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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.

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Adventure Theatre MTC
Join Adventure Theatre MTC every Sunday at 2 p.m. for presentations of upcoming plays and musicals, storytimes with authors of color, or new play festivals. Follow Adventure Theater MTC on Facebook to get notifications.
www.facebook.com/AdventureTheatreMTC/ ,


Arts Barn
Performing and visual arts, including theater, music, dance, comedy, magic, films, rotating exhibitions, classes and workshops.
www. gaithersburgmd.gov/aotg , 311 Kent Square, 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!
www.theavalon.org , 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.
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.
www.castlelasertag.com ,


The Children's Science Center Lab
The Children's Science Center Lab is welcoming visitors to explore and create through their most popular programs virtually! Guests can now register for virtual field trips and virtual animal encounters. The children's Science Center offers free experiences on its social media and YouTube Channel: Children's Science Center Lab. Videos include demonstrations, book readings, DIY experiments and animal keeper talks.
www.childsci.org ,


City of Gaithersburg Community Museum
Investigate, play and watch trains go by! Museum includes a locomotive, a caboose, an RDC, Budd car, B & O Station and Freight House. Hands-on fun!
www. gaithersburgmd.gov , museum@gaithersburgmd.gov, 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.
www. gaithersburgmd.gov , museum@gaithersburgmd.gov, 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 philogophy of getting active and having fun! 2020 will be virtual.
www. gaithersburgmd.gov/Recreation/Sports , 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.
www.clarklandfarm.com , 10500 Route 198, Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.


DAR Museum
Test your knowledge with historical quizzes, try online activities for kids, and view a variety of videos, all on the museum's website. If you like 18th & 19th century American history, this is the place for you!
www.dar.org/museum , 1776 D St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-879-3241.


DINO Summer
Smithsonian's National Zoo
Zoo-Per Summer Fun! Enjoy Free activities and education all year lonag!
www.fonz.org/athome , www.fonz.org/animalcams, Washington, DC,


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
During Natural History Summer Explorations, students explore ocean science and paleontology through activities, projects, and daily live video webinars and artists and Smithsonian science experts. 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
www.s.si.edu/nmnh-summer , 202-633-1000.


SummerFest
The City of Gaithersburg's SummerFest is a free evening of non-stop entertainment with live music, inflatables, fun family activities and a spectacular fireworks display and SummerGlo After-Party. 2020 will be virtual.
www. gaithersburgmd.gov , Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.


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 ,