Category Archives: Weekdays

Five Things for Today: June 29, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has launched Rec @ Home, free daily virtual activities geared for pre-school & elementary audiences ages 3-10. You can also join them on Facebook weekdays at 11am for an  activity based on a fun theme selected for the week.

2. The grounds of River Farm, the American Horticultural Society headquarters in Alexandria, recently started welcoming visitors again. While the adorable Children’s Garden isn’t yet open, the rest of the outdoor areas are accessible and lovely to wander. Hours are 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, and admission is free. Read more about it in this KFDC post.

3. Perfect for summer fun, WaPo KidsPost reviews some new outdoor toys and games. (For even more, I recommended some classic ones a few weeks ago.)

4. Sprucing up the house? HGTV has a round-up of 20+ black-owned home decor brands to check out.

5. U.S. maps with interesting facts.

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Make it! Summer Camp with KID Museum

This summer, let KID Museum bring their special brand of hands-on learning to you!

KID Museum is excited to introduce Make it! Summer Camp for rising 2nd-7th graders — creative, half-day, virtual maker camps streamed right to your home. Choose from sessions in electronics, coding, 3D design, wizard magic, space exploration, and more. Campers will gain new skills, engage with kids online, and build confidence as they design projects at home.

Why choose Make it! Summer Camp?
* Led by KID Museum’s popular maker educators with a focus on curiosity and imagination
* Choice of morning and afternoon sessions, to suit your needs
* Mix of online instruction and off-screen projects for active engagement

Registration is now open for weekly Make It! Summer Camps scheduled from June 15 – July 17. To register and learn more about the programs, visit the KID Museum website.

Make it a summer of fun and invention. See you in Summer Camp!

This post is sponsored by KID Museum, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Adventure Theatre Goes Digital with Musical Theatre Summer Camps!

As the school year comes to an end for students around the DC area, many parents are wondering how to keep their kids engaged and active this summer. Adventure Theatre is offering a great option: Digital Musical Theatre Summer Camps! And if the quality of their past onsite camps and wonderful stage productions for children are any indication, this will be an excellent way for kids to have fun as they learn new skills and interact with peers and instructors.

The camps are specifically created for an online and screen-based medium with a live teaching artist to guide kids step-by-step through the process of acting, music, dance, and improvisation. Students will explore their surroundings and create new worlds with the objects they have around them. They will dive into their individual characters and receive personalized attention from each teaching artist.

This new way of “going to camp” may seem odd, but there are benefits, too. There’s no traffic to contend with since you don’t need to drive kids there, classroom size is smaller than in-person camps, and they are now accessible to kids who may have lived too far from camp locations in previous years. Even more, as the camps are designed for kids to work independently from parents, they give you time to relax, work, and get other things done.

All camps are held Monday to Friday on the dates and times listed, with options for kids in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Each camp is tailored to the age it serves through time commitments, goals, recommended screen-time, and subject material of the class.

Camp sessions, which are two and three weeks long, begin June 16 and run through late August. Online registration is now open — learn more and sign up your child today!

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*All images used in this post are screenshots from Adventure Theatre’s Zoom programs this spring, which garnered the following testimonials from parents:

“You were proactive, and stayed in touch with the students, set up classes, provided homework, communicated, every step along the way, whilst maintaining a certain amount of normalcy, which I recognize is great for our children, not just from a theatre perspective, but in their lives.”

“I just signed up our daughter again for the next acting course. She really liked it. Kudos to (the instructor) who did a great job.”

“It’s been great for my child to continue with conservatory and to maintain those connections. Thank you so much for making that work and to you and everyone at ATMTC for adapting to this unimaginable world we find ourselves in at the moment.”

This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Five Things for Today: May 13, 2020

Exploring the grounds at Wolf Trap during younger, pre-corona days

1. Planet Word, the museum dedicated to language and words, was supposed to open at the end of this month, but that has been postponed. However, they are still sharing their love of words through online channels, including this fantastic idea for an at-home activity — for kids and adults!

2. Code Switch, the NPR podcast about race and culture in our lives and communities, has compiled a playlist of their best episodes for kids.

3. Did you know the grounds at Wolf Trap are a national park? While their concert season has mostly been canceled or postponed, you can still visit the outdoor spaces as they remain accessible to the public, and they’re great to explore with kids. Hike the family-friendly 1.5-mile Wolf Trap TRACK Trail through the Meadow or the longer 2.5-mile Wolf Trap Trail to see the woodlands.

4. The Washington Post has a round-up of 19 scary movies to take your mind off real-world horrors. (Is it weird I’m delighted to realize I’ve seen almost all of them?)

5. For his 60th birthday, Bono shared the 60 songs that saved his life. (Sidenote: Whoa, Bono is 60?!)

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