Many of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks feature sparkling springs, rolling countryside, and wooded trails. Others, however, feature 230-feet waterslides and giant plastic mermen. That?s because NOVA Parks includes a handful of recreational splash havens with towering slides, giant dumping buckets, and pristine pools.
Each waterpark is characterized by its own theme and unique whimsical d?cor, from the massive parrot that watches over Pirate's Cove to the lofty palm trees and grass huts that speckle Volcano Island. The latter location even boasts a landscaped mini golf course with 18 holes and challenging obstacles. All of the parks feature their own snack bars, where servers sling kid-friendly treats such as funnel cakes showered in sweet powdered sugar and popsicles with homework answers written on the sticks.
Your kids might never have to sing "Rain, rain go away," now that Kid Junction's on the scene. No matter the weather, kids from infants to nine-year-olds can unleash their unlimited stores of rambunctiousness at the indoor, two-story playground. They clamber up several levels in the central play structure, tunnel through tubes and bound over bridges, before jettisoning themselves down multiple slides. All the while, parents can keep a watchful eye on the pint-sized goings on thanks to see-through panels and netting. Secure check-in/check-out procedures ensure children only leave with the caretaker who they arrived with.
And when it comes to the arcade, parents can rest equally easy. Instead of games geared toward older kids, such as Mortal Kombat or Tax Return Hero, Kid Junction's games are designed to enhance motor skills and self-confidence. Younguns can shoot hoops, play air hockey, or roll skee-balls, for example. They can even dust off their imaginations at the kid-sized townscape, complete with post office and grocery store. Meanwhile parents relax with a cup of coffee and hop on the complimentary wireless internet access before they gather their kids for a meal of hot dogs or mac 'n' cheese at the cafe.