Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Comedy Spot, Arlington, VA

The Comedy Spot in Arlington, Virginia is a great place to go for children and adults of all ages. While they are only open Thursday night-Saturday night, they tailor their impov comedy shows to a variety of different ages. Thursday nights are open mic night, which are geared towards teens and adults. In order to participate, you only need to email the comedy club. On Friday nights at 8pm and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, The Comedy Spot also hosts their comedy sportz program which has teams competing for points and laughs. This is a family friendly show and is meant to be kept clean, but may not necessarily be geared specifically towards children. However, Saturdays at 3pm, they specifically have a comedy sportz 4 kidz show which is kept strictly PG and is great for kids starting as young as first grade. Children are provided the opportunity to come up on stage and participate, and are aided by the comedy professionals that work there. On Saturday nights at 10pm, the club takes on a more adult feel as they offer the Blue Show, which offers adult humor with an R rating. Please make sure not to bring your children to this show as it is not appropriate for youths.

The shows range in price from $10-$15 and the place is well maintained (other than the restrooms which were a bit dirty). When we went to The Comedy Spot, it was on a Sunday night without kids, as they also offer private shows for work parties, birthday parties, and other occasions as well. The comedians were very funny, and did a great job of incorporating the audience into their show, calling people up or asking for audience participation for each skit that they did. While children were not around when we went, the comedians definitely seemed like they would do a fantastic job of putting on children’s birthday parties as well. If you are a fan of Whose Line is it Anyway or want to get your budding comedian a chance to participate in front of a larger audience than just family, this is a great place to go.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes


Ballston Common Mall  
4238 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA


ComedySportz 8PM/$15/PG
The Blue Show 10PM/$15/R

ComedySportz4kidz 3PM/$10/PG
ComedySportz  7:30PM/$15/PG
The Blue Show 10pm/$15/R

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

That Bounce Place, Reisterstown, MD

That Bounce Place in Reisterstown, Maryland is a fun option for indoor play on both sunny and rainy days. On Tuesdays and Fridays, they have special preschool only bounce time which is a good option for younger kids, especially those who easily get intimidated by older kids. They offer a preschool section that is a little smaller and blocked off from bigger kids and they also have 2 other bounce equipment pieces with slides. There is a small slide and toy kitchen, a crayon castle bounce area and a moon bounce with 2 small slides in the preschool area. They had two other slides as well. There are also 3 obstacle courses, one multicolored one, another with an octopus on a ship, and a third with a dinosaur. These were geared more towards the older kids who seemed to be having a blast.

In terms of logistics upon arrival, they have coat hooks and lots of cubbies for your shoes. You must wear socks! I did not see a place to lock things away, so I suggest keeping valuables with you. There were a few party rooms, snacks and drinks available for purchase, and also some toys for sale as well. They also have tables and chairs right next to the bounce equipment so parents can eat while watching their kids. The day that I went, their wifi was not working, so if you need to get some work done while there, call ahead to make sure that their signal is up and running.
All in all, it was a really good time. They claim to be the largest inflatable bounce park in Maryland, so if you like moon bounces and obstacle courses, this is the place to go!


(410) 833-PLAY (7529)

Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Monday-Thursday: noon to 8:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Open Tuesday and Friday at 10:00am for pre-school bounce

Open Bounce:
Monday-Friday:  Four Hours                                            $6.95
Friday (night), Saturday-Sunday, Holidays: Two Hours       $8.95