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. 

NEW!!! A Paint Party at the Playhouse! Go to Birthday Parties tab for details.

Help us name our new gerbil friends! Entries will be collected throughout August. TOP will narrow it down to three finalists and we’ll vote via Facebook in September. Winner gets a Family Four Pack! #NameCampaign2016 Get out the vote!

INTRODUCING OUR SUMMER SERIES WITH MS. GAIL! For kids 5-8 years old. Join Ms. Gail for a story and a work of art. Bring your imagination and a smile! Program included with regular admission. Registration required, limited spaces available, Call 301-865-6500 or email EllenatTOP@gmail.com. June 8 & 29: Process Art Workshop July 6 & 20: Making Nature Beautiful August 4 & 24: Alternative Art Methods

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! 

Last Summer Camp at the Playhouse August 15-19. Getting rave reviews from kids and parents! Science & Arts Fusion. Go to Camps and Programs tab for details. Call Veronika at 301-367-4773 or email vfarkas@vfdanceandfitness.com to register

NEXT PARENTS NIGHT OUT: July 29–SOLD OUT Aug 26 is Available                         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

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.