A new indoor playground, Magic Ground has opened in Columbia Heights, just above Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond on the 3rd floor. You can park in the underground garage of DC USA or take the Columbia Heights Metro. The prices can’t be beat; $10 for an hour, $15 for unlimited, discounts for more than one child and they even have drop-off rates for those who want to run into Target child-free. You can purchase several “packages” like Winter or Summer Memberships as well as an Annual Pass and half-day/full-day passes they will offer Parents Nights Out.
The theme of Magic Ground is a magical castle and the motto is “a magical place to eat healthy and play safely.” Children will crawl, jump and climb, explore, discover and create here. Magic Ground has only been open a week but word has gotten out, as there were about 15 kids playing with us. However, The Restaurant, Game Tech (a modern time corner to ignite your senses) and Show Hall (costumes and face painting) were not open. There is a cute place with vanities and hair salon tools for kids to pretend. There are a few kitchens and baby dolls in an area to play with. My son loved sliding down the slide into the ball pit, shooting an air cannon with balls and swinging on a swing inside of the apparatus.
My son spent the majority of our time in the Playground and a few minutes coloring and playing with stickers. There are various TVs around Magic Ground with Sprout playing. I believe a circle time, story time, singing and other programs will eventually be offered. 18 months is the youngest I think I’d bring here and that is the youngest they will accept for the childcare/drop-off option.
The space is bright and clean. The staff are warm, friendly and very engaged with the children and parents. There are bathrooms with changing tables and plenty of seating to relax and watch the kids play if you don’t want to take your shoes off and get in the playground (which you are welcome to do).
Address: 3100 14th St Northwest 3rd Level Washington, District of Columbia
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