New family-friendly places to pass the time

Keep your kids and their furry friends entertained at the area’s recently opened spots.

Photo courtesy of Launch Herndon

Play space for the whole family
ZavaZone opens in Sterling offering an abundance of fun. “We have 8,000 square feet of trampolines including dodgeball courts, Bungee Jump and a Battle Beam over a foam pit. We have a high-ropes course, a four-lane Ninja Warrior course, zip line, Giant Slide Drop, Parkour Course and climbing walls. We [also] have a trampoline Stunt Jump Air Bag and the Zipinator, which is a cross between a zip line and a roller coaster,” says Joe Henry, co-owner of ZavaZone along with Josh Oboler.

Bounce about in Herndon
Launch Trampoline Park is joining in on grabbing the attention of kids and parents looking for indoor activities. The company opened a Herndon location in Franklin Farm Village Center in the former Sears location, and it is 25,000 square feet of bouncing fun that holds themed programs (teen night, special needs day, toddler time, adult nights) and is looking to launch a fitness program.

Hylton Performing Arts Center expands
The Hylton Performing Arts Center opened with grand fanfare in 2010 and has quickly become a renowned venue for area entertainment, so popular that an expansion is already needed. The center broke ground for the expansion in 2016 with plans to add a larger rehearsal hall with a stage similar in size to the stage in Merchant Hall, the center’s main performance hall, and a smaller rehearsal studio named the Ballard Postma Studio. The new wing, expected to open this year, will also feature 10 additional rooms for classes, practices and events and a remodeled lobby that will be big enough to host events on its own.

Play space for all children
We Rock the Spectrum is on its way to Loudoun and will be a space specifically designed for children with sensory needs, though it is a space where all children can play. The space will be outfitted with sensory equipment like trampolines, carpet swings, tunnels, zip lines and more that will help with motor skills all while bringing in a bit of entertainment.

Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center moves forward with plans
After 9/11 a memorial to honor those killed at the Pentagon moved through the process of construction quickly with a memorial and reflection garden at the site. Now plans for a companion education center are moving forward for the $75 million education center that is slated to be over 100,000 square feet and include exhibit space, classrooms, auditorium, a sky terrace, reflection room and office space. Arlington is the only area that was attacked on 9/11 that does not have a visitor center or museum.

Arts center coming near Frying Pan Park
Scimores Academy LLC has put forth plans to build what the group of McLean-based investors is calling the Conservatory of Fine Arts, a $40 million project that will serve children in preschool through 12th grade. The campus for the private school, which will be used primarily during evenings and weekends, is on the property next to Frying Pan Farm Park and includes three historic homes that are planned to be used for administrative and educational offices. The conservatory itself is planned to be a two-story, 48,000-square-foot facility.

Three spaces specifically for the dogs:

(January 2018)