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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.



Adventure Theatre MTC
See Tinker Bell at Adventure Theatre! Based on the works by J.M. Barrie, a new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love, including Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook. A world premiere by DC playwright Patrick Flynn. Now through August 20, 2018. 7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Glen Echo Park), Glen Echo, MD. Box office: 301-634-2270. ,

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! , 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-966-6000.

B&O Railroad Museum
Birthplace of American Railroading
40-acres of railroad history. STEM programs and exhibits. Seasonal train rides. , 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, 410-752-2490.

Big Train 2018
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. ,, 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. , 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.

Cirque du Soleil
Ovo by Cirque du Soleil will be playing EagleBank Arena August 16-20, 2017. Tickets on sale now at , Fairfax, VA,

City of Fairfax, Virginia
Join us for free Summer Nights in the City arts and music, our Independence Day Celebration, Civil War/historic attractions and more. ,

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. , 10500 Route 198, Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

Gaylord National
Grab the kids and make your next vacation destination Gaylord National Resort. When you stay at our award-winning location, you will experience new and exciting interactive adventures. , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.

Geico All Star FanFest
Major League Baseball
July 13-17, 2018: Geico All Star FanFest. Meet some of the game's biggest stars and legends! Over 500,000 Sq. Ft. of attractions! Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 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. , Glen Echo, MD, 301-955-6256.

Leesburg Animal Park
An exciting way to have fun with the whole family! The 21-acre zoo is home to a variety of animal friends. Live animal shows. Animal petting and feeding. Pony rides. Wagon rides. Camel rides. Visit our Discovery Room with arts, crafts and creative play. , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.

Library of Congress
Baseball Americana
A new yearlong exhibition, "Baseball Americana" explores baseball's past and present for fans of all ages. The exhibition features historical images, baseball cards, a baseball-card-themed photo station. ,

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Dulles
At our air-conditioned indoor sports facility, we offer basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball and more! Call to learn about camps and our new party packages. , 21610 Atlantic Blvd., Sterling, VA, 703-430-9966.

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Rockville
At our air-conditioned indoor sports facility, we offer basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball and more! Call to learn about camps and our new party packages. , 60 Southlawn Ct., Rockville, MD, 301-838-4455.

Montgomery Parks
410 parks and 34,000+ acres of parkland. Visit website for events, nature programs, historic properties, boat rentals, fishing, ice skating, tennis, miniature trains, splash playgrounds, carousel, mini-golf, trails. ,

George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington, commander-in-chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. Visit the mansion, tomb and plantation. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway. , 703-780-2000.

July 1 through Labor Day, up to four kids age 18 and younger visit for free with each paid adult or senior admission, or Newseum Membership. , 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. , 301-924-3400.

Shadowland Family Entertainment
Strap on a suit, enter the HUGE multi-level arena, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! In Chantilly: 4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA, 703-263-1004. In Alexandria: 5508 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA, 703-921-1004. In Gaithersburg: 624 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-330-5546. ,

Smithsonian Theaters
Experience more at Smithsonian Theaters: documentaries for all ages and intersts, the newest Hollywood releases and timeless classics in stunning IMAX Laser, 2D/3D and 35mm. National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. ,

Strathmore provides vibrant performances for families throughout the year. We offer experiences that inspire our littlest audience members to learn, explore and engage at every stage! , 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

Urban Pirates
Baltimore's Swashbuckling Adventure! Adventure cruises, private charters, birthday packages, pirate story time, school field trips, preschool activities. , 410-327-8378.

Visit Annapolis
Celebrate American and maritime history in Annapolis. Experience your exploration by boat, foot or trolley, and discover one of the nations most renowned historical towns. , Annapolis, MD,

Washington Nationals Baseball
Enjoy a family outing at the ballpark, and save with special offers like Nationals Family Fun Packs, GovX and Value Days! , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit
Brookside Gardens
This amazing seasonal display at Brookside Gardens features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Now thru September 17, 2017. , 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD, 301-962-1400.


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

Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC. , 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! , 703-752-9500.

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

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

Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Fun family day trips. ,