As the weather turns cold and rainy, it can be tempting to just curl up on the couch and hibernate until spring. Here in Fairfax County, however, there's still plenty of excitement to be had all year round! Whether you're looking for family-friendly excitement or to unleash your own inner child, these indoor play centers in Fairfax County offer hours of fun and adventure for everyone.
Laser Tag Adventures
Ready, aim, let loose! Set your phasers to "fun" and strap on your vests for a blood-pumping adventure at one of Fairfax County's laser tag centers. At Ultrazone Laser Tag And Amusement Center, you can wind your way through a darkened labyrinth and fog-filled passageways while not only dodging your opponents' lasers - but also their brand new DOD21 mega robot! Shadowland Laser Adventure Center also offers an exciting fog-filled environment with colored lights and upbeat sounds. You can also earn special power-ups (like "invisibility" or "rapid-fire") from stations mounted throughout the arena.
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Ready to jump for joy? Visit a trampoline park, where you can soar to new heights! With a variety of fun activities, including dodgeball, basketball, foam pits, and obstacle courses, there's something for everyone to let their inner child soar. At Flight Adventure Park's Springfield-based intergalactic adventure zone, thrillseekers can enjoy over 15,000 square feet of fun - including Airborne Dodgeball, Airslam Basketball, Laser Race, and Battle Beam. Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Springfield has all the excitement of trampolines alongside rock climbing, a "Wipeout" game with a giant spinning sweeper arm, a Ninja Warrior Course and Warped Wall. Launch Entertainment Park in Herndon also boasts a Ninja Course, Launch Pad, Dodgeball, Launch N Dunk Basketball, Large Arcade, and Krave Restaurant.
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
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Reach new heights with rock climbing - the ultimate test of strength, endurance, and determination. There are a variety of climbing routes to challenge yourself to at the newly-opened Vertical Rock Tysons climbing and bouldering facility. With walls of different heights and difficulty levels, there's something for climbers of all skill levels. At The St. James, a three-story wall will deliver a climbing and bouldering experience that is dynamic and challenging. All are welcome to challenge themselves on the wall, with personal instruction available for all ages and skill levels.
Arcade Games Galore
From classic arcade games to state-of-the-art virtual reality experiences, Fairfax County's arcades have it all. Dave & Busters in Springfield and Fairfax features more than 140 of the latest and greatest arcade games, a chef-crafted menu, and the state-of-the-art D&B Sports Bar filled with dozens of massive HDTV screens. Fun Land of Fairfax also boasts over 100 arcade games, and an indoor entertainment facility that includes go-karts, laser tag, a ropes course, rock climbing, and more!
Golfing for the Whole Family
It can already be difficult to conquer a mini golf course in the light, but to do it in the dark - that's mastery! Challenge yourself to an unconventional indoor mini-golf course at Monster Mini Golf in Chantilly. This 18-hole course is a glow-in-the-dark, monster-themed attraction - complete with an animatronic ogre (kid-friendly, of course). The unique spot is a two-in-one for fun because it also offers an arcade experience inside as well. Another glow-in-the-dark mini-golf experience unfolds in The Dark Tower, located inside the aforementioned Shadowland Laser Adventures in Alexandria. This mini-golf course puts you in the middle of glowing dragons, ancient passageways, bubbling elixirs, and cauldrons.
Indoor Water Fun
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Who said the thrill of water can't be experienced all year long? Cub Run Rec Center Indoor Waterpark is perfect for families with kids of all ages! Younger swimmers will love the zero-depth entry and in-water playground offering slides, water jets, cannons, and sprays. Older swimmers can slide into fun on the waterslides between 20-30 feet tall, float in the lazy river, or spin around in the water vortex. The adults-only whirlpool spa overlooks the leisure pool as well.
There are plenty of active indoor play centers to burn off energy in Fairfax County, so don't let the weather get you down! Get out there and have some fun! Where will you take your adventures first?
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