Category Archives: Gradeschoolers

Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 17-21

Little ones can relate "Harold and the Purple Crayon" to artist Linn Meyers' hand drawn wall art at the Hirshhorn Museum's STORYTIME+ program

Little ones can relate “Harold and the Purple Crayon” to artist Linn Meyers’ hand drawn wall art at the Hirshhorn Museum’s STORYTIME+ program

Monday – Take advantage of the surprise warm weather and go geocaching. It’s like a scavenger hunt, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a little adventure. Even better, you can pick and choose where and when you want to do it. This KFDC post has all the info you need to get started.

Tuesday – Enjoy STORYTIME+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s new program that invites the youngest artists (ages birth – preschool) and their caregivers to explore contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff will read a book aloud, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead an activity. “Harold and the Purple Crayon” is this session’s featured book, and little ones can explore and participate in Harold’s misadventures through hands-on fun and close-looking with an original wall drawing created for the Hirshhorn by artist Linn Meyers. Meet in the lobby at 10am. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, see the night sky, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. If you’re keen on seeing stars, there’s a planetarium show at 4pm. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center for free. (Unfortunately, pony rides are not offered on weekdays this time of year, but staff at the stables always welcome visitors.)

Thursday – Experiment with hands-on fun at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Kids of all ages can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging interactive exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $12 (under 2 are free).

Friday – Catch a performance of Hansel & Gretel, the latest Main Stage production at The Puppet Co. Showtime is at 11am. Tickets are $12. Plan to stay after to picnic (BYO and buy from the cafe) and romp on the Glen Echo Park playground.


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Indoor Soccer at the Fairfax Sportsplex: The most fun to be had inside this winter!


Parents, don’t let your kids get cabin fever this winter – sign them up to play INDOOR SOCCER at the Fairfax Sportsplex! Conveniently located just inside the beltway in Springfield, VA, and spanning over an acre, the facility contains five indoor soccer fields where kids can have a blast!

Indoor soccer is a win/win: Kids love it because it’s fast paced and high scoring, and coaches love it because it develops players’ soccer skills with lots of touches on the ball.

Boys & girls teams, as well as individuals ages 5-18, can get in on the action and fun: Teams can enter with their own roster and coach, or you can sign up your child to be placed with other kids their age to form a team with a parent coach. There are no practices, just action-packed games each weekend.


The Fairfax Sportplex has separate leagues for Recreation/House Level players, where the emphasis in on FUN! Even kids new to soccer can get a lot out of playing indoors — the ball doesn’t go out of bounds, so there is no waiting around for restarts. And the program provides kids with lots of touches on the ball, learning control and good technique, all while scoring goals and having fun playing the fantastic game of soccer!

There are three winter sessions:
Session 1: November 12 – December 18 (register by November 3)
Session 2: December 31 – February 5 (register by November 28)
Session 3: February 11 – March 26 (register by January 31)
Sign up online here!

Have a child younger than 5? The Fairfax Sportsplex also offers Tot Soccer Classes during the week for children ages 3-5!
Tot Soccer at the Sportsplex is a high energy, year-round soccer program designed specifically for young players. Children are encouraged to develop their physical, mental, and social abilities through creative soccer games and other activities taught by professionally licensed coaches. Players learn individual skills and teamwork and, most importantly, have fun while developing a love for the game. Tot Soccer emphasizes mastering basic coordination and agility with and without a soccer ball as well as providing an environment that builds confidence. Learn more here.


The Fairfax Sportsplex has been in the business of soccer since 1992 and takes pride in supporting the soccer community. They have a professional staff that loves soccer and working with kids.

League Director Nicole Brower
Coach Brower has been organizing the Youth Soccer Leagues at the Sportsplex for 20 years, seeing the program grow into one of the largest in the area. She is a USSF “B” License Coach, Loudoun Soccer Club Coach, Tuscarora High School Coach and was named Washington Post Girls High School All Met Coach of the Year in 2016. Her favorite part of organizing leagues is seeing the same kids come back each year, excited to be able to play indoor again. “We’ve been around long enough, we are seeing past players who are now parents bring their kids to play, providing soccer for generations of players”

Tot Soccer Coach Bill Creswick
Coach Bill is a nationally licensed soccer coach with USSF and NSCAA accreditation. He served on the coaching staff of Marymount University (VA) women, and coached boys and girls soccer for James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School in Fairfax. Coach Bill is widely regarded for his ability with the very youngest soccer enthusiasts. Since 1996 he has led the Fairfax Sportsplex’s 3-6 year-old skill development program (Tot Soccer) combining sound soccer fundamentals with a special talent to engage young imaginations.

Have questions or want to learn more? Visit the Fairfax Sportsplex website or contact Nicole Brower at or 703.723.3490.

This post is sponsored by the Fairfax Sportsplex, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Join a Minecraft League & Play with a Team on the Big Screen (+ Giveaway!)


It was just over a week ago that I first introduced Super League Gaming, the nation-wide program that lets children experience Minecraft in the most exciting way possible: In a movie theater! That’s right, participants can play their favorite game on the big screen alongside other Minecraft enthusiasts — and now they can do so as a team in a 4-week gaming season and they can play for a chance to share a $15,000 college scholarship with their team!

The Minecraft Metropolis Madness season begins on October 19 in the DC area at iPic Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, running weekly from 4:30pm-6pm. It will also be held at Carmike Apple Blossom 12 in Winchester and many theaters around the country.

Tickets are $80 for the 4-week season and can be purchased on the Super League Gaming website. Save $20 with promo code: KIDFRIENDLY. I also have two season tickets up for grabs — you can try to win one of them in the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the two season tickets for Super League Gaming’s Minecraft Madness Metropolis series, simply leave a comment below or on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page. This giveaway will run through October 15, then two winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Tickets will be emailed, so you will have them in time for the event. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Super League Gaming, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Guest Post: What is the Perfect Age to Get Braces?


[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra of Kumra Orthondontics. As previously mentioned, I’ll be sprinkling in content that addresses topics applicable to many of us parents as our kids grow. Among that, a monthly post from Dr. Kumra on orthodontia. Kumra Orthodontics has locations in Washington, DC, and Stafford, VA.]

What is the Perfect Age to Get Braces?
Those who suffer from orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. Kumra Orthodontics in Downtown DC and Stafford, VA, can evaluate your oral health care needs to provide you and your family with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are seven or 50 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of one’s teeth and gums, Dr. Bob Kumra will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you or your children.

When Is The Right Time For Braces?
While patients at any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, there are a few specific ages where treatment is optimal, like after the last baby tooth has fallen out and all of the adult teeth have grown in. By the age of seven years old, children should see an orthodontist and get an evaluation to address any possible issues. From the ages of eight to 14 years old, children’s heads and mouths are still growing, which makes this a good time in life to correct any orthodontic issues. Even after age 14, you can still benefit from an orthodontic consultation and treatment from Kumra Orthodontics.

How long will the braces need to be worn?
The question that Dr. Bob Kumra is asked most often by prospective patients needing braces is, “How long do I need to wear braces?” It depends on the individual patient’s case and their specific treatment. Most patients experience orthodontic treatments over a period of 18 to 30 months. A consultation with the team at Kumra Orthodontics is the best indicator of how long one’s specific treatment may last. Orthodontic treatment or braces can initially cause minor pain and sensitivity for a patient. It is important that parents explain to their children under age 18 what they may experience before, during, and after their braces are put on. And although wearing braces can be uncomfortable at first, they will get used to wearing them, and their braces will become easier to wear over time.

If a patient participates in a sport that requires a mouth guard or plays a musical instrument, make sure to speak with Dr. Bob Kumra about playing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will learn quickly how to engage in your favorite activities with your braces. Invisalign Teen could also be a good option if you feel that your child is able to carefully follow the instructions and use the clear aligners properly. Whether you are seven years old with crooked teeth or 50 years old with an overbite, Dr. Bob Kumra can administer the appropriate treatment for your specific needs and age group.

What’s the Next Step?
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kumra Orthodontics in Downtown DC and Stafford, VA, visit them online or call (202) 785-8672 (Washington, DC) or (540) 602-7251 (Stafford, VA)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Unleash Your Child’s Inner Artist at a P Street Gallerie & Pop-Up Birthday Party!


Are you looking for a unique party venue to celebrate your child’s special day? Then plan to paint on P Street in Georgetown! P Street Gallerie and Pop-up now offers children’s painting parties for up to 14 guests (they like to call them artists!). Your young artist can enjoy painting with friends in an actual gallery.


The beautiful space is transformed into an art studio for party guests to unleash their artist within. Featuring whitewashed hardwood floors, gallery-class lighting, and high ceilings, it’s the perfect backdrop to host an art-inspired special day for your child. Paint party packages include freestyle painting, music, pizza, and kid-friendly beverages. The best part: Every child goes home with a completed acrylic on canvas masterpiece!


The Fan Favorite party package includes two hours of painting, pizza, and cake cutting. All of the art supplies are included, and each artist leaves with an art-inspired gift bag along with their completed masterpiece. You can also opt for popular a la carte items, including specialty cakes and cupcakes.


Explore the complete list of signature painting party packages on the P Street Gallerie & Pop-Up website or call (202) 333-4868 to start planning your child’s next birthday celebration!

Enjoy 10% OFF! Mention you heard about parties at P Street Gallerie and Pop-Up from KidFriendly DC and enjoy 10% off any Children’s Painting Party package hosted now through December 31, 2016.


P Street Gallerie and Pop-Up is a modern contemporary art gallery where the art is as varied and diverse as the people who collect it. The Gallerie is located at 3235 P Street NW at P and Wisconsin Avenues.

This post is sponsored by P Street Gallerie & Pop-Up, however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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