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Check it: Silver Knights’ Cyber Monday Sale on Chess Programs for Kids!

Join the Silver Knights online chess club!

 

Silver Knights has been teaching chess to kids at hundreds of schools in the DC area since 2009, instructing thousands of students on the game every week.  For the last few years, they’ve also been doing an online chess club for kids, and they are currently offering a great way to get started.

Between now and Cyber Monday, November 29: Use the coupon code “cyber” when you buy one month, and get the second month free!

How does an online chess club for kids work?  Read on to find out!

1. New students start with a quick assessment to figure out what level classes they should take, from Pawns (how do you play chess?) to Kings (some of the best kids in the state for their age).

2. Schedule your weekly semi-private classes, which look like this:

Classes are offered 25 times a week before school, after school, and on Saturdays, so that you’ll definitely be able to find good (and flexible) times that work for your family. Experienced coaches keep the classes engaging, approachable, and fun for the students.

3. Join as many extras —  like online tournaments (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and broadcast lessons (weekdays) — as you want.

4. Occasional events like tournaments with clubs from other countries, and guests like Anish Giri (picture below, the #7 player in the world and very fun!) on Wednesday, November 24, or Judit Polgar (best female chess player ever).

 

Winter is a perfect time to start chess, and this Cyber Monday sale is a great way to do it (think holiday gift)!  A few more things to know:

  • Cost is $79/month.
  • The club is month-to-month with no long term commitment.
  • Start anytime and stop any time.
  • If you join the club, 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 info@skenrichment.com or schedule a chat!

 

This is a paid post by Silver Knights, 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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Kids Can Explore the Magic of Opera with Opera Starts with Oh!

 

You and your little ones are invited to what The Washington Post calls, “The best Zoom there is!

Opera Starts with Oh! is a virtual series of live, interactive lessons created by professional opera company Opera Lafayette to introduce young audiences to the magic of opera. Led by teaching artist and professional choreographer, Tamrin Goldberg, and joined by a new guest artist for every session, Opera Starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children in pre-K and up. 

Each month a different opera is explored.  Families can drop in for one or sign-up for every session in the series. And, in an effort to keep the programming inclusive, it’s a pay-what-you-can model!

After the virtual live sessions, participants gain access to Play On! Activities to do at-home and off the screen to keep everyone singing, dancing, and creating. 

Learn more here and explore all of the fall sessions below! 

 

 

Zélindor: King of the Fairies! (Week 2) | October 23, 11am
Journey to an enchanting land with this opera-ballet filled with fairies, gnomes and muses through dance and costume design with professional costume designer Anna Kjellsdotter.
Learn more and register.

Pygmalion (Week 1) | November 6, 11am
Join us and special guest artist, dramaturg Peregrine Heard, as we use storytelling and sculpting to explore a love story about a sculptor’s creation that comes to life.
Learn more and register.

Pygmalion (Week 2) | November 20, 11am
Join us and special guest artist, dramaturg Peregrine Heard, as we use storytelling and sculpting to explore a love story about a sculptor’s creation that comes to life.
Learn more and register.

Orphée et Euridice (Week 1) | December 4, 11am
Journey to the underworld through music and song as we learn about how the talented musician Orpheus set out on a journey to save his love Euridice.
Learn more and register.

Orphée et Euridice (Week 2) | December 18, 11am
Journey to the underworld through music and song as we learn about how the talented musician Orpheus set out on a journey to save his love Euridice with special guest artist, flutist Delandria Mills.
Learn more and register.

 

Meet Tamrin Goldberg, leading teaching artist for all sessions in this short video:

 

This is post is sponsored by Opera Lafayette, however, I only promote programs, places , and services 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!

 

Looking for fun and engaging youth musical instruction? Give your kids 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 and preschoolers to the Private Music Lesson Program that serves all ages, the International School of Music provides 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 instruction helps bring structure into students’ lives and boosts their confidence, concentration, and self-expression that lasts beyond the lessons.

Give your kids something to get excited about, and let the International School of Music bring out your child’s inner star!

Sign up for lessons by September 30 and save 50% off registration or call 301-365-5888 to schedule an intro lesson today!

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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 instrument (or voice) your child would love to play. 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, September 7, 2021, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

 

This post is paid for 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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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!

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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 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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