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11 Great Things To Know About Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps!

[Note: This is a sponsored guest post by Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps.]

The Washington Wizards have announced their official Jr. Wizards Basketball Camp dates! If you have a young one interested in crafting their skills or a beginner who wants to learn more about the game of basketball, registration is open now here. And you can learn more about the camp below!


11 Great Things To Know About Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps

1. There is a Jr. Wizards Basketball Camp during spring break, and 12 camps during the summer.
The spring break camp runs from April 6 – 10 in Sterling, VA. There are 12 camps throughout the summer, the first beginning on June 15, and the final camp starting on August 10.

2. Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps are in different locations around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Locate the city closest to you and pick a camp date!

Washington DC: July 13–17; July 20–24; August 10-14
Fredericksburg, VA: June 22–26
Sterling, VA: April 6–10; June 15– 9; July 6–10
Boyds, MD: June 22–26
La Plata, MD: July 6–10
Baltimore, MD: July 6–10
Middleburg, VA: July 27-31
Severn, MD: July 27-31
Bowie, MD: August 3-7

3.The Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps last for 5 days from 9am – 3pm.
The camps run Monday – Friday from approximately 9am – 3pm

4. All campers receive two (2) game ticket vouchers towards a 2020-21 Washington Wizards home game, with an option to purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate, and a Jr. Wizards T-shirt.
The Jr. Wizards are providing each camper two free ticket vouchers to check out a Washington Wizards game during the 2020-21 season! They provide vouchers so parents can pick which game works best for your schedule later.

5. Payment options are available.
You can pay the balance in full upon registration, or you can sign up for a payment plan which requires a minimum $75 deposit.

6. Discounts are available for siblings and groups.
A 10% sibling discount is automatically applied to the second child during registration when both children are registered together and on the same account. Groups of 10 or more players are also eligible for discounts. More information on group discounts can be found here.

7. The Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps offer scholarships.
There are a select number of scholarships awarded by the Washington Wizards Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps. More information about the scholarship application can be found here.

8. The camps are open to girls and boys ages 6 to 14.
All boys and girls ages 6–14 are welcome to attend, regardless of their current basketball skill level.

9. Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps give your child a chance to learn from the best.
The Jr. Wizards coaching staff is made up of experienced coaches from all levels, including high school, middle school, AAU, current and former collegiate players/coaches, game officials, trainers, and other basketball personnel.

10. Meet and compete against new kids.
Campers are grouped by age and skill level after an initial evaluation period on the first day of camp.

11. Your kid will have a blast!
The goal of Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps is for every camper to further develop their basketball skills — and have a great time playing a sport they love.


Enrollment for Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps is open now. Register your child here for spring or summer camp today!

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

 

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DCFamily.com — The Official Washington Wizards Family-Friendly Hub



DCFamily.com is the ultimate hub for all Washington Wizards fans from newborn to 14 years old. The Wizards offer programming for all ages including the Cradle Club, Kids Club, and Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps & Clinics. When visiting DCFamily.com, fans can keep track of upcoming events, enjoy Jr. Wizards video clips, Kids Club activities, and more!

Learn more about the great youth programs the Wizards have to offer below and check out DCFamily.com.


Cradle Club – Crawl Before You Ball
The Washington Wizards Cradle Club in partnership with MedStar Health is for our tiniest fan starting at newborn to three years old. Fans will receive a Welcome Kit for only $19.95 a year and entered to win a chance to participate in the Wizards Baby Race during halftime of a Wizards game.

The Cradle Club Welcome Kit includes:
* A Bottle
* Bib
* Bath Towel
* Two (2) Binkies
* Rattle

Enroll your little one in the Cradle Club today!


Wizards Kids Club – The Next Generation of Wizards Fans
Calling all kids ages 14 and under to the official Washington Wizards Kids Club presented by Giant! All members can participate in exclusive events, monthly newsletters, contests, and more. Past events included movie night, ice skating day, and pancakes with Santa. Paid members will enjoy all the great benefits plus a Welcome Package and exclusive perks on Kids Day for just $24.95 a year.

The Kids Club Welcome Package includes:
* DC Family Branded Backpack
* Mini Hoop Set
* Sweatband Set – headband and armband
* Color Pennant
* Membership Lanyard
* One (1) Free Ticket Voucher valid during the 2019-20 Washington Wizards Season

Become a member of the Kids Club today!


Jr. Wizards Youth Basketball – Camps and Clinics
Jr. Wizards Basketball Camps & Clinics presented by Under Armour are first and foremost teaching programs; designed to emphasize fundamental instruction, individual improvement and team concepts in a fun yet structured environment. Jr. Wizards goal is to encourage the growth and development of the game of basketball in the DMV through instructional programming and memorable experiences for parents, coaches, and players of all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner just learning how to play, a high school athlete looking for that extra edge over the competition, or a coach in search of a good zone buster – Jr. Wizards is the place for you.

Join the Jr. Wizards on the court this season!


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


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A Day at Nationals Park is a Hit for Families



Surely, you guys know by now that we are fans of the Nats — and Nationals Park. I discussed it in a very early KFDC post, include ballgames in Weekend Round-Ups whenever they play at home, have endorsed the Jr. Nationals Kids Club for years, and know it all well enough to have plenty of tips for spending less on a day at the ballpark.

For us, catching a game at Nationals Park is an excellent way to spend a family day out. Not only is it a blast to watch the action on the field and enjoy fun in the stands, there are all kinds of programs and ballpark amenities that cater to kids. And even though we’re halfway through the season, and I mention these from time to time, here’s a round-up of all the features especially for families to help plan a day at Nats Park.

Giveaways
Nationals Park was designed for fans of all ages, and there are a few upcoming giveaways that young baseball fans will particularly enjoy:
* Sunday, July 30 | Nationals vs. Rockies at 1:35pm – Coloring Book presented by the Potomac Nationals (first 10,000 fans 12 & under)
* Tuesday, August 29 | Nationals vs. Marlins at 7:05pm – Bryce Harper Starting Lineup Action Figure presented by SAIC (first 25,000 fans)

Kids Run the Bases
All kids ages 4 through 12 have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday home games – throughout the season. Jr. Nationals MVP members have access to an exclusive line that will go onto the field first (more info below). Weather permitting, subject to change.

Little Owen runs the bases after a Sunday Nats game

Tickets: Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack
Available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, the pack includes a game ticket, hot dog, chips, Coca-Cola/Dasani beverage, and fans save up to 36% on a meal and game ticket!

Jr. Nats Kids Club
For all kids ages 12 and younger, the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, presented by Harris Teeter, is a great way to enjoy Nationals baseball. The Jr. Nats MVP Membership is just $20 for all fans ages 4-12! Benefits include:
* Membership Card and Lanyard, Coupon Book and Passport, MVP Book Bag, Exclusive Jr. Nats Baseball Cap, MVP Baseball Seam Bracelet
* Three Nationals Team Store Coupons
* One Welcome/Birthday Scoreboard Message
* One Promotional Item
* One FREE Meal at any NatsDog Stand
The Jr. Nats Rookie Membership is FREE for all fans ages 4-12! Benefits include a Membership Card and Lanyard, Special Meet and Greet Opportunities, and Exclusive Email Offers.

Family Fun Area
Children are invited to visit this kids-oriented play area inside Nationals Park, located inside the Right Field Gate, adjacent to the Team Store. Here guests will find a jungle gym and other activities suitable for kids.

Nationals Main Team Store
The Nationals recently modernized the Main Team Store in Center Field Plaza to create a better shopping experience for fans. The Nationals expanded the collection of available merchandise, including the Kids Section, which now includes products from Majestic Kids.

Concessions
At Rookie’s (Food for the Little Slugger), the younger generation of Nat’s fans can get Jr. Nats Dogs, Uncrustables™, and Kids Meals. Located in Section 142.

Birthdays & Tours
Did you know that kids can celebrate their birthday at Nationals Park? Read more about what that entails in this post with ideas for parties in the DC area. Also, fans of all ages will root for a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark!

So, are you ready to take the kids out to the ballgame? If this doesn’t cover all the bases, the Washington Nationals website has more information.



Disclosure: I received free game tickets from the Washington Nationals, however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 27-30

A memorial tour is a great way to observe this weekend's holiday and enjoy a day in DC

A memorial tour is a great way to observe this weekend’s holiday and enjoy a day in DC



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Whether you seek events that observe the holiday, are ready to get the summer fun started, or just want to enjoy some quality time with the kids over the long weekend, this round-up of recreation has you covered. Happy Weekend!

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but summer fun is underway Outdoor concerts, water fun, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free music this evening at Jazz in the Garden or Rockin’ on the Riverfront, cool off at a public pool or a sprayground during the warm days, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night… and so much more. The KFDC 2016 Guide to Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The largest U-pick strawberry festival takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Whew!

Soak City
Where: Kings Dominion
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $45

Soak up the fun this holiday weekend at King’s Dominion! Soak City is the park’s 20-acre splash-tacular paradise with water activities for guests of all ages, opens this weekend. Zip down water slides, play in the wave pools, ride a raft with the whole fam, take a thrilling inner tube ride or keep it chill as you meander along the Lazy Rider. There’s even a whole area just for little ones (under 54”). And you can simply relax in the comfort of a private cabana. (Tip: You can often find ticket discounts by doing a simple Google search.)

Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall
When: All Weekend
Admission: Free

Tributes to those who have served our country will take place at the many memorials and monuments on the National Mall throughout the weekend. Times vary, but you can look for schedules on the National Park Service website. The Mall will likely be crowded, so plan accordingly.

Art to Save the Sea
Where: National Zoo
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get a close-up view of a 12-foot shark, 16-foot parrot fish, an 8-foot octopus, and a 20-foot-lcoral reef — all made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches. “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” a collection of colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals, represents more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today, underscoring the need for wildlife conservation. It opens today, May 27, and will be on view at the Zoo through September 5.

Nats vs. Cards
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are playing at home for the holiday weekend, and you can catch games against the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Be sure to check out KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank. And if you go on Sunday, plan to stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children can loop the infield after the last out.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

If you want to see baseball on a smaller scale, check out a Minor League game. The Bowie Baysox are hosting the Altoona Curve all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too — giveaways, post-game fireworks, a helicopter candy drop(!), and more. Read more about Baysox games in this recent KFDC post.

Take the Wheel with Superheroes
Where: National Harbor
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, $11.25/child

If you haven’t taken a spin on the Capital Wheel, the Ferris wheel at National Harbor, this weekend is a good time to go while some special guests are there. Captain America and Spider Man will be at the attraction for superhero greetings along with a whirl on the ride. And there’s plenty more to do at National Harbor while you’re there – this KFDC post has details about one of our experiences there.

Beast Coast
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $10 for spectators

See some of the world’s best parkour athletes execute their amazing tricks and skills and get in on the action, too! There will be contests, demos, and courses for all levels, plus seminars for those serious about their parkour training. A DJ, giveaways, and other activities will add to the festival fun.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5/child, $7/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

The Emperor’s Nightingale
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $19.50

The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. Adventure Theatre’s adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Recommended for all ages.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 & $6

It’s the last chance to see Sleeping Beauty at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small. And little ones will love Sing-a-Long, this weekend’s featured Tiny Tots show — the lights stay on, doors remain open, and performances are short for newbie theatre-goers.

Open Studio: Symbolism in Stories
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Learn how photographs can tell stories about a place during this afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Discover Saudi Arabia through tours of the special exhibition Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater. Experiment with art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Go with the Flow
Where: Potomac, Anacostia, & Patuxent Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also row from the Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. And if you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island.

Jump In with Next Reflex Dance Collective
Where: Workhouse Arts Center
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: $18/adult, $10/child

Take in an evening of fun, family friendly and diverse dance work at Jump In presented by Next Reflex Dance Collective. The one-night dance event at the W-3 Theatre on the campus of the Work House Arts Center in Lorton, VA, features an exciting program of dance works geared towards audience members of all ages.

IRELAND 100
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (some performances require paid tickets)

The Kennedy Center is celebrating Irish culture and arts through June 5. View exhibits in the Hall of Nations and Hall of States, catch performances by some of Ireland’s best contemporary musicians, dancers, and theater companies, enjoy concerts and concessions on the special outdoor green space, and more. See the website for the schedule of festivities.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2016 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are hosting the event once again, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

For even more ideas for things to do, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids


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