When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Kidville is a colorful, fun, and educational stomping ground where children can expand their minds, get out their wiggles, and make new, non-imaginary friends. Babies, toddlers, and children under age five will get to attend any three class sessions ($75) that have been carefully designed by early-childhood development specialists. Hundreds of stimulating choices await your munchkin's eager eyes and ears, such as the Little Maestros music course and the energetic Run, Wiggle, Paint, and Giggle class. My Big Messy Art Class lets your children Picasso to their heart's content with paints, chalks, and crayons, leaving your freshly painted hallways and furniture completely art-free. The fit and friendly gym classes, including Big Muscle Playtime and Kidville Gymnasts, allow kids to romp amidst a bevy of colorful and squishy play mats. Classes may vary at each location, so check the schedule to confirm offerings. You'll also receive five passes ($50) to Kidville's state-of-the-art indoor playspace.
Led by former social worker and licensed child and family therapist Laxmi Chauhan, the Montessori-certified staff at Dulles Montessori School strives to fulfill the school's motto to "accept and respect" each child. Trained assistants in each classroom give each child personal attention and help carry out the foundational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which includes cultivating a child's natural desire to learn, create, and eat paste. The school's programs challenge young kids with a curriculum that incorporates music, math, and language skills, as well as sensorial materials that encourage observation.
During a DC Scores summer camp, children from area elementary and middle schools can play, exercise, and build friendships through a variety of activities such as soccer, enjoying more than 15 hours of robust physical activity every week. DC Scores offers 10 weeks of camp throughout the summer, serving more than 200 children. Youth are provided a nutritious snack each day of participation and the combination of exercise and nutritious foods helps DC Scores campers enjoy a healthier summer. Like the summer program itself, snacks are provided free of charge.
MoBu Kids' founder Melissa Steele devoted her time to entire classes of children for eight years before retiring to care for her two favorite youngsters—her son and daughter. Shortly after the birth of her son in 2005, Melissa opened MoBu Kids, an indoor playground and classroom for kids that was voted ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Best Kids' Party Place in 2010 and Best Indoor Playspace in 2009. During open play, youngsters scramble atop custom-designed foam playground equipment and roll around safe gymnastics flooring like Olympic-level tumbleweeds. They also test footholds in a rock-climbing wall and zoom down the slide of a petite tree house.
A more structured blend of learning and recreation characterizes small classes led by energetic instructors. Music and movement strengthens the link between notes and motion, bolstering language or motor and social skills according to age. Art-class masterpieces spring from the colorful depictions in a storybook, and ballet encourages dancers to forge creative steps, like the stubbed toe hop. Similar themes run through summer camps and private birthday parties.
The technicians behind First Rayt Cleaners purify bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms while honoring any requests for earth-friendly solutions. When they aren't scrubbing and vacuuming floors, they wipe down countertops and bathroom fixtures to eradicate germs and soap scum. They also dust shelves, escort trash bags outside, and clothe mattresses in fresh sheets and jaunty berets. In addition to their regular cleaning services, they also spruce up patios, remove pet hair, and purge extra-dirty abodes with deep-cleaning techniques.