Category Archives: All ages

The Weekend Round-Up:
March 15-17

Bring a bestie to ARTECHOUSE’s blossom & Anime inspired exhibition


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for ongoing fun in DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack (look for discount)

Spring at ARTECHOUSE is a celebration of the cherry blossoms, and this year ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds explores multiple universes of blossoms, inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime. Floor to ceiling projections, plus interactive elements make this one beautiful, engaging, and fun to experience.

Sweet Magnolias
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Saucer magnolias are blooming, and there’s a gorgeous display of them at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Go see them to take in the beauty and get some good photo ops. Plan on some museum visits while you’re there, too. Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.

ACC Hoops
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 7pm & 9:30pm Saturday, 8:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary (find them here)

The ACC tournament has been in DC this week, and the semifinals and championship games are this Friday and Saturday evenings. Semis will be UNC vs Pitt, and it still remains to be seen who NC State will be playing… as well as the final game. But they are all sure to be exciting match-ups!

10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Where: Fields at RFK | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

DC Way is marking a decade of offering youth soccer programs, and you’re invited to help them celebrate! Enjoy games, prizes, laughter, camaraderie… there will be exciting soccer stations with thrilling tournaments, Pac-Man, Penalty Shoot, Tic-Tac-Toe, 2v2 & 3v3 number games, Swedish Fish, and more!

Super Pet Expo
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child

People of all ages who adore animals will love this event featuring all kinds of fun and cute activities. Watch dogs play capture the flag in the lure course and romp in a pit with 5,000 balls. Enjoy a dog fashion show and watch champion stunt dogs perform Frisbee skills and other tricks. Learn how to alleviate your dog’s tension, get tips on travel with Fido, watch four-legged friends participate in races, and immortalize your pet’s paw for free. You can also visit Repticon with hundreds of snakes and lizards.

New To You Sale
Where: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten | Reston, VA
When: Saturday, 7:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Stock up for the kids at the biggest children’s yard sale in Reston! There will be thousands of items for babies & children available at unbeatable low prices, including baby gear, clothes for all ages, bikes, toys, children’s furniture, books, DVDs, and more — all gently used and donated by families in the Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten community.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring reopens for the season on Saturday and tickets are still available for many time slots! Kids as young as 5 years old can experience thrills on the ropes courses and ziplines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do much more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. See more about the park in this KFDC post.

Bountiful Baskets
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Women’s History month, the museum is showcasing a tradition of American Indian women. Corine Pearce (Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo), Ronni-leigh Goeman (Onondaga), Iva Honyestewa (Hopi/Navajo), and Laura Wong-Whitebear (Colville) share the beauty of Native basketry and the significance of keeping this tradition alive through the different weaving traditions, materials, stories, and inspirations that go into making a basket.

A Gem of an Event
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $6/age 12+, free/11 & under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. The 56th Annual Show of the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County, MD, will have all that and then some. There will be dealers selling collectibles, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, free workshops, free specimens for kids, mini mines, and more.

Brain Awareness Day
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring,MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Explore the exciting world of neuroscience! Join brain scientists, researchers, clinicians, and museum educators to enjoy interactive demonstrations and exhibits about the brain. Learn about prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and discover how your brain works!  (Note: This is museum is incredibly fascinating, but maybe not for young children or the faint of heart. Read more about why here.)

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Where: Climb UPton | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: $20/age 5-7, $45/age 8-15, $55/age 16+

Add an extra little challenge to your climb! A group of climbing Leprechauns lost their pots of gold on the course. Help find them and win a prize. Free to participate as part of any regular climbing ticket (one redemption per guest per visit)

Ireland at the Wharf
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf and Kirwan’s Irish Pub are bringing the luck of the Irish to the waterfront with a free festival! Enjoy all the fun of a true Irish festival with Irish dancing, rugby on the big screen, bands and bagpipers, Guinness beer, Irish coffee, and whiskey (last three for the adults, obv.). All ages welcome. Slainte!

Art & Craft Workshop
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 1—4pm
Admission: Free
Pop in the Swedish Embassy for a creative family arts & crafts workshop in arts & crafts — this weekend’s theme is Easter.  Guides will lead the workshop geared toward kids ages 2-10. All materials will be provided.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

United vs Inter Miami
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (Find them here)

DC United’s match against Inter Miami on Saturday afternoon has been much anticipated as Messi’s first time playing here. However, he just suffered an injury that is likely to sideline him — but still not confirmed! Tickets have been sold out for awhile, but you can find resale seats starting around $120 (and those may go down).

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Through the Sunken Lands
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Tim J. Lord’s radio play transforms into a heartening world premiere musical that amplifies the voice of a commonly overlooked community. Follow Artemis—a young wheelchair user who’s determined to fight to save her dying town with the help of Aunt Maggie… and a talking heron! Recommended for ages 9+.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

The Book of Mormon
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $89-219 (find tickets)

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. Recommended for teens and older.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Tickets: $41-77 (find discount)
Come down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Babies, Books, & Bagels and Hands On Holidays: Purim
Where: JCC of Greater Baltimore | Owings Mills, MD
When: Sunday, 10-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the JCC as Morah Elaine leads a fabulous holiday celebration, followed by a holiday themed craft, snacks, and a chance to connect with both old and new friends. This FREE program is perfect for ages 6 and under. The JCC is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave in Owings Mills.

NSO Family Concert: Music of Duke Ellington
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $20
Take the A-Train to a special afternoon of music paying tribute to the beloved jazz composer and bandleader! Conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the National Symphony Orchestra performs this swinging session as part of the Kennedy Center’s season-wide Ellington 125 celebration. Recommended for ages 5+.

St. Patrick’s Family Festival
Where: Shipgarten | Tysons, VA
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this family festival hosted by Merida and Peter Pan! Bring the whole family for a day of fun.  There will be FREE face painting and arts & crafts for little ones, plus live music, great drinks, moonbounces, and a full outdoor playground. Dogs are also, on-leash or in the off-leash dog park, and treats are available for them, too.

Voting Rights Story Times
Where: Women’s Equality National Monument | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending “Voting Rights Story Times.” Join the Yellow Roses, a youth advocacy and learning group, every Sunday in March at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as they share stories for children about determination, resilience, and perseverance in pursuit of equality. Learn more about the group and the story time events here.

Kids Air-Plant Terrarium
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 12:30pm
Admission: $25

Join kids adventure terrarium workshop workshop, where you’ll learn how to create a unique terrarium complete with air plants, decor, and adventurous figurines. Recommended for ages 6+, and parent supervision is required. Tickets only required for guests building a terrarium.

* Be aware of road closures from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.
* There’s a new round-up of Easter events happening around the area.
* Cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom this coming week, so be sure to read my tips for families if you plan to see them. Trust me, there are some important things to know!
* There are still spots open for virtual hand cut portraits with Master Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson!
* A pretty dress for spring — and it’s 40% off.
* Currently reading this book (per Darcy’s rec) and very absorbed by it.
* We just watched Perfect Days, and it’s such a quietly beautiful film.
* Who knew four years ago that it was just beginning?
* What school form did I just sign? 😂


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Where to Celebrate MLK Day Around the DC Area (2024)


Whether you’re looking for ways to teach kids about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., want to give back on the Day of Service, or hope to partake in another special activity to observe MLK Day, these ideas will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Just your time

If you want to volunteer on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service, there are many ways and places you can do so around the area. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family.  A good option for the whole gang is an outdoor volunteer clean-up at a local park, and there are a lot of them happening throughout the weekend. Check here, herehere, and here.

More Family Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer as a family that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions — whether on the actual day or at a later time inspired by the holiday. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them.

MLK Peace Walk, Parade  & Fair
Where: MLK Jr. Avenue | SE, DC
When: January 15
Admission: Free

Commemorate the life of MLK, Jr. with a Peace Walk and Parade along Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.  A Peace Rally begins at 9am, then the Peace Walk steps off at 10:45am from Shepherd Park and the Parade will commence at 11am at St. Elizabeth’s East with a Health and Community Fair in the parking lot at 2006 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. All ages are welcome to join.

The People’s Holiday: The Many Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: January 15, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but be sure to RSVP

A visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture is insightful and enriching anytime, but perhaps a bit more poignant on MLK Weekend. And there will be special activities on Monday to celebrate MLK: the Student artists from the Cinematic Arts & Media Production Department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts will perform original work that reimagines and reinterprets the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will also be hands-on activities and pecan pie (MLK’s favorite) available at the Sweet Home Cafe. Of course, plan to tour the exhibits, too, but be sure to read the KFDC Guide to visiting the museum with kids before you go.

Shaping the Dream: a Community Clay Event
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: January 13-15, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but RSVP required

Join Annmarie Sculpture Garden for an uplifting community art event and exhibit inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each year on this weekend, Annmarie Sculpture Garden invites guests of all ages to help create a community art installation in honor of a dream. This weekend, join visiting artist Claudette Taylor lto earn how to make a bas relief tile in air-dry clay and sculpt their your own unique and uplifting motif to display on the wall.  Be sure to RSVP!  Read more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden here.

MLK at the Library
Where: Libraries around the DC area
When: Through January 15
Admission: Free

Many public libraries are hosting MLK-inspired events and activities for both kids and adults.  There are crafts, story times, open mic poetry, take home reading challenges, and more.  The above link take you to DC Public Library website where you can find details.  And for quick links to see what’s happening at public libraries outside of the district, see this very early KFDC post (scroll all the way down for links).

It Starts with Me!
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 15, 1-5pm
Admission: Free
If there’s a library event to single out, it’s one that takes place at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library. In honor of the day, join DC Public Library for a day of celebration and reflection. Musical performers, spoken word artists, and more activities will take place to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more about the MLK Jr. Memorial Library here.

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: January 15, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at one of the neatest art museums around. Along with the exhibits, enjoy open mic, art-making, music, dance, and more. And for this special day of remembrance, the museum will be open on a Monday, and all festivities (including museum admission) will be FREE!  Be sure to RSVP!

Not Just Another Day Off
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: January 15, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday with this annual free and family-friendly event that’s back in the Folger after being closed for a few yeas’ removation. The day will feature music, contemporary poet Alexa Patrick, and actors Sara Barker, Fatima Quander, Greg Reid, and others reading historic speeches from Dr. King as well as their own poems.

MLK Service and Learning Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: January 15
Admission: $8

Introduce your young ones to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we gather at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center to learn about Martin Luther King and the importance of giving back to our community. Rotate through stations to hear about the Civil Rights Movement, participate in a service project, and reflect on the power of community cooperation. All participants must be registered.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute
Where: City Hall | College Park, MD
When: January 15, 9am, 10am, 1pm, & 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the City of College Park at a performances of two children-focused educational shows! The “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” show, offered at 9am ad 10am, will focus on the life and works of the famed civil rights leader, while the “Spirit to Overcome” show, at 1pm and 2pm, highlights the many contributions of African American women. Be sure to reserve a spot!

Visit Memorials
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin, DC
When: January 15 (and ongoing)
Admission: Free, registration required

Pay tribute to Dr. King at places that honor his legacy. Visit the MLK Memorial, a powerful and poignant site along the Tidal Basin. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and look for his words etched in the stone at the top of the steps.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks
When: January 15
Admission: Free

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, or enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry. Find even more national parks around the area and beyond. (PS: You can do your own trash cleanup while you’re there!)

Let Freedom Ring!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: January 15, 6pm
Admission: Free

This annual performance in honor of MLK Day is a DC tradition.  The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host this musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. This year the concert will feature Jordin Sparks, Nolan Williams Jr., and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Free tickets will be given away, up to two per person in line, in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Christmas Magic at Gaylord National

[Note:  This post was written by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise, a local writer and mom of two young children.  She always has excellent recommendations for kids’ activities around the DC area. See some of them here, here, here,]


An oasis of Christmas magic awaits you at National Harbor’s Gaylord Resort & Convention Center. If you’ve never been, you’ve likely still heard of ICE!, the resort’s annual holiday season event boasting incredible, themed ice sculptures. But the ad on your social media feed doesn’t illustrate the extent of the elaborate, immersive experience, in addition to the world-class Christmas Village and overall holiday joy carried throughout the resort.

My family spent the night at Gaylord prior to attending the holiday events, and it may be our new tradition. We arrived at sundown when the magic is really at its best. The balcony to our room overlooked the entire atrium, aglow with a Christmas tree and twinkling lights overhead. The core memories being created were 1000% worth a night of sharing a room with two over-excited kids. We also spied the amazing Christmas Dream Suites from our room.

The next morning, the Christmas Village and ICE! – themed around A Christmas Story – were officially open.  Plan to start your experience with ICE! – an outdoor, tented exhibit space chilled to an unimaginable 9 degrees. Think ice bar or walk-in freezer if you’ve ever been in one, and bundle up in your warmest gear. Parkas are also provided but are not warm enough on their own, though cute for a family photo op.

No words can fully describe ICE! and the mind-blowing, multi-colored ice creations that a team of ice carvers from Harbin, China, are brought in to build. On your way in, there is a small display showing the process and tools used – try to pause and explain things to your kids beforehand – they may be too cold to chat in the exhibit. And if they have yet to see A Christmas Story, watch some of the classic scenes ahead of time to make it more meaningful as well.

Hopefully your kids aren’t too cold in ICE! to take advantage of the coolest (pun intended) ice slides ever. Otherwise, you should head directly to Snow Flow Mountain indoors and plan to park it there for awhile. This four-lane tubing slide does not mess around! The height requirement is 42” and it makes total sense once you see how fast the tubes careen down the slope. The smiles and laughter are priceless.

Next, we checked out Snow Factory, where you can build and toss real snowballs, but it wasn’t quite ready for our visit. Temporary disappointment until we saw the next stop was a visit with Santa – the real one according to my 5-year-old (I’m more discerning with my Santas). After the prerequisite photo-op, we spotted a gingerbread girl named “Cinnamon” and followed her to the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. My kids chose the pre-constructed houses over cookies.

On our way out of the Christmas Village, we said hi to Mrs. Claus, who leads 25-minute Christmas Traditions experiences featuring story readings, sing-a-longs, and cookies with milk. (Tickets must be purchased in advance.) We got bundled up to head back outdoors to the Ice Skating and Ice Bumper Cars area (but not really on ice), but my kids were a bit holidazed so we decided to call it a day – and a very memorable one at that.

Christmas at Gaylord National runs daily from November 20 – December 31. ICE! is back after a two-year hiatus, so expect it to be a popular event, especially on weekends. Tickets start at $25/child and $37/adult; ages 3 and under are free.

More Tips & Info
* There are professional photo-ops at ICE! and with Santa. Be prepared to pay $25 per photo or take your own photos where photo-taking is allowed.
* Have a place to store your cold weather gear after ICE! or make a run to your car to drop things off once you are settling indoors.
* Cirque: Spirit of Christmas and The Greatest Story Stage Show begin November 25, both shown in the Gaylord National atrium.
* Harbor Social is a super kid-friendly option for dinner at the resort. There are games everywhere, including duckpin bowling (call to reserve a lane in advance).
* Stop by The Holiday Sweet Shoppe at the resort for some treats and nostalgia.
* Holidays at National Harbor includes a nightly tree light show, as well as fireworks Saturday nights November 12 – December 17 at 5:30pm.

Christmas at Gaylord National
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through December 31
Admission: Varies by activity

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Free Art Workshops, Community, & Fun for Young People Who Stutter

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This post is paid for by SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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International School of Music: Lessons in All Instruments & Giveaway!


Does your child love to sing or pretend to play a guitar? Are they the next Mozart or Justin Bieber?  If your kid loves music — or maybe you want to introduce them to it in a fun way — there is a school whose specialty is just that!

International School of Music, with two locations in Bethesda and Potomac, is the premier provider of music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels.  Their voted best instructors offer customized lesson approach so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love, so playing music is fun and exciting!

Their teaching methods are student-centered and focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential. With a flexible Musical Ladder curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement, their students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc. And with our same-time sibling scheduling, the families enjoy convenience and flexibility!

Music lessons teach kids valuable skills that they can carry with them through life. Children practice basic math when they count the rhythm, reading comprehension as they learn how to read music, and creativity as they figure out how to express themselves. Bonus: They also benefit from better concentration, self-discipline, self-expression, and confidence. Even more, all of these skills are mixed in with fun music making!

Check out the International School of Music website to see how you can book an introductory lesson for your child, try classes yourself, or make it a family affair!

Call the International School of Music at 301-365-5888 to book an introductory lesson or CLICK HERE to claim 50% Off Registration!


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GIVEAWAY! Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson at 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 what kind of music your child loves to listen to. 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 September 14, 2022, then the winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

For more information about International School of Music and its programs and performances, visit their website.


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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