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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 in Glen Echo Park & Wintergreen Plaza
See award-winning shows. "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," now through August 14, 2017. Mention this ad and receive a free 7-page fun guide! 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD & 837-D Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. ,, 301-634-2268.

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.

Big Train
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.

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,

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.

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.

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Dulles
At our indoor sports facility, we do all the set-up and clean-up for you! Call to learn about our new party packages! , 21610 Atlantic Blvd., Sterling, VA, 703-430-9966.

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Rockville
At our indoor sports facility, we do all the set-up and clean-up for you! Call to learn about 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.

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. ,

Thursday mornings in July Strathmore's Backyard Theater brings families together for concerts that are educational, entertaining and perfect for all ages. Tickets on sale now. , 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5128.

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
Visit for family ticket deals, kids club info, kids camps & much more! Specials include "Kids Run The Bases" and "Ball Park Tours." , 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. ,