wall, plus lots of fun rides. Yes, the bulk of the fun is outdoor, but there is a great arcade and other indoor fun to be found. The entire place as a fun Western theme and is great for younger kids as well as tweens, even teens.

Amie - Director of Operations (daughter 4, son 4 months)

Adventure Park is a hidden gem right in our backyard. It's all the fun of a big time amusement park without the crowds and long lines.

Insider Tip: Go check out the NEW rollercoaster they added this year!

The Pottery Cove (Catonsville, MD)

This adorable little pottery painting studio offers over 150 different ways to unleash your inner "Maker." You can create almost anything, and don't have to be an awesome artist to have fun. A day spent painting is fun for everyone. The best part though is coming back to pick up your finished work and seeing it transformed from a dusty looking piece of pale pottery into something truly unique.

Jamie - Founder and CEO (son age 7, daughter age 6)

What I love about pottery painting is that it's something fun to do with your kids and/or with your friends. Our team got together with our kids celebrate the arrival of Amie's new baby. It was a blast for all of us and we've got these great pieces of finished art to keep as really cool party gift!

Insider Tip: Leave some extra time for exploring the small businesses around the area where The Pottery Cove is. There is a great little candy shop, an antique store, and even a bread company on the same block.

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