WELCOME TO THE ORIGINAL PLAYHOUSE! A place for kids to play the “original way” where batteries are replaced by imaginations : ) Please check our calendar tab to see if we have any delayed weekday openings due to field trips. 

FRIDAY, May 27: This Native American Life. Join us for a cultural lesson about American Indians of the Southwest. Ben Madrid, owner of Santa Fe Trading Co will be here to teach kids about traditions and customs of  American Indians. Dream catcher crafting after the program. 10 AM

INTRODUCING A NEW CLASS: “A PLAY ON WORDS” A multi-sensory approach to encourage language and literacy development through play! We’ll engage all the senses as we explore a new concept each week. Perfect for 3-4 year olds and young 5s are welcome. Wednesdays at 12:30 May-June (no class June 22) 8 weeks $90 Email EllenatTOP@gmail.com

Yes, it’s beautiful outside and we have the perfect backyard garden playground to enjoy the lovely sunshine! Caterpillar Trail is not completed but it’s OPEN FOR PLAY! 

SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE IS OUT! Go to Camps and Programs tab for details. 

NEXT PARENTS NIGHT OUT: June 24        May 27: SOLD OUT                                     Dinner next door at Vintage includes a complimentary dessert. For ages 3 and up, potty trained required. $20/child 5-8pm Kids love their own Kids’ Night Out!         Call 301-865-6500 or email EllenatTOP@gmail.com to reserve a place 

Kids have enough toys? How about giving an experience–we’re happy to send gift certificates or punch card passes. Give us a call and we’ll get them in tonight’s mail. 301-865-6500 or email EllenatTOP@gmail.com   Go to General Info for rates

TIME FOR TWOS! NEXT SESSION TO BEGIN MAY 3, TUESDAYS AT 9:30  A pre-preschool group, playfully educational! Structured with familiar songs, seasonal stories, felt boards, and an age-appropriate follow up activity.Toddlers welcome (18 mos-3 years old) 8 week session $70–stay as long as you want each week! Perfect for early socialization in a stimulating environment. Email EllenatTOP@gmail.com 

Check out our newest Birthday Party Package–the Drop Off Version! Click on “Birthday Parties” tab for details.

Call Ellen at the playhouse at 301-865-6500 with any questions : )


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  • Construct like an engineer or discover like an inventor in the Engineerium!
  • Design like an artist in the Art 101 area!
  • Question like a scientist in the Wonders of Water room!


  • Browse the Village Marketplace and head next door to cultural home
  • Visit the Nature Nook
  • Perform in the Young Readers’ Theater room


At TOP we encourage grownups to enter the world of kids at a kid’s level. Most of our rooms -nclude suggestions and ideas for adults to maximize their child’s experience at the playhouse.

At TOP we strongly encourage a maximum ratio of 3 children per 1 adult so that children are guided to get the most out of TOP’s themed rooms.