Badlands Playspace Rockville Rocks!

The most beautiful open gym and playspace my family and I have ever visited in the DMV is – hands down! – the new Badlands Playspace on Randolph Road in Rockville. This nature-inspired play space and interactive environment was designed with the goal of creating an interactive environment where “children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way.”

Targeted to children ages 2-13, Badlands offers many diverse areas for learning and play. The focal point of the space is the massive kid-friendly, climb-friendly rock structures. Is there anything kids love more than climbing big rocks? And these safe man made structures have tunnels, bridges, ropes and slides! Badlands staff carefully instructs kids in an orientation session about safe climbing play.

No, that is not a Dwell magazine spread. Those are the Badlands Event Pavilions! These gorgeous rooms can host your Badlands birthdays, celebrations, group crafting sessions or other creative events.

At Badlands, founders Mikel and David Blair have thought of everything. There is a cafe with healthy snacks, coffee and even libations for parents! A butterfly garden. A maker room with numerous centers for building, crafting, making art and conducting science experiments. A field games area. A screening room. And all of these centers are just gorgeous to behold.

Taking your kids to this family-focused, education-rich space is a summer must do! Daily admission is $22.50 for kids 3+ and $12.50 for toddlers under age 3.


  1. We will TOTALLY visit this place, it looks amazing! Thanks, Jess!!!

  2. My nephew is 2 and loves Badlands!!

    I would like to purchase a gift card or monthly pass. Please provide instruction on how to do so.

    Thank you!

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