Category Archives: Preschoolers

Join ‘Barry Beaver’s Adventures in Happy Valley’ at Capital Fringe

* See more about the show, including ticket information and a video clip, here! *


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

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Jump for Joy with this Sport Bounce Giveaway!


Hooray for active play! Sport Bounce, the indoor play space full of giant inflatables and more kiddie fun, is giving away FIVE free open bounce passes PLUS a $25 Starbucks gift card to THREE lucky KidFriendlyDC readers (total value $75 each)!

Voted “Best Place to Have a Birthday Party” by Loudoun and Fairfax parents, Sport Bounce is an area favorite party place for kids 2-10. Sport Bounce is not open to the public during parties, so your time on the inflatables is just for your group! You’ll have access to your very own party room the entire time. Sport Bounce’s exclusive “Big Red Chair Photo” and massive jumping pillow are just a couple of the reasons many families book their parties here year after year. Go here to see what’s included and get more info on making your child’s next party a truly memorable celebration.

Sport Bounce is located at 44710 Cape Court, Suite #116 in Ashburn, VA. Open Bounce admission is $10/ages 2 and up, $6/8-23 months. Children must be 18 months to use any of the inflatables.

For more about Sport Bounce, see this post about a KFDC experience there.

Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the 5-Packs + Starbucks Gift Card Packages, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite Starbucks beverage. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up near the top left). The giveaway will run through next Thursday, April 21, then three winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sport Bounce of Loudoun, however, I only promote programs, products, and services that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Gymboree DC is Offering School Skills Classes this Spring!


Want to get your child school-ready in an engaging and playful environment? Gymboree DC is beginning its spring session of School Skills classes for children ages 2.5 – 4.5!

The weekly 1.5-hour drop-off classes are designed to help preschoolers build key social, emotional, and intellectual skills needed for school and life. Activities help develop confidence, curiosity, communication, perseverance, and cooperation, abilities that give children a solid foundation for future learning environments. Zero to Three™, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families has identified these seven key social–emotional competencies for school ready children.

Activities & benefits of the School Skills sessions include:

  • Storytime – The teacher and students join together for a storybook adventure and group discussion in support of socialization and early literacy
  • Science – Children share observations and build curiosity through experiments
  • Art – Sculpting and building provide children with interactive fine motor skill activities
  • Movement Exploration – Group and independent games support active play and teamwork
  • Pre-writing – Children are encouraged to recognize letters, numbers and formation


Led by a teacher with over 10 years of experience, the small-sized, drop-off classes will take place on Mondays from 11am – 12:30pm. Classes are suitable for children ages 2.5 – 4.5, and they must be bathroom independent.

Interested in exploring the class with a free preview? Call or email to register: 202-627-2450 |

Gymboree DC is located at 2639 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 113. More information about School Skills, including rates, is available on the website.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DC Kids Play LLC, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Get 20% off Spring Birthday Parties at Gymboree DC!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DC Kids Play LLC, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 7-11

Swing by Montrose Park before a visit to Dumbarton Oaks

Swing by Montrose Park before a visit to Dumbarton Oaks

Monday – Take advantage of a seasonal activity while you still can, and go ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Hours are 10am – 9pm, and cost is $8/adult, $7/child, $3/skate rental. Later on, head to Politics & Prose in Takoma Park for a celebration of all things Eric Carle. There will be an appearance by the Very Hungry Caterpillar himself, arriving in style with a decked out VW Bug (naturally!), to meet all of his fans. This will complement a special story time featuring a selection of Carle’s classic works. The fun starts at 3:15pm. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Spend the gorgeous day playing in Georgetown. Roam the enchanting gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, where admission is free for only another week. The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at nearby Montrose Park (also free), hike nearby trails, or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit.

Wednesday – Have some fun on the farm at Frying Pan Park. Visit the animals, take a wagon ride, play on kid-sized tractors and playgrounds, and much more. The locale in Herndon is a guaranteed hit with little ones. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, the farm is open 9am – 5pm, wagon rides 10am – 4pm. Admission is free, though the wagon rides cost a little extra. If you can’t make it during the day, consider a twilight tour in the evening from 7-8pm and learn how the farm animals settle down for the night. This special program will take place March 9, 10, 15, and 16. Admission is $8/person, and registration is required.

Thursday – Head out to Dulles for Air & Space exploration beyond the District. The Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center showcases flight artifacts they can’t fit into the museum on the Mall. See all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Friday – Get a glimpse of the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights there. Grounds are open are 8am – sunset, buildings 9am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.

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