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Bright Horizons at 2 Bethesda Metro Opening this Fall

 

A new Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool location is coming to the DC area this fall.  Bright Horizons  at 2 Bethesda Metro will offer infant to pre-kindergarten programs. Located near the Bethesda Metro station and right off Wisconsin Avenue, the center is convenient to get to, whether you’re working in the office or at home.

Visit the website to learn more and schedule a virtual or in-person visit to see what sets makes Bright Horizons a trusted partner for families!

 

This post is sponsored by Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool®, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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Inspire and Engage with STEM at Boolean Girl Summer Camps — In Person & Virtually!

 

We all need a little inspiration in our lives — especially our kids.  So, get ready for Boolean Girl Summer Camps!  The nonprofit offers both in person and virtual camps that are designed to inspire kids to code, build, invent, and animate.  

Both girls-only and coed camps are offered.  What’s more, they will be safe!  In-person safety measures will include masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols, and campers can switch from in-person to virtual, or vice versa, to suit their comfort levels.

Why Boolean Girl camps?  Here are 5 reasons!

  1. The camps are fun. At least that’s according to 96% of students who say they would recommend coding camps to a friend and want to take another one.
  2. The instructors are great.  They are female college students majoring in STEM from some of the best universities. 
  3. Kids love the camps.  At least that’s what the 4.8 out of 5 rating indicates.
  4. Parents will tell you.  Some comments from moms and dads:  “Just great instruction!  My daughter loves the class! We love that the ‘all girl’ option is offered, and the experience has really changed my daughter’s mind from not liking coding to LOVING it!”  & “This was the perfect level for my 3rd grader.  She was really engaged with the hands-on activity.”
  5. Why not?  They are flexible.  If  you don’t want to join in person, there are also online camps all summer long that complement the in-person camps.  These camps are taught by the same rockstar instructors and cover the same materials.  You can mix and match in-person and on-line courses. 

 

Now the Details…

Who:
Kids ages 8-13.  All experience levels welcome. Both girls-only and co-ed camps are available.

When:
In DC: Camps for grades 3-6, June 12-16, August 2-6, August 9-13
In VA: Camps for grades 3-8, all summer long
Online camp: all summer long

Where:
Washington, DC:  The Hill Center on Capitol Hill |
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (one block from the Capitol Hill Metro).
Arlington, VA:  Marymount University | 1000 Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA:  Burgundy Farms (must register on the Burgundy Farms website)
For all others, sign up here.

 

 

The Small-ish Print:
Boolean Girl will host in-person camps for Summer 2021 if it is deemed safe by the federal, state, and local authorities, and they are taking reservations now. If forced to close camps due to COVID, they will refund every penny of tuition to you. Read more about their COVID response here.

Camps will implement all recommended safety measures, including masks and social distancing. If you register and change your mind before May 30, you can receive a full refund. After May 30, you can change dates or get a refund, less the non-refundable $50 deposit, up to two weeks before the start of camp. Two weeks before the start of camp there are no refunds, but you may switch to an online camp.

 

This post is sponsored by Boolean Girl, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Bring the Fun Home from…The Cherry Blossoms

(Note: This post was written by KFDC contributor Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children.)

 

While many of the 2021 cherry blossom festivities may be different this year, there are still many ways to celebrate and learn about the iconic flowers at home!  Check out this KFDC post about ways families can celebrate the 2021 cherry blossom season, this new one about seeing blooming cherry trees at a local spot, and read on for cherry blossom-inspired activities at home!

The start of spring excites our kids to get outdoors and see the beauty of nature.  Cherry blossoms and budding flowers can be seen all around the DC area this time of year.  Many locals will find them at their local parks or even in their own backyard.  Have a future gardener at home?  Here is a great Flower Garden Building Kit that will encourage endless pretend play indoors.  Ready to plant your own at-home garden?  Try this Flower Growing Kit!  Below you will find some craft ideas and books to get your little ones engaged in the season!

CREATION STATION!

After you’re done admiring the flowers outside, make some at home!  These crafts require minimal materials — most of which you can, hopefully, find around your house.

Cherry Blossom Windsock from iHeartCraftyThings

 

Popcorn Cherry Blossom Tree from Glued to My Crafts

 

Cherry Blossom Art from Recycled Soda Bottle from Alpha Mom

 

Egg Carton Flower Craft by Glitter on a Dime

 

Easy Flower Candy Recipe by Shugary Sweets

 

READING RECS!

Time to freshen up your child’s bookshelf with some captivating flower books! Whether learning more about cherry blossoms and other Japanese traditions, or admiring beautiful flower illustrations, these books are a great way to kick off conversations about this time of year, featuring cherry blossoms or other springtime flowers. All of them fun and informative reads for little ones!

Planting a Rainbow (Ages 0-3)

Cherry Blossoms Say Spring (Ages 4-8)

Spring: A Pop-Up Book (Ages 2-5)

The Big Book of Blooms (Ages 3-8)

The Tiny Seed (Ages 3-8)

Pinkalicious Cherry Blossom (Ages 4-8)

Cherry Blossoms and Paper Planes (Ages 4-8)

Flowers (Ages 4-8)

Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure (Ages 7-10)

 

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Filed under 2021, Art, DC, Educational, Indoor Play, Maryland, Seasonal, Spring, Virginia

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 www.skchess.com!

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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