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Annual Welcome to Washington

The Washington area — affectionately known as the DMV — has so much to offer families of all ages and interests. Our Welcome to Washington Guide is the perfect resource, whether you’re new to the area or a long-time resident looking for new family-friendly shopping, outings or party places! We’ve included a wide-selection of listings in this print guide (great to keep for future reference!). Be sure to look around our website for even more great local finds!

Arts

Abrakadoodle

abrakadoodle.com; swalia@abrakadoodle.com

703-538-4278

Northern VA, Prince William County, Loudoun County, VA, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, MD, Washington D.C.

Abrakadoodle parties — no muss, no fuss, just lots of fun!

The Center for Ballet Arts

thecenterforballetarts.com; ctrbalarts@aol.com

703-273-5344

3955 Pender Dr., Ste., 105 Fairfax, VA

Ages: 3-Adult

The Center for Ballet Arts provides a well rounded curriculum and pleasant, encouraging environment for dance training in many different disciplines. Classes are designed to promote flexibility, strength, artistry, coordination and technique. Stop by!

Encore Stage & Studio

encorestage.org; info@encorestage.org

703-548-1154

4000 Lorcom Ln., Arlington, VA

Theatre by Kids, for Kids! Founded in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio’s mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence.

Harmonia School of Music & Art

harmoniaschool.org; harmonia@harmoniaschool.org

703-938-7301

204F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA

Ages: 3 1/2-Adult

Offers outstanding music lessons in all instruments & voice and musical theater programs taught by highly qualified and nurturing faculty. One of the finest musical theater programs includes, acting, theater and voice & diction classes. Performance opportunities through Youth Theater Productions in fall & spring.

International School of Music

ismw.org; info@ismw.org

301-365-5888

10450 Auto Park Ave., Bethesda, MD

301-320-4400

4701 Sangamore Rd., L-03, Bethesda, MD

With two locations in Bethesda, International School of Music offers music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels. Nurturing & patient faculty who make lessons fun & engaging.

Kennedy Center

kennedy-center.org

2700 F St., N.W. Washington, DC

The Kennedy Center is home to heartwarming and fun-filled performances for every age group and their families, from world-premiere productions based on favorite children’s books, to music, dance, theater, storytelling, puppetry, and much more.

Olney Theatre Center

olneytheatre.org

301-924-3400

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD 20832

A professional, award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center produces and presents extraordinary theater and performance on its four-theater campus for an ever-more diverse set of audiences in our community. One of two state theaters of Maryland.

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio

perfectpointe.com; staff@perfectpointe.com

703-533-8830

2499 N. Harrison St., Ste. 1-LL, Arlington, VA

Offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, musical theater, dance and acrobatics for ages 18 months through adult! Qualified and caring staff, family-friendly atmosphere, fun performance opportunities.

Perfect Pointe (formerly heartbeats) Music & Dance Studio

hbeats.com; staff@hbeats.com

703-440-9000

8060 Rolling Rd., Springfield, VA

Offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, modern, acrobatics, contemporary & musical theater dance styles. Private music lessons include guitar, ukulele, violin/viola, drums, voice and more! Highly qualified staff, family-friendly atmosphere and fun performance opportunities.

Tiny Dancers

tinydancers.com; info@tinydancers.com

703-385-5580

Fairfax City, Old Town Alexandria, Mosaic District

A unique program for children two to 12. Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and Wiggletoes taught in a fun and nurturing environment that allows each child to develop a love of dance.

Zazzy Peacock Studios

zazzypeacock.com; jill@zazzypeacock.com

301-633-4714

12280 Wilkins Ave., Artists and Makers Studio A1, Rockville, MD

Zazzy Peacock Studios offers art and crafts classes, parties, after school and summer camps for kids, teens and adults. Fun and creative activities for everyone!

Child Care

A Child’s Place

achildsplaceinc.com

703-698-8050

3100 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, VA

A Child’s Place in Fairfax was established in 1981. We take children eight weeks to five years. Please stop by for a visit.

Education

Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery

acornhill.org; info@acornhill.org

301-565-2282

9504 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD

Play-oriented Waldorf school with singing, crafts, gardening, storytelling. Parent-infant/toddler, parent-child, half & full day and summer programs. Certified nursery/kindergarten. 45+ years experience. Rolling admissions.

The Auburn School

theauburnschool.org; info@theauburnschool.org

703-793-9353 or 301-588-8048

3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste. 500, Chantilly, VA

9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

We offer a dynamic educational program for intellectually curious students with challenges in the areas of organization, socialization and pragmatic language. We support the development of academic skills, social competency and pragmatic language.

The Barrie School

barrie.org; admission@barrie.org

301-576-2847

13500 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring, MD

Ages: 18 months-Grade 12

Montessori education for students age 18 months through Grade 5, and Project-Based Learning in grades 6-12. New for 2018-19: Montessori Makerspace, and high school planetary science and marine biology courses.  Extraordinary Environment for Learning.

BeanTree Ashburn Campus

beantreelearning.com

571-223-3110

43629 Greenway Corporate Dr., Ashburn, VA

BeanTree Learning in Ashburn provides unparalleled care and nurturing for infants through PreK. Led by a team of experienced and caring educators, BeanTree provides children with a safe and stimulating environment for academic success and provides parents with peace of mind. Year-round enrollment available for  fully-accredited academic and specialty programs.

BeanTree Westfields Campus

703-961-8222

5003 Westfields Blvd., Chantilly, VA

Fully accredited, discover the BeanTree difference at our Westfields/Chantilly Campus! Offering unprecedented educational offerings for your child in every stage of academic development, BeanTree offers infant care through full-day private kindergarten, before/after school and summer camp. Year-round enrollment for full and part-time academic and specialty programs.

Brooksfield School

brooksfieldschool.org; brksfield@aol.com    

703-356-5437

1830 Kirby Rd., McLean, VA

Ages Served: 3-11

Spanish, dance, art & music, summer camp, drama, outdoor adventure program, extracurricular activities.

Capitol Learning Academy

capitollearningacademy.org; info@capitollearningacademy.org

Southeast, Washington, D.C.

Progressive, affordable private elementary school providing individualized learning experiences to prepare students for their futures.

Edlin School

edlinschool.com; director@edlinschool.com

703-438-3990

10742 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA

Edlin is an academically gifted private school for K4-8th grade established in 1989. The school emphasizes a classic curriculum in combination with STEAM to create the best learning conditions for gifted students in small class sizes.

Emerson Preparatory School

emersonprep.org; mainoffice@emersonprep.org

202-785-2877

1816 12th St., N.W., Washington D.C.

A happier and healthier path to a higher education for bright students who thrive in a small and inclusive community.

Fairfax Christian School

fairfaxChristianSchool.com; admissions@studyfcs.com

703-759-5100

22870 Pacific Bvd., Dulles, VA

The Fairfax Christian School is an award–winning, independent, university–preparatory school serving Kindergarten through 12th grade since 1961. New Dulles Campus • Coed • Student–Teacher Ratio: 7:1 • World Languages: French, Spanish, German, Chinese • Tuition Range: $24,800 – $37,725 • AP Classes • Competitive Sports • Art & Music • Enrichment Programs • Transportation • Extended Day • Summer Program • ESL Program.

Feynman School

feynmanschool.org; admissions@feynmanschool.org

301-770-4211

6300 Tilden Ln., North Bethesda, MD

Grades: Preschool – Grade 5

Ages: 3+

The area’s leader in educating academically gifted children, Feynman School features extraordinary programs in science, math, language arts, theater and music designed to maximize your child’s potential.

German Language School

dswashington.org/glc; glc@dswash.org

8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac, MD

The GLC (German Language School) offers German classes for children ages three and up for adults at all proficiency levels. Classes are offered Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Highly-qualified German teachers make German language learning fun!

Jamon Montessori

jamonmontessori.com; jamon.montessori@gmail.com

301-384-3131

52 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring, MD

Ages: 2-Grade 2

An international Montessori school.  Our students are enriched in afternoon Spanish immersion. STEM and art classes. Soccer, percussion and dance too!

Kenwood School

kenwoodschool.com; admissions@kenwoodschool.com

703-256-4711

4955 Sunset Ln., Annandale, VA

Kenwood is a charming environment to learn in. The students receive an individualized experience which helps them grow and learn more than is possible in a large classroom setting. We pride ourselves on our home-like atmosphere and loving faculty.

Lindamood – Bell Learning Processes

lindamoodbell.com; support.mcteam@lindamoodbell.com

800-300-1818

Montessori School of Cedar Lane

preschoolmontessori.com; info@cedarlanemontessori.com

703-560-4379

3035 Cedar Ln., Fairfax, VA

Montessori School of Cedar Lane has been providing over 40 years of Montessori tradition to Northern Virginia. We offer a complete educational and social environment and utilize the discoveries and methods of Dr. Montessori to help the child develop more fully the potential within him.

Montessori School of Northern Virginia

msnv.org; info@msnv.org

703-256-9577

Two campuses:

MSNV Hillbrook – 6820 Pacific Ln., Annandale, VA

MSNV Valleybrook – 3433 Rose Ln., Falls Church, VA

MSNV is a non-profit, parent cooperative school, providing a comprehensive Montessori education for children ages two to 12. With two campuses set in peaceful residential neighborhoods, MSNV offers challenging, self-paced instruction guided by Montessori certified faculty.

Nysmith School for the Gifted

nysmith.com; ebalberde@nysmith.com

703-713-3332

13625 EDS Dr., Herndon, VA

The award winning Nysmith School is committed to nurturing each student’s love of learning and learn to their potential. 550+ students from three-years-old through 8th grade. A Top 10 School in the World by Johns Hopkins 2015 CTY Talent Search. 2014 Tommy Award for the “disproportionate” achievement of alumni at TJ.

Pinecrest School

pinecrestschool.org; admissions@pinecrestschool.org

703-354-3446

Small classes; hands-on curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical-thinking skills. Individualized approach; each child grows academically, socially and emotionally within caring and positive environment. Summer camp. Before- and after-care.

Randolph-Macon Academy

rma.edu; admission@rma.edu

540-636-5484

200 Academy Dr., Front Royal, VA

R-MA focuses on preparing students for college through rigorous academics and Air Force JROTC. The 59 graduates of the Class of 2017 were offered nearly $6 million in college scholarship offers and 242 acceptances to 145 different colleges and universities.

Reston Montessori School

restonmontessori.com; office@restonmontessori.com

703-481-2922

1928 Isaac Newton Sq. West, Reston, VA

Established in 1987, Reston Montessori School is a private, co-educational school for children from three months through third grade.

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy

spring-bililngual.org; info@spring-bilingual.org

301-962-7262

3514 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington, MD    

Montessori preschool with Foreign Language programs.

Sunset Hills Montessori

sunsethillsmontessori.com; office@sunsethillsmontessori.com

703-476-7477

11180 Ridge Heights Rd., Reston, VA

At SHMS, we are committed to recognizing and cultivating the uniqueness of each individual child. We have a community of educators, and wonderful families, that have chosen SHMS because of a shared vision for early childhood and elementary education. This community, fostered through high teach retention and involved families, supports each child during this critical time of development. Frequent field trips further expand concepts learned in the classroom, following the Montessori tradition of “going out.” Building on the foundation laid by Maria Montessori.

Health Care

David Hughes Orthodontics

drhughesortho.com; info@drhughesortho.com

703-451-0502

8314-A Traford Ln., Springfield, VA

Invisalign preferred provider. Call for a complimentary exam and diagnostic records. Records are for our use only.

McLean-Reston Pediatric Dentistry, Cris Ann Ternisky, DDS, Michael J. Ternisky, DDS and Golnaz Jalali, DDS

mcleanpediatricdentist.com

703-356-1875

McLean Doctors Building: 6711 Whittier Ave., McLean, VA

703-481-9200

Town Center Office Building: 1760 Reston Pkwy. Suite 204, Reston, VA

Pediatric dental growth and development. Preventative dentistry including school exams, fluoride treatments, pediatric oral surgery, early orthodontics, habit appliances, sealants, cleaning and general consultations.

Pediatric Dental Care

mypdcdentists.com

703-383-3434

10614 Warwick Ave., Ste. B, Fairfax, VA

703-992-7100

6120 Brandon Ave., Ste. 114, Springfield, VA

PDC – Kids come first. We offer comprehensive dental treatment for all ages. We are pediatric dental specialists treating children starting from age one. Healthy smile…healthy child.

PM Pediatrics – Specialized Urgent Care

pmpediatrics.com

703-644-5437

6358 Springfield Plaza, Springfield , VA

301.982.5437

7401 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD

301.230.2767

12254 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

410.266.6767

2301A Forest Dr., Festival at Riva Shopping Center, Annapolis, MD

Coming soon to Germantown: 19820 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD

PM Pediatrics believes that there is a better way to deliver urgent care to kids and young adults. Our mission is to ensure patients receive superior after-hours care, without a long wait. We specialize in treating patients from cradle to college offering a full spectrum of care and we understand life happens. We pride ourselves on providing a clean, child-friendly environment for families. Our courteous, professional staff is extensively trained to make each visit as stress-free as possible. PM Pediatrics is distinctly designed with fun themes and a TV in every exam room.

Home Services

California Builders

califbldrs.com; calbldrs@erols.com

800-821-9200

California Builders, Inc. is a privately owned, local company that has produced scores of professionally designed, custom built homes & additions for over 43 years! CBI has designed and constructed hundreds of projects for satisfied customers and their quality is guaranteed.

Marlo Home Furnishings

marlofurniture.com

301-738-9000

725 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

703-941-0800

5650 General Washington Dr., Alexandria, VA

301-419-3400

13450 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD 20707

Each of Marlo Furniture stores have between 70,000 and 90,000 square feet of showroom area to provide shoppers with more home furnishings, accessories and mattresses on display than any competitor in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington DC area.

Indoor Fun

Kids First Swim Schools

kidsfirstswimschools.com; contact@kidsfirstswimschools.com

The KIDS FIRST® Swim Schools are the world’s largest provider of children’s swimming instruction, operating 28 locations across five states, teaching over 125,000 students annually. We are dedicated to teaching kids to be safe and proficient in the water. Expert instructors, a trademarked curriculum and a kid-friendly environment enhance your child’s learning experience.

Outdoor Fun

Boy Scouts, National Capital Area Council

ncacbsa.org; info@ncacbsa.org

301-530-9360

9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

Outdoor adventure, life skills, character development and FUN!

Clark’s Elioak Farm

clarklandfarm.com; clarkselioakfarm@hotmail.com

410-730-4049

10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City, MD

Lovely petting farm with a wide variety of farm animals to visit. Pony rides, hay wagon rides and cow train ride. New home of many Enchanted Forest fairy tale and nursery rhyme attractions. Play area, slides and picnic tables available as well.

Potomac Nationals

potomacnationals.com

703-590-2311

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge, VA

Affordable family fun! See future stars of the Washington Nationals. Minor league baseball in a family friendly environment. Fireworks every weekend, giveaways, birthday parties, baseball camps, Kids Zone, autographs, Kids Club, ticket plans & more!

Roer’s Zoofari

roerszoofari.com

703-757-6222

1228 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna, VA

Birthday parties and Summer Camps, Roer’s Zoofari is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to explore, encounter and connect. General admission includes all major experiences in the park: Open air bus ride, animal feedings and budgie adventure.

Specialty Museums

African Art Museum of Maryland

africanartmuseum.org

410-730-710 •  Columbia, MD

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

alexandriaarchaeology.org/

703-838-4399 •  Alexandria, VA

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

nationalshrine.com

202-526-8300 •  Washington, D.C.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

moneyfactory.gov • Tour office: 202-874-2330

866-874-2330 •  Washington, D.C.

College Park Aviation Museum

collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

301-864-6029

College Park, MD

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

mountvernon.org

703-780-2000

South end of the George Washington Pkwy.

The National Academy of Sciences Museum

national-academies.org/arts

202-334-2436 •   Washington, D.C.

National Building Museum

nbm.org

202-272-2448 • Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

nationalgeographic.com/explorer

202-857-7588 •  Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

crimemuseum.org

202-393-1099 •  Washington, D.C.

Navy Museum

history.navy.mil/branches/org8-1.htm

202-433-4882 •  Washington, D.C.

The NEWSEUM

newseum.org  

888-NEWSEUM • Washington, D.C.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

portdiscovery.org; info@portdiscovery.org

410-727-8120

35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

discoverymuseum.net

540-722-2020 •  Winchester, VA

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

alexandriava.gov/Apothecary

703-836-3713 •  Alexandria, VA

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

ushmm.org

202-488-0400 •  Washington, D.C.

U.S. Navy Memorial

lonesailor.org

202-737-2300 •  Washington, D.C.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Gallery

womensmemorial.org

703-533-1155 •  Arlington, VA

Party Places

Abrakadoodle

abrakadoodle.com; swalia@abrakadoodle.com

703-538-4278

Northern VA, Prince William County, VA; Loudoun County, VA; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George’s County, MD, Washington D.C.

Abrakadoodle parties—no muss, no fuss, just lots of fun!

Carousel Puppets

carouselpuppets.com; requests@carouselpuppets.com

703-444-9426; Area Served: DC, MD, VA

Puppet shows for all occasions! Large and colorful marionettes and hand puppets. Our show has lots of lively music and plenty of audience participation. Everyone gets a chance to participate and use some of the puppets. Suitable for all ages. Puppet making workshops are also available. Everyone gets to make their own puppet that they can take with them. We can also supply goody bags with lots of puppet related items so everyone has something they can take home.

Clark’s Elioak Farm

clarklandfarm.com; clarkselioakfarm@hotmail.com

410-730-4049

10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City, MD

Lovely petting farm with a wide variety of farm animals to visit. Pony rides, hay wagon rides and cow train ride. New home of many Enchanted Forest fairy tale and nursery rhyme attractions. Play area, slides and picnic tables available as well.

Encore Stage & Studio

encorestage.org; info@encorestage.org

703-548-1154

4000 Lorcom Ln., Arlington, VA

Theatre by kids, for kids! Founded in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio’s mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence.

Glen Echo Park Aquarium

gepaquarium.org; info@gepaquarium.org

301-955-6256

7300 Macarthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD

Celebrate with the fishes! The Glen Echo Park Aquarium, a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center, offers a unique party experience. Follow the flow of water from local streams, to rivers, the Bay and the ocean. Tour the exhibit hall, touch live sea creatures, craft and celebrate in a party room.

Kids First Swim Schools

kiddsfirstswimschools.com; contact@kidsfirstswimschools.com

24 convenient locations

The KIDS FIRST® Swim Schools are the world’s largest provider of children’s swimming instruction, operating 28 locations across five states, teaching over 125,000 students annually. We are dedicated to teaching kids to be safe and proficient in the water. Expert instructors, a trademarked curriculum and a kid-friendly environment enhance your child’s learning experience.

Mad Science of Washington

dc.madscience.org; info@madscienceofdc.com

301-593-4777

Mad Science is the leading science enrichment provider for kids in preschool through 6th grade. We offer exciting birthday parties, summer camps, after-school programs, field trips and much more. Visit our website to see all we have to offer!

Mister Barry

misterbarry.com; barry@misterbarry.com

703-851-7606

Hilarious magic that will make your child’s birthday party amazingly successful, memorable and fun, guaranteed!

Party Pals!

partypals.us; laurakpartypals@gmail.com

571-265-3898

Indoor/outdoor children’s party fun! We come to you! Games, characters, face painting, custom packages! Master’s in Education.

Ponies Plus LLC

poniesplus.org; poniesplus1cmsu.com

571-283-2408

Traveling pony rides and petting zoo to your location.

Potomac Nationals

potomacnationals.com

703-590-2311

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge, VA

Affordable family fun! See future stars of the Washington Nationals. Minor league baseball in a family friendly environment. Fireworks every weekend, giveaways, birthday parties, baseball camps, Kids Zone, autographs, Kids Club, ticket plans & more !

Robot Works

robotworksacademy.net

703-364-5418

Stay Cool Ice Cream, LLC

poniesplus1cmsu.com

571-283-2408

Daycares, birthdays, corporate. Ice cream truck.

Tiny Dancers

tinydancers.com; info@tinydancers.com

703-385-5580

Fairfax City, Old Town Alexandria, Mosaic District

A unique program for children two to 12. Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and Wiggletoes taught in a fun and nurturing environment that allows each child to develop a love of dance.