Navigating Badlands Play Space

I love summer, I really do. However, when it is 90 degrees outside I have very little interest in taking the kids outside to play, and frankly they would prefer to not get burnt by the sun as well. Because of this I am always looking for really shaded playgrounds, or indoor play centers that will allow Johanna to run wild and free without me worrying that she will get a heat stroke. That is why I was beyond elated to hear of a brand new indoor play space in Rockville, Maryland called Badlands. I immediately googled it. I loved what I saw so I immediately posted about it in my DC area homeschool field trip group and set a date.

What I did not love was the price. It is a whopping $22.50 per child over the age of 3 ($12.50 if they are between 1-3)! My immediate response after choking on my Starbucks Midnight Mint Mocha was wait, what??? But looking at that open space I just knew Johanna would love it. I had to say goodbye to at least 5 mochas for awhile. So off we went.

The space was pretty. It was everything an indoor girl like myself could dream of. Rock climbing, tall trees, grass, and tunnels all indoors. You know, away from the brutal sun, the biting mosquitos and all the other creepy crawlers that live out in nature. And there was air conditioning my friends. Air conditioning! This mama was happy.

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Badlands also offers 4 party pavilions, which are super cute! If you book your next party there you will get a party host as well as an activity leader. You cannot bring in outside food, except for your cake. This is because Badlands also has its own cafe! Huge mommy perk right there. Isabella and I enjoyed some vital vittles while big sister rock climbed like a boss. There is also a Workshop where kids and adults can use real tools to make all the things, a Builders Room, Ropes Course, Screening Room, and an Exhibit that will change what will be featured every 3 months. For our visit it housed butterflies! It’s an interactive exhibit which makes it very, very cool.

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So, I’m going to sound like a total weirdo when I say this, but one of my absolute favorite areas of Badlands was the bathroom area! Behind quite a few doors (I didn’t count, but there were at the least 5) there were individual bathrooms that smelled amazing and looked sparkly clean. Right outside of the bathrooms was a nice, clean, sterile looking waiting area. There is nothing worse than going to an indoor playground and finding the bathrooms to be completely disgusting…except port-o-potties. I don’t think anything beats those for me. Yack!

Johanna thoroughly enjoyed her time at Badlands. She played for a solid 3 hours and still wasn’t ready to leave. I was though. Adult A.D.D. is real. While I found just a couple of areas that could use improvement, I really did enjoy it overall.

Obviously Badlands won’t be a regular part of my life at the current price and with it being so far from me (Rockville is quite a hike for us), but I’m so glad that I enjoyed it, and I can see us having a party there in the near future.

To see more of our adventure at Badland, checkout my latest youtube video. Don’t forget to subscribe and give it a thumbs up!

 

Badlands Play Space
301.618.0009
5200 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Open 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays)

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Taking a Virtual Field Trip Around the World

About a month or so ago an internet friend (don’t you love those?!) told me that she was doing geography lessons with her little one, and I immediately said idea STOLEN! While I am not exactly that girl that remembers state capitals and such, I am that girl that adores learning about new places and discovering new things. I would love for Johanna to be that person as well, so I thought this was perfect!

We started last month with China. It was great! We had dim sum (she hated it), we participated in Chinese New Year, we read children’s books and non-fiction books about China, as well as watched language videos. It was great, worked out perfectly! For March we are doing Japan since the Cherry Blossom festivities will begin right as we are ending, perfect timing! Well another internet friend (yes, my internet friends are way better than yours!) sent me her pinterest board because she is an elementary school teacher and wanted to help me out with homeschooling Johanna. I was totally overwhelmed at first, but soon I stumbled upon something that caught my eye.

Have you ever heard of the Google Art Project? Well it was new to me (I know! I must live in a cave…or I’m just busy being the Black Martha Stewart) and to say I was excited is kinda sorta putting it lightly. How timely for me to find this! Google Art Project allows you to view over 100 museum collections from 40 countries. You can either explore the museum (a dream come true!), or view the artwork. Seriously. You get to take a walk through the museum as if you are actually there! This is me in the Tokyo National Museum:

UntitledHow amazing is that??? This has turned my teaching on it’s head. It’s made things just a little bit brighter and exciting! Of course, I couldn’t discover this and not tell you, you know, in case you too are extremely busy saving the world being an awesome parent and somehow missed out on this little nugget of information.

Have you incorporated world studies into your little one’s curriculum? How do you teach your children about the places far away from their home?

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