Category Archives: 2020

Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Lesson with the International School of Music!


Is this the year your child learns to play music?  Did you or someone you know get a guitar, keyboard, drum set, or another instrument for the holidays?

If so, then it’s time to TAKE MUSIC LESSONS at the International School of Music!  With two locations in Bethesda and Potomac, the school is the premier provider of music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels.

With online and in-person lessons, the International School of Music brings together a community of dedicated, experienced, world-class faculty that offers personalized lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, drums, saxophone, clarinet, harp, recorder, trumpet, trombone,  toddler and preschooler music classes and more!

Their teaching methods are student-centered, focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential.


The School’s fun and exciting Musical Ladder curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement helps students with motivation as they win certificates, wristbands, and trophies.  And students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, or music from another genre.

Even more, the amazing virtual performance opportunities as well as many Ambassador community recitals all lead up to exciting concerts at the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Strathmore where students thrive & have fun!

So, for the musician in your family or circle of friends, there is nothing quite like the joy that comes from learning music! They’ll be thanking you every time they learn a new song, or master a new technique.

For more information about International School of Music and their programs, visit their website. Or give them a call at 301-365-5888.  And be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free lesson and claim their amazing $94 offer when you register for lessons by January 15!

Give your kids something to get excited about and let The International School of Music bring out their inner star!


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Giveaway:   Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson with the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers! Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me your or your child’s current favorite song.  Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through Monday, January 4, 2021, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Five Things for Today: December 28, 2020

Arrr… the pirate ship playground at Anacostia Park


1. Anacostia Park, an often overlooked locale in southeast DC, is full of opportunities for fun and recreation. You can walk, bike, and run along the path that stretches along the river. There are three playgrounds, including one that looks like a pirate ship. You can lace up your rollerblades and skates and hit the skating pavilion. Large grass fields are perfect for ball play or Frisbee. There are tennis and basketball courts, too.  And it’s all located right along the Anacostia, offering lovely views of the river and the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (expected to reach completion in 2021). Read more about the park in this KFDC post (but note that a few facilities mentioned are not available now due to Covid). 


2. Need some family New Year’s plans?  First Night Alexandria, the annual, largest family-focused New Year’s Eve event in the region is ON — though different for 2020. The event full of live music that usually takes places at several venues will be a Drive-Up Concert instead.  Load up the car to celebrate the arrival of 2021 — sing along, dance, and enjoy a night filled with classic hits, local food trucks, and exciting giveaways.  Tickets are $60/vehicle, $75/vehicle for a VIP package (premium parking, extra swag bag goodies, and more).  If you don’t want to drive up, a virtual experience is also available for $20.


3. Eight family-friendly TV series to watch.


4. Washington Post’s top food trends from 2020.  What were some of your favorite food fads?


5. This American Life recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary by sharing some classic episodes.  Break-Up, about songs for post-relationship, is an especially good listen.


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The Weekend: December 25-27



It’s become my annual tradition to take a bit of a break on the final weekend of the year.  So, just like the modified title, I’m keeping this round-up simple — though definitely not leaving you hanging. The links below will still lead you to tons of info and inspo to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.  Merry Christmas & Happy Last Weekend of 2020!


The 2020 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Walks in the Woods

Ice Skating Around the DMV

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids



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Five Things for Today: December 24, 2020


1. Happy Christmas Eve!  Celebrate by visiting one of the seasonal light displays around the area this evening.  There are several you can drive through if it’s raining, and seeing the sparkling wonderlands is a fun and socially distant way to experience some holiday magic.✨


2.  There’s a new, beautiful art installation at the National Cathedral.  Les Columbes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit, is showcased in the Cathedral’s grand nave.  Unfortunately, the National Cathedral is closed right now due to Covid, but you can view the work online and find instructions on how to fold your own paper doves.  You can also sign up to receive notification when it opens.


3. Looking for a last minute holiday present?   A KFDC reader let me know about her unique business of writing personalized short stories. Using real details about a person, pet, place, thing, or event, she creates fun, fantastical custom tales. Each short story is presented with embellishments and graphics and spans from 12 to 20 pages. You can give your giftee a future opportunity to have one made about them!


4. Some good safety tips for the holiday.


5. It’s impossible not to smile listening to yesterday’s The Daily episode, The Year in Good News. (Have some tissues handy, too.)


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