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2017 Stay and Play Guide

Find fun things to do in your own backyard! The Washington D.C. area is full of adventure, family entertainment, parks and interesting places to visit. Washington Parent's stay and play guide lists lots of ideas along with resources for more information.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS-DC, MD, VA | Resources


MULTIPLE LOCATIONS-DC, MD, VA


Avalon Theatre
Weekend Family Matinees
On select mornings, we feature classic movies, soon-to-be-released titles, independent films and live performances for the whole family that are engaging, respectful, violence-free and ridiculously fun!
www.theavalon.org , 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-966-6000.


Big Train 2019
Big Train Party Picnics at Povich Field! Birthdays, school fundraisers, scout troops, sports teams, neighborhoods, family and friends. Small-town baseball at its best. Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD.
www.bigtrain.org , picnics@bigtrain.org, 301-379-9145.


Buffalo Gap Retreat
A family and eco-friendly retreat and campground in the mountains of West Virginia with lake activities, hiking trails and spa amenities. Cottages and camp site rentals available.
www.BuffaloGapRetreat.com , 229 Cool Creek Rd., Capon Bridge, WV,


The Castle Laser Tag
Call today to schedule your event. Birthday parties. Team or group outings. Corporate events. Team building. Arcade and ropes course at Gaithersburg location. Two Great Locations: 14201 Woodcliff Ct., Bowie, MD, 301-352-8413. 9100 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 240-224-7766.


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods
Wolf Trap
Show every Tuesday-Satureday at 10:30 a.m. from June 18-August 3, 2019. See world-class children's artists in a magical outdoor setting. Tickets just $10-12!
www.wolftrap.org/woods , 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA, 703-255-1900.


Clark's Elioak Farm
Available daily: petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions, playground, play area, picnic area, country store and kids' jump course. Birthday parties and tours also available.
www.clarklandfarm.com , 10500 Route 198, Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.


DINO Summer
Smithsonian's National Zoo
June 1-August 31, 2019 meet and intereact with an eye-poping collection of life-like dinosaur puppets in a ticketed live theatrical performance. DinoRoars is an animatronic dinosaur invasion!
www.nationalzoo.si.edu , Washington, DC,


Glen Echo Park Aquarium
A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center
Come discover everything under the sea! Perfect for families, school groups, scouts and birthdays. Open: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Weekday by appointment.
www.GEPAquarium.org , Glen Echo, MD, 301-955-6256.


Newseum
July 1 through Labor Day, the Newseum waives admission for youth visitors age 18 and younger. Up to four kids visit free with each paid adult or senior admissions, or Newseum Membership.
www.newseum.org , 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-292-6100.


Olney Theatre Center
A professional, award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre produces and presents extraordinary theater and performances, and educates the next generation of theatermakers. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD.
www.olneytheatre.org , 301-924-3400.


Uptown Alley
Strike Up the Entertainment
Beat the heat with Two Story Laser Tag, Luxury Bowling, The Ultimate Arcade and Red Embers Grill. Get your Summer Fun pass for only $9!
www.uptownalleymanassas.com , Manassas, VA, 571-719-3384.


Washington National Cathedral
Visit the Washington National Cathedral and help build a LEGO Cathedral replica! At $2 per brick, you can help build the WORLD'S LARGEST LEGO Cathedral! Visit the Cathedral and watch how a grand Cathedral is constructed as it soars toward the heavens. The $2 bricks can be purchased in the Cathedral gift shop and trained volunteers will help you snap your pricks into place on the LEGO model. When complete, the Cathedral LEGO brick replica will be the largest of its kind in the world!
www.cathedral.org/LEGO , 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-537-6200.


Resources


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts.
www.culturaltourismdc.org ,


Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC.
www.washington.org , 202-789-7000.


Fairfax County Visitors Center
Come to Fairfax County, VA and connect with America! Experience iconic historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures and fun events. Let Fairfax surprise you!
www.FXVA.com , 703-752-9500.


Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history and heritage, state parks and more.
www.visitmaryland.org ,


Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider, scientist.
www.Virginia.org ,


Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Fun family day trips.
www.familydaysout.com ,