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Be With Me Children Playseum District of Columbia

Where is it at?

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Be With Me Children Playseum
545 8th Street SE
District of Columbia
DC
20003
Tel: 202-999-0510

Where are we going today?

The Be With Me Children's Playseum is a children's used bookstore with 16 different interactive and creative spaces for children and parents to use their imaginations. Come in and become a chef, pirate, stylist, artist, fireman/firewoman and so much more.

We have three additional spaces that house staff-led activities. Children can make make a milkshake, decorate a cupcake or make a smoothie in the Bakery. In the Art Studio, paint a birdhouse, make a memory plate/tile, decorate a ceramic figure and so much more. At the Spa Bar, your little ones can make candy lipgloss/chapstick, toothpaste, bubble bath or lotion as well as have their nails painted.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults7
  • Children7
  • Free Under: 11 months
LAST UPDATED 2013

Any Top Tips?

There is street parking. There is a large parking lot at 8th & I (parking metered).

Need a little extra help?

We are wheelchair accessible at our D.C. location..

Baby Facilities

We have 2 changing tables in our facility..

What people are saying?

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    It was the worse place for kids! So many safety hazards! There was barely any space for anyone to walk or move around, the playrooms had little room for the kids. There was only two people working at a time. They were running around trying to work two stations at a time. And it was unsanitary! There were flies everywhere! Around the food, in the bathroom, in the playrooms. I don't recommend it for anyone. It really isn't worth your money!!

    The Pet Shop was the worse place of all. The room smelled, flies were all over the place, all in the animals...Read More

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    I took my three children (7, 4, 3) to the Playseum in DC and they had a great time! My 7 year old enjoyed the courthouse and the stage area. My 4 year old enjoyed the construction area and my 3 year old enjoyed the grocery store the most. We decorated cupcakes and that was a real treat. I wish there was a map of the things to do as well as more staff to attend to the areas, as it can get pretty messy pretty quickly.

    Be sure and call ahead to make certain school groups are not going as that can make it crowded very quickly.

    Overall, we had...Read More

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    I have been visiting the Playseum for several years now. It is a nice place for children and they seem to love the Animal room and Bakery the best! I would recommend taking your children to the playseum for a day of fun and adventure!
    -Tiffany M

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    We took kids for a field trip. It wasn't such a great experience the place is too cluttered. There was only 2 staff members running the WHOLE place which wasnt helpful. The place is also very unsanitary there were flies every even around the food area and in bathrooms. There were only 2 bathrooms one was dirty. The eating area they promised had toys roaming in it with a small table to eat. The price wasn't fair for what they told us. The tiles were extremely small and the smoothie made one of our kids vomit. The petshop was so disgusting!! Don't...Read More

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    My wife and I love kids museums like the one in Rochester, NY. We bought a voucher on Amazon Local and thought this place was pretty amazing. We started upstairs, where the bigger kids play. There's a karaoke room, makeup and costume studio where you can rock out in the 60s vibe karaoke room complete with shag carpeting and pages of Life Magazine as wallpaper. There's a dairy bar where you can grab a milkshake and a bakery where you can learn how to make a small pie. The "sports area" has Foosball, Air Hockey, a Nerf Dart shooting range, and...Read More

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by Trisha Sagittarius

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It was the worse place for kids! So many safety hazards! There was barely any space for anyone to walk or move around, the playrooms had little room for the kids. There was only two people working at a time. They were running around trying to work two stations at a time. And it was unsanitary! There were flies everywhere! Around the food, in the bathroom, in the playrooms. I don't recommend it for anyone. It really isn't worth your money!!

The Pet Shop was the worse place of all. The room smelled, flies were all over the place, all in the animals cages. The animal cages were dirty, especially the bird cage. They said the kids were going to be able to pet the bunnies but since there were only two people there.

And the most disgusting thing was that the lady dealt with the animals, touching them and all that; then went to help the kids with the food, where they didn't wear gloves.

by Marjorie Childs

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I took my three children (7, 4, 3) to the Playseum in DC and they had a great time! My 7 year old enjoyed the courthouse and the stage area. My 4 year old enjoyed the construction area and my 3 year old enjoyed the grocery store the most. We decorated cupcakes and that was a real treat. I wish there was a map of the things to do as well as more staff to attend to the areas, as it can get pretty messy pretty quickly.

Be sure and call ahead to make certain school groups are not going as that can make it crowded very quickly.

Overall, we had a nice time and are planning to come back.

by Meera Folivi

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We took kids for a field trip. It wasn't such a great experience the place is too cluttered. There was only 2 staff members running the WHOLE place which wasnt helpful. The place is also very unsanitary there were flies every even around the food area and in bathrooms. There were only 2 bathrooms one was dirty. The eating area they promised had toys roaming in it with a small table to eat. The price wasn't fair for what they told us. The tiles were extremely small and the smoothie made one of our kids vomit. The petshop was so disgusting!! Don't waste your money it isn't worth it at all!

by Allen Sorensen

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My wife and I love kids museums like the one in Rochester, NY. We bought a voucher on Amazon Local and thought this place was pretty amazing. We started upstairs, where the bigger kids play. There's a karaoke room, makeup and costume studio where you can rock out in the 60s vibe karaoke room complete with shag carpeting and pages of Life Magazine as wallpaper. There's a dairy bar where you can grab a milkshake and a bakery where you can learn how to make a small pie. The "sports area" has Foosball, Air Hockey, a Nerf Dart shooting range, and a small gym with an exercise bike, heavy bag, and trampoline. You can paint your own pottery, play board games, or hit each other with pillows and swim noodles in the romper room. There are books, books, and more books on at least 20 bookshelves upstairs and downstairs.

The downstairs is geared towards younger kids. There's coloring, painting, a fake Dominos pizza, a fake Safeway, and a small petting zoo.

Most everything is mentioned is included in your admission, but snacks, drinks, pies, books, and pottery cost a bit. You can purchase fake money from the counter. We met the owner and her daughter and thought the concept was great. It's not Day Care, it's about relaxing or learning by doing. When we went, we did not find anything to be in disrepair or dirty. Admission at that time was $7 per person if you bring a buddy.

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