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Kids Can Program Their Way to Fun at Generation Code Summer Camps

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Does your child have an interest in computer programming? Are you looking for a summer activity that is engaging, educational, and a lot of fun?

Generation Code summer camps are immersive programming bootcamps that take an innovative approach to teaching computer science. Your child can advance his or her coding skills rapidly — and without sacrificing the fun of summer! In just one to three short weeks, campers can create something amazing as they work closely with experts and their peers. They’ll make new friends, gain valuable skills, and most importantly, have a great time.

Each Generation Code camp is hands-on, collaborative, and creative as it helps build kids’ coding skills quickly. The offerings this summer range from animation and robotics to game design to Android app development. Campers learn crucial coding skills and in-demand languages, like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Java while building their critical thinking and collaborative skills. Every day of camp, students learn from each other and express their creativity through code.

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The Generation Code Difference

Fast Skills: With expert instructors as guides, your child or teen can complete full levels of the curriculum in just one to three weeks. The immersive program helps kids develop skills rapidly, increasing retention of everything they’ve learned.

Hands-On: Whether enjoying on- or off-screen activities, Generation Code campers are constantly building and creating, working on shareable projects like websites, animations, games, and robots.

Collaborative: Peers are great teachers. Campers learn from each other while developing their social and team-building skills. They collaborate on both short-term and long-term projects, and engage in paired-programming and mini-activities during each lesson.

Creative: Coding is a form of expression. It’s creative and strategic, and the camps offer students the benefits of choosing their own coding adventure in a structured, effective environment. The more campers explore, the more self-confidence they gain along with the ability to innovate and lead.

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Generation Code 2017 Camps

*Scratch Animation & Design | Ages 7-10 | 1 week
*Scratch Game Design | Ages 7-10 | 1 week
*Exploring Hardware & Robotics| Ages 9-11 | 1 week
*Web Development | Ages 11-17 | 1-2 weeks
*Game Development with Java | Ages 13-17 | 2 weeks
*Android App Development | Ages 13-17 | 3 weeks
*Girl Power! Generation Code offers girls-only sessions of Scratch Animation & Design as well as Web Development 1.

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Generation Code camps are offered in Downtown DC and Vienna, VA. For more information, including session dates and rates, visit the website. And be sure to ask about discounts on camp packages when you register!


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

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Guest Post: DIY Projects Kids Can Help with Around the House

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[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Janet Beckley with John C. Flood, a local company that offers heating, air conditioning, and plumbing repairs and service to Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Metro DC, and surrounding areas.]

If you’ve ever heard that classic kid complaint: “I’m bored!” — this post is for you! Hearing that particular grievance from children can cause a real pang of guilt for many parents, because we try so hard to keep our kids stimulated, learning, and growing.

While there are many attention-hogging devices designed to keep children quiet, it’s valuable for them to also learn practical skills and develop hobbies out here in the physical world. Do-It-Yourself projects and home improvement chores may not be exciting to every adult, but these day-to-day tasks offer some of the best opportunities to spend time with your child, teach them practical life skills and cross a few items off your to-do list at the same time.

Check out our suggestions below and corral your kid to help out next time the task comes up.

Something for Everyone: Yard Work
Available in all four seasons, there is almost always something you can do to spruce up or maintain your property — simple but important tasks like shoveling, raking leaves, mowing, and planting can all be appropriate for your kids. Sometimes the work can be tough, but when you make a game out of the labor, you may find that you and you child are both having fun.

Seasonal planting in pots or in a garden is a low-key weekend project — and relatively cheap! Most large home improvement stores have great sales on annuals in the spring, so you can get a nice variety of healthy plants to bring up. Kids love getting dirty, so planting time will be fun.

Section off a spot in the garden or set aside some pots for your son or daughter. That little area of the yard can be their responsibility. Regular watering, weeding, and the occasional pruning alongside your child will help them take pride of ownership in their little garden covey, and perhaps discover a lifelong hobby.

DIY Home Improvements
Painting the front door, shutters, or any sort of one-time upgrade can be a fun, low-stress project for you and your child. Involving your kid in the decision-making process will make it more enjoyable for both of you!

Set some ground rules from the start. For instance: we’re painting the door red, so it’s about choosing what shade of red will look best, then narrowing it down from there with your child’s input. 

Bring them to the store to choose paint swatches, and when it’s time to paint, wear clothing that can handle a few paint splatters.

Damage Control: Home Plumbing Problems
When more, shall we say, problematic DIY projects come up — for example, a clogged toilet or sink — these are still great learning opportunities for your kids (even when they’re gross). If the bathroom is flooded, you might not want them splashing around in bare feet, but watching you resolve the situation from the doorway is still a pretty novel and interesting sight for most kids.

The point here is that they can ask questions and gather some knowledge about how to fix this type of problem themselves in the future, or to know when it’s serious enough to call a plumber. Kids turn into teens and young adults — and toilet plunging and drain snaking don’t always need to be the exclusive responsibility of mom and dad!

Car Chores: Cleaning, Maintenance, and Gas
If you change your own oil, enjoy washing your car on a sunny weekend, or know how to make repairs, have your kid help out. For younger children, they might just be along for the ride, but they’ll love spending time with you.

If your teen is working on a learner’s permit, they’re probably dying to join you on these errands, just to rack up some practice hours. Learning to drive is an American rite of passage, and like the rest of these experiences, they’ll remember these times with you as they enter adulthood.


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

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Summer Dance Camps in MD & DC

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CityDance, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Giveaway! RDU Tennis is Serving up Clinics and Camps this Spring

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RDU Tennis, the largest tennis management service based in North Carolina, launched its tennis program for children in Washington, DC, nearly two years ago with summer camps at Washington Trinity and American Universities. The program has been such a hit here, they are now offering spring clinics for kids and adults as well as Spring Break camp this year. Even better, you have a chance to win a week of camp for your child in the latest KFDC giveaway!

The follow are details on the clinics and camp:

Spring 2017 Clinics

American University
Saturdays, March 25 – May 6 (6 classes – no class Easter Weekend, April 15)
Grades K-3: 10:30am – 11:30am
Grades 4-8: 11:30am -m12:30pm
Fee: $80

Trinity Washington University
Sunday, March 26 – May 7 (6 classes – no class Easter Sunday, April 16)
Adult beginner: 2-3pm
Grades K-3: 3-4pm
Grades 4-8: 4-5pm
Fee: $80

Spring Break Camp at Trinity Washington University
RDU Tennis Spring Break camp is offered as full day 9:15am – 5:30pm or half day 9:15am – 1pm. Activities include instructional tennis, basketball, soccer, volleyball, yoga, arts & crafts, and monitored swim time by RDUTennis staff and lifeguards.

Dates: April 17-21
Ages: 5-14
Fees: $225 for full day option, $125 half day
(daily drop-in fees are available pro-rated)

Drop off period is 8-9:15am, and programming begins at 9:15am sharp.
Pick-up period is 1pm for half-day, and 4-5:30pm for full-day. Extended care until 6pm is available for $25 prior to camp.

For more information about RDU Tennis programs, and to sign up your child (or yourself), visit the RDU Tennis website.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a week of Spring Beak Camp ($225 value) for your child at Trinity Washington University April 17-21, simply leave a comment below – bonus chance to win for entering on the KFDC Facebook page, too. To be eligible, you must like RDU Tennis on Facebook. This giveaway will run through February 8, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RDU Tennis LLC, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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{Sponsored} Tips for Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

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[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.]

A main concern of many patients of Dr. Kumra is how to avoid having bad breath while wearing braces. The staff at Kumra Orthodontics stresses the importance of how good oral hygiene practices are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. However, braces can make brushing more difficult because food particles can stick to the brackets, wires make it hard to floss in between the teeth, and plaque can build up on the surface of the teeth. Keeping teeth healthy and clean during the course of orthodontic treatment help them settle into their new positions faster and easier.

Brushing Your Teeth
This is a major part of good oral hygiene and keeping bad breath at bay. To effectively clean teeth, mouth, and braces, first rinse the mouth out with water to dislodge any food in and around the braces. Dr. Kumra advises that when starting to brush, use a fluoride toothpaste and brush the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Then, angle the brush downwards and cover the tops of each bracket, and angle it up to brush the bottoms of the brackets. Be sure to brush every tooth at the gum line, as well as above and below the brackets, and the tops and backs of the teeth. This will ensure that the maximum area of the teeth’s surfaces are reached and will remove any plaque or food remnants. And Kumra Orthodontics recommends that even if your child has been brushing on their own, they may need help with brushing until they’re comfortable with this new routine.

Flossing Your Teeth
Another good oral hygiene habit is flossing teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) avers that flossing is just as critical to good oral hygiene as brushing. Although the archwire running through the brackets of braces makes this difficult, there are several methods that will help. Dr. Kumra says that one popular tool used for flossing is a floss pick. These are two-pronged and are small enough to fit under the wires to hold a section of floss between them. The opposite end has a pick that is useful to clean brackets or between teeth. Floss picks are available for both children and adults, and can be either reusable or single-use. Another tool commonly used is a floss threader; a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss.

Use a Fluoride Rinse
Another step to take is to use a fluoride rinse that will clean out any remaining food particles and also help to prevent bad breath. Swish the solution around in the mouth for thirty seconds, then spit it out into the sink. Try to refrain from eating for thirty minutes after rinsing just to make sure that your teeth remain clean.

By following Dr. Bob Kumra’s tips, patients can maintain good oral hygiene and possibly speed up treatment time. If you have any questions, give the Kumra Orthodontics team a call at 202.785.8672. They all have the knowledge to help take care of teeth and braces. If you’re looking for an experienced orthodontic team that will take every step to make sure that your treatment experience with braces in the DC area is as comfortable as possible, then give them a call to schedule a consultation today!

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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