It has been a long winter on the East coast. We are in mid-April and we are still getting temperatures in the 30s and 40s and lots of rain. As much as we love running through puddles, we can only last outside for so long until the weather gets warmer. We have three or four indoor play places that we love in the Northern Virginia area. One that is always a fun trip is Chibis, in Ashburn, VA, which is a perfect indoor playground for toddlers.
The thing I love most about Chibis is that it is huge. There is tons of space to run around and a large variety of things to do. Sometimes these indoor play places are on the smaller side and there are limited activities available. Chibis has things for young babies to pre-schoolers.
I felt comfortable bringing Aiden to Chibis when he was just a little over a year and now that he is almost two-and-a-half I still think there are some activities that he can grow into. Recently, he got comfortable going down the big tube slide so that has been really exciting for him! You may have seen my post on toddler coordination. Chibis has been great for his physical coordination and I have seen a huge improvement in his climbing over the year.
Chibis is split into three sections.
Chibis Snack bar/Lobby
When you walk in you put your shoes in a bin and give them to the employees to hold. There is also a small eating area with high chairs and tables. A great thing about Chibis is that you can bring your own snacks in, or they have snacks there that you can purchase.
Chibis Infant Play Area
The infant play area is large compared to other indoor play places I have been to. It is full of soft foam-y toys that babies through age two can play with. The colors are muted so nothing is over stimulated. I love that they have bins all around in case a baby “mouths” a toy so that they can wash them.
Chibis Big Kids Playground
Chibis Interactive Games
The big kid’s playground at Chibis is made up of several sections. There is an interactive screen on the floor that cycles through games every 15-minutes. It’s like a giant tablet that kids (and adults) can stomp and run on.
Chibis Giant Custom Jungle Gym
This thing is so cool. I love that adults are able to go up with kids so it can be a family experience (up to 80 adults can be on it at one time). It can be a little scary to send a young toddler up on something so high without supervision so I really like that they make it a point to say that adults are invited up with kids. It also gives me peace of mind that it is easier to clean than something more enclosed and “kid” sized.
There are lots of activities within the jungle gym and tons of space to run around. Aiden recently started going down the big slide and has had a ton of fun with it!
Chibis Bounce House
This is one I think Aiden will continue to grow into. He isn’t great at bouncing in the bounce house especially if there are other kids in there. There is also a big slide. He has gotten better with climbing up the slide but he still needs a lot of help. This is another activity that parents are able to get on with their kids.
Chibis Toy Room
Within the big kid playground, there are TONS of toys. From trains to a giant kitchen to a playhouse plus cars, trucks, a dollhouse, a small play slide. There are also some scooters, bikes, and bounce balls. Whatever your child could ever want to do, it’s probably there. I love that you can just let your child play with whatever and not worry about cleaning everything up. There is a lot of seating around for parents too.
Things to keep in mind before visiting Chibis
We go to Chibis a couple of times a month usually and I always find it to be very clean. It’s not usually terribly busy and the people are very friendly. It’s reasonably priced for a drop in, but they also have memberships available too. You don’t have to pay for adults which is nice. You get two “adults” (ages 9+) included for each baby or toddler ticket.
Here are some additional tips:
- You must wear socks (adults and kids). If you forget them you can buy some for $1.
- Bring water and snacks! You and your little one will be running around a lot so staying hydrated is a must.
- You can bring your own snacks.
- Check the hours before you go. Particularly on the weekends, they close early for parties. They are open seven days a week so that is nice!
Overall I definitely recommend Chibis as a great place to spend a couple of hours if the weather is not great outside. It’s a fun and safe place where your toddler will find tons of fun things to do. Here is a quick highlight video of all the fun Aiden has at Chibis!
Have you ever been to Chibis? I would love to hear about your experience.