Spread over 530 acres (214 hectares) Cabin John Regional Park park is among the largest community parks in the Bethesda region. The Cabin John Regional Park has something for everyone, featuring picnic spots, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a nature center, a dog park, skating rink, trails, a campground and a miniature train. The adventure playground and the totem pole are park's special attractions which are immensely popular among the little ones.
A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and activities, this museum makes learning a lot more fun to basic subjects. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, here each topic is brushed upon with a touch of fun. Various activities, events and workshops are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding on a vast array of topics.
Established in 1978, the Round House Theatre in Bethesda has been entertaining locals for more than three decades. The theater has an array of shows and classes for adults and children. Every season features a mind-blowing 200 performances. Its summer classes for kids include puppet-making, sound design, dance, music and storytelling. If you're looking for a great theater experience, come to the Round House Theater and enjoy a good movie or play.
The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of European and American art in two spectacular buildings. In the grand, neoclassical West Building, Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough are well-represented. The permanent collection includes works from the 13th to 20th Centuries, including a section devoted to Impressionism. An underground concourse with a cafeteria, an excellent gift shop and a walled-in waterfall takes you to the East Building. Designed by I.M. Pei, this triangular building is a key city landmark and home to famous pieces of art and other temporary exhibitions.
Located at the west end of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the principal landmarks of Washington DC, its stately form overlooking the Reflecting Pool, a gleaming stretch of water that lays sprawled before its base. Daniel Chester French's 19-foot (5.7-meter) statue of Lincoln, seated and deep in thought, watches over the nation he helped create, alongside the carved text of the Gettysburg Address, providing a glimpse into a weighty period of American history. The memorial itself draws inspiration from the Greek architectural style, its 36 Doric columns representative of the number of states in the union at the time of Lincoln's death. Surrounded by greenery, on the banks of the Potomac River, the Lincoln Memorial makes for a soul-stirring, picturesque sight; a fitting ode to one of the nation's most revered Presidents.
Also known as "America's attic," for its spectacular collection of nearly 154 million artifacts, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the the world's largest museum complexes and research organizations. The administrative office of the esteemed institution is housed in a magnificent red sandstone 'castle', that also houses a visitor information area and research chambers. Within this building is also the final resting place of the Smithsonian Institution's founder, James Smithson, with his tomb being preserved in the crypt in the north entrance. Apart from the main building, the institution features as many as 17 museums and galleries within its sprawling complex that represent exhibits across the myriad fields of science, history, zoology, and art. Some of the most notable Smithsonian landmarks include the Natural History Museum and the African American Museum.
Located near Bethesda Row, Kidville offers a range of fun and entertaining classes for young children. These innovative classes are designed by child development specialists and offer recreation for children of up to five years old. The line-up of classes features gym classes, music and art classes, dance classes and enrichment classes that focus on both knowledge sharing and fun. The indoor playspace at Kidville is also open and available to kids, for rough-and-tumble play.
A site of fun and learning for kids, Be with Me Playseum is the perfect place to spend an exciting day out with the family. An amalgamation of a culture center and playhouse, here kids can indulge in a myriad of educational and entertaining activities and events. From play-shopping and petting animals, to painting and art, educational games and themed events, each activity is designed to help kids interact, learn and enjoy with others of the same age group.
Imagination Stage hosts dramas, workshops, summer camps, art classes and other events for kids. It encourages children to think laterally through a variety of shows, music, drama and art classes. The theater seeks to inspire and encourage young people to explore the arts through its various programs. The theater also hosts shows every season, which gives theater goers the chance to discover and appreciate new talent.
Bowlmor Lanes in Bethseda has been a premier upscale bowling alley for locals since 2001. The ideal spot for an evening out with friends or a big birthday celebration, this incredible venue boasts 34 lanes of glow-in-the-dark bowling, two luxury sports bars and a huge arcade. If you find your stomach rumbling, there is even a full service restaurant that serves delicious pizza, burgers, and sweet treats to cater to your taste buds.