Badlands is a new nature-inspired play space and interactive environment in Rockville, MD where children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way. The space is simply amazing and provides plenty to keep kids ages 2-13 busy for hours. What’s more, there is a wonderful cafe-bar in the facility so parents can enjoy a perfectly made latte while the kids get energy out. We recently had our eight-year-old son’s birthday party there and the kids absolutely loved it. I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I was with the staff, beautiful taste in decorations, and very well planned space for kids to have fun on! You HAVE to check it out!
The Massive Play Area That is Fun for ALL ages
How many times do parents rack their brain thinking of the perfect site to keep ALL the kids engaged? The park might be too basic for the older kids, and the museum fail to keep a two-year-old’s attention. Here, our two-year-old explored for two straight hours while the older kids climbed the mountain and engaged with the more complex offerings. And at the end of this, no one wanted to leave. It really is a magical place!
The Workshop & Rotating Exhibits
Birthday Parties at Badlands
Badlands Birthday parties are top notch. To put it simply, they have a gorgeous place where kids are entertained for hours by thinking creatively, getting energy out, and having fun. Badlands has it all! Plus, they have four classy spacious, separate, well-lit pavillions for events. The birthday party packages include the pavilion, giant table covered with parchment paper, chalkboard decorated with the birthday child’s name, and all of the plates/ napkins/ silverware! We chose to upgrade our party with the dinosaur theme add-on package. Everything was stunning, better than what I could have imagined myself! As you can see, the set-up is truly adorable! Right when you walk in, you are introduced to your party host who helps facilitate play, serves food, and helps with all the birthday party activities.
At our party, they included all the fruit, pizza, juice boxes, water, and ALL the decorations including cutlery, plates, and cups. They have options to offer more food, but this is what we chose. All I did was walk in with a cake and enjoy myself! After the pizza and cake was eaten and “Happy Birthday” was sung, they rolled in their famous candy cart. The kids (and adults) eyes were aglow. It was like Willy Wonka’s Factory was sitting in a single magical cart outfitted with actual sparkling lights and glitter tassels. The host let everyone pick out candy and bagged it for each child. This was their party favor (something else I didn’t have to plan to bring). All of the kids left happy and ready for a good nights sleep because of Badlands. And I miraculously still felt peaceful after a kid’s birthday party! Normally, I’m frazzled. But I honestly credit Badlands inspiring space and helpful staff for such a successful party. My mom friends were impressed with it too.
Lastly, I want to mention that events and parties at Badlands weather-proofs your plans! Luckily, we have some great options in the DC area for kids to get energy out, but now I now put Badlands on the top of that list. It is an immersive play space that recreates an outdoor space in the comfort of a gigantic indoor facility. All while parents enjoy their time too!