Welcome to The Original Playhouse!
The Original Playhouse is pure delight for children. We say this with confidence because we hear and see their excitement as soon as they walk inside. Their eyes head straight to our colorful stairwell of picture books and the giant chameleon art table.
Two engaging floors of hands on and pretend-play ignite a child’s imagination so that time slips away. The first floor includes three spaces dedicated to art and creative design, gross and fine motor, and constructive building for the curious thinkers.
Upstairs is designed for our friends who love to get lost in role play. Whether to dress up and perform on our corner stage, or cook a meal on our pretend campfire, kids express themselves freely inside each room. Or they can take a cultural escape and learn about the whole wide world and how acts of kindness can make a difference.
Step outside and enjoy our Caterpillar Trail packed with more fun: a two story wooden castle, a construction pit of Tonka trucks, a tight rope and balance beam all set within a fenced-in nature escape.
TOP was designed for children ages 3-9 and the activities are most appropriate for this developmental range. Toddlers are welcome to play with extra watchful eyes for their own safety. During the school week, most children who visit are in the 2-5 year old range. For our 10 and older crowd, come on in! We believe nobody outgrows the spirit of play.
No reservations are required and there is no time limit on your stay. The average visit runs about 2 hours.
Open Play Gallery
Playhouse Recommendations for Play
Grown-ups are asked to stay on the same floor as their kids. Please do not leave them unattended.
Encourage responsibility by asking your child to help restore the play space before moving onto the next area.
We encourage ‘shoes-free’ play. (Though we understand if you need to keep shoes on.)
Snacks are permitted at our art table and outside.
Visitors may leave and come back. Admission is good for the day.
The Playhouse was designed for children ages 3-9. Toddlers and older kids are welcome, too!
Our goal for you is simple: Engage and have fun being together!
We follow FCHD guidelines and as long as our community level remains “low”, masking is individual choice and your own comfort level.
Directions & Parking
The Original Playhouse is located at:
4 WEST MAIN ST.
NEW MARKET, MD 21774
From I70 take Exit 62, Route 75 (Green Valley Road) Libertytown/Hyattstown.
At the Old National Pike light, turn left and follow the road into historic New Market.
The Original Playhouse is the light blue building nestled between Fleshman’s Antiques and Vintage and will be on your left.