CHRISTMAS IN NEW MARKET! THIS WEEKEND! Dec 9 and 10 Tree Lighting Ceremony at New Market Community Park at 7. Santa will arrive on a fire truck an light our tree. Carols, dancing, cookies and cider! Come one come all and start an annual family tradition!

Saturday begins with a Christmas Parade at 10am. Santa will be at Town Hall from noon-4. Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt after the parade! Get your walking map at Town Hall on Main St and stroll thru the shops to find the hidden Christmas object. Once you get all the stickers on your walking map, head to The Village Potter for your prize! Kids get to make their own clay ornament. The playhouse has FREE ADMISSION from noon-4 and we’ll be selling $1-5 Christmas crafts for kids to make. From 4-9 we are offering a Drop & Shop for parents to leave their kids in our capable, fun hands so you can get stuff done! Call or email for details.

New Sunday Hours. The playhouse offers Sunday morning parties at 10am! We are now open from noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Next PNO: Friday, Dec 30 from 5-8pm. Go to Programs tab for details

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. 

Community Helper Days: Dr. Maurene the Veterinarian will visit Wednesday, December 14 at 9:30! Do you have a child who LOVES animals? This one’s for you! Have them bring their favorite stuffed animal and Dr. Maurene will teach the kids how to give their four-legged friend a healthy check up. Wonderful opportunity to learn about healthy habits and promote kindness to animals.

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   Go to General Info for rates

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.