Pongo’s Learning Lab
2141 Priest Bridge Dr Suite 8, Crofton, MD 21114
Open Mon.-Thur. 10-7:30
Pongos Learning Lab is a community center in Crofton offering after school STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) classes from kids in grades K-8. BUT did you know it ALSO has an indoor play center designed for ages 3-6, called the “Little Learners Lab”!?
This week we visited the Little Learner’s Lab for open play and to participate in their Little Scientists Club. What makes this play center unique is its focus on STEAM for kids. The large (spotlessly clean!!!) playroom is filled with high quality, educational toys with a science focus – kid friendly microscopes, solar system puzzles, kinetic sand, ramps, gears, etc. It was such a cool opportunity for my kids to check out all these great toys (and to get ideas for Christmas gifts😉)! In addition to the main play area, there is a small playroom to the side with padded floors, a ball pit, tunnel and giant foam blocks. A great spot for kids to get their wiggles out!
Each week they offer their “Little Scientists Club” for kids ages 3-6 (participation is included in the admission cost – no extra fee). The class takes place Tuesdays from 10-10:30 and Wednesdays evenings from 6-6:30 (so great that they have evening hours for working parents!)
Outside food is welcome (nut-free facility!), they just ask that you keep all food in the adjacent room – feel free to pack a lunch so you can eat there and keep on playing! You can even leave and come back the same day. Admission is $8 per child (adults are free). The age range for this room is 3-6, but I did bring my 18 m/o and she has a blast as well. Just keep a close eye if you do bring little ones as many toys have small pieces (I stuck with her the whole time!).
Something else that stood out to me at Pongo’s was the staff! The director, Crystal was so great with the kids. She was constantly cleaning up, putting toys back, and making sure the room was set up for play. Everything for the science experiment was set out and ready to go (including adorable goggles and lab coats 🥰)
Pongo’s also offers affordable birthday parties for ages 3+ – there are tons of activities to choose from for various age ranges.
We stayed here for over 2.5 hours and could have stayed longer! Honestly this place has a lot of the same features as the kids room at the science center for 1/4 of the cost, free parking and 1/6 of the drive time for me 😂 Highly recommend checking it out ASAP! We will absolutely be back!
🚽 Bathrooms 🚽: yes
🅿️: parking lot
😷: Masks required for 2+
👩👧👦Solo w/ kids?: yes
🛒 Stroller friendly?🛒: no strollers needed
⏰: 2-3 hours (or all day!)
⭐️Grippy socks required.