Open Play at Columbia, MD Play N' Learn
For $9 per child 12months-15yrs Come play for up to 2 hours in our spacious showroom in Columbia, MD. Our huge indoor facility, which features safe rubber flooring, has swingsets, basketball goals, trampolines, air hockey and foosball tables best suited to entertain ages 2-8.
Open Play hours are not the same as shopping hours and sometimes requires advanced tickets. Please read the information below for details of Open Play.
9033 Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Open Play Days and Times
Monday – Friday (except when schools are closed during the school year)
Just pop-in anytime from 10AM-5PM. No advance tickets or reservations are required UNLESS Howard County schools are closed for School Holidays, Snow Days, Professional Work Days etc. Just pop-in and pay at the counter when you arrive.
Saturdays, Sundays, School Holidays, School Snow Days
We limit the number of Open Play tickets & you MUST pre-purchase a ticket online for weekend and school holiday play. Tickets can not be purchased at the store on these days. This is done in an effort to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests as weekends are busiest due to birthday parties and shoppers. Weekend Play tickets are posted every Thursday at 10am and generally sell out very fast.
Thursday Mornings, Play for Charity!
From 10am to 12pm on alternate Thursday mornings during Spring/Summer is Play-For-Charity. Each week we donate the proceeds of Thursday morning open play to a different local charity or non-profit organization. CLICK HERE for more info on Play for Charity.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. WHEN IS OPEN PLAY?
Monday – Friday 10-5. Just pop-in. (school holidays like MLK Day and Spring Break require pre-purchased tickets)
Saturday – Sunday. Play times vary depending on ticket purchased. Weekend Play time requires online tickets purchased prior to arrival. Weekend Play Tickets are limited and sell out fast.
Q. WHY ARE ONLINE TICKETS REQUIRED ON THE WEEKENDS AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS?
Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days of the week. We host birthday parties and are also busiest with families coming in to shop for swing sets, trampolines and basketball hoops. In an effort to keep the showroom safe and comfortable for all guests we must limit weekend open play traffic.
Q. WHAT SCHOOL SYSTEMS AFFECT THE STORES?
Columbia Showroom – Howard County Chantilly Showroom – Fairfax County
Q. IS THE PLAY SUPERVISED?
All parents are responsible for supervising their own children while on the playground. A waiver form is required to be completed prior to play.
Q. DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE WAIVER EACH TIME I VISIT?
No, once the waiver is on file, you do not need to fill it out again unless you bring in children not accounted for on a previous waiver.
Q. WHEN ARE WEEKEND TICKETS POSTED?
Weekend tickets for Columbia are put on our website each Thursday at 10am for that weekend’s play. For Chantilly, Play tickets are posted Fridays at 10am. We add a limited number of tickets and they sell out fast.
Q. DO I NEED A RESERVATION FOR WEEKDAY PLAY?
Only groups with over 10 children are required to make a reservation for weekday play. On school holidays such as MLK Day and Spring Break online tickets are required.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$9 per child (12 months and up)
There is no charge for adults or babies under 1.
Q. HOW LONG MAY WE STAY?
Up to two hours per visit.
Q. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SHOES?
On or off, but no bare feet.
Q. IF I AM COMING TO SHOP DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY CHILDREN TO PLAY?
Absolutely not! Reservations, Tickets, or Payment are never required for shopping and your children are welcome to play while you shop.
Q. CAN WE EAT OR DRINK IN THE SHOWROOM?
Weekdays, yes. Weekends, No. No food or drink are permitted on the showroom floor; however we do have a party room you are welcome to use to eat in as long as it is not occupied by a party on weekdays. On the weekends party rooms are always full, so please no food on weekends!
Q. WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
We have plenty to entertain the children including swingsets, trampolines, and basketball goals.
Q. WHAT AGE IS YOUR FACILITY SUITED FOR?
Children ages 8 and under are best but we do have baby swings for the little ones and tall sets and trampolines for the bigger ones. We charge for any child over 12 months.
Q. WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR PLAY?
A Waiver for every child must be completed in full prior to play. It is easiest if it is filled out prior to arrival so the kids may begin playing immediately.
Q. AM I ABLE TO DROP THE CHILDREN OFF AND LEAVE?
NO, PARENTS MUST STAY WITH THE KIDS. ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED.
Q. MAY I HAVE A SMALL BIRTHDAY PARTY BY BUYING A LOT OF OPEN PLAY TICKETS?
NO, ALL BIRTHDAY PARTIES, SMALL OR LARGE, MUST BE PROPERLY SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE. TO HAVE A PARTY AT PLAY N’ LEARN, Book your party at Columbia Play N’ Learn | Book your party at Chantilly Play N’ Learn.
Q. ARE YOU AN INDOOR OR OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND?
We are an Indoor playground.
Q. IS THERE WIFI?
Yes. The network is Play N’ Learn guest, no password required.
Q. IS THERE AIR CONDITIONING?
Yes. We have air conditioning and heating.