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Party Places & Services, Virtual Parties | Performances, Destinations & Events | Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

Party Places & Services, Virtual Parties

Balloons by Justin
Balloon Artist
Balloons inflate smiles! Balloon creations and entertainment for parties, festivals, carnivals, bazaars or any other occasion., 703-569-7483.

Carousel Puppets
Puppet shows for all occasions. Marionettes and hand puppets, lively music and lots of audience participation. Puppet-making workshops and goodie bags available. Professional puppeteer. Serving MD, VA and DC area. ,, 703-444-9426.

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.

Michael Chamberlin, Magician
Now offering VIRTUAL PARTIES! Known as the "Dean of Deception" across Washington for over 35 years at birthdays, schools and libraries. Michael's seamless blend of comedy and magic creates a dazzling show for all ages. ,, 301-656-5693.

Dinosaur Birthday Party
Does your budding paleontologist want to find real dinosaur fossils? Dr. Peter Kranz, dinosaur paleontologist, provides field trips, home parties, spring break and summer camps and other opportunities to have fun! , 202-547-3326.

Dynamite Gyms
Birthday Parties & Events Facilitated by Dynamite Gyms
Kids will flip, climb and have a blast during the best birthday party ever! We have four specialized facilities; three in Rockville and one in Gaithersburg, all with phenomenal staff! We have tons of options to make sure your child's special day is a success. Just bring the cake and the birthday kid, and we got the rest! ,

Eric Energy
Team Eric Energy can make science fun at your party, camp, school assembly, STEM night or festival. Perfect for preschools and wide-ranging age groups. Sixty-minute shows that focus on various science experiments and topics. Offering Virtual Programs. , 410-336-8295.

The Face Paint Lady
The Face Paint Lady's gestural style is quick, fun and joyful. You'll get great photos and memories that last a lifetime. , 301-221-5640.

Harmonia School of Music & Art
Music & Art Birthday Party at Harmonia School
Ages 4 & up. Music, games and crafts are combined to make a birthday party an experience your child will remember. Kids will have fun creating a take-home craft and playing movement/dance and music games. , 204-F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA, 703-938-7301.

Kidcreate Studio - Alexandria
Host a party where you know your child and their friends are being inspired, creative and educated by a live Kidcreate Art Teacher. Art kits included! Virtual offerings too! ,, 724 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA, 703-660-4814.

Mad Science
Our 45-60 minute parties are full of spectacular science experiments! Experience chemical reactions, amazing physics and even make your own project! Offering Virtual Programs. ,, 301-593-4777.

Oh Susannah
Ages 1-6. Award-winning children's singer/guitarist Susan McNelis performs at hundreds of venues, including the Kennedy Center. Group participation, songs, movement, tambourines, hand-puppets, balloon animals. ,, 301-933-2006.

Silver Stars Gymnastics
We offer COMPLETE birthday party packages, including gymnastics fun, pizza, juice, paper products and goodie bags. The staff is friendly, helpful and experienced. , Silver Spring, MD, 301-589-0938.

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

Performances, Destinations & Events

Arts Barn
Performing and visual arts, including theater, music, dance, comedy, magic, films, rotating exhibitions, classes, and workshops. , 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6394.

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.

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,

City of Gaithersburg - Casey Farmers Market
Casey Farmers Market at the Casey Community Center is held Thursdays, May-November; 1-5:30 p.m. Find local produce, meats, baked goods, coffee and so much more. , 301-805-1528.

City of Gaithersburg - Jingle Jubilee & Tree Lighting
Music, Dancing Santa and more! December 5, 2020; 6-7:30 p.m. at City Hall. , 301-805-1528.

City of Gaithersburg - Kentlands
Main Stree Farmers and Artists Market in Kentlands. Saturdays year round; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Find local produce, meats, baked goods, spirits, coffee and so much more. , 301-805-1528.

City of Gaithersburg Community Museum
Investigate, play6 and watch trains go by! Museum includes a locomotive, a caboose, an RDC, Budd car, B&O Station and Freight House. Hands-on fun! ,, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6160.

City of Gaithersburg Observatory Park
Yes, you really can see the rings around Saturn through our telescopes! Once a month events with talks and hands-on STEM activities. Weather permitting. ,, 100 DeSellum Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6160.

City of Gaithersburg SportsFest
The SportsFest is an annual celebration of youth sports in our community emphasizing the philosophy of getting active and having fun! , 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

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.

Kentlands Mansion
A landmark since 1900, the Mansion is an ideal venue for weddings, social functions and business meetings. The Mansion Art Gallery offers the opportunity to view art in a timeless setting., 301-258-6425.

Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

City of Gaithersburg - Parks, Recreation and Culture
From aquatics to performing arts, farmers markets to skate parks, Gaithersburg has something for everyone! Check out our website to learn more! , 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

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, soldier, scientist. ,

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


Acting for Young People
Celebrating 20 years of fun, challenging classes for ages 5-adult. After-school programs, weekend classes, summer acting camps, school tour productions and more! ,, 5506 Talon Ct., Fairfax, VA, 703-554-4931.

The Agility Center
Our Agility classes combine gymnastics mechanics with basic movement skills, including climbing, jumping, swinging and running to increase strength, endurance, coordination and athleticism. Open gyms, school holiday, summer camps and birthday parties. , 4990 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, MD, 301-770-2710.

The Art League School
Ages 5 & up. Courses are offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and a wide variety of crafts, with some of the most talented and well known artists in the country. From Silver Jewelry to Silk Painting, download a full-schedule online. , Old Town Alexandria, VA, 703-683-2323.

Bolt Parkour & Freerunning Academy
Montgomery County's 1st Parkour Gym! Offering classes for all ages and ability levels with a variety of surfaces to progress at a safe, comfortable pace. , 4950 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, MD, 301-770-2727.

Casey Community Center
Join us for cooking classes, family-friendly programs, movie screenings, sensory-friendly opportunities, holiday events, dance and fitness classes, Creative Tot Time for preschoolers and more! , 810 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6366.

City of Gaithersburg - Aquatics
The City of Gaithersburg offers a wide variety of group swim lessons from 6 months to adults, year round! , 2 Teachers Way, Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6445.

City of Gaithersburg Miniature Golf
Come play a round or two at the only Miniature Golf park in the area with a beautiful Waterfall! , 514 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

City of Gaithersburg Skate Park
Gaithersburg's Skate Park is designed for skateboards, inline skates and BMX bikes. The park includes ramps and structures suitable for a wide range of ages and skill levels. , 510 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6359.

City of Gaithersburg Sports
Gaithersburg Sports provides affordable opportunities for participation in sports in our community for all ages. , 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

City of Gaithersburg Sports - Ready, Set, Run!
Ready, Set, Run! is a 10-week program designed for youth grades 3-8 with the goal of completing a 5K run. , 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

City of Gaithersburg Sports - Speed and Agility Clinics
The Speed and Agility Clinics develop skills and endurance athletes can use in any sport. Designed for youth ages 8-16. , 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

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.

Dinosaur Fund
PreK-College. People of all ages are fascinated by dinosaurs. Our programs include shows, field trips and hands-on activities. Learn about dinosaurs of the National Capital Region. ,, 202-547-3326.

Dynamite Gymnastics Center
We provide a fun, immersive and progressive approach to fitness. We offer a variety of curriculum for all ages! Join us for classes, open gyms, school's out, summer camps, birthday parties! , 4956 Brolling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, MD, 301-770-2700.

Eric Energy
Science shows, hands-on workshops and multiple week after-school programs. A different science topic each session. Topics include electricity, lasers, sound, slime and more. Now hiring instructors/entertainers. See website for more information. Offering Virtual Programs. , 410-336-8295.

Fairfax Collegiate
Rising Grades 3-9. Have fun and learn! Fairfax Collegiate offers more than 120 courses at 13 summer locations. ,

Harmonia School of Music & Art
Ages 3 1/2-Adult. Offers outstanding Music Lessons and Theater Programs taught by a highly qualified and nurturing faculty. All instruments, voice, musical theater, acting programs and full-scale productions. ,, 204F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA, 703-938-7301.

Highest Speak
Highest Speak offers public speaking classes, workshops & camps (online and live) to children grades K-8. Our goal is to eliminate the anxiety of public speaking early, so that it never even develops! 1-833-3HSPEAK. ,, Fairfax, VA,

Mad Science
PreK-Grade 6. Cool science after school. Build rockets, use lasers, learn crazy chemistry and more. Offering Virtual Programs. 301-593-4777; 703-536-9897. ,

Musical Expressions
All ages. Private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, flute, bassoon and more. Studio on Old Georgetown Rd. near the Beltway. In-home lessons available. , Bethesda, MD, 301-530-7757.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Ages 7-18. Shakespeare Theatre Company believes in an ongoing study and practice of Shakespeare and his work. Learners of all ages will question without fear, inspire dialogue and challenge established ideas while evoking new and inventive thought. STC offers Camp Shakespeare for ages 7-18 and teen and adult classes year round. , 516 18th St., SE, Washington, DC, 202-547-3230.

Silver Stars Gymnastics
18 months & up. Gymnastics instruction for kids. Specially designed preschool equipment. Birthday parties. Boys-only classes available. Competitive teams. Summer camps. Two locations: 2701 Pittman Dr., Silver Spring, 301-589-0938 & 14201 Woodcliff Ct., Bowie, 301-352-5777. ,

Suzuki Music Studio of Reston
Ages 3-adult. Dr. Barrett gives group and individual instruction in violin, viola, cello and piano using both traditional and Suzuki educational strategies. The Studios present four performances yearly. ,, Reston, VA, 703-295-0659.

Washington Parent's Back-To-School STEAM Fair
STEAM Fair: Sunday, August 9, 2020; Noon-4 p.m. Shop Maryland's Tax-Free Week at Clarksburg Premium Outlets and find Onsite STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) Programs to enhance your child's school year! Family Fun includes: Giveaways & prizes, entertainment stage, science demonstrations, face paining, balloon twisting and more! Clarksburg Premium Outlets, 22705 Clarksburg Rd., Boyds, MD. , 301-320-2321.

Young Artists of America
The premiere musical theater program offers young performing artists rigorous and inspirational training and performance opportunities with the region's top faculty and Broadway artists. , 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda, MD, 301-272-8604.