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Learn Chess and Have Fun with Magnus Academy!


Winter is a great season for chess, and you can have two months for the price of one with Magnus Academy’s Cyber Monday chess promotion!  It’s a great gift for either beginner players or advanced students. Magnus Academy has classes for all levels with great coaches and they’ve taught more than 100,000+ kids chess in the DMV.

*Between now and Cyber Monday, November 27: Use the coupon code “cyber” when you buy one month, and get the second month free!*

Curious about what a class looks like? Try one out for $5 first!
If you’re not sure if online classes are a good fit for your child, we have an easy $5 trial class! This is a perfect way to see how it works, and how an online class can be fun. You can sign up for a trial class here!

The classes are in the fun and highly participatory Chessable Classroom, which looks like this:

How does the online academy work?

1. New students start with a quick assessment to figure out what level classes they should take, from Pawns (how do you play chess?) up through multiple state champions!

2. Schedule your weekly semi-private classes. There are classes Mondays through Saturdays for each level, so that you’ll definitely be able to find good (and flexible) times that work for your family. Take a look at the 90 weekly class times here. Experienced coaches (read about them here!) keep the classes engaging, approachable, and fun for the students.

3. Join as many big group events as you want — like online tournaments (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) and bonus lessons (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays).

4. Visits from famous chess players like five time World Champion Magnus Carlsen (see video below from previous visit) to Judit Polgar (best female chess player ever, 5 visits this year including one next month) and more.

5. We also give out free ChessKid Gold accounts for kids that want extra practice!



This Cyber Monday sale is a great way to start chess! A few more things to know:
* Cost is $89/month.
* The academy is month-to-month with no long term commitment.
* Start anytime and stop any time.
* If you join the academy, and for whatever reason it’s not the right fit, cancel in your first two weeks for a full refund.
* Sign up here — and remember to use the coupon code “cyber” for your second month free!

Questions? Email or schedule a chat!


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This post is sponsored by Magnus Chess Academy, however, I only promote programs, places, and businesses that I genuinely believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Sing, Dance, and Act this Fall at Adventure Theatre MTC Academy
(+ Two Chances to Save!)


Watch your child’s face light up as they take the spotlight with classes from Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) Academy. From Kindergarten to adults, students will learn the basics of acting, singing, and dancing in these 12-week classes while they create characters, construct stories, and build 21st Century Skills.

Students will especially learn that their voice and their role matters, no matter how small. There is no experience needed, and kids have loved their hallmark classes — Sing Dance Act (Grades K-1), Broadway Prep (Grades 2-3), and Bridge to Broadway (Grades 4-5) — for almost 10 years.

Just for KidFriendlyDC subscribers, save $35 or more on Fall Classes (10%) with the promo code KFDCF23. Need more assistance? Scholarships are available and ask them about sibling discounts too at 301-251-5766.



Savings Alert: Tickets to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Adventure Theatre MTC

Join old friends as Adventure Theater gathers the entire Peanuts gang for a nostalgic and heartwarming musical based on the comic strip by Charles Schulz. With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life’s big questions through the eyes of Charlie Brown as his friends play baseball, fly kites, struggle with homework, swoon over crushes, and celebrate the joys of friendship. Growing up is serious business!

This show is recommended for all ages. Single tickets are on sale for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Adventure Theatre MTC (with children under the age of 1 free), but for season-long savings, consider a Flexpass instead and save $7.50 per ticket!

About Adventure Theatre ATMTC
ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training.  Learn more here.


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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? 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 a customized lesson approach, so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love to make playing music fun and exciting.

Get your child started with ISM’s Back-to-School Special & receive a Music Lesson, FREE Registration, & School Supplies!
Claim Your Offer Now for Only $39!



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, or folk.

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

Back-to-School Special!
Call or Text 301-396-7497 or Claim it HERE
Value $148 – Yours for only $39 while supplies last
New students only, Exp. 8/31


Giveaway! Three KFDC readers can win FREE registration, school supplies, and a music lesson (total package valued $148) at the International School of Music. Want a chance to win to study with their top-rated teachers? Simply leave a comment below naming your child’s favorite recording artist or 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 September 7, 2023, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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


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See a Show, Take a Class — There’s Something for Everyone at Imagination Stage!


The reviews are in… Nate The Great at Imagination Stage is a hit!

“Never underestimate the power of live performance expertly done” – MD Theatre Guide
“A delightful production” – MacaroniKid
“An enjoyable experience for all ages” – Moderately Moco

And now: Helen Hayes Award Recommended!

Art matters in this musical mystery! A boy who loves detective work and calls himself Nate the Great is thrust into solving not one but two mysteries involving a cat, a dog, two friends, and a missing painting. Full of quirky characters and fun, this show brings the popular book series to singing and dancing life.  The show is running through August 11 and is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Special Performance Dates:
* Sensory-friendly performance: Sunday, July 23 at 10am
* Meet the cast after the show: Sunday, July 23 at 1pm



Fall class registration opens TODAY!  Imagination Stage’s curriculum includes creative drama, acting, musical theater, dance, and performance opportunities in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Six and 10-week classes for ages 1 and up start mid-September. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.

Imagination Stage is a nationally-recognized theatre arts center in Bethesda, MD, respected for more than 43 years of high-quality, innovative programming.


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Registration is Open for Child & Caregiver Classes at Edlavitch DCJCC!


This winter and spring, join Edlavitch DCJCC for in-person fun for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (with their grownups)!

The EDCJCC Parenting Center’s Child and Caregiver Classes are designed to meet the developmental and social needs of infants and toddlers — newborns through age 4 — and to provide meaningful and fun bonding experiences for parents and other caregivers. Class options include preschool playgroup, music, yoga, art, ballet, gymnastics, Getting Ready for Preschool, and many more.

Couples and single parents, LGBTQ and straight, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of any color or ability… all families are warmly welcomed.

Registration for Winter and Spring 2023 sessions is now open!  The Winter 2023 session runs from January through early March and the Spring 2023 session runs from mid-March through late May.  You can register for one or both sessions at the same time, but be aware that the spring classes often fill up early, since many people register for both sessions at the same time.

Visit the website for class descriptions and more details.


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