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.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been serving families and family-free individuals for more than 150 years. Today's deal gives you one month of individual (an $83 value) or family membership (good for two adults and any children under the age of 21 residing in the same household, normally $104) to this venerated institution and its numerous locations, which have numerous amenities, including fitness equipment and indoor and outdoor pools (pool availability varies by location). You also get the choice of one personal-training session with a certified trainer to help jump start a stymied fitness routine or improve a preexisting one ($75 value). Personal training can even incorporate popular elements, such as Zumba, cycling, belly dance, kickboxing, playing catch with computer monitors, and more. If you prefer squeaky-shoe sports, you may instead choose one private tennis lesson, available at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase location, Silver Spring location or the YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center ($75 value).
To best represent their communities during games, players wear full soccer uniforms in their school's colors. DC SCORES distributes these uniforms—which include team jerseys with matching shorts and socks—free of charge. Practicing and playing intraschool games in uniform helps build school and community pride in players, and also brings teams closer together as players learn to work with one another in order to accomplish team goals.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.
Inspired by visits to museums and amusement parks with their own kids, Thrill-O-Rama's owners Buki and Bibie mustered together an array of activities that entertain youngsters without skimping on education. Each of the facility's nine play zones features its own creative pastime, such as science experiments, educational computer games, age-appropriate reading, and a video-game lounge stocked with a Wii and an Xbox 360. A semi-enclosed toy-filled play space boosts toddlers' motor skills, and a multilevel indoor playground lets older kids shed their wiggles in a bounce castle or on a 15-foot inflatable rock mountain, which formed when an air mattress was stored under tectonic plates. Staff members guide kids through exercise, cooking, and filmmaking classes and adhere to strict safety guidelines to yield a secure play setting. The on-site café fuels romps with a selection of finger foods, drinks, and desserts.