National Geographic Kids Play Area at Tysons Corner Center1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102
(3rd level, near the AMC Theater and Food Court)
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Bottom Line: A great indoor space to burn off steam on a too hot/cold/rainy day. Love that it's free, but dislike that it can get crowded. I'm also not wild about the train parked out in front that costs $3/per person ride (or 2 for $5). 3/5 stars.
The play area at Tysons was recently redone, so I took my two younger kiddos (5 and 2) one hot morning before the week before school let out. It used to be a book theme, now it is an recycling/environmental theme, sponsored by National Geographic Kids.
I have to say, it’s pretty nice. They do a great job keeping everything clean and nice looking. I like that they took out the old tree and now you have a clear view across the play area with no blindspots. However, it does get crowded – we got there a little before 10 and it quickly filled up. My kids get antsy after 45 minutes or so, but I find it to be a nice option on a hot or rainy day to get us out of the house. The only thing I really dislike about it is the Mall Train, which operates right across from the entrance. It costs to ride and it, of course, entices the kids everytime it runs.
Here’s some pictures of the place for your viewing pleasure:
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