adult or child

Starting at 11 mo old 



Mon-Thur 10am-5pm
Fri -Sat 9am-7pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm



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Fourth of July is almost here! Come in and make a very cool 4th of July picnic platter or a set of summer coasters ($12 for the platter or $12 for a set of four coasters)  

* This Wednesday - Friday, June 24-26th, we are making homemade mini pizza's in the bakery ($5 each. Comes with a juice box too!)

We will be OPEN through the holiday regular hours. Show your MILITARY ID and receive $1 off, not valid with any other offer. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY!

We have some used costumes for sale. When new $35. Now just $8 bucks. Only a few left.


We are a Children's Used Book Store in the design of a kid-size city, with hands-on fun! Click on "CityShops" to read about each interactive themed room that you can visit while at the Playseum.

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. The Playseum is the ultimate place for kids to create and parents to relate!

One can also buy Playseum dollars to purchase books or hands-on activities led by our friendly staff. Playseum dollars are sold 1 for $1 or buy 25 playseum dollars for $20 at the door when you arrive.

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 $7.00 per person- siblings under 10 months are free. 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.


Need the Basic Info?

Info on Parking, Policies, Hours, Directions, Special Events...Click here.

We also do Birthday Parties and Fieldtrips!

Yearly membership cards are now available!