Category Archives: Teens

Guest Post: Invisalign Teen – The Clear Alternative to Braces

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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.]

Dr. Bob Kumra and the team at Kumra Orthodontics offers their patients in the DC area Invisalign Teen, a clear and removable orthodontic treatment meant just for their teenagepatients. Invisalign Teen aligner trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material that arecustom made to fit over the teeth. They gently exert pressure on misaligned teeth to bring them into a more natural, functional, and attractive position. Invisalign Teen is the clear alternative to traditional braces.

Clear
No wires, no brackets, and no rubber bands are used with Invisalign Teen. A clear plastictray that fits snugly over the teeth are all that is involved in treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign Teen lets teens keep their appearance intact while gently improving their smiles.

Removable
Invisalign Teen can be removed by the wearer for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays. They are discreet to wear and easy to remove when they need tobe, such as when participating in sports or playing a musical instrument. Teens don’t need to be self-conscious about wearing Invisalign. The clear aligners must be worn to be effective, however, and should be worn 23 hours per day to achieve the best results.

Easy to care for
Invisalign Teen is easy to clean by brushing the trays with regular toothpaste and toothbrush, or even a rinse in denture cleanser will keep the tray clean and fresh. Because Invisalign Teen is removable, it can be kept clean even when the wearer is on the go. When a wearer brushes their teeth regularly, they clean the Invisalign clear aligner trays at the same time.

Effective
Invisalign Teen straightens teeth to a more functional and attractive position. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes the same amount of time as treatment with traditional braces. With conscientious application, the Invisalign Teen wearer can safely, gently, and almost invisibly correct important orthodontic issues with confidence and a minimum of effort. For teenagers, the idea of having to undergo orthodontic treatment can be stressful. Treatment with Invisalign Teen helps the wearer take the best school or team photos, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmations, birthday party candids, and close-up selfies without worrying about the appearance of their smiles.

Dr. Bob Kumra and the Kumra Orthodontics professionals are sensitive to their teen patients’ needs and sensibilities. For more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation at their orthodontist offices in Downtown DC or Stafford, VA, visit their website or call: (202) 785-8672 (DC) or (540) 602-7251 (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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Indoor Soccer at the Fairfax Sportsplex: The most fun to be had inside this winter!

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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.

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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.

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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 nicolebrower@verizon.net 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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Guest Post: What is the Perfect Age to Get Braces?

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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.]

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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KFDC Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company



If a production of the classic Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet could be deemed fun, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s current version of the story of star-crossed lovers is it. This modern day take on the play is loaded with LOL moments and an edgy flare that gives it a playful yet still dramatic tone. And at a show where we all know what happens, it’s this unique presentation that makes it so appealing.

From the opening scene when servants of both the Capulets and Montagues have a confrontational encounter, a contemporary aesthetic and air is established. The characters are dressed in modern clothes with accents that sound more New York than Renaissance. And the set is a deep red with mod furnishings, giving it all a loungy club feel. This vibe is at its peak during the Capulet’s party, where Romeo and Juliet have their love-at-first-sight moment amidst a partying crowd dancing to DJ-spun techno, a fantastically choreographed scene that is mesmerizing to watch.

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company

As for the laughs, most are elicited from Juliet’s nurse, played by Inga Ballard, who injects sass and humor into the role. And Mercutio, played by Jeffrey Carolson, delivers his lines with such a dude-like cynicism, you can’t help but chuckle when he speaks.

And speaking of characters, I have to note the main ones, played by Andrew Veenstra and Ayana Workman, were perfectly cast. His Romeo was earnest and endearing (not to mention quite handsome!), and her Juliet unjaded and exuberant. They have great chemistry and convey the drama of lovestruck teens exceptionally well.

Most of the “lighter” parts of the production occur in the first act and are balanced by darker drama in the second as the familiar plot unfolds. But the turn of the mood in no way deflects from the performance on stage, which is thoroughly captivating.

So, we all know how it ends (though on the chance you don’t, beware the spoilers in the image below), but it’s the execution of the play leading up to the finale that makes this production special. It also makes it one I’d recommend for kids, mature tweens and up. (I discussed this with the friend who joined me, and she agreed.) Of course, it would make for a great KidFree outing, too.

A little fun in the lobby during intermission

A little fun in the lobby during intermission

Romeo and Juliet is running at Lansburgh Theatre through November 6. The show is about 2.5 hours long with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $44-102.

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets from Shakespeare Theatre Company to see Romeo and Juliet, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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