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1. Mad Science of Washington DC

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94 reviews
Mad Science of Washington DC
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Prices / Rates
5
Facilities
5
Organization
5

Address: 12065 Tech Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 593-4777

Guy: Entertainer


Review: "My daughter's party was awesome!"

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Lindsey V: Our scientist was excellent. She put on an amazing show, and the kids (and adults!) loved it. She set up everything and cleaned up without a trace and was even savvy enough to move the kids to a rug-free zone for slime making. I'd highly recommend Mad Science to others!

Alecia Frisby: I needed a last minute indoor party idea when thunderstorms were forecast on the day of my son's birthday party which had been planned outside. I contacted Mad Science and got a timely response. Every interaction with them was positive to and professional. On party day, our "scientist" could not have been better. His calm and engaging demeanor was perfect. He somehow wrangled 10 or so kindergartners while remaining positive and relaxed. A plus experience for sure. The kids are still talking about it and I've gotten so much feedback from parents saying their kids so enjoyed it. Happy little last minute change that was a huge success!!

Sue Agraviador: We had a great experience hosting a birthday part for my 4 year old with Mad Science Washington DC. Communication with staff was flawless and everything happened as planned. We had a group of 4 kids and they were entertained for the entire duration of the session (almost 1 hour). I found that very impressive. The adults were entertained as well. We have a small townhome and the Mad Scientist was able to set up in our kitchen table. Wonderful experience! Highly recommend it to anyone.

Cynthia Lopez: My 6-year old daughter really enjoyed the week-long Dinosaur-themed Mad-Science. I loved that she made new friends (even though I sent her with her classmate), learned, had lots to talk about to us when they came home each day, and were tired. The counselors seemed good and Wil, the Director, was Fantastic. As a first-time summer camp mom, he was super responsive, understanding, and helpful. Knowing what I know now, I will definitely be signing my kids up next summer. Thank you!

Kathy Reimondez: We hired Mad Science for my daughter's 11th birthday party, and it was such a hit with all the kids. We chose the Wizardry option, and with each of the fun and exciting experiments the science was explained. It was wonderful and I would definitely recommend them!

Lisa Devlin: Will was super easy to work with in scheduling the event, and Dr. T was a delight for the kids. He kept a bunch of seven-year olds engaged and entertained for a full hour. I loved the educational aspect of the show, which was presented in a fun, kid-friendly way. We received lots of compliments from the other parents as well. I highly recommend using Mad Science for a kid birthday party!

Lauren Bauer: It was easy and straight forward to plan my son's birthday party with Mad Science. Dr. T was wonderful with the kids! He made my son's birthday party memorably fun. The kids' had a blast learning about chemical reactions, often shouting out "WOW!" with huge smiles. I felt good that they learned so much while having such a great time. I highly recommend!

Emily Adler: Hiring Mad Science to help me host myd grader’s 7th birthday party was the best decision I could of made! The kids were fully entertained for an hour, and Dr Tony had my son assist a few times, and acknowledged his birthday, which was amazing! The cotton candy at the end was also a hit. Thank you for making his day a really fun one!!

Joyce Adams: My son and his friends had an amazing time at his Zoom Birthday celebration with Mad Science. Things That Go Boom was amazing!!! Dr. Sara was so much fun and energetic. She taught the kids so much about each experiment and she kept them smiling and laughing the entire time. Dr. Sara made my son, the Birthday Boy the star of the show! I would definitely recommend Mad Science to my friends. I have already gotten several inquiries about how to contact the company. This show is a must see for kids and adults alike. What a great experience! Thank you Mad Science and Dr. Sara!

Sunmi Kim: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueKids and parents had the best time! We chose things that go boom. The mad scientist (Asian male) who came to our house was super entertaining and awesome. And really good with kids. We totally want him to come again!

2. Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters

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Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Prices / Rates
5
Facilities
5
Organization
5

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 717-9700

Guy: Entertainment agency


Review: "Costumed Characters for Kids Birthday Parties!!"

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Jessica Taimal: Horrible service ! Don’t hire them I do not know if all the characters are like that but I hired the Cocomelon guy for my daughter’s birthday and he was rude with me and the guests Didn’t want to go inside when I ask him to be there for the cake He was in the phone while dancing with the kids I wish I would have known this before So disappointed
Response: The entertainer stayed over the scheduled time of an hour however there was no pleasing Jessica. Please click on her name to see her past contributions to Google Maps. Jessica Taimal gives everyone a 1 star review like Dunkin' Donuts, IKEA, LOWES and now us. We don't know too many people that give 1 stars to these top ranked companies so please consider the source of this phony review.

Gloria Westbrook: It’s always a choice to give good customers service and Marcus or “Chase” from Paw Patrol I should say was absolutely amazing and gave a stella performance for my godchildren’s bday party. He was so professional and patient with all of the kids while they got their face painted including the adults too. Everyone had such a memorable time the entire time he was there. And when “Chase” arrived the party escalated with more bells and whistles!! I had to take the time to give a comment regarding Marcus’ excellent customer service and performance. If you looking for a character entertainer for your event; you MUST book him. I promise you that you will be very pleased and will rebook him again for your next event. Thank you so very much for creating such a memorable day for my godchildren and family, Marcus.
Response: This is Really Awesome!! Marcus will be very happy to read your comments. Thank you for sharing your experience on our Google Maps Listing. We truly appreciate it. Best wishes until next time! ~ Washington DC Birthday Party Characters

Claudia Goldman: Marcus is amazing!! He was the kindest, gentlest person with our group of 2 year olds, who absolutely loved him. We couldn’t have been happier. The children couldn’t have been happier. Her was the best! Thank you Marcus- you were great!!!!
Response: This is GREAT NEWS!! We will be sure to give Marcus the recognition that he deserves for a job well done!! Best wishes until next time!! ~ Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Entertainers

C Malfi: We hired this company to have Chase from Paw Patrol come out and entertain for our kid’s birthday party. Marcus and his assistant went above and beyond to provide great entertainment. Between the face painting, press on tatoos, and dancing with Chase... it was extraordinary and put a smile on everyone’s faces. I would highly recommend using them for a party/event.
Response: Thank you for posting your positive feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time. We hope to see you and your family and friends again next time. Until then, best wishes, ~Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Entertainers

Tamarisk gillespie: Was a fantastic call! My son loved that sonic called and knew who he was!!! He was engaged and when he got shy the actor knew just how to gain his attention and reengage him :) great addition for all party members and made the event extra special
Response: We are so happy to read your comments. Thank you for taking the time to post your positive feedback. We really appreciate it. Best wishes until next time. ~Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Parties

TYKARIA _ WATTS_TURNER: Marcus came as Minnie Mouse. My niece and the other kids loved his energy! Very communicable and positive! Will definitely refer a friend and choose Washington DC Birthday Party Characters again!
Response: Thank you very much for taking a moment to post your wonderful comments, we truly appreciate it. Best wishes to you and your family until next time. ~ Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Entertainers

Kelly Kalepe: The Black Panther character was a true hero at my son’s fifth birthday. He was in full costume out in the heat for an hour and he was super upbeat the entire time. My son is still telling everyone that black panther came to his party. And I am so serious when I say it was HOT! I even offered to let him leave early due to the heat but he insisted on staying and kept his energy up the entire time. Truly thankful for this superhero!!
Response: So awesome. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We greatly appreciate it. We’re very happy to hear how the superhero visit went. We will make sure that the superhero receives the recognition that he deserves for a great job. We are looking forward to your next event. Best wishes until then. ~ Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Parties

Joyce Hunter: Ok! We had Elmo for my granddaughters 2nd birthday and he was Amazing! The kids (and adults) loved him and we could not get them to hang up! They wanted more! Thank you so much for celebrating with us!
Response: That’s great to hear!! You are very welcome. It was our pleasure. Best wishes until next time. ~ Washington DC Birthday Party Characters

Kaisha Brunson: Marcus should receive an professional superhero award 🥈 ..... Over the years I’ve attended plenty of parties however this superhero has beat them all 1000% so energetic and full of life .. Professional service from the beginning to the end your company has an amazing person on your team he deserves it all plus more I will spread the word on booking this awesome guy he has my ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😊
Response: AWESOME!!! Best wishes, ~ Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Parties

Phillip Pope: Marcus was very professional. He showed up early to set up. We really enjoyed the character.
Response: This is so wonderful to read. Thank you for posting your comments. We are looking forward to your next event! ~ Washington Dc Birthday Party Characters, Princess Parties, Superhero Entertainers

3. Superhero Stu

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27 reviews
Superhero Stu
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Prices / Rates
5
Facilities
5
Organization
5

Address: 5406 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 208, Washington, DC 20015

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (404) 668-6590

Guy: Entertainer


Review: "We had an amazing party for our son's 5th birthday."

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Yolonda Tate: I was super excited when Stu told me that he had availability on the day of my son's 5th Birthday. Jonny showed up early to speak with me and get the dynamics of the party area. It didn't take him long to get into character and start the show! He was PHENOMENAL! When my son came out the door and saw Batman he was amaaaaaaazed! The look on his face was PRICELESS. I'm glad I was able to capture his reaction on video, because I want to be able to show him when he gets older. He was so shocked that Batman knew his name! The entire performance had the children fully engaged and entertained. I'm not sure how I'll be able to top this birthday! My son's 5th Birthday was the best ever!!! Thanks Jonny and Stu for making my son's day!

Matt Cursio: Superhero Stu completely rocked my son's 4th birthday party. Stu made it a day that my son will remember and cherish for a long, long time. Stu planned a very detailed Batman vs. Riddler party for possibly the world's greatest Batman fan (the birthday boy). He custom ordered and prepared riddles for me to place around my house before the party. The party started with "The Riddler" ringing my doorbell to personally deliver the first riddle to the birthday boy, and after my son found and solved all the riddles, the Riddler called him to give his final clue, which led to the party location. Once at the party location, "Batman" greeted the birthday boy at our car, and the two of them engaged in a chase, and they ultimately captured of the Riddler. Once all the guests arrived, Batman and the Riddler did about an hour of superhero training, followed by some awesome action pictures with the kids. Stu worked with me over the course of a month to plan such an intricate party. He made the planning easy and fun, and some guests said that dad (me) may have been enjoying it as much as the birthday boy. The night after the party, my son asked to watch the cell phone video of him catching the Riddler with Batman over and over. Superhero Stu gave the birthday boy one of the most memorable days of his young life.
Response: Thank you so much Matthew! If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life! -Marc Anthony

Dana Clerkin: Spider-Man Stu was the greatest addition to my 4-year-old grandson’s birthday party. He and his costume were both in great shape and he was a delight and engaging with every child. Always in character with a positive demeanor to us all. Posed for photos, gave lots of attention to the birthday boy, let the kids climb on him and wrestle him and made all activities work for an indoor, January birthday. Girls and boys loved him!

Megan Vorthman: We had a wonderful experience with superhero Stu! He performed as Spider-Man at my children’s 3rd and 5th Birthday Party. He came early, set up and had some one on one time with the kids before the party started. He made sure we got all of the pictures we wanted and kept all of the kids, which were all mixed ages from 3-10 years old, engaged throughout the party. Thanks for such a memorable party!

jessica batten: Superhero Stu is amazing! There are not enough stars to rate how amazing Spider-Man (Ivan) was. The kids and parents absolutely loved Spiderman, most importantly the birthday boy. Multiple kids at the party said it was the best party ever and they had the best time ever. Parents commented on how amazing and awesome impersonator Spider-Man (Ivan) was from his appearance, his Spider-Man’s voice, and all the cool and fun activities he had for the kids. He stayed engaged with the kids and kept their interest. He even jumped in the bouncy castle with the kids and had an impromptu game of hide and go seek hiding the birthday boy. I can’t say enough great things. He was worth every penny. I am a picky mom and I was more than pleased with the turn out. I would definitely recommend Superhero Stu and use him again in the future.

Amy Clerkin: Hiring superhero Stu was so worth it. It not only made the party awesome for the kids, it allowed the adults to relax and socialize because Stu had the kids absolutely captivated for a full hour. I've never seen such delight on my kid's face. Stu plays games and he can make it work in small spaces, which anyone confined to rowhouse or apartment living will appreciate. I would absolutely recommend and hire him again.

Skyelar Riseling Haith: Superhero Stu is a must for any superhero-loving kids birthday! Spiderman showed up and kept 20+ four and five year olds entertained for an hour!! He even engaged the birthday boy and his brother while we set up by letting them be his assistants. They loved it! His set up is fun and vibrant and would work indoor or out. He took time for posed pictures before the party with my son as well as group pictures with all the kids before Spiderman vanished. He even had a Spiderman action figure for the birthday boy, which is still one of his favorites!

Jzaleh Abbasi: We really lucked out with getting SuperHero Stu booked for our 4 year old’s birthday party. Stu was very professional and accommodating to my changing event schedule. Day of the party, he arrived extra early to set up his starions, which we really appreciated! As Spider Man’s helper, ahead of the party, he was interactive with our son and let him play with some of the superhero gear and tag along during setup. In costume, he was great at taking on the room full of chaotic kids & getting the our event and kids organized for super hero training activities. He had a lot of props and activity stations and the kids really had a blast. Highly recommend, as we felt he went above and beyond for our event needs. Thanks!

Maureen Kellerman: We had an amazing party for our son's 5th birthday. Captain America spent time with the birthday boy before the party and spent a great deal of time training all the kids to fight evil. He had a ton of games and activities for kids age 4 to 10. They ALL had a great time and parents kept talking about how cool, entertaining, and original the party and Stu was. I would highly recommend and hire again!

BHOOMI SHUKLA PATEL: Hiring Stuart for my son's 5th birthday bash was the best decision I made for the party. My son is totally into Marvel. And Stuart made his big day just the way he wanted. He is very professional, arrived on time with his assistant. Throughout the party he made sure that the birthday boy feels special and was totally in zeal of the marvel characters. All the kid superheros had fun time during the party. I still keep getting complements about Stuart's work. ( My son again wants to repeat same theme for the next party, and he wants to call Stuart again.) I wish him a good luck!

4. All You Ever Wanted Parties

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16 reviews
All You Ever Wanted Parties
Professionalism
4.8
Services
4.9
Prices / Rates
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Organization
4.8

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 407-1045

Guy: Event planner


Review: "I used this company for my daughters 5th birthday ..."

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Hadidi Weller: I used this company for my daughters 5th birthday party. My daughter is infatuated with Disney so we did a mini mouse themed party. They simply did an amazing job. All we had to do was give them our idea for the party and they brought it to life. Everything from the staff, decoration, party themed games and dress ups that are age appropriate and fun to all the kids. The centerpiece that they used for my daughters birthday cake was just absolutely the most adorable thing I have ever seen. They were very attentive to all the kids that we had at the party and that made us and the parents at the party relax and enjoy the party as well. Overall it was a really great experience and I will be using them again next year because they did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend them to everyone

Idelawit Cunningham: I hired AYEWP for my daughters 1st bday. I had cute as a button as a theme which i didn't see on their website yet. The team went above and beyond to incorporate my theme and color variations in all aspects. The staff was very attentive to the kids needs and playtime. The decorations were amazing and beautiful beyond my imagination. My one year old and all my friends kids had a ball through out the entire time. I am definitely going to be a returning client every year for sure
Response: Thank you Idelawit for letting us be part of your special day! We look forward to serving you in the future.

Jessica Nesterak: Meron and her team did an absolutely incredible job for my daughter's 7th birthday. I requested a cowgirl-themed party and they completely exceeded my expectations. The decor was adorable and unique. The activities were creative and fun. The party facilitators were so warm and engaging with the kiddos. I was simply blown away. If you want a special party, at a very reasonable price, you will not be disappointed!!!

Bright future early learning center: “Fun and Unique Boys Birthday Party” Feb 21, 2017 My family loves this company. We have used them for 3 different birthday parties. All the parties had 1 through 11year olds. Every child had a blast. The parents were impressed by the set-up and the team, who were very nice and friendly. We had a private party with a total of 32 kids, including our birthday twin boys. It didn't matter how many parents came with the kids, we had extra food and pizzas for the kids and parents. The drinks come with the party and there was an endless supply. The cake was delicious and you can choose from a variety of choices. The party was divided into 3 areas. The first area had a huge slide, a climbing apparatus, a run and tag the flag inflatable. The kids could also toss basketballs into a hoop. However, they found the most fun in the games Limbo, Tug the war, Bean bag toss, Bucket Toss, &Treasure hunt. When we got to the eating area it was nice, bright, clean, and decorated for a birthday party. They added the balloons you requested. The cake table was perfectly set up for our twins This was a big draw for our sons. They loved the super hero theme! All my parents were really delighted with the experience. This was an extra bonus to give everyone a unique birthday party. Every child left with a gift bag and smiles on their faces. Great job All You Ever Wanted Parties! They deserves the 5 star rating because they really care about their customers and the time they spend. The best experience ever. Thank you. We will be returning next year for the twins 6th birthday.

Meron Haile: My experience with "All You Ever Wanted Parties" was incredible. My daughter's 5th birthday party theme was "Beach". They did an amazing job with the theme and the decoration was very attractive and perfect bright colors. Meron and her team, kept my daughter and all her friends happy by varied games and entertainment. Since the party was outdoor they brought a beautiful tent, interesting decoration, party themed games that is age appropriate and fun to all the kids. Most importantly they have arrived two hours early before the party time to set up everything, that helped us to start the party on time. They were very focused to all the kids that we had at the party whereas the parents at the party were relaxed and enjoying the party. At the end of the party they cleaned very well. Everything was very well organized, clean, and friendly. My little one said that it was the best birthday ever. Overall it was a really great experience, I highly recommend All You Ever Wanted Parties.

britnie bessellieu: My experience with All You Ever Wanted Parties was fantastic. My daughter had her 2 year old themed Lalaloopsy party located at our house. I loved that fact that everything was included in the price, i.e. decorations, tables, chairs, etc. It was very affordable and most of all in the comfort of my own home. My daughter loved it and so did the guests. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

Hiral Patel: This company is a CHEAT.....I can't describe how disappointed I am. We hired them for our Son's first Party and can you imagine when you have to run and get a Birthday Cake at the cake cutting time...yeah my point exactly...terrible terrible terrible experience. Spent almost $800, and when requested refund for cake and cookies they showed the refund policy. All the icing was melted before it even reached our table. Don't believe the pictures that they show you. Actual products don't even come close to those pictures. No refund was given. So unprofessional that they were baby sitting their own kids while they were setting up for our party. This company is not worth giving your money to..Don't hire them to ruin your special day. I am sure there are many other honest people to earn your business.
Response: ‘I’m sorry you had a bad experience. We serve several customers a week, and we strive to create the best possible experience to our community.’ We take your input very seriously, unfortunately the cake that was provided to you was created by a third party , we have reached out and submitted this issue, since the solution was not up to par with our company, we have decided to part ways. We work very hard everyday to give an outstanding service to our clients at such important day, we hope to discuss this further and do everything possible to resolve this matter Please contact me directly.. I have forwarded contact information via e-mail.

Natanim Befekadu: I am glade i found this place, it was a blessing to have everything done for you except the food, cake and drinks.They included even the paper products, i love the decoration, got a lot of complements. It was a frozen theme, The princess showed up it was a blast. I will defiantly use them over and over again, if you don't want to do the work but have a fabulous party for your little one i would say give them a try. i enjoyed the party. somethings that were different...., they came to my house and decorated and carried out the party....... for me that was different because i was always in-control of this type of things .....it was different but nice to step back and enjoy for a change.

Meseret Faka: My family is very happy with the work All you want party decor did for us I highly recommend them for any type of event you may have. We used them for graduation party, Amazing customer service and state of the art decoration.

Salem T: I am so.... grateful for such a wonderful time and memory you gave us. Simply remarkable thank you. You've delivered beyond our expectations. I definitely recommend you to use their services. Their service was accommodating, professional and most of all the kids had blast. I thought the least I could do for such a wonderful service is leave a recommendation. Thanks.

5. Little Ivies DC

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12 reviews
Little Ivies DC
Professionalism
4.8
Services
4.8
Prices / Rates
4.9
Facilities
4.8
Organization
4.8

Address: 4820 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 337-1930

Guy: Indoor playground


Review: "A wonderful addition to NW DC for birthday parties and day camps."

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Annie Selak: Narissa at Little Ivies is so great to work with. We needed to book a last minute birthday party. In less than 48 hours, she put together an amazing party. They were kind, easy to communicate with, and so wonderful to work with. She did all of the set up, clean up, and ran the party, including bringing in a Zumba teacher and painting the kids nails.

Kate D. Manders: Little Ivies has been a lifesaver for our family with aftercare and school cancellations over the past year. Narissa is increidbly responsive and flexible and our son absolutely loves his time there!

Kelly Mulvihill: The staff at Little Ivies are pandemic heroes! Our child attended Little Ivies in-person when her school was virtual due to COVID. Narissa, Donna, and the rest of the Little Ivies team went above and beyond our expectations to help educate our child and the other children in our community who participated in this program. We are so grateful for all they have done to facilitate learning, fun, and creativity while keeping our child and her friends safe and happy. I cannot recommend highly enough!

Ben Black: Little Ivies was truly a godsend during the COVID lockdowns. We’ve sent our two children for camps and aftercare occasionally before, and they always had a great time. Narissa made sure there was always something fun going on: art projects, trips to the park, field trips to cool places, ice cream socials, and a whole bunch more. During the pandemic, we organized a “pod” of students that spent most of their days at Little Ivies until schools reopened. We were very happy with the level of safety protocols in place, as well as the staff’s engagement on student assignments and online class schedules. They also kept up with the “fun” activities to the extent possible with all the restrictions in place. Definitely recommend: caring, professional, and fun.

Margie Yeager: My kids have attended Little Ivies in a pod to support their virtual learning this school year. It has been a huge asset to us to have them supervised in doing their school work so that we are able to continue working from home. It provides my kids a safe learning environment away from school and we have been very grateful for their support and willingness to meet families' needs.

Koryn Rubin: Held my daughter's first birthday party at Little Ivies and the experience was great! The space was set up perfectly including matching the theme of the party and age appropriate. The entertainment included in the party package was awesome and all the kids ages one to five were entertained and had a great time. For a stress free and fun experience highly recommend holding your child's birthday party at Little Ivies! And the best part, no clean up!

Susan H.: We love Little Ivies! My son attends their after school care program where Ms. Rose and Ms. Narissa create a welcoming and nurturing environment. He loves his "teachers" and the activities they do together. We highly recommend Little Ivies to other families looking for after school care.

Courtney Parkinson: Little Ivies did a fantastic job for my daughter's 3rd Birthday party. They took care of all of the decorations, set up, clean up and the kids had a blast. Ms. Narissa knew exactly how to keep them entertained and engaged and they loved dancing with Ms. Erica! The kids were so busy and happy that the parents actually got to enjoy themselves a bit too :) Thank you Narissa!

Srutha V: We had our sons second birthday celebration at Little Ivies DC. Excellent space for kids to run around and play with the blocks and toys. Narissa, who is the program director was very prompt in her response, and flexible with our requests. She was kind in helping us with the party arrangements, decorations, arranging the place with minute details as well as organizing fun play for the kids. I highly recommend this place for your events as both kids and parents enjoyed the event and space.

Andrea Coffin: "Best birthday party yet,!" said my 6-year-old son after his awesome party at Little Ivies DC. The team put together a fabulous themed birthday party for a large group of 5 to 7-year-olds that included decorations, games, entertainment, and party favors. Narissa, the owner-operator of Little Ivies, was a joy to work with. She is kind, responsive, patient, and creative. A wonderful addition to NW DC for birthday parties and day camps.

6. The Lane Social Club

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58 reviews
The Lane Social Club
Professionalism
4.4
Services
4.3
Prices / Rates
4.3
Facilities
4.3
Organization
4.3

Address: 1408 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 318-9890

Guy: Social club


Review: "Great place for a 2 year old birthday party. Very proficient"

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Jalan W B: Hosted a celebration for families there last weekend. It was really nice. We reserved the rooftop and semi private space. It was awesome. The staff (Danielle and Robyn) were super helpful with setting up and clearing things out. Minimal decorations were needed because the party space was so beautiful. We will be back 😊🌟😊

Nida Gelazis Johansson: We hosted a birthday party for my daughter here and Robbyn and the staff made everything seamless and easy, offering carts by the door to bring in all the food and decorations and even bring us big bowls of ice to keep our canned of drinks and juice boxes cool. The kids had a great time, the only downside was the crying by some of the 4-yo guests when we had to say goodbye. We felt lucky to find a partially outdoor space for a party with only about one month's notice. I suspect that this will become harder to come by once the news gets out that the Lane didn't close after all. Thanks to the Lane for being a perfect host!

Paige Hibbard: I know there are a lot of challenges with a business model like this, and I want this kind of model to succeed (I know the pandemic has made things hard). We were first time visitors and there were things we really liked but also a few reasons why we probably won't be back. I met up with a friend who lives nearby and it was great to have an alternative to the children's museum. Both of our daughters were crawling and not walking yet and there aren't many places they can explore. We loved the toys and thoughtfully designed areas. The check in was also professional. $20 for two hours seemed like a lot but for local moms a membership would be perfect. The location is great and convenient. Unfortunately cleanliness was a big problem. This could be improved by having more hand Sanitizer and wipes available. Also a place to put toys that had been mouthed. Maybe consider closing for an hour to clean? That's what our gym daycare and port discovery children's museum does. Shutting down for an hour would put some limits but I would much rather have a clean facility for my child. The Cafe was not open while we were there I'm not sure when it's available. There was a leak that came from The ceiling while we were eating. I had to notify an employee who we saw just use a cloth. No cleaning supplies or Sanitizer at all. This was the same spot our daughters had just been crawling so Thankfully they didn't get the gross water on them but it made me question the overall cleanliness of everything. Things happen But it seemed like a serious leak coming from a bathroom upstairs. The out of order elevator just had the doors open too and I had to make sure my daughter didn't go in (she loves all the dangerous things of course). I hope you can take this constructive criticism so that you can improve and serve more families. ❤️

Lauren Dreyer: I can’t say enough good things about The Lane. I’ve recommended it to dozens of local friends, and even to some out-of-towners when they come to DC with kids. It’s an amazing space for kids that, most importantly, is GREAT for parents too! As apartment dwellers, we are always venturing out of the house for more stimulation. The Lane is so much fun for our daughter, who adores all the toys and activities and play spaces. It’s one of those amazing, and nearly impossible to find, spots that has enough to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. And we parents enjoy the coffee and beer and rooftop deck and sunshine and clean, safe, creative, and thoughtful space within which to let our daughter roam free! It’s a great alternative for winter or rainy weather, but we love it so much that it’s become a regular part of our weekend routine, even when the weather is nice!

Rebecca Oldfield-Frey: Kid heaven...parent hell? No, actually it was a cool place. They do a nice kids birthday with an awesome custom cake, and my son loved all the physical indoor play options. There's a bar with coffee and beer for the parents, too.

Austin Graff: As a parent who lives in Washington, D.C., I often find myself driving out to Virginia or Maryland to keep my daughter entertained during the winter months. Thanks to The Lane Social Club, I'll never leave the District. Here's why every parent should visit The Lane Social Club: 1) Space: In a growing city like D.C., large spaces are hard to come by leaving people in cramped spaces. Not The Lane Social Club. It's in a stand alone large industrial building right next to the historic Hecht Warehouse (apartment building) in Ivy City. Inside, the ceilings are high and there's plenty of open space for your kids to run around. If you take the stairs to the very top of the building, you'll find a cafe, a nursing room, more family restrooms, a party room (with a capacity of 60 people), and a large rooftop for events and outdoor play. 2) Play areas: There's plenty for children to do. On the bottom level, there's several play areas with toys for infants and toddlers. The floors in these areas are cushioned. There's a reading nook with bean bags, a ball pit, a shelf of more toys, a kid-sized rock climbing wall, and a few other spaces for kids. If you go up the stairs, you'll find two net tunnels leading to a net slide (the nets can carry up to three eleplants, so it's very safe for your children). There's also a 12-foot winding slide that's very fun. 3) Amenities: There's plenty for kids, but what stands out are the spaces for adults. There are two cafes/bars (one on each floor) with bar seating and tables. The menu includes locally roasted coffee (from Small Planes Roastery nearby), wine, beer, smoothies, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner food (the avo toast and bagels look great!). 4) Events: Their party room is great for a kid's birthday and they plan to do many activities throughout the day from sidewalk chalk to crafts to hula hoops. 5) Price: For such a large space filled with amenities, it's not a bad price. It's $95 a month for unlimited visits a month for two parents, two kids, and one caregiver. It also gets you 10% food and drink. If you drop in, it's $20 for all of those people. They also do a new parent membership for $175 for three months of unlimited visits and 10% off food and drink. The Lane Social Club is the space D.C. parents have been dreaming of and we're glad it's a local business started by two locals.

E .GC: I liked this place a lot at first and went frequently but was turned off when I went one day and they told me it was at max capacity for that session. It was empty. I had to wait 15 minutes to go in and when I did, there were tons of people who showed up. It felt nonsensical. It made me feel really sad because the child I was with kept wanting to go through the doors and play and couldn't understand why we had to stay in the waiting area.

Trevor Diaz: Full disclosure: I am heavily biased in favor of The Lane because of a deep seated desire for it to thrive. In simple terms, there’s nothing like it anywhere within DC for parents and kids. If I’m not mistaken they just, and I mean only just now, opened and everything shows so much promise. It’s open, it’s friendly, it’s terrifically accommodating, and it’s also so very shiny and new. The owners have a Herculean task ahead of them with regard to long term maintenance. I am hopeful that guests will maintain decorum in an arena that has yet to establish written rules about hand hygiene, where to take off shoes, respecting the elements, and cleaning up after their kids. It is early, it is deserving of a 6-star start. If you live nearby and are searching for anything that’s an indoor/outdoor space for kids and parents you’ve found it. You must come and see.

Emily Pierce: I'm half of one of those lucky couples that got married in 2020... or attempted to and then had to reschedule and re-plan before finally tying the knot. Lucky for me though after having to cut our guest list and find an indoor-outdoor spot, I came across The Lane and Molly's team by complete chance. And while wedding planning itself may have been a dumpster fire in 2020 - The Lane and Molly made the venue portion SO EASY and SO SEAMELESS. I was hugely impressed by not only the space, my groom and I did an impromptu "send off" down the slide obviously, but also the kindness and flexibility of the whole team at The Lane. If you're looking for a spot for a small-medium indoor/outdoor gathering (whether you're reading this during Covid or after) - definitely check out The Lane. The rooftop makes for some pretty photos even though you're in the heart of DC, the bar makes it easy for hired caterers to come in and the flexibility and ease of what The Lane offers makes them an awesome venue to work with. I can't wait to return once the world goes back to normal and eventually make use of their family friendly offerings!

aiyana poe: Great service, they offer a variety of classes and community involvement for children and families. It is a great indoor playground in the middle of the city.

7. Gymboree Play & Music, Washington DC

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Gymboree Play & Music, Washington DC
Professionalism
4.8
Services
4.9
Prices / Rates
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Organization
4.8

Address: 2639 Connecticut Ave NW #113, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:45AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 627-2450

Guy: Learning center


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Cintia Aspilcueta: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, ValueI really love Gymboree. My daughter is very shy, but thanks to Meshell and Seth my daughter has improved in both crawling and music. She is starting to play with the teachers and other children more. And she has learned to love music and instruments. Overall, it is a great place for young children!
Response: Thanks! we greatly appreciate the positive feedback!

Lauren Anderson: I brought my daughter to Gymboree for music class and it was interactive and fun! She was able to explore the environment, participate in call and response songs, touch and use instruments, and so much more. She was so excited to see other children and engage with the incredibly patient and animated instructors. This class was appropriate for multiple age groups and we can not wait to return for more musical and motor fun!!
Response: Thanks Lauren! We really enjoy having your family as part of our community. Best Wishes, Randy

Vimi V Ellenberger: Such a lovely experience! Was so happy to have a safe indoor play place for my son. All adults were masked and the place was clean. The teachers were so friendly and encouraging. I signed up for a monthly membership after attending the first class as I knew my son would love to continue coming here.

Jane Jo Lee: We absolutely love coming here with our very active 2 year old. The owner Randy and his staff are amazing and attentive and make each class extremely fun and engaging! The space is perfect for small group play and learn classes. Every nook, toy and play structure is immaculately clean and they adhere to the strictest safety guidelines. We are so sad to be moving away and we will miss this place!!
Response: Thanks Jane! It was wonderful hosting your family. Best Wishes, Randy

Natasha Peeples: What an amazing thoughtful experience! Not only did the staff go out of their way to tailor, set up, and take care of every detail for my son's first birthday - they also designed the games, activities and songs around our birthday theme of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. All the families had a fantastic time and wanted to do their kid's birthday here as well!
Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed the party! The room decorations were spectacular!

Amara Craighill: Our 16-month old and her nanny share buddy love their Family Music class with Seth. We’ve tried a few other classes and they’ve enjoyed all of them. They also love the climbing gym in the playground area.
Response: Thanks! We agree, Mr. Seth is an amazing Educator!

Leigh M: My son had a fantastic time singing, clapping, playing and blowing bubbles with the facilitator and new friends! We felt very comfortable in this group of strangers alongside us for play and look forward to our next visit and our upcoming birthday party there!

Maricris Castillo H: My baby and I enjoyed a lot the Gymboree classes! The teachers are great and everyone is so friendly 😊👌🏽 Los recomendamos!

Hilary Dauffenbach-Tabb: Positive: QualityOur 2 year old goes to the music class here each week and sometimes open play. The teachers, especially Mr Seth, are great. Scheduling is easy via the app. Feels clean and safe during COVID.
Response: Thanks Hilary!

Elena Moiseyeva: Choose what’s best for your child! We are new to DC area and it has been a challenge for me to find fun place for my 16 mo with good activities, flexible schedule and affordable rates. How happy I was to find out about this location. The main asset Of Gymboree DC is teachers - they are wonderful and caring, very kind and attentive to all kids. The playroom is spacious and the layout is being changed every other week, so your child will not get bored. We tried several classes so far and all of them were a success. However if you don’t want to attend the class you can opt for an open play and just be there with your child. I would imagine that birthday parties must be amazing there, and no hustle for parents. If you ask me, I can’t name any disadvantage of Gymboree DC. GO for it! P.S. - parents bring socks for yourself - parking is available at reasonable charge - don’t forget you child’s snack and water - booking classes online is very convenient Good luck!
Response: Dear Elena, We are thrilled to have you part of our caring DC Gymboree community. Thanks for feedback, Randy

8. elemeno (SkillZone)

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elemeno (SkillZone)
Professionalism
4.6
Services
4.6
Prices / Rates
4.7
Facilities
4.6
Organization
4.6

Address: 709 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: (202) 763-7629

Guy: Club


Review: "Great place for one year old birthday"

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Rachel Kern: So if anyone is looking for somewhere to take there toddler/ preschooler (especially on rainy days) for some play/learning I highly recommend SkillZone. There’s street parking ($2.30 an hour) and my 1.5 y/o daughter had an absolute blast. The staff is patient, helpful, and super nice and the facility is clean. I wish I would have found this place sooner! An absolute gem!!
Response: Thank you for the very detailed comments both here and on Facebook. We do try to emphasize that we believe in self directed learning in our carefully designed space versus classes. Little ones learn so much from just play in the right environment. Some of our families are concerned about parking so thank you for sharing, as well. -The SkillZone Team

Tommy Renkes: A great place to spend time with your little one! Our baby boy always has fun exploring new things and seeing other kids.
Response: Thanks Tommy! We created our play spaces in line with the best early childhood education practices, so the little ones are constantly learning as they play and socialize. We love providing a place for families to grow, together, and are happy to have a great community of member families like yours.

R W: Really amazing staff, fun around every corner I thoroughly enjoy spending time here.
Response: It's fantastic that you love our place so much, Rory. Feedback like yours makes our entire team smile and validates our model is working. Come back soon. -The Elemeno Team

Drea Dawson: Its nice for little kids 3 and under, but not really built for older children. My son who just turned 5 enjoyed the baloon room and climbing, but its not big enough to keep him entertained for more than an hour. However, it is a pretty nice place. They also had wine for the adults, but I am not sure if this was due to there being a birthday party there or what.
Response: Thanks, Andrea. Yes we really are geared for children 4 and under, although we allow up to 6 years old to accommodate older siblings and friends. We do offer wine and beer every day of the week, in addition to our free coffee, tea and WiFi to help the adults have a more relaxing and enjoyable experience!

Lauren Turner: Would highly recommend to anyone who works remotely, esp. those with young kids in the Capitol Hill area. Quiet, clean, and comfortable co-working, amazing play space for kids and extremely helpful and kind staff members.
Response: Thank you Lauren - we’re happy to provide services for the whole family, from Coworking and drop-off options for parents to our unique play-based education environment for the little ones. We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your family and appreciate you sharing your feedback! The Elemeno Team

Norma Zapeta: I would like to be a member but I see it difficult, and more if I have to be on a waiting list, I would like it for the winter since it would be difficult to be outside with my son, I hope to be part of this interesting place.
Response: Hi Norma - families interested in joining can request a free tour and trial visit by filling out the simple form on our home page (elemeno.club). During your visit we’d love to answer any questions you have about our different membership types, which range from a few visits / month to unlimited play and coworking for the whole family. We look forward to meeting you and your little one!

Ellen Coffin: Great place for one year old birthday
Response: Thanks Ellen! We love helping families celebrate big milestones with private parties in our space. We believe the first few birthdays are as much a celebration of the parents and family ‘village’ as they are of the birthday child, so our parties are as perfect for adult socializing (including beer and wine) as they are for baby / child entertainment!

Billy S: My son loved it. The best place in DC. Excellent environment and service ! Very smart concept
Response: Thanks Billy! We're so glad to hear you and your son love spending time with us. That's what we're all about - helping young families have more 'effortless family time'!

Shilpa Ray: Went for a birthday party. Very clean and lots of different areas for kids to explore.
Response: So happy you loved our place, Shilpa. It's great that the kids had fun running around, too. Looking forward to the next time you come in. -The SkillZone Team

Steve F.: Awesome place for kids. Lots of thought went into it. Cool car ramp.

9. The Little Gym on Capitol Hill

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The Little Gym on Capitol Hill
Professionalism
4.6
Services
4.5
Prices / Rates
4.5
Facilities
4.5
Organization
4.5

Address: 625 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 450-1175

Guy: Gymnastics center


Review: Their website mentions birthday parties and child's

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AJ Siegel: We love our Saturdays at little gym. It is a spectacular place to get our little one comfortable with taking risks.

Julia Skapik: We LOVE The Little Gym! My 4 year old has been in a year and we just started our just turned 2 year old and they both have an amazing time! Can't wait to start free practice sessions now that the pandemic is getting under control. Update: a year later in the pandemic and all is well... My 2 year old just turned 3 and seamlessly transitioned to class by himself thanks to great teachers!

Kenzi LA Toy: A fun place for my dear daughter to be social during a challenging time. LGCH has done a great job with keeping my superstar safe during the pandemic. I am so grateful for this establishment!

leo v: The proprietor response here highlights my point that Little Gym needs to step up its kids' mask policy - especially now as the virus rages. My concern that the kids are allowed by policy to be maskless during class is mitigated in no way by the proprietor's reply. DC requires everyone 3 and up to mask when entering any establishment. Gymnastics is not a socially distant activity. The reply states kids may remove masks "if needed" while class is in session. The policy could at least be to inform parents that masking is mandatory for all at all times and announce once before class that masks must be on for all at all times so that the parents can police and staff don't have to be the "bad guys." The staff articulate the policy they are given - lots of handwashing, but once the shoes are off, kids are allowed to wear no covering. DC parents have the means to purchase lighter weight masks for their children and will do it if the policy requires. DC parents won't leave in droves. They will respect that the establishment takes the pandemic very seriously, not somewhat seriously. Aside from this, Little Gym and their staff are great! Original post: This is a nice, well run establishment that I'd rate more highly pre or post - covid. The problem is, while all adults are required to wear masks, it is optional for kids. Half of the kids in the session were not wearing masks. I mentioned it to another parent who noted her kid was masked bc she had sickle cell anemia and couldn't take chances. I expect such lax attitudes toward the risks of the covid pandemic in Trumpy areas, not DC. The instructors are firm with the kids about hand washing, which is better than nothing but not much better, as the virus is primarily spread by inhaling droplets and aerosol particles. The gym is not exceptionally well ventilated as the main area is in the basement level, with no option for windows. In route to The Little Gym Capitol Hill, we grabbed ice cream and observed a kid's martial arts class across the street being held outside in a public triangle park with each kid, parent, and the instructor wearing masks during class. In The Little Gym, my son was hot and complained, but and I told him keep his mask on. My daughter as well. It's regrettable that as the long winter of this pandemic begins, The Little Gym is passing the buck to parents to opt or not to have their adorable little potential vectors potentially cause harm to kids with asthma, staffers with an at risk family member in their pods, versus mandating responsible behavior. Take a lesson from the very responsible outdoor martial arts classes. There are lighter weight cloth masks like the one my daughter wore, which I do outdoor cardio with that can be worn with less discomfort and beat the brakes off of wearing nothing. They could turn the ac up a bit so masking is less uncomfortable for little ones. DC would not permit an elementary school school to open with half of the kids in class rooms unmasked. It's about protecting others...please correct this reckless policy, Little Gym!
Response: Hi Leo, Thank you for your feedback. We agree that masks are an important safety measure. With children returning to school, we've recently updated our mask policy and sent the below information last week to all of our customers -- In our continual effort to keep The Little Gym on Capitol Hill a safe place to allow your child to have Serious Fun, we are now requiring all adults and children 3 & older to wear face coverings while in the facility. To help protect The Little Gym on Capitol Hill families and our Team, in addition to all adults and children 3 & older wearing a face covering when entering the building, our non-stop cleaning and disinfecting in the gym and gym equipment before, during, and after each class, and even more thoroughly cleaning mid-day and at the end of each day, will continue. To learn more about our enhanced cleaning, disinfecting & safety guidelines ask a Team Member or check out our enhancements here. Please note, that children will be able to remove or take the mask down during an exercise if needed, but otherwise, we do ask that the masks be worn for the entirety of the class. While we know face coverings can be uncomfortable for some, it is important that we all put on our Citizen Kid capes and work together to ensure that The Little Gym on Capitol Hill is Seriously Safe & Fun place for all of us! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Markell Johnson: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, ValueI love the Little Gym the ataff are amazing and the location is very convenient. They take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the children from physical risks to Covid risk. I'm glad this location opened, and the pricing isnt bad either.

Jonathan Alfuth: We’ve been going for a couple months now and our 4 year old loves the gymnastics classes. The staff is fantastic, the equipment is great, all in all highly recommend!

Kenzi La Toy: Little Gym. A #safehaven in the midst of a pandemic. My Dear Daughter loves the idea she is able to jump around and be social. This is def. a investment I would truly be grateful for.

Oleksii Domanchuk: Service is very bad. Even for their clients.

Rone' Dukes: My daughter && I love this place! They're clean && they abide by Covid-19 rules && regulations! They're very sanitized!

Jontia Chambers: My kids loved their first class and looking forward to many more😍

10. My Gym Bethesda

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My Gym Bethesda
Professionalism
4.4
Services
4.5
Prices / Rates
4.4
Facilities
4.4
Organization
4.4

Address: 5110 Ridgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (301) 652-2820

Guy: Gym


Review: "Great birthday parties!"

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Lorree Powell: Smaller than most my gym. Went there for a birthday party a couple of weeks ago and I believe we were the last party. It smelled of dirty socks and the other my gyms I have been to did not smell like this. I love these places for kids but this one unfortunately I felt like it was not the cleanest of all the my gyms
Response: Lorree- Oh No! I am so sorry you had a less then excellent experience with us! We do pride ourselves on our excellent teachers and on our cleanliness. Sometimes when we have multiple parties in a day especially when the weather is colder it can get stuffy in the gym with all the kids and parents coming through. I will certainly speak with the staff about this and rectify. Please feel free to reach out to me as I would love to offer you a free class so you can come back and see how clean and great smelling our gym is on a regular basis. My email is mygymmandy@verizon.net and I would really love to offer a free class. My name is Mandy. Hope to hear from you soon.

Lauren Marx-Abel: We just celebrated my son's 5th birthday at My Gym Bethesda yesterday, and everyone had a great time! The staff really went above and beyond to make it a fun and easy experience for all the kids and parents who came. Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you so much for the kind comments! We were so happy to celebrate with your family! Mandy Lemar owner

Suyin Kong: I had signed for a trial class for the mixed sibling class and I had trouble finding the place as it was my first time going to that part of town. I had used Google Maps and it led me to the carpark in American Plant instead. I tried calling My Gym for 10m in the parking lot to ask for directions and NO ONE picked up the phone. This was rush hour too. Frustrated, I had parked my car in American Plant and decided to find my way in the office building next door. I have a 3 year old with me and an 8-month old (weighing 22 lbs!) I kept walking towards the shopping center and it was a long walk with the 2 kids and when I reached the junction, I saw Westwood Shopping Center II. I'm not sure where the first Westwood is. And so when I went it to My Gym, I asked the staff why is it that no one picked up the phone for so long. And the lady (who was also the teacher) said that the office staff mending the phone wasn't here and she acted like it wasn't her responsibility at all. I wasn't happy with that. Someone should be at the phone especially before a new class to deal with situations like this i.e. ask for directions/info etc. Then comes the class. It started out great with circle time for 10m led by Mr Omar. He is a good and loving teacher. But that was all organized activity for the session. The rest was very much 35-40m of free play, which I didn't like. They had equipment and swings set up, but it was way too disorganized. And for the younger ones under 2 years, there was a time of 10m where the younger ones were separated to a corner to just play with musical instruments with an instructor playing with them - no facilitation or structure. If I have to pay for 2 kids for this session, I think it's not worth paying for a kid under 2 years for this particular class for this reason. Lastly, the music was somewhat inappropriate, there were a few dance numbers which were way too loud with the techno beat. I don't mind some pop songs, but for kids these age, a few of the songs were just too techno and loud. It's' not to my liking. I'm not coming back here again. In terms of management wise, i find that it's not a good practice to not have phones picked up during open hours. If the office staff mending the phone is not in the office, shouldn't there be someone who receives calls in their absence? I never had a problem with the other location and their other competitors when I called for info or rescheduling. And of course, I had to carry my 22 pounder on a long walk along the main road back to my car with my toddler today.
Response: We are so sorry to hear about your experience! We have been happily serving families in Bethesda for almost 10 years and our goal is always to have happy and active families and kiddos! I will reach out to you off line to learn more about your experience and how we can make it right. Mandy Lemar owner

Frank M: Outstanding! Great program for kids of all ages! Great birthday parties! Great parents night out! Love the teachers! Amazing value! Can't recommend highly enough!
Response: Thanks so much Frank! We are so glad that you loved My Gym! Hope to see you and your child back for classes soon! Mandy Lemar owner My Gym Potomac My Gym Bethesda

Rachelle Akuffo: My daughter has such a good time! Lots of great exercises, motor skill practice, sportsmanship and good manners. Teachers are very engaged and interactive.

Dani Talavera: great instructors, nice activities for kids 3 and up. My toddler loved it! Didnt want to leave.
Response: Thanks so much for the kind words, Dani! We hope to see you back at My Gym Bethesda soon for a class or birthday party or camp! Mandy Lemar owner

Noelle Serino: Love the vibe always A feels great to come here with my children. Nice please!
Response: Thanks Noelle- We think My Gym is a pretty awesome place as well! Hope to see you back at My Gym sometime soon! Mandy Lemar owner My Gym Potomac My Gym Bethesda

frenzy: The Staff are Great!!!!!! Tons of activities in the class that are fun and educational.
Response: Hello - We are so glad you enjoy the classes! Hope to see you and your child for a birthday party or Parents Night Out or camp sometime soon! Mandy Lemar owner My Gym Potomac My Gym Bethesda

Padma: What a terrific birthday party venue. Great staff, great program, great value.
Response: thanks for your awesome comments Padma! We love our birthday parties! We hope to see you back for a party or camp or Parents Night Out sometime soon. Mandy Lemar owner My Gym Potomac My Gym Bethesda

11. Clown N Around Children's Entertainment

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Clown N Around Children's Entertainment
Professionalism
4.1
Services
4.1
Prices / Rates
4.2
Facilities
4.1
Organization
4.1

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (888) 707-7837

Guy: Entertainer


Review: "I got clowning around to come to my son 1st birthday party."

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cristina graurusi: what a horrible experience we had , we got the silver package , the ppl that showed up for the event looked exhausted, they didn’t try to get kids attention, as they came they set by the table and they were like glued there ! We had an emergency call 2 days prior the event to organize the amusement for the Birthday Party . They have a really good sales man! Ppl who they hire, have not even 25% of his energy! In the package was a puppet show , oh don’t expect something grandiose, was not good ! In the package was a present for the Birthday Person from the character-guest what never was delivered. The package came with ballon twisting , only one person twisted ballon’s from 3 and she knew only 2 simple designs to tight them . Face painting was done by 1 person only and she didn’t do a good job either. I was like every 10 minutes trying to move them, asking what’s the plan guys ! Just don’t hire them! Find better some teenagers to organize some games with the kids and it will be a cheaper and more fun event that this company!

Brave City DC: Omg!!! Those Kids loved the Dinos! Good energy!

Carla Carter: Hired Clown N Around two separate events ( both Birthday parties for my children) So much fun for my twins glow party event at the clown n around headquarter office; my husband and I ordered them again at our home. Both events the staff, clowns, services and packages were excellent and full of energy! The kids really enjoyed, the adults enjoyed! has made planning children parties very easy and stress free. Thanks so much!!! Looking forward to the next event :)

Fotini Chrisopoulos: We used clown n around for my sons 1st birthday. We did the premium package which was a character, face painting and balloon art. They were very professional, on time and we had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend them!

Tarika Kelsick: We were so pleased with our experience with Clown n Around! I am not good at keeping kids entertained and needed help in that area, so I did some research and decided to go with Clown N Around. They brought such a great energy to my son’s 2nd birthday celebration. The kids were all into it... ages 2 to 12. Their team had great communication prior to the day of the event. They arrived on time and were very professional. We had the Mickey character and man... he looked legit! The costume was well kept and clean and the host was also very well dressed. They had all the latest kid’s songs and the experience was very interactive and child appropriate. Everyone was commenting and thanking us because they had such an amazing time. Clown N Around has so many other characters and different packages to choose from. So if you are on the fence... I say go for it. They are definitely a must for us next year!

Veronica Wood: This company is the REAL DEAL!!! I recently booked the company for my son's first birthday party this past Sunday May 29th, 2022. I booked the deluxe character package with Mickey Mouse an added an additional hour. From the moment the entertainers arrived they were nothing but professional all the way across the board! They were on time, set up and got the party started very quickly! As soon as the music started and Mickey Mouse made his " grand entrance," it was high energy all the way until the very end. We loved all the music and games that were played. I booked the party for about 10-15 kids and unfortunately alot of them didnt show up( their loss,) but Clown N Around still made the party a memorable experience! They have all types of characters to choose from( Mickey and Minnie, Paw Patrol, Spider Man, Cocomelon and the list goes on!) They can even have a low energy party for those with special needs or sensory issues. They really put the needs and wants of the kids first. If you're ever in the need for a fun birthday for kids PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE book this company! You will NOT be disappointed I promise you! Since alot of the kids didnt show up, the entertainers even did face painting for the kids for free along with balloon animals! I couldn't have asked for a more special first birthday for my baby boy. As I told them when they were at my house Sunday, I will most DEFINITELY book them again next year!!!

Aymin Burch: They were absolutely perfect for my two year old's birthday party. Everyone of all ages enjoyed the puppet show and dance party (very inclusive). They are well worth every penny. A few party goers plan to book with them as well!

v s: We loved the entertainers. They came in time, well organized, and put up a singing and dancing show for 20 four year old kids that they absolutely enjoyed. The show followed by balloon twisting, everyone got a balloon they wanted. Altogether the show and balloon lasted for one hour. High energy, great time! Thanks to Clown N Around!

Shethebaddest 1: If your looking for a family friendly company this is the best place to book! Spider-Man was very good with the kids. The balloon and paint artist was so patience with the children. I would book them every year. If I could give them 10 stars I would thanks again.

Oliver Fernandez: They provided a great experience for my daughters birthday and the adults loved it as well!

12. Clown N Around

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Clown N Around
Professionalism
3.4
Services
3.3
Prices / Rates
3.3
Facilities
3.3
Organization
3.3

Address: 800 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (888) 707-7837

Guy: Children's party service


Review: "... all of us. Thank you, Clown n Around for cheering my daughter up!"

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Sheryll M: These guys were so much fun!! We had a blast tonight at a party they entertained! They did a really fun Baby Shark set that matched the theme, balloon animals, and face paint! They were so understanding and patient with the kids! They kept the party fun and lively. We were shocked when they stayed another 30 minutes on their own accord just to make sure all the kids had a turn with the face paint. If you’re thinking about booking them, do it NOW! So worth it!

Carol Nguyen: I’m so glad I booked Minnie Mouse character at Clown n Around for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party! My daughter was a bit shy at her bday at the beginning but as soon as Minnie Mouse arrived, my daughter danced with Minnie and started to open up to all of us. Thank you, Clown n Around for cheering my daughter up! The two cast members were highly enthusiastic and entertaining throughout the whole hour with greeting guests, engaging our little kids to a dance party with popular kids music, singing happy birthday and to top it off the face painting and balloon art was super fun for the kids. Definitely will hire Clown n Around for future events. I couldn’t be happier with the entertainment that was provided!

Robert Morlan: We used Clown N Around for our child's 4th birthday. It was perfect, we had a PJ Masks themed birthday and having Catboy attend was perfect. The music was good, the kids had a blast, and we did it all from our living room.

S J: My daughter and her friends had the best time for her birthday. Even the parents had fun. Highly recommend. Thank you Dashon and Nick for making her birthday a day to remember!

Diana Bulgac: Ppl do post fake reviews for this business !!!!! They charge a premium price and deliver a very poor amusement and entertainment for the event. I will share my experience: how horrible it was , we got the silver package , the ppl that showed up for the event looked exhausted, they didn’t try to get kids attention, as they came they set by the table and they were like glued there ! We had an emergency call 2 days prior the event to organize the amusement for the Birthday Party . They have a really good sales man! Ppl who they hire, have not even 25% of his energy! In the package was a puppet show , oh don’t expect something grandiose, was not good ! And the girl who was presenting all this stuff, were all the time on the phone, reading her script. It was just not was promised. In the package was a present for the Birthday Person from the character-guest what never was delivered. The package came with ballon twisting , only one person twisted ballon’s from 3 and she knew only 2 simple designs to tight them . Face painting was done by 1 person only and she didn’t do a good job either. I was like every 10 minutes trying to move them, asking what’s the plan guys ! Just don’t hire them! Find better some teenagers to organize some games with the kids and it will be a cheaper and more fun event that this company! If you need more details , feel free to contact me, i will share pictures and videos
Response: Diana, Sorry about your experience! As we've stated to you via email, none of our staff is teenagers. They are all over 18 yrs of age. As we've discussed via email as well, this seems to be a discrimination of age issue. All of our performers are trained and properly equipped before going out to events. All of the services was provided on time with the best of our ability. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send me an email!

Saif Khan: Went to a party last week where they were suppose to entertain. Their were suppose to be 3 clowns, One girl came late and Spider-Man was in the bathroom for 2 hours because this was his first time. Their good rating got me .

Kimani Marshall: They are very talented and they made my son's 4th birthday party fun. I am trying to book them again but they have become so popular that I am getting late responses so, they lose 1 star.

Adeel Shad: Terrible terrible terrible ! I want an apology from the con Artist who ruined my party .

13. The Great Zucchini

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The Great Zucchini
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Prices / Rates
5
Facilities
5
Organization
5

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 271-3108

Guy: Magician


Review: "The best choice we’ve ever made for a kids birthday party."

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Ginny George: The Great Zucchini truly lived up to his name - GREAT! My 6 year olds birthday party was a massive success- with children who laughed and squealed for the entire time (while us parents were comfortable in our chairs lounging- priceless) . We have already booked our next event.

Courtney Hyde: We have nothing but great things to say about The Great Zucchini! I am the Education Director at The Goddard School located in Rockville, Maryland. I cannot count how many times we have booked The Great Zucchini each year to bring laugh out loud entertainment to our students. Their uncontrollable laughter is why we keep bringing him back! His interactive shows bring a smile to all of our age groups. We constantly have parents asking for his contact information, and have had families book him for their own child’s birthday parties. If you are looking for someone to spice up any event with fun, energy and laughter, The Great Zucchini is your guy! Thank you for all you do for us, Eric! Courtney Anderson

Candace Doria: We had "The Great Zucchini" over to our home to celebrate the birthdays of our 2 year old, and soon to be 5 year old. The boys and our guests (ages 18 months to 6 years) were laughing hysterically the entire time! He did such a wonderful job of engaging the entire audience, making sure to call each kid up to participate. When the party was over, our boys couldn't stop talking about and reenacting "The Great Zucchini." I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to celebrate a young child!

Kristen Murray: My son had the best 5th birthday ever with the Great Zuchini! All of the kids could not stop laughing, including our 3 year old. It was a windy day at the park so he finished with some fun games that the kids really enjoyed and they still were laughing and having fun. Thanks for making his day and ours!

Grace Pratt: Our son had the best 5th birthday with the Great Zucchini! The whole group was mesmerized by his show. Ages 2-7 were totally engrossed. I’ve never seen a group of children sit so still :) He found a way to make each child feel special and a part of the show.

Stacey Maresco: We had a super experience with The Great Zucchini for my child’s 4th birthday. He arrived early to setup and was ready to go exactly on time as my guests arrived. More than that, he MADE the birthday party! The kids couldn’t stop laughing, screaming and giggling at each trick. As a parent, this made a huge difference for the birthday. The show was roughly 40 minutes and every bit of it was hysterical for the kids. I only wish we could have him back next year — not sure how to top this birthday!

Kristin Cazenave: We had an absolute blast during The Great Zucchini’s show at our son’s birthday! The kids were so engaged and rolling on the floor laughing… even out 17 month old! The pandemic has put a damper on our last few years of birthday parties, so this was just the perfect thing to make our little guy’s birthday extra special! Thanks so much to The Great Zucchini!

MaiLien Le: We just had The Great Zucchini perform at my son’s 5th birthday. He had the kids enthralled from the second he started his performance until the very end. The kids attending ranged in age from about 2-7 (most in the 4-5 year range) they all had a blast, laughing hysterically and participating in all of the games. He made sure everyone felt included and it was very clear that he understands how to captivate this age group. My son said it was “the best day ever” and asked when he could see The Great Zucchini again. It was a wonderful time, worth the hype and worth every penny to see the joy in all of the kids faces.

lauren Camilli: Hired The Great Zucchini for a backyard pre-school graduation party for 4-5 year olds and all the kids absolutely loved the show! He held their attention the entire show and they never stopped laughing. The audience participation was also so great for this age group. I highly recommend him for any kids event.

Jessica Pfeiffer: The Great Zucchini performed at my son's 4th birthday party and the kids had a blast! They belly laughed and screeched for the entire show. He was on time, friendly with parents and professional.

14. Pump It Up Alexandria Kids Birthday and More

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Pump It Up Alexandria Kids Birthday and More
Professionalism
4
Services
4
Prices / Rates
4.1
Facilities
4
Organization
4

Address: 2000 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Telephone: (571) 406-4748

Guy: Children's amusement center


Review: "Great set up for kid's birthday parties."

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Lucia Fuentes: The kids had a blast. Everything was very well organized. The staff was super attentive. Highly recommended for birthday parties.

Judith Alarcon: Loved it. Perfect setting for indoor fun . They are perfectly handling things by keeping things cleaned and organized. Love the energy. Love the team work

Samantha Youngblood: Highly recommend Pump it Up to host your kids birthday party! You will not be disappointed. Superb staff and they know what they are doing. Excellent process and very organized. They have everything in one location and you have the option customize your birthday package with super cool add ons such as the glow in the dark party. We have been a repeat customer for the past four years! Great place and the best staff!

Sofia Khilji: We had our 6 year old's birthday party here and could not have been more pleased. From booking online, to the rates, to the communication, to the event roll-out, everything was easy. The space is clean, parking is easy, the staff is friendly and professional, and there's plenty of space for kids and adults to have fun. The only thing I might do differently is add balloons and bubbles as an add-on, in place of the glow party, to make for a brighter photo package. But the kids loved the glow party, and the parents appreciated a quiet dark cool place to chill on the sidelines.

E. L.: Fun place to let the kids wear off energy. The equipment is getting a little worn, still fun, just hope it's maintained or replaced soon. Only downside is when parents just let their kids run crazy. If no supervision it can get a little hectic and dangerous from kids slamming together.

Vera Chimitova: Horrible experience, the worst customer service!!! I will not recommend this place for birthday party for your kids!!!! I planned my son’s birthday in two weeks ahead I reserved ultimate party package which included ice cream cake, goodie bags, balloons, Birthday Gift all this staff was missing. I’m very disappointed and upset!!!Why I had to reserve in advance and get nothing at the end. The party room was not decorated with balloons which I ordered. The stuff didn’t not serve the food, they were unprofessional and not happy what they were doing. Also I ordered 2 fruit tray and veggie tray they were missing, when they brought the check all the missing food was still in the check. This is how you work and overcharged your customers?. I definitely get overcharged. The stuff wasn’t even sorry that a lot of stuff was missing from the ultimate package. I didn’t get refund, this is how they treat their customers. The worst place to be!!!

Chakeri Dixie: We had a party at Pump It Up in Alexandria on 5/29/2022. All the staff was amazing, from the time we walked in, to the time we left, they did an amazing job. We had a staff by the name of Machi(I believe that's his name) that went above and beyond to ensure my daughters 6th birthday was amazing. He was extremely interactive and helpful. If you're looking for a place that is full of fun for the kids and no work for parents this is the place. I can't brag enough about how amazing and awesome this place was and that is in big part of the interactive staff. The entire party had a wonderful time. We love this place!

MrJoyRd: Very fun & very friendly!!!! Highly recommended!!

Mimi Geb: Kids had a great time. Great that it wasn’t packed

Namkhaijantsan Tserengombo: We bought most expensive packages but Very ashamed from our guests because of the goodie bags, fruit platters and pizzas for birthday party and it was a joke and some are missing, do not go there.

15. Pump It Up Silver Spring Kids Birthdays and More

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Pump It Up Silver Spring Kids Birthdays and More
Professionalism
4.3
Services
4.2
Prices / Rates
4.2
Facilities
4.2
Organization
4.2

Address: 12210 Plum Orchard Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Telephone: (301) 572-5867

Guy: Children's amusement center


Review: "Great place to have Birthday parties for your children."

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YAMILKA BRYANT: Came here for the first time and the kids had a blast!!! They enjoyed every part. I thought that the hours weren’t going to be enough but, it worked out. They have their own little system going and try to keep as organized as they can. I went to the ice cream one and they received a cup of ice cream at the end. Will definitely be bringing the kids back for the different jump events.
Response: Thank you so much Ms. Bryant! It is our sincerest pleasure to serve you and your family!

Nicholas Proszkow: Nice place. Very similar to Bounce U. Almost the exact same inflatable experience.
Response: Nicholas thanks for the review! Yes, you've noticed it right - Bounce U and Pump It Up are cousins lol. We'd love to have you back in Silver Spring of course. Check our calendar at https://www.pumpitupparty.com/silver-spring-md/calendar/ when you're ready to plan your next play date or private party! Seasons greetings! - Pump It Up of Silver Spring

Bethany Cobb: Attended birthday party for 5 year old. First hour was split between two room of inflatables - great idea to do 30 minutes in each room to keep it interesting. Included a "snowball" (white fuzzy balls) fight. Second hour was pizza/cake and a round of "limbo". Kids had fun, which was the most important thing. Young employees looked slightly bored (certainly not a job I envy!) but managed enthusiasm at the necessary times. Easy parking.
Response: Bethany Hey There! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice --and candid-- review for us at Pump It Up of Silver Spring. We are glad to know the kids had fun, but at the same time, we will use your feedback in our ongoing Party Pro trainings! We look forward to your next visit. Check out https://www.pumpitupparty.com/silver-spring-md/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic for info about all the fun events we have coming soon. Thanks again! -Pump It Up of Silver Spring

Chocolatecity 85: Great entertainment for children! Healthier alternative to Chuckie Cheese's or Dave and Buster. The Pump it up staff are enthusiastic. Although the pictures in the room did not match our party upon entering our party room, they corrected the problem quickly without being asked. Staff were friend and helpful! The inflatables looked clean and free of debris! They provide toys and small vehicles for the smaller children who cannot get on the inflatables. We really liked how the experience includes multiple rooms and the staff announces the change of venues to the children via microphone. They also provide child friendly music that can be heard over the screaming children. Overall great experience!

Manan Dalal: We hosted our daughter's fifth birthday here. The staff is excellent. A variety of things for kids to do. Adults also get to play some air hockey. The wind simulation was pretty much a hit with the kids. I'd recommend this place if you don't want to lift a finger and just show up to a kids party.
Response: Manan Thank you for entrusting Pump It Up of Silver Spring with such an important day as your daughter's birthday! Thanks so much for the great review. We are so excited that you had an amazing time with us. We hope we'll get to see you again soon! Check our online calendar for upcoming events at https://www.pumpitupparty.com/silver-spring-md/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic. Thanks again! -Pump It Up of Silver Spring

Kristie Baisden: We hosted our daughter's birthday here today. The kids had fun bouncing, balloon drop, glow, bubbles, etc and the staff were friendly and helpful. I give 3 stars because in the 1st arena the kids were literally told by staff to "get off the inflatables" to play relay games which should be optional since we are paying for bouncing. Also our party package came with photos to be downloaded online after event and displayed in party room but this service was not provided because their machine went down. We understand technical problems but we were not informed of the photo issue until after the party ended and the manager was not willing to compensate us for this service which was paid for but not provided. Not good customer service.
Response: Kristie Thank you for your review! We will definitely use your feedback in our ongoing trainings. We want the kids to know they can continue bouncing or join the staff in a floor game! My apologies that you do not feel compensated by the offers to join us for additional play time on us or the monetary refund we gave you. Again, thank you very much for celebrating with us and for your review. Best wishes to you and your family!

A random person: This place is amazing for kids birthday parties! Super fun bouncy castles and great service from staff. They also have pretty good prices. I believe it costs 10 dollars per child but take that with a grain of salt.

Amie Mccumber: The kids had a lot of fun bouncing and running although I was surprised at how small the space was. For a two hour party it wasn't bad though and the hosts in the party room were nice and attentive. I would consider a party there, hoping to reserve a bigger room. Remember to bring socks!
Response: Amie We appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts with us about your birthday party. We are sorry that the party room size was not everything you imagined it to be. Whenever you're ready, we'd be happy to talk with you about how to get a bigger space next time. Thanks a million for the chance to serve you! --Yalonda @ Pump It Up of Silver Spring

Shenita Boyd: Not my first time frequenting a Pump It Up, but this one was by far my most pleasant experience. Attended a birthday party for a 5 year old and the staff were very organized and attentive! They also did additional activities that I have not see at other Pump It Up birthday parties. Great job! My only complaint is upkeep. A deep cleaning is definitely needed.
Response: Shenita thank you very much for your candid review. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We drive our staff to fully engage with our guests at each party or event. Thank you for recognizing that. We also pride ourselves on our rigorous daily and weekly deep cleaning schedules. As a kids' place, we know how important cleaning is. Would you be so kind as to point out specifically what you noticed? We welcome your call at 301-572-5867. We'd be happy to call you as well if you are willing. Thanks again!

Eric Lewis: Location is permanently closed as per their website. Yet they’re still advertising as open.

16. Pump It Up of Lanham Bowie Kids

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Pump It Up of Lanham Bowie Kids
Professionalism
4
Services
4.1
Prices / Rates
4
Facilities
4
Organization
4

Address: 4230 Forbes Blvd Ste H, Lanham, MD 20706

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 577-7952

Guy: Children's amusement center


Review: "Generally good for kids birthday parties"

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Magic Freckles: The staff was super nice. However this location needs some new equipment. The blow up jumpers look old and worn out. Some were taped up and had air linking out of most of the blow ups. They didn't seem fully inflated. My son had to pretty much walk himself down some of the slides. Blow ups were dusty. They also had way too much storage placed around the play area that anyone could see. But despite all of that all the kids seem to have a good time. But they need to do a better job at this location.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to alert us of your experience. Looks like you caught us at a bad time. Our standard is to have the inflatables filled with air and all equipment ready for fun. Pandemic closures have delayed many of our planned renovations and upgrades. We appreciate your continued business as we try to deliver the best jumping experience in town!

JACKIE KELLEY: Dirty, poorly maintained, and unattentive staff. Several games were "out of order". Lots of tears on mats. Holes in walls. White socks were nearly black afterwards. Party room had dirty table coverings, tape on walls from previous party and water stained ceiling. All the sanitizer pumps were empty. Never provided socks to birthday boy, I thought that was included, i could be wrong. Staff over seeing my group barely spoke, no hype or offer to take group picture. Sat on his phone the entire time with his head down. They provided the wrong drinks, but i brought it to the attention of the lady at the front, she apologized and fixed it. She was the only positive thing there, she seemed genuine and nice. I had a party at Elkridge Pump it Up before and it was 100 times better than this location. Only communication from staff to me was "you'll get a fine for Pizza on ceiling....and staying late". Not worth $400 bucks. Oh and the room was warm but after looking at the air vent, I realized why. It's 90 percent blocked from dust.
Response: Ms. Kelley, We appreciate you taking the time to alert management of the experiences you had at our Lanham Bowie location. As a repeat customer, we are very happy that your prior party in Elkridge was a success. It seems this visit was not as stellar, which we are truly sorry to hear. We always strive to maintain consistency across locations. Individuals comprise our staff and we cannot always account for the circumstances that existed for that person, on a particular day. As owners, our goal is to correct any sub- standard occurrences and to find an amenable solution to the events detailed during your visit. Now that we are aware, please allow us the opportunity to speak with you first-hand. We will reach out to you soon. Overall, we hope your birthday star and their friends had fun jumping at Pump It Up!

Ryan Van Horn: Came here for my son's birthday party with a group of 10 kiddos and they all had an absolute blast. It is a neat idea to close the place during private events to ensure that party is able to enjoy everything to the fullest. My only complaint would be that there is no mention of a late leaving fee(?) not sure what to call it, or a clean up fee. The clean up fee isn't so much of an issue, if a party leaves a huge mess it makes sense. However, we were informed there would be an additional $80 charge for every 5 minutes we were there after our time was up once we arrived. The way the system works is you spent approximately 70 minutes (35 minutes in Room A and 35 in Room B) then the remainder of the time in the party room. So depending on the size of the party ~45 minute can be a crunch to distribute food, hang out, distribute cake or whatever for the party, then if there are gifts, open those. Again, overall, the party enjoyed themselves and it was a good time.

Marissa Griffith: DO NOT have your kids party at Pump it Up in Lanham. Literally SO TERRIBLE. Luckily my daughter is only 2 and still had a ball. But I was so disappointed!! Moon bounces were ripped and there were anchors that are supposed to be covered with cones…there were 3 that I had to say something about bc they were not covered. Only because I stepped on it…and yes it hurt like a b**ch and I am so glad a kid didn’t step on it bc my foot still hurts!! Trash on the floor in the party area that was not from us. Lights didn’t work in the “adult lounge” I got a $50 refund on a party that cost me $500…definitely not happy at all. And that was offered by one of the owners. $50!! Such a joke. I will NEVER come back here.

Jennifer Moore: I got super worried when I read the more recent reviews but we held my daughters 5th birthday here on Sunday 1/16 and had an absolute blast! All the employees were helpful and knowledgeable. They called to confirm details and were ready for us when we arrived. All the details were correct. We had 25 kids and everyone had a blast including parents!
Response: Ms. Moore, We are so happy to hear that the party was a success. Thank you for taking the time to post this great review and for understanding that every business has a few off days. We can't wait until January to see your daughter again! Please bring her to our Open Jump sessions and check the schedule for Summer activities. See you soon!

Antoinette Richardson: I feel I must say something!! I’m here twice a week for open jump sessions and my children have a awesome time! I see reviews and photos but I don’t see it in the location. This is present 12/02/2021. Awesome establishment!!

Tina Fendell: I just wanted to say thank you for making my granddaughters 2nd birthday party AMAZING!!!The manager Takia was super sweet and helpful along with the staff. I will definitely be returning.
Response: Aaawww, thanks for allowing us to be a part of such a memorable celebration. Toddlers are very special customers and we love to watch them explore and grow over their years of visiting Pump It Up! Thanks for taking time to write a review about your 5 star experience. See you soon!

Victoria Holley: I personally would not come here again. I've been here twice; once when they opened and recently for a birthday party. They are currently only doing reserved birthday parties it is not open to the public. They had room A room, B and, party room. We were jump in room A for 30 minutes and then jump and room B for 30 minutes and then head to the party room. I don't know how much this cost to throw a party since I was only an attendee. My five-year-old son had a fun time, so it's nice for younger kids. The staff was very young, high school aged and still learning about customer service. They did have a lot of different bounce houses so I do give them credit for variety but, it was very dim in both bounce rooms. They do have vending machines and arcade games but you have to pay; some of them take tap to pay some of them take cash. I guess they were clean but I don't know how frequently they sanitized and what their methods were.

Michael Anderson: I really had fun and so did all of the kids. It's was exciting. I will say that I hope that sanitize everything super well with the rise of omicron. But it was a great time! Highly recommend. It was the workout I didn't know that I needed.

Candice: We held my son’s birthday party here in October and I would not recommend. I sent feedback to the link sent to me after the party and never heard back. During the phone call before the party and when I arrived, I was reassured someone would set up our decorations in the party room and I wouldn’t have to bother- when I got there I even offered to do so but was told not to worry. The staff was not attentive at all, the party room was never set up like I was told it would be and it was not ready on time. They “forgot” to order the pizza until it was time to use the party room(not a huge deal since we were bringing it home, but they forgot….? What if we DID want to eat it there). It was all very disappointing and our guests saw how unorganized the staff was. My son was happy for the most part, but all the kids were ready to go when it was our turn to use the party room and they ended up standing around for 10 extra minutes while the staff poorly attended to cleaning the floor…. 10 minutes standing around with tired, thirsty, hungry kids and vending machines that are marked out of order- feels like longer than 10 minutes. We ended up helping put the tables down and setting up our party supplies(AFTER we were already supposed to be in our party room). We had to forego the decorations we brought because everyone was waiting. Most of the time the staff was just standing around talking to each other. I’m not sure how any party could be successful like this. The positive aspect of it all is that the glow party was a nice feature. It was overall a stressful party for me and my partner that could have been prevented with better customer service and more competent employees.

17. The Children's Art Studio

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The Children's Art Studio
Professionalism
4.5
Services
4.5
Prices / Rates
4.6
Facilities
4.5
Organization
4.5

Address: 2121 Decatur Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 247-1155

Guy: Art school


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Carlotta Bartolini: Nicole is an amazing teacher - she loves her students and gets creative for every camp. The quality of the Children's Art Studio classes is very high, and kids really have the chance to improve their personal and artistic skills while having tons of fun. Thank you, Nicole, for these amazing courses and for the tuition-free program for the students in Ward 7. Everyone should have access to art!
Response: Thank you Carlotta. We aim to serve.

Kathleen Krepps: My sons have been going to the Children's Art Studio since they were toddlers--first the mommy and me classes, then workshops and camps on their own, and now the pandemic online version, which is fabulous! I have always appreciated the calm and creative space, but never more than now. The children make beautiful creations and they love it. The studio is inclusive and welcoming for kids with disabilities and at all different ages and levels. The Zoom classes work so well--better than anything else the kids are doing online. We get some elusive quiet and serenity during class! Highly recommend.

Rebecca Galen: My 5 year old son looks forward to class every week--he talks throughout the week of how he will finish or add to his current project or wonders what materials they will create with next. It is wonderful how Nicole creates projects working with all different types of materials and uses the children's creativity to design a one of a kind pieces to bring home. Added bonus is all the mess happens out of the house! Nicole teaches the children about art, inspires their creativity and is a wonderful, caring person.
Response: He adds so much to our class room and studio. Thank you.

Ernest Fischer: My daughter has been in the toddler class for over a year now and has really enjoyed it. She has done a huge number of projects and my wife and I have loved seeing what’s new each week. I think the instructor does a great job of planning and organizing.
Response: Your daughter is a wonderful artist. She has created so much beautiful work. I feel the arts will be a part of her life for a long time. Thank you!

Joelle Ziemian: My daughter attended a one-day class and it was disappointing, given the high cost ($95 for 5 hours). The instructors were very young - and although the kids did a lot of activities, it was not serious; more like crafts than art. Some of the attendees were really badly behaved and completely uninterested. This is probably for children closer to 5 or 6 than 8 or 9.
Response: Thank you very much for your feed back. At the Children's Art Studio we strive to offer the highest quality instruction in a supportive upbeat environment. We teach a wide range of skills and include technical lessons, (with rigorous, specific instruction), and more open ended lessons where the students get to experiment with cool raw materials. Overall, (and over the course of a few workshops and classes), I think we provide a good mix. I'm so sorry that your daughter felt the workshop she attended had too strong of an emphasis on the open ended projects. In my opinion, and after teaching for decades, I feel there is value in both approaches. I am also sorry that your daughter felt that some of the other students were not engaged or badly behaved. We are committed to creating a safe, calm, structured, invigorating studio space where every child feels safe and valued. Again, on the whole, I think our classroom management is excellent. Our teachers are experienced and passionate about bringing the joy of art to young people. Nonetheless, I am sorry that your daughter had a less than stellar experience. I hope you will try us again so that she can experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from making art, and that your family will know the magic that keeps families coming back to the Children's Art studio year after year.

Mary Galeti: Our daughter loved the classes and we loved the art projects that came home. Nicole was a wonderful teacher!
Response: We appreciate you sending your talented child to work with us. We look forward to many more great days at the Children's Art Studio!

18. The Little Gym of Arlington

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The Little Gym of Arlington
Professionalism
4.4
Services
4.3
Prices / Rates
4.3
Facilities
4.3
Organization
4.3

Address: 2209 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22201

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 201-1058

Guy: Gymnastics center


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Mike Losasso: My little girl loves it. The instructors are so nice and caring. They emphasize learning and development. A great place to help your child develop social skills, and motor skills.

Elizabeth Han: My toddler and I tried out their class today, and I have to say that the staff was a dream! My little one didn't want to join in the activities and just felt like exploring the mats and beams most of the time, and the staff was totally accommodating, which made me feel great, bc it's such a stress when you feel like you have to make your kid do something. So many other sweet kiddos to interact with too!

Angelika Lipkin: Ms. Jess is amazing! Love her enthusiasm and energy during the little Bugs class. She really gives it her all. There's an awesome educational component to it that ties in all the senses, sign language, kinesthetic learning, etc. I was originally debating whether to enroll our 5.5 mo old during CV19, but after seeing how impeccable Little Gym is maintained, the masking, and parents socially distancing, I felt confident to enroll and get the membership after our first trial. My little babes had a great time seeing other babies (fiiinally), and I enjoyed meeting other parents, and having fun tumbling with my little cutie pie and introducing her to a fun environment.

rachel land: My son and I attended a birthday party for a friend that was hosted here, and I was so impressed with the way the staff interacted with the kids. My son was being fairly willful and contrary that day, and they just rolled with it and patiently created good boundaries for him while also being accommodating. The venue is a great place for kids to run around and have a great time, but the staff were the really stellar part of the experience!

Molly Wagoner: We just hosted my son's 4th birthday at The Little Gym of Arlington and we had the best time! All of our guests - babies to 8 year old kids - had an amazing time. As a mom of three, we've been to a ton of birthday parties (and hosted a lot ourselves), so I was very impressed by not only the wide range of kids who were entertained by the gym, but the great games led by our party hosts. Having some structured games along with open play allowed for an overall relaxing atmosphere for the parents and especially us as the hosts. It was wonderful having the whole space to ourselves as well. I highly recommend the gym as a birthday party spot for your toddlers and young kids!

Tye Streets: Critical: ProfessionalismThe staff is young kids that aren't professionals. They do alot of gossiping in front of the parent about the kids. They do more running a round then teaching the kids how to different skills. I don't recommend.

Hessa Al Maian: Very friendly and great staff! My child and were very happy with our visit

Phoebe Bouras: Excellent staff. My toddler loves going every week!

Rebecca Estrada: Always a pleasure to go there; it’s fun! I’ve made much needed progress and hope to continue to improve. Great selection of machines!

Frank Hong: Not much to offer in terms of activities for. Just a lot of mats where kids and jump around. maybe add a bound section, ball pit, or zip line something other than mats. Maybe add a circle tape in the middle bc the workers kept saying get to the circle but there was none.