adult or child,

starting at 11 mo old 



Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-7pm

   *MAY 22-JUNE 9th   temporarily CLOSED read why on our homepage. We are sorry for any inconvenience.  



We have Special Events happening all the time!

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Saturday, May 21 - You will not want to miss! We havea very special Children's Author coming and reading at 10am and again at 11am. She will be sharing her wonderful new children's chapter book. Following story time the kids will get to mix up a free trail mix snack in the bakery & book signing.

Saturday, May 21 - Between 10am and 12pm Galley Foods will be here offering FREE samples of the meals they offer for home delivery. Come on Saturday, taste and learn more. 

The Playseum will be CLOSED temporarily from May 22- June 9th.  We will REOPEN for business June 10th.  Thank you for understanding.  Look on our calendar page for more details. 


We are a Children's Book Store in the design of a kid-size city, with hands-on fun! The PLAYSEUM is a place to build good family memories that engage all five senses.

  • Grocery shop in the Safeway and use your counting, sorting, and social skills.

  • Stroll into the Pet Shop to hear, see, smell and touch real animals. We have rabbits, frogs, lizards, doves, finches and fish.

  • In the Art Studio, children can use their own imagination and create something new out of recycled or new mediums, paint on our plexi-glass wall or buy some Playseum bucks and do a wood, clay or ceramic project. (all projects $3-$20 are finished the same day) 

  • Try on a costume and learn about countries from around the world in the International Shop.

  • Play the drums or keyboard in the family room or pick from one of the many bins on our activity shelf to build, create or learn.

  • Cook up a pretend pizza or some tacos in our pretend Italian & Mexican retaurant.

  • Go back in time and try out the old typewriter in our Grandma's Attic or play on a 1970's organ. You will also find suitcases of old stylish clothes and unique finds that take us to yester years.

  • Rescue mom from a an imanginary fire by putting on some fire gear and driving our fire truck.

  • Create your own soaps, bubble baths, lotions, toothpaste, lip balm or perfume spray with some Playseum bucks at the Soap Bar. ($2-$6)

  • Don't forget to visit Ms. Gina's Bakery where you can whip up a strawberry smoothie, a scrumtious ice cream shake, an ice cream sundae or decorate a cupcake for $3-$4.  If you really want to try your hand at baking we have a 20 minute on demand baking class for $8. 

  • The Princess Shop is a favorite for the girls. Filled with princess dresses, doll houses, wigs, barbie heads and old fasioned curlers.

  • The farm area has a full size saddle to jump on. Put on a cowboy hat and some chaps. Be sure to take a photo while you pretend to ride a horse.

  • The Fishing Pond is where kids can fish for alphabet letters with magnetic fishing poles. Help them find the letters to their name.

  • Sports Shop is a small room with balls of all sizes and two IKE TYKE Basketball hoops. Have fun and or build something with our giant size life legos.

Click on "CityShops" to see photos of some of the interactive themed cityshops. Go to the bottom of this page and click on the little guy with the megaphone to see videos and read reviews. If you would like to read a brief description of each of the "cityshops" click on field trips.

OUR GOAL is to bring family and community together under one roof in a great atmosphere, so parents and children can come in feeling good and leave feeling great. Kids are encouraged to explore, play and use their imaginations. 

OUR VISION is for kids to create & parents to relate.

OUR MISSION - When you come in and play you help a child far away. Each month we give a percentage of our profits to children who need clean water ( Water for Life) and to children who we support in Northern India who might have otherwise been trafficked.  We now have 58 children that we help monthly. (Lifebridge India)

Buy Playseum dollars upon entry and get the full experience.  The currency within the Playseum is Playseum dollars.  We want your kids to learn how to spend wisely and budget their money.  Of coarse, you can always buy more dollars once you are on the inside $1 for 1 but if you buy at the door they are 25 for $20.  The playseum is a good place to begin teaching your child that money does not grow on trees but is earned or given.  Children that are 7 or older can opt to become a helper within our cityshops and earn extra playseum dollars (up to five in a day) All hands-on activities led by our friendly staff at the soap bar, the art shop or in the bakery are paid with playseum dollars. You can also buy chips, apple sauce, soda, a juice box, water, Verismo Starbucks, candy and books with playseum dollars.

This is a great environment of creative fun for your child to learn fractions in the bakery, recycling in the art shop, etiquette in the diner, history in the grandma's attic, nurturing skills in the pet shop or sorting and counting in the Safeway. We have over 24 "CityShops" between the the two Playseums in Bethesda and Washington DC.  Our hands-on activities are as vast as our book selection engaging all five senses of the child.  It is firmly believed by Ms. Gina that when creativity collides with reality and wisdom is applied with laughter good memories are born.

Our Cityshops!

CityShops are so much fun and set up to expand your child's imagination. Your child can make a pretend pizza, shop for groceries, or pet an animal at the pet shop...there is so much to see. We've just named a few.

Our Bookstore!

Each CityShop has several books that are related to that room. For example, you might find a children's cookbook in our bakery or a "Fancy Nancy" book in our beauty salon. Every book you see is available for purchase or you can just enjoy reading them to your child during your visit.

Story Time!

Our ONE scheduled event each day is our story time. Story times run for about 15 minutes each Monday - Friday at 11am on Saturdays 11am, 2pm and 5pm and on Sundays at 2pm and 5pm.

There is more fun!!!

You may want to purchase playseum money to do some of our "above and beyond" activities to enjoy more interactive fun with your child!
You can: create something new in the art room, paint a ceramic, make your own chapstick, have your nails painted, make homemade pasta (DC location only), toothpaste, whip up a strawberry smoothie or decorate a cupcake with yummy toppings, and so much more!

You Must Know!

Admission is $9 per person. The playseum can be enjoyed by all, but targeted to kids 1yrs old to 11yrs old.

The best part? You do not need to call ahead, no resevations needed nor memberships. Come in on your own time and spend as long as you would like. Your admission covers the whole day and with a wristband you can go out for lunch and come back in on the same day.


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We also do Birthday Parties and Fieldtrips!

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