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Start Thinking Fall: After School Programs with Enrichment Matters


While it’s a busy time for end-of-school-year activities and summer plans, fall is just a few months away, and it’s good time to start planning for it!   We know that over this past year, lots of kids have missed participating in fun, in-person enrichment classes — sports, STEM, dance, pottery, chess, and more — and are excited to return to them.  As things slowly start to make their way back to normal, many great, area companies in the DC area are also looking forward to teaching students in-person once again.

One local, small business focused on quality after-school programs is Enrichment Matters. The company works with PTAs or PTOs to help plan and manage enrichment programs during the school year.  Programs are facilitated through their large network of vetted, enrichment class providers, also mostly local, small businesses — and many who are probably favorites of KidFriendly DC readers!  Their friendly team is made up of parents who personally understand the great benefits of enrichment classes. Most importantly, their services alleviate much of the work asked of school volunteers in order to run a quality after school program.

After a mostly virtual or hybrid school year, kids are eager to experience more activities in-person and will be especially excited for them as schools return to full-time in-person learning this fall. Enrichment Matters offers their pick of opportunities to explore new interests in a fun, social environment that promotes learning.  Kids can learn to play soccer, build a robot, cook a new dish, create some art, play an instrument, learn chess strategies or the art of debate — just to name a few!

It’s not too soon to start making plans for the new school year. Whether you’re a PTA/PTO volunteer or a parent interested in starting an enrichment program at your elementary school, learn how Enrichment Matters can help your school offer exciting, safe after-school activities in the 2021-2022 year.

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

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


Creative kids home for the summer? Give them something to get excited about and start them on Music Lessons (in-person or online) with the International School of Music!

Voted best for Music Lessons, International School of Music has a team of nurturing and patient instructors who will customize lessons to students’ goals so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love!

From the Early Childhood Music Program offering music classes to toddlers & preschoolers to the Private Music Lesson Program that serves all ages, the International School of Music offers award-winning instruction in piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder, trumpet saxophone, clarinet, trombone, tuba, french horn, baritone, bass, uke, banjo, and more!

ISM’s fun, engaging, and personalized lessons help students bring structure into their lives as well as confidence, concentration, and self-expression that last beyond the music lessons.

Let the International School of Music bring out your child’s inner star! 

Sign up for lessons HERE and save 50% off registration by 6/15 or call 301.365.5888 to schedule your intro lesson today!



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 your child’s (or your) 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 Tuesday, June 15, 2021, then a winner 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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A Safe & Exciting Dance-Filled Summer with CityDance!

Do your kids want to get moving and grooving — and twirling and leaping — this summer?  CityDance School & Conservatory is offering a combination of online and in-person programs for young dancers at the spacious Whittle School & Studios in Washington, DC, and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

Ignite your young dancers’ imagination with themed camps, such as Unicorns Camp and Superheroes Camps, and highly specialized summer programs, from Once Upon a Time to Dancing through the Universe! In-person camps include daily dance classes in multiple styles, arts and crafts, and an end-of-week showing for friends and family. Online camps provide dancers with daily classes in hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.

CityDance is also offering 3 Week Sessions of Creative Movement and Pre Ballet throughout the summer for ages 3-6!  Classes will be offered as a hybrid model with the option of enrolling online or in-person.

Dancers ages 10 and up can elevate their technique and learn challenging choreography in summer programs such as DanceUP and Musicals & More!

Learn more about all of the programs and register here.




Looking for pre-professional training for your child? Audition for CityDance School & Conservatory Summer Intensives!

CityDance School & Conservatory summer intensives provide challenging training in classical and contemporary techniques, world dance forms, dance history, improvisation/composition, and repertory. PHILADANCO! and Koresh Dance Company join the ranks of world-renowned guest artists coming to DC, Maryland, and online platforms this summer!

Intensives are open to dance students ages 8 to 20. Each intensive requires an audition.  See the Intensives schedule and sign up for an audition on Friday, June 11, here.

A COVID-19 Health Safety Plan has been adopted in accordance with federal, state, and local government regulations to ensure a safe and fun summer.

More information is available on the CityDance website.

Adult Dance Classes 

Parents can move and groove too! CityDance is offering adult classes online and in-person including Contemporary, Body-Friendly Ballet and Hip hop.

Learn more here!


This post is sponsored by CityDance, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.  Photo credit: Taylor Mickal Photography, Video Credit: Shannon Braine Videography

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


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

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