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MULTIPLE LOCATIONS-DC, MD, VA | Resources


MULTIPLE LOCATIONS-DC, MD, VA


Big Train 2016
Come watch Bethesda Big Train--catch a game with family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best! Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD.
www.bigtrain.org , 301-379-9145.


Busch Gardens
From the thrilling rides, captivating shows and animal encounters of Busch Gardens Williamsburg to the drenching rides and water slides of nearby Water Country USA, there's no better place to dive in and enjoy a fun-filled family vacation.
www.buschgardens.com/va , Williamsburg, VA,


Celebrate Fairfax
June 10-12, 2016. Tickets. Free shuttle buses from Fair Lakes Circle & Fair Oaks Mall. Fireworks, petting zoo, carnival rides, Children's Avenue, kid's crafts, pony rides and more. Fairfax County Government Center
www.celebratefairfax.com ,


Clark's Elioak Farm
Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions and Pine Tree Maze, playground, play area, picnic area, country store. Birthday parties and tours available. Open April 1 through November 1.
www.clarklandfarm.com , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.


The DC Jazz Festival
June 10-19, 2016: The 2016 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 4-5, 2016.
www.dcjazzfest.org , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.


Earth Treks Climbing Centers
Offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Indoor and outdoor climbing experiences. MD Locations in Rockville, Columbia & Timonium.
www.EarthTreksClimbing.com , 800-CLIMB-UP.


City of Gaithersburg
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Culture
Agriculture and railroad history, Gaithersburg Community Museum. Wetlands at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm. 500+ acres of parkland throughout Gaithersburg. including hiking/biking trails.
www.gaithersburgmd.gov , 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.


Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 21, 2016; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Gaithersburg Book Festival features top authors, including national best-sellers and winners of every book awards. Activities include workshops, a Children's Village, author signings and more.
www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org , Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD,


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.
www.gaylordhotels.com , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.


Imagination Bethesda
A children's street festival celebrating the arts! June 4, 2016; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda.
www.bethesda.org , 301-215-6660.


The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center offers education and related artistic programming. Performances for Young Audiences, tours and more.
www.kennedy-center.org , Washington, DC, 202-467-4600.


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, like llamas, alpacas, lambs, camels & more. Enjoy pony rides, live animal encounters, playground and lunch at the picnic area.
www.leesburganimalpark.com , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.


Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
Living Classrooms promote hands-on STEM education through their philosophy of "Learning By Doing." Educational boat trips, park outreaches, children's museum, summer camp and nature birthday parties.
www.LivingClassroomsDC.org , 515 M St., SE, Ste. 222, Washington, DC, 202-488-0627.


Maryland Faerie Festival
June 13 & 14, 2015; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Faeries and Nature with Art, Music and Merriment. This year's theme is Celebrating Neverland!
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org , 2564 Silver Rd., Darlington, MD, 301-221-5333.


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.
www.MountVernon.org , 703-780-2000.


The National Zoological Park
The Smithsonian National Zoo is located at Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 individual animals and 400 different species.
www.nationalzoo.si.edu , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.


Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Contemporary Fine Arts and Crafts. May 21-22, 2016; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Featuring over 200 artists from across the nation. Free Family Art Park in the Pavilion. Live performances.
www.restonarts.org , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242.


Potomac Horse Center
Trail riding from Muddy Branch Park to the Potomac River & Blockhouse Point. Riding lessons, birthday parties, pony rides, a summer day camp and more!
www.PotomacHorse.com , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.


Taste of Reston
An event featuring restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages, a Taste of Reston Carnival and a Family Fun Zone! June 17-18, 2016.
www.restontaste.com , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,


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


Vine on the Waterfront
Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 25, 2016; noon-6 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities.
www.vineonthewaterfront.com , Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA,


Washington Revels
Workshops: PreK-grade 8; Performances: All ages. Thirty years of presenting year-round programs like "The Christmas Revels," "May Revels at Strathmore," After-school Workshops, Community Sings, Pub Sings, Concerts, Parades and more!
www.revelsdc.org , 301-587-3835.


Washington Nationals Baseball
Enjoy a family outing at the ballpark! Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack starting at $15 Thursdays-Sundays.
www.nationals.com/family , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,


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, Virginia and connect with America! Experience iconic historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures and fun events. Let Fairfax surprise you!
www.FXVA.com , Tysons Corner Center, 703-752-9500.


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


Stellogix
Science & Technology for People
Come Explore at our NEW store location! All Kinds of scientific equipment on display with real advice from real experts! Science and Education classes for kids & adults. Microscopes, Telescopes, Binoculars, 3D Printers, Chemistry Kits & more.
www.Stellogix.com , 2985 District Ave., Ste. 160, Merrifield, VA, 703-273-3212.


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


Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Enjoy fun family day trips.
www.funforkids.virginia.cc ,