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Indoor Activities for Children near Tysons Corner, Virginia

by Jane Rodda

Tysons Corner, Virginia, is home to the largest shopping mall in the state making it an attractive place to visit. Not only does it have an abundance of retail options for shopping enthusiasts, it also is only 12 miles from downtown DC, making many fun indoor venues for kids just a short drive away.

1. Performing Arts

You may have a few budding actors or dancers in your midst. For the ballerinas, try out The Dance Company in Fairfax, which is just 7 miles away from Tysons Corner. Here you will find dance classes for all ages and skill levels teaching jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and poms. A great opportunity to learn the dramatic arts is at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, 13 miles from Tysons Corner. Kids of all ages can take acting classes, be a part of a production and learn all about theater in a fun and creative environment.

2. Sports Activities

An excellent place for indoor fun for kids is at the Spring Hill Rec Center 2 miles away in McLean. It has a 25-meter heated pool with diving boards, water toys and swimming lanes. Kids can come to swim for fun or sign up for swimming lessons. 8 miles from Tysons Corner in Fairfax is Fairfax Gymnastics Academy. It offers gymnastics classes for boys and girls ages 2 and up. Whether your child wants to compete on a team or just have some fun in the gym, there is a class for them.

3. Fun Centers

Sometimes you just need to take the kids out to the fun center. Ultrazone Laser Tag Family Fun Center is in Falls Church just 8 miles from Tysons Corner. You can watch your kids laser tag adventures on the big screen out in the lobby. The center also has air hockey, dancing video games and other arcade attractions. Also in Falls Church, 4 miles from Tysons Corner, is Bowl America. Here your kids will be delighted with bowling made fun for beginners with bumpers, glow-in-the-dark bowling featuring laser lights and loud music, a video arcade and plenty of food at the snack bar.

4. Museums

There are a few museums that would be worth the trip into downtown DC. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is 13 miles from Tysons Corner. Kids can see numerous artifacts including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module, pictures of space exploration, all kinds of jets and spaceships, and a planetarium. The National Museum of Natural History is also in Washington DC, and it features hands-on discovery areas for kids. They can explore problem-solving puzzles, learn to think critically about the environment, visit the insect zoo and walk through the butterfly pavilion.

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