Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center4200 S. Four Mile Run
Arlington, VA 22206
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Bottom Line: A good indoor option on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-12pm for kids 0-5. Cost $3/adult. Some play toys provided, can also BYO. 3/5 stars.
NOTE: The Drop-in Play group is now run at the Arlington Mill Community Center, same dates and cost (I haven't been).
If the weather outside is frightful, and it’s a Tuesday or Thursday, head to Barcroft Rec Center for some indoor fun.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am – 12pm (during the school year), Barcroft hosts a Drop-In Indoor Playgroup in their gym. It is for children from birth to 5 years old and costs $3/adult. From their informational flyer:
The program is designed for young children to enjoy exercise and play in a fun, safe, indoor environment with their parents supervised guidance. Parents are welcome to bring ride-on toys and other play equipment within reason. Soft balls, bikes and other toys are provided. Please note: that children over the age of 5 are not permitted.
Adam and I stopped by one fall morning and found it not very crowded.
I believe it gets much more crowded as winter goes on and I have been other times when it is super crowded. We went once and brought his glider, which was a bad idea. It was so packed with kids, I was sure he was going to take someone out.
Here’s a view from the balcony over looking the gym.
The staff provide a small amount of play toys (more than what you can see pictured, but not a ton), and people also bring their own stuff. The space is mostly enclosed, with one point of entry and exit. There are also bathrooms in the facility just outside the gym.
I like that the Barcroft option is there, although I don’t usually take advantage of it. Even though the cost is low, I still find a deterrent when there are other free options out there and it doesn’t offer a whole lot more than indoor space to run around. However, if you have young children who need that physical exercise and a place to “get their crazies out”, Barcroft is a great option.
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