Washington, D.C. has an abundance of families with young children. Whether you met at school, a Mommy and Me class or just walking down the street, you probably have a play date you want to set up. You can find some wonderful indoor playgrounds in the D.C. area, but with spring warming things up, why not check out some outdoor options?
6317 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101
Clemyjontri Park is an ideal playground for any child on a play-date, but especially for children with disabilities. The two acre playground offers children with special needs a chance to play like any other child. The park includes swings with high backs, ramps, lower monkey bars and specially designed equipment. Along with swings, a maze, jungle gym, and slides, there is also a carousel. There are educational activities, physical activities and creative activities all in one big space. This large playground is so much fun your kids won’t want to go anywhere else.
Palisades Recreation Center
5200 Sherrier Place N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
The Palisades Recreation Center is home to tennis courts, a soccer field, softball field, basketball courts and a wonderful playground. The playground is a great play-date spot for children between the ages of five and eight. With it’s south western inspired decor, the playground has a unique feel to it. There is plenty of room for kids to roam around and use their imagination. On top of that, there is a spray park with a slide for kids to cool off and play around.
3500 Woodley Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
School playgrounds are generally all the same, with asphalt grounds and and metal equipment. The Beauvoir School decided to be different. This playground was designed as a connection to nature. Wood chip floors and majority wood based equipment make up the playground. Just because it is made with nature in mind, doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. Along with swings, basketball courts, slides and a sandbox, there is also a zipline. Playdates at this playground will have to take place when the school is not in use, so you will want to consider that when setting up your playdates.
Cabin John Regional Park
7400 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
The Washington, D.C. area is full of amazing parks that everyone can take advantage of. Cabin John Regional Park is one of them, with acres upon acres of land with activities. One of the best parts for children is the Adventure Playland, nestled in the park among the trees. The colorful slides and other equipment stand out against the natural backdrop, stimulating the kids’ imaginations. Before the playdate is over, make sure to take a trip on the miniature train.
Rosedale Community Center
1701 Gales St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
While other playgrounds are starting to adapt to accommodate those with certain needs, Rosedale Community Center was the first in the area to be an inclusive playground. A clean and fun playground, it is fun for all with it’s ample space. Your kids can slide, swing, run and generally play around. And with the District of Columbia theme, it would be a great opportunity for the kids to learn about some of the important landmarks in the city.
Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.