JW Tumbles Play Zone2499 N. Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Bottom Line: A pricey, but fun place for little ones to burn off some energy on a too hot, too cold or too rainy day.
Hours vary, so call first to see when it's open. There is an entrance fee, but no limit on how long you can stay.
Non-Members: $10/1st kid, $5/siblings
Members: $8/1st kid, $4/siblings
Last Friday, the weather was relatively nice, but the parks were still wet and muddy. I was looking for something fun to do with the kids out of the house, that would work well for all three, but not be “too much” as Wendy had an afternoon birthday party to attend. So after ruling out the zoo (too far, too exhausting) and the local parks (too muddy for the semi-walking/crawling baby), we settled on the new “PlayZone” at JW Tumbles, right in our own neighborhood.
They don’t have much info on their website, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. As far as I could tell, it was a glorified McDonalds play land, and I wasn’t sure it justified the additional cost. Since we are not “members”, it was going to cost me $10 for the first kiddo and $5 for the next two — $20 was a lot more money than Mickey Ds “free” (or the price of a coupla chixen nuggets). However, a quick survey from my mom’s club yielded enthusiastic reviews, so we decided to check it out.
Because the weather was nice, we strolled over to the shopping center and Wendy rode her bike. It was her first time riding to a destination (versus just riding in a safe, empty area like an empty parking lot). She did a great job on the sidewalks and we arrived without incident.
I have to say, the Play Zone fit the bill of what I was looking for to a tee and was totally worth the gate fee. First off, it’s much bigger than the Mickey Ds playland and MUCH CLEANER. The best part is, while it is kid-sized, the openings are big enough that it’s easy for a mom to crawl in with the kids (and presumably for staff to clean it). All 3 kids (ages 5, 3 and 1) LOVED it. I could go on, but I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. In short, it gets a thumbs up from our family too!
Find more parks by visiting my main Arlington Parks & Playgrounds page.