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DC Way Soccer: Weekly Skills Clinics, Strikers School, & Goalkeeping School


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Silver Knights Online Chess Club for Kids + a Discount for KFDC Readers!


Silver Knights is a locally owned small business, started by two brothers, with the goal of teaching chess to kids.  Over the last 15 years they’ve taught chess to 100,000 kids in hundreds of schools in and around DC.  For the last year, they’ve been running their club online!  Each week, close to a thousand students ages 5-14 have a lot of fun learning chess and socializing with each other in their live online small group classes.

In celebration of the online club’s birthday, they have a special discount for KidFriendly DC parents:  Get $50 off your first month, so it’s $29 instead of $79 if you sign up by the end of March with the code KFDC!


The club is designed for busy families, so scheduling is flexible and you can start and stop any time, and the program is month to month with no long term commitment required.

So, how exactly does an online chess club for kids work?  Right after signing up, you schedule a Getting Started meeting, where you and your child chat with a member of the Silver Knights team about how fun chess club will be, what your child will learn, and how everything works.  They also do a quick no-pressure assessment to figure out the level of lessons where your child should begin.  They teach Pawns (wait… what’s chess?), Kings (I love the Sicilian Dragon!), and everyone in between.


After the Getting Started meeting, you can schedule weekly small group classes.  These are 55 minutes long, and you can do one per week.  There are a ton of class slots, so it’s easy to find one that works for you:

  • Mondays: 11am, 2pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Tuesdays: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 11am, 2pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Thursdays: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
  • Fridays: 3:30pm, 4:30pm
  • Saturdays: 11am, 1pm

Scheduling is flexible, so it’s no problem to usually do, say, 4:30pm on Tuesdays, but switch time slots occasionally.  (The Silver Knights team is nice and will help to make things fit your schedule!)  The way the classes work is that the kids do a silly icebreaker to meet each other and the coach, followed by a 25 minute lesson. The lesson is designed to be participatory and exciting for the kids.  After the lesson, the coach pairs the students up and they play games against each other on a safe online platform.  During the games, the kids can chat with each other and the coach about the games… or the fun things they did in the snow last week. Curious what a lesson is like?  Watch a clip of a Knights class.  


In addition to the weekly lesson, there’s a bunch of other stuff included in the online club membership:

  • Broadcast lessons every weekday.
  • Discounts for online chess camps.
  • Online tournaments on Tuesdays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 5:30pm, Fridays at 4:30pm, and Saturdays at 9:30am
  • Special events, like an online tournament with a club from Australia or extra special guest instructors.

The chance to easily bring in guest instructors has been really exciting, and has given students access to brilliant diverse chess players and role models.  A few examples are: The best female chess player of all time (two visits!), a Colombian women’s grandmaster (and engineer), two stars of the acclaimed chess documentary Brooklyn Castle, a couple Silver Knights alumni who’ve won a combined 11 state tournaments and 7 national tournaments, and a US (adult) Champion… with another US Champion visiting in April!

The Weissbarth brothers’ early chess days


Club membership is $79/month, but as a special for the club’s one year anniversary, you can get $50 off your first month with the coupon code KFDC.  Learn more and register at!

Questions? You can reach out to [email protected]  They’re nice!


This post is sponsored by Silver Knights, however, I only promote programs, places, and businesses that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Spring Enrollment Open for Live Virtual Programs with Young Playwrights’ Theater!


Do you know a young person with an interest in creative writing and a story to tell? The Digital Playwriting Program at Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is a virtual, live-taught program for students interested in playwriting. Virtual classes for each school level (elementary, middle, and high) take place bi-weekly for six weeks with a YPT teaching artist on Zoom. Students will be able to craft their own play while supporting their fellow students in writing through constructive feedback and peer review.

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule: February 22 – April 1, 2021

Elementary School students (Grades 3 – 5)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15pm

Middle School students (Grades 6 – 8)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm

High School students (Grades 9 – 12)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5pm

Tuition for the 12-workshop series is $30, and KidFriendly DC readers can take 50% off with code ypt-kf50.

YPT is committed to making our programs accessible to everyone; to learn more about tuition assistance or for more information about this program, please contact our Programs Team at [email protected].


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Calling Rising 10th and 11th Graders
: Apply to SAFER (Students Advocating for the Eradication of Racism)!

Applications are now open for YPT’s new after-school program for high school youth to expand the possibilities of storytelling and performance.

SAFER (Students Advocating For the Eradication of Racism) is a social advocacy and arts education program for 10th and 11th-grade students living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who are committed to promoting racial justice in their communities through their collective creativity. Over the course of a school year, students will learn and practice the skills required to organize and galvanize their communities and will showcase those skills through a theatrical performance event.

All applications and letters of recommendation are due June 11, 2021. If selected, interviews will be held virtually the week of June 28.

For more information, visit the website, or contact YPT Programs at [email protected]


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About Young Playwrights’ Theater
Young Playwrights’ Theater is an award-winning arts education organization and theater company in Washington, DC. YPT inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices through high-quality arts education programming and productions. Learn more at


This post is sponsored by Young Playwrights’ Theater, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Registration is Open for DC Way’s After-School Soccer Programs!

Kickin’ it with DC Way (Note: These are older photos – kids & coaches DO wear masks now.)


Are you looking for a fun and safe learning experience for your child to enhance their soccer skills this winter? DC Way has you covered!  The popular soccer club provides After-School Programs for kids ages 4-7 at Lincoln Park and Providence Park on Capitol Hill all throughout the winter. These programs are currently being offered through February 4 — you can sign your child up either for weeks or even just a day.

Founded in 2013, DC Way has been giving children an opportunity to learn, grow, and shine in a fun, no pressure environment. With top quality certified coaches, DC Way provides one of the best after-school soccer programs on Capitol Hill. Participating in their After-School Programs can benefit your child in multiple ways — physically, emotionally, and socially. At each class, the coaches demonstrate a new topic, skill set, and life lesson to build a strong foundation for your little athlete.

One of many great things about DC Way’s After-School Programs is that the classes are non-competitive and use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment. Their unique age-specific curriculum is designed by a combination of behavioral, soccer, and education specialists to ensure that each child is developing skills, improving their self-confidence, and having a blast.

It’s never too early to start learning soccer!  Even without ever playing soccer before, they guarantee your child will enjoy their programs. A single class at their programs will make your child fall in love with soccer!

At DC Way, players’ safety is their top priority. The soccer club is implementing extra precautions to provide the best experience possible under CDC and other local health authorities’ health and safety guidelines. And the players and coaches DO wear masks (these photos are from pre-covid).  Since June, after the quarantine, no player has tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of their comprehensive safety measures.


Are your kids ready to play some soccer — and have an awesome time? Sign them up online today!

More information about their programs — including descriptions, pricing, schedules, and registration — is available on DC Way’s website and Facebook page. You can also call 571.490.1275 or email [email protected] to learn more.


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