CityShopsAnnapolis

Explore our CityShops

Children are free to roam from room to room and encouraged to find their interests....crafts, cooking, building, sports, and more...
We have some amazing sponsors that support our CityShops! Thank you to sponsors for helping us make each room a success!
And a huge thank you to all the parents willing to share your photos with us!

Come Heal with me at
Anne Arundel Medical Center!

Annapolis has one of the best hospitals around. In fact, it was founded in 1902 and its original building included 380 beds. Today it serves an area spanning more than 1 million in population and is known as the Anne Arundel Medical Center. It takes more than a village to run a hospital,

Role play in the pretend hospital helps children to demystify the equipment and procedures used by medical workers by showing medical professionals as people who care about us and help us heal. Kids learn by mimicking what they have seen when they have gone to the doctor. Be sure to visit the sick patient and talk with your child about what it means to be in the hospital. Hep Bud the Bear get well! Check his nose, eyes, and ears before he leaves. In the waiting room, you can read the story about the creator of the Band-Aid to your child.


Come Make Pretend Bread with me
at Great Harvest Bread Company!

One of the most unique memories Ms. Gina has as a child was making homemade bread with her mom and her grandma directly from an in-house grain mill; something which very few get the opportunity to do. When you eat bread made from fresh milled seeds, kernels, nuts or grains you can't help but receive the vital health nutrients packed into the loaf. No chemicals, no preservatives, just complete goodness slathered in butter, hot out of the oven.
We have teamed up with Great Harvest Bakery from West Annapolis to teach kids about real BREAD! Long ago, the domestication of grain allowed for human settlement and prevented mass starvation in times of famine. For many around the globe, bread is a large and important part of their diet. Save your Playseum wristband and bring it to Great Harvest Bread Co. to receive a free cookie or cup of coffee with the purchase of a loaf of bread or a dozen muffins.


Come Prepare Fresh Mex with Me at
Chevys Restaurant!

At Chevy's everything is made fresh! Shelves are filled with everything from fresh fruits and veggies to homemade tortillas and tamalitos. The first thing you will notice is the wonderful smells in the air as you see your food coming to your table. Order a chimichanga or fajita platter in the miniature restaurant so yourchild can go to the back and prepare it from our large selection of fake food items, fruits, and vegtables. Don't forget to clean up when your done! Chevy's values and maintains a clean kitchen, ready for the day ahead. Restock the kitchen shelves with the items you used, so the next chef and customers can find all of the ingredients they will need as well.
The active process of ordering food challenges young learners to develop and apply creativity and math skills as well as concepts related to health and nutrition choices.


Come Fix Cars with Me
at Eurosport Auto Care!

With over 60 years of combined experience, Eurosport Auto Care provides a full range of automotive Everything from oil changes and regularly scheduled maintenance to engines, transmissions, brakes, electrical, and more for your European, Asian, or American vehicle, all at affordable prices.  committed to providing value without sacrificing quality, and are 100% committed to
Children love to play in our Auto Shop, they can slide under a car, find the right tools for the job, and dress like a mechanic.


Come Clean Teeth with Me at
Labbe Family Orthodontics!

At Labbe-Family Orthodontics kids can pretend their parent is a patient. Sit in the waiting room until you are brought in for a pretend examination. Investigate our tooth decay table and see what items cause rapid tooth decay to our teeth. Learn about things we can do to prevent crooked teeth and try to build a row of straight teeth with the crooked blocks. Some things we eat and drink stick to our teeth more than others,. Find out by trying to brush off the items with a giant toothbrush.
Come up to the Be With Me Bar and receive your free tooth necklace. If you want, you can even come to the Science Bar and make your own toothpaste for $3 Playseum Dollars.


Come Create Art with Me at
St Anne's School of Annapolis!

At St. Anne’s School, their academic standards reach a level of true excellence. Their exceptional instruction and curriculum are respected for being innovative and forward-thinking, while quietly rooted in the Episcopal educational traditions of character, compassion, and integrity. In their unique learning environment, their provide an unforgettable educational experience for our students that inspire them to become tomorrow’s leaders.
We are thrilled that St Annes School has sponsored our Art Room! In this Shop you can do Art of all kinds. Touch and feel multiple mediums and utilize your senses to create, paint, design, build or manipulate purchased or recycled objects.
All projects can be taken home the same day!


Come Explore New & Old Homes with Me
and the Jim Schaecher Group!

Everyone of us has the opportunity to build good things or bad things in our lives. Explore the foundation of an Annapolis home and discover what it was built on. What are we building our lives on? Kindness and honesty or anger and jealousy?
Bricks can be made of many things such as straw, clay, rock and even silver or gold. Bricks in our lives are made up of many things too, like: love, hate, kindness, patience, greed, forgiveness, anger, peace, joy, fear, pride, gentleness, worry, etc
For younger children, the brightly colored pieces and easily interlocking combinations provide hours of pattern practice and fine-motor development. Even looking for the right piece strengthens sorting skills, a key part of early childhood math curriculum. Building blocks and bricks teach thinking in three dimensional perspectives- a precursor to physics. Children of all ages also hone creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork through building play.


Come Be on 95.1 SHINE-FM with Me!

Have you ever dreamed about being on the radio? Well, step into our pretend radio station and put on some headphones. Grab a microphone and a simple script to be like radio announcers Jack & Erin on 95.1 SHINE-FM! We are proud to announce them as an official sponsor. Be a voice for good, encourage others, and speak LIFE! Join others in writing a positive post on a sticky-note and than posting it on the green wall. Together we can declare this Annapolis-Baltimore area to be a more positive place for kids to shine!

Come Meet a Real Animal with Me in the Pet Shop!

The  people  of  Annapolis  love  their  animals.  Here  at  the  Playseum  we  are  no  different.  We  want  children  to  be  able  to  simply  pet,  snuggle  up  to,  or  hold  an  animal  without  putting  any  pressure  on  the  parent  to  buy  one.  Pet  a  rabbit,  hold  a  frog,  have  a  gecko  crawl  up  your  arm,  touch  the  scales  of  a  bearded  dragon,  and  laugh  with  our  feathered  friends.


Come  Save the Day with Me at the Fire Station!

Annapolis Fire Fighters and Police have protected our city for over 250 years! Our city would not be the city it is today if were not for all those who have given their time, their hearts and sometimes even their lives to protect and serve others.
Imagine there is a fire, the city is in danger! You'll have to work with others and think fast to save the day and be a community hero. Put on a helmet, pull on a jacket and grab a fire extinguisher. Jump on the truck and rescue the Playseum from burning down. Be sure to replace all costumes and toys for the next little firefighters!


Come to the Courthouse with Me!

The Annapolis Courthouse was built between 1821-1824 on Church Circle in Downtown Annapolis. The Courthouse is an important symbol of justice, and a tribute to civic pride. A courthouse is where you go to get a passport, to seek justice, to be married or to face a trial.
Come to the Courthouse with Me encourages an understanding of laws, privileges, and rights. Children can choose their place in the in the courthouse and discover the implications and responsibilities of each, whether it be at the judge's seat, or the wedding officiant, there is a role for everyone. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn that there are people in our city who work everyday to protect us from harm. Unfortunately, there will always be people who want to disobey and do wrong for their own benefit. Don a police hat and grab your handcuffs. It is time to protect the city from bad guys. Let's use some personal & social skills that are needed in being a good policeman or policewoman; give a good handshake and practice standing tall


Come Back to Colonial Times with me in
Historic Annapolis!

If you were living in Annapolis back in the 1700's life would have looked a bit different from what you see today. For starters; the clothes your work, the food you ate, the chores you did, the games you played all would have been slightly different. As you go through this area, see if you can point out some of those differences. Come Back in Time with Me allows kids to imagine themselves at a Tavern with George Washington, cooking a pot of stew over an open flame for the delegates that were coming to dine, playing a game of checkers, or making thread from sheep's wool so you could knit a sweater for winter. Life was different.
There were no computers, no TV's, no smartphones. Be prepared to walk through a bit of Annapolis history through the eyes of a child. This room will afford opportunities for you to talk about the past with your child and let them experience some of it first hand as you both can dress-up and role play the actions of the day.


Come Serve up a Pizza
in our Italian Restaurant!


Come Camp
Under the Stars
in our Campground!


Come Be a Star in the Theater!


Come Sail the Seas near
our Lighthouse!


Come Visit Grandpa and
Grandma's House!


Come Shop for the
Best Veggies at the Market!


Purchase Playseum Dollars to
Interact with our Staff at the
Bakery, Science, Soap and Art Bars!

Look out world, the Playseum is on YouTube!

We are proud to say that the playseum was designed with educational initiatives put in place, please visit the "fieldtrips" page to explore the learning opportunities available for your child.