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Join the Launch Party for the Acton Children’s Business Fair

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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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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MoCo Students Invited to Show Their Love for Trees in an Arbor Day Video Contest!

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Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students in Montgomery County schools! In celebration of Arbor Day, Montgomery Parks invites you to participate in an Arbor Day Video Contest for a chance to host an Arbor Day Celebration at your school this April. It’s a great opportunity to exercise creativity, highlight local nature, and have fun!

The 2016 Arbor Day contest winner

The 2016 Arbor Day contest winner

To enter:
Create a short video expressing why “We Love Trees in Montgomery County.” Submissions must be received by March 30, 2017 and submitted with the Arbor Day Video Contest Submission Form. The winning student or classroom will be selected March 31, 2017, and the winning school will be notified by April 03, 2017. The school with the winning entry will host Montgomery Parks’ Arbor Day Celebration!

Last year's Arbor Day Celebration at Travilah Elementary School

Last year’s Arbor Day Celebration at Travilah Elementary School

For more information, contest rules, and to submit entries, visit the Arbor Day Celebration web page. Now, go get your cameras rolling and get your videos in!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote programs and places 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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My Gym Bethesda & My Gym Potomac: Open House & Giveaway!

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Are you looking for a class to add some active fun in your child’s schedule this spring? My Gym Potomac and My Gym Bethesda are gearing up for a new season of programs for ages 3 months to 10 years. Not only are they hosting an event for families to check them out, the children’s play and fitness centers are also giving away a session — that’s eight weeks of enrollment — to one lucky KFDC reader for their child to enjoy!

You can get a preview of My Gym Potomac and My Gym Bethesda’s offerings for kids at a free Open House on February 24 from 4-7pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet our teachers and sample the programs — there are Mommy and Me movement and music classes for babies and preschoolers, and tumbling, sports, and parkour classes for older children. The evening will include games and activities, plus discounts on registration!

My Gym Bethesda is located at 5110 Ridgefield Road and My Gym Potomac is located at 11325 Seven Locks Road.

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Giveaway: Want a chance to win eight weeks of enrollment for one child in a class at My Gym Potomac or My Gym Bethesda (value of $279)? Simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you’ve enjoyed most this winter so far. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page, too! The prize includes Lifetime Membership and Unlimited practice and play (free play) during the enrollment period. The winner must start classes by April 31, 2017. Classes are consecutive and pending space available. Contest is open to non-members of My Gym only. This giveaway will run through February 28, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by My Gym Bethesda and My Gym Potomac, however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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