Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Classes for Families

I am enormously proud to be working with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as a blogger consultant to this incredible non-profit that serves local families, children and museums throughout the country. The best perk of my helping out a bit is the chance to check out their offerings for families with my own children! This past weekend, my almost-three-year-old Alice and I had the chance to experience a sample SEEC class. My kids and I are veterans of the kids' class circuits. Music Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier. In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Classes for Babies 3-18 months

If you are waiting until your infant is older to introduce her to our incredible local Smithsonian Institutions, the wait is officially over: The Smithsonian offers classes for babies and parents! I just learned that the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers family workshops for young children and their parents to learn together. The curriculum is carefully crafted by early childhood educators with museum experience. The developmentally appropriate workshops promote critical thinking, Read more...

Fine Arts for Families

Imagination Stage Free Classes on Saturday September 7 This coming Saturday September 7 from 9am-1pm, Imagination Stage in Bethesda is offering a slew of free sample classes for children age 1-10 years. Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. The classes are not drop-off events -- kids must keep their caregivers with them during the classes. Pre-registration is highly-recommended, as limited spots will be Read more...

GIVEAWAY {sponsored}: $500 for Foreign Language Classes for Kids in the DC Area: Summer and Fall at Language Stars

This post has been sponsored by Language Stars of Washington, DC. All writings and opinions are my own. Win a $500 for Language Star! Summer Classes Have Room; Sign Up for Free Fall Class Looking for more activities for your kids this summer? Love your kid's school, but feeling wistful that he or she is not receiving instruction in Spanish, French, German or another language? Do you have a child who has a knack with languages and would love to build on the instruction they have Read more...

Langauage Stars Birthday Party Thursday May 2nd: Free Family Fun Event!

This post has been sponsored by Language Stars of Washington, DC. All writings and opinions are my own. Language Stars Free  Birthday Bash on Thursday May 2nd at 5pm in Gaithersburg A free foreign-language-learning themed family celebration? Language learning games and storytimes? Games and frolicking with The Little Gym and arts and crafts with Color Me Mine? Meet and greet (and picture taking) with Superman? A family goodie bag packed with prizes for kids (and a $25 off coupon Read more...

Free Kids Classes at Whole Foods: Half Pint Kids Club

Free classes for children? Hands-on learning? Promotion of healthy food? The Half Pint Kids Clubs at Whole Foods Silver Spring and Whole Foods Bethesda have 'em all! Half Pint Kids Club events typically require parent/caregiver assistance with the activity, and snacks are usually served (or made by the kids themselves!).  Be sure to call the individual Whole Foods locations ahead of the event to make sure there is space for your child and that there are enough goodies to go around. Whole Foods Read more...

Free and Cheap Fitness Classes for Adults (+ Playlist)

I love my gym (it has childcare! -- it's getting there is the hard part). I tolerate running/walking in my neighborhood (I buy new iTunes and don't let myself listen to them unless I am exercising...sick and wrong, but it works). But another incentive to move my booty are cool, free and discounted workouts. Here are some local move-that-a$$ or achieve that Zen classes this week and month that have me excited. Free Zumba Class on Saturday September 22 at Elite Dance Studio in Colesville/Silver Read more...

Summer Day Camps With Openings in Montgomery County

If you Washington, DC-area parents have already secured summer day camps for your children, I applaud you. With the end-of-school-year nuttiness and swim team starting up, I have to confess that I have not. Thankfully, the folks at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation still have a wide variety of kids' camps for summer 2012 with openings. Whether you have a preschooler, elementary schooler, tween or teen, there are lots of options and camp focuses. My family and I do not Read more...