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Jan 08, 2017

Looking for a place to have your child’s next birthday party? Alexandria has plenty of options no matter what your child is interested in.

Alexandria Neighborhood Recreation Centers
Multiple Addresses
• Charles Barrett Recreation Center
• Charles Houston Recreation Center
• Cora Kelly Recreation Center
• Mount Vernon Recreation Center
• Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center
• Patrick Henry Recreation Center
• William Ramsay Recreation Center

Each Rec Center has it’s own amenities that can be rented out for party use.

Alexandria Fire Department
Contact your local fire station to find out if they have availability. Many fire stations in the city host birthday parties and they can be booked by contacting the fire station.

Chinquapin Rec Center
3210 King St, Alexandria
The home of the city’s only public indoor pool and a soft play room that can be rented for parties. The city has pool party and soft play room party packages.

Lee District Recreation Center
6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria
The Lee District Rec Center located in Fairfax County also offers pool parties, soft play room and gymnasium rentals.

Our Special Harbor
6601 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria
There is no fee to use the public use spray ground located beside the Lee District Rec Center. The fully accessible complex features Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The beach area is quieter with softer bubblers and interactive water tables. The computerized water maze and dumping crab basket provide more lively activity. There are adjacent covered picnic facilities that can be rented for party use.

The Little Gym
291 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria
Named Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine, an Awesome Birthday Bash at The Little Gym gives your birthday kid and their friends the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music, and fun LEGO Juniors or LEGO DUPLO building activities created especially for your birthday boy or girl. And you don’t have to worry about setup or cleanup, making it totally awesome for you too!

Paint This
1013 King St, Alexandria
Paint this is a ceramics, mosiac and glass fusion studio. They offer birthday parties and give you 10% off your pieces if the party is 10 or more.

6625 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria
This facility offers both Mini-Golf parties or Driving range parties. The facility offers a full kitchen and bar that can add food and drinks to your party package.

Great Waves
4001 Eisenhower Ave, AlexandriaGreat Waves waterpark is a great place to host your birthday parties in their exclusive birthday party areas. Call 703-960-0767 ext. 100 with any questions.

420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria
Their parties include a birthday team member to host the party, awesome activities, basic decorations, water, and paper products. Each party is approximately 2 hours long: 1.5 hours of fun structured activities with 15 minutes of set up and 15 minutes of time to clean up.

Sport Rock Climbing Center
5308 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria
Sportrock has a dedicated party area for hosting birthday parties. From a couple of hours to all day (or night!) – they can custom build your event. To discuss options and pricing,  submit a Special Event Request on their website.

Flight Trampoline Park
7200 Fullerton Rd, SpringfieldMultiple party packages include exclusive use of a Flight Party Room after flight jump time. Party Attendant to assist with check-in, set up, and clean-up.

1712 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria
Have a creative birthday party with Upcycle. Party guests participate in hands-on art experiences in their studio. Parties are scheduled on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The fee is $250 for a maximum of 15 children.
The party format is generally:
Gathering Time – 15 minutes – Children preview materials and have a snack (provided by you).
Art Activity – 1 hour and 15 minutes – UpCycle staff educate children about reuse and facilitate a 2-D mixed media project.
Birthday Treat – 15-30 minutes – Children have cake or cupcakes (provided by you).

Ultra Zone
3447 Carlin Springs Rd, Falls Church
Ultra Zone Laser Tag and Family Amusement Center birthday party package includes a private party room just for your party, a party host that stays with you the entire time and is completely dedicated to your party, laser tag games, unlimited soft drinks for all of your guests, pizza, place settings.
For your convenience, they can provide additional items such as cake, cupcakes, balloons, and gift bags. They’ll take care of every detail. There is no need to bring anything but your guests. Of course, you are also welcome to bring your own food, cake, and other items if you prefer.

Dave & Busters
6655 Spring Mall Dr., Springfield, VA
Dave & Buster’s birthday parties are perfect for kids of all ages. With kid-friendly food to keep them fueled for fun and hundreds of games, there’s something for everyone. We’ll do the work—they’ll have a blast. Put some play in your day!

Chuck E. Cheese
6301 Richmond Highway
Two hours of fun, your own table space, and the help of one of our host/hostesses.  Your birthday star gets a Birthday Shout Out and the awesome Ticket Blaster experience. It’s their choice of party outfits: Superhero, Princess or Chuck E. T-shirt. Fun and easy-to-personalize invitations view email invitations.

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA
Parties are scheduled for a two hour block. Families will have the outdoor classroom to set up their party food and decorations. Supervision of children in the outdoor classroom and straightening up post-party is the party host’s responsibility.
The $225 fee covers 20 or fewer children. Parties are for ages 4-12 years. An additional $12 fee is assessed per child over 20, up to a maximum of 30 children. Siblings ages 12 years and under count as party participants. The children will be seated for cake and ice cream, provided by the family, at the tables. Food and beverages may only be consumed at the tables.
Party participants enjoy a 60 minute naturalist-led presentation including a craft and a nature walk.

Buddy Ford Nature Center
5750 Sanger Ave.
The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center offers birthday parties for children ages 4 to 12. Each 2 hour birthday party features live animals, a nature-oriented activity, and use of a private room. Fee for City of Alexandria residents: $165 for a party of up to 12 children (Nonresidents: $200). $10 for each additional child (up to 17 total children). To secure a party date, prior registration and payment are required. For booking information and forms, please call 703.746.5525Some of their most popular themes include:
Amphibians (Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, etc.)
Reptiles (Snakes, Lizards, Turtles)
Turtles and Tortoises

Fairfax Sportsplex
6800 Commercial Dr., Springfield, VA
Our birthday party or team party packages are perfect for your child and his / her friends. For $110 you get the use of one of our courts for 1 hour and then you may use the tables on our observation deck to have the party for the second hour. You provide the decorations, food, drinks that your child would like. There is no per child charge. (NOTE: Due to indoor leagues, the Sportsplex is unavailable for parties on the weekends and after 4pm Monday – Friday)

Hidden Pond Nature Center
8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, VA
NOW OFFERING TWO PARTY TYPES TO MAKE YOUR CHILD’S DAY EXTRA SPECIAL. Choose from Nature Birthday Party or Campfire Birthday Party

Lake Accotink
7500 Accotink Park Road , Springfield, VA
Choose from Two Packages:
*Lucky Duck Premier Package*
WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS (May 3 – October 19, 2014): $139 for 10 children (required minimum)
WEEKDAYS (June 23 – August 29, 2014): $129 for 10 children (required minimum)

  • 2-Hour Private Party Tent Reservation (seating for 30)
  • Private Tour Boat Ride (hour following tent rental)
  • 2 Rounds of Mini-Golf per child (18 holes)
  • 2 Carousel Rides per child
  • Tickets for additional children may be purchased for $5.95 on the day of the event.

*Standard Package*
WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS (May 3 – October 19, 2014): $99 for 10 children (required minimum)
WEEKDAYS (June 23 – August 29, 2014): $89 for 10 children (required minimum)

  • 2-Hour Private Party Tent Reservation (seating for 30)
  • 2 Rounds of Mini-Golf per child (18 holes)
  • 2 Carousel Rides per child
  • Tickets for additional children may be purchased for $5.95 on the day of the event.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria
Great for kids aged 5 to 95, AWLA Birthday Parties provide the opportunity to celebrate a birthday our favorite way—with animals! Children and parents alike enjoy these fun, informative shelter visits which include animal-themed activities and a visit with one of our Animal Ambassadors. Best of all, children learn animal welfare themes in a fun way—from our animals themselves.
AWLA Birthday Parties can be booked on Fridays at 4pm, and last 2 hours. Due to staff and schedule restrictions, this is currently the only time we can offer parties. Parties must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance, and we cannot guarantee all dates will be available.
*We are unable to offer birthday parties during the months of July & August*
Each party includes:

  • Downloadable party invitation template.
  • Up to 15 party guests (including birthday child and siblings).
  • Use of our classroom, tables and chairs for 2 hours.
  • A tour of our adoptions facility.
  • One shelter enrichment activity.
  • Meet and greet with an Animal Ambassador.
  • Special gift for the birthday child.

Please remember to bring decorations, food, drinks, cake and candles, cups, plates and all utensils. Also, if the group plans to do an activity, remember all necessary activity supplies (supply list is provided by the Youth Program Coordinator). Food may be delivered to the shelter.
Pawties cost $200 for a maximum of 15 children (including the birthday child). A $50 non-refundable booking fee is due at time of booking, and parties will not be considered booked until this is received. The Birthday Party fee of $150 is due prior to the beginning of the party.

Bubble Bounce
6553 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA
Bubble Bounce is an indoor play center specializing in inflatable play.

Local Motion Studio
2377 S Dove St, Alexandria
Parties can be scheduled between 4:00-6:30 on Saturday and 2:30-5:00 Sunday afternoon, depending on availability.  Call soon because spaces fill quickly!
Parties Include:

  • 2-3 staff members to set up, clean up and provide a movement class
  • 1 1/2 hours of fun (15 minutes open play, 1 hour class, 20-30 minutes of refreshments) – (times are approximate and can vary based on requests)
  • Up to 12 children: $295
  • 13-20 children: $345

For Parties with children turning 3 or younger, the class is with a caregiver. We can only accommodate the “up to12” option. You provide, food, napkins, plates, drinks, utensils and any decorations. Local Motion is happy to assist in ordering pizza and cakes to make it that much easier for you.

JW Tumbles
3223 Duke St, Alexandria
JW Tumbles birthday parties are especially popular among Tumblers and parents alike. Providing the birthday child and his or her best friends with action-packed excitement, everything is included from games to music, swinging to sports, dancing to zip lines! The parties are private and parents love that they can relax while JW Tumbles takes care of everything.

Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria VA
Does your child love fire engines? Then experience the historic Friendship Firehouse and become the newest “member” of the fire brigade. The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, and was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871.
See hand-drawn fire engines, water buckets, and other historic fire-fighting equipment, as well as ceremonial uniforms and banners. Kids will take part in role-playing games and activities to help them earn their fire hat and badge. Wrap up the party with a parade using a banner the kids designed themselves! Ages: 4 and above (limit 10 children). $250 for 10 children

Gadby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria VA
For children ages 6 and up (20 children maximum), this charming historic space offers a choice of two themes. You child can host an afternoon tea party or entertain friends with tavern games. The 1.5 hour party includes a costumed guide, a hands-on tour of the museum, a craft, games, and even a gift for the birthday child. $250 and up.

318 South Pickett Street, Alexandria VA
Choose your child’s favorite theme and they’ll create a private, personalized party experience filled with kid friendly activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! They specialize in 1st birthday parties all the way through to 5th birthday parties. Gymboree Play & Music Parties are available to members and non-members. Birthday party themes are suitable for babies, infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
109 King Street, Alexandria VA
Who doesn’t love the idea of an old fashioned ice cream party?

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA
Perfect for those who love science! This party is designed to teach students to become an
apothecary apprentice.The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was t r a n s f o r m e d into a museum shortly after its closing and visitors can still view the original bottles, ingredients, products, and documents left behind by this 141-year-old family business.
Learn the basics of making and marketing your own brand of medicine. Then mix your own special “potion” to take home. Ages: 7 and above (limit 15 children) All parties are 90 minutes and include a museum party leader, hands-on tour of the museum, special themed activities and crafts, as well as tablecloths, plates, napkins, and forks. All you need to bring is the cake and kids! $250 for 10 children, with a $100 deposit due at time of reservation.

 Tiny Dancers
621 South Washington Street, Alexandria VA
Fairytale birthday party themed parties for your little dancer. The package features a 90-minute themed party with costumes, props, and crafts. $375 and up for up to 10 children.

6328-C Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA or 3217 Duke Street, Alexandria VA
Bring in your birthday party or any group of kids to learn how to make their own pizzas and become certified “junior pizza chefs.”

Mount Vernon Recreation Center
2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria VA

Ice Skating Party
Mt. Vernon RECenter’s indoor ice rink is the perfect spot for your next birthday party/event. Open year round, and with public sessions daily, we are the coolest place to celebrate yet. Skates are available to rent in all sizes. Parties must be scheduled during a public session time. Available for groups of 12-50 with advanced booking.

Pool Party
Mt. Vernon RECenter’s pool is a great spot for your next party! A beach area, tumble buckets, fountains, and diving board are all waiting for you. Pool is open year round and parties must be scheduled around open swim time. Open Swim times on Saturday and Sunday– after 1pm. Swim time must be scheduled before serving food.

Shadowland Laser Adventures
5508 Franconia Rd, Alexandria
ShadowLand’s laser adventures are exciting “whole-group” activity where all the kids share in the same experience at the same time. A ShadowLand birthday party includes either one or two adventures, a private events room, a sponsor (our staff) to assist in the event, soft drinks for the party, plates, cups and utensils for the event, clean up and prep for the event and a ShadowLand Gift for the birthday child.
To reserve an event or if you have any questions, contact the ShadowLand Adventure Center you wish to visit for complete details. An events coordinator is available to discuss your event Monday-Friday 11am to 6pm. Springfield: 703-921-1004

Bowl America
6450 Edsall Road, Alexandria
Kids love their parties–and it’s a piece of cake for the parents too! From set-up to clean-up, they do it all so that the whole family has time to enjoy the happy occasion. And with their all-inclusive “Birthday Party Plans,” all you do is pick a date and select your food plan; they’ll handle everything else! Party Plans include bowling, a Bowl America Birthday T-Shirt for the birthday child, eight video game tokens for each child, bowling-themed paper products, party invitations and the food plan of your choice.

Regal Theater
3575 Potomac Ave., Alexandria
Looking for something special for a Birthday party? Head to the movies at a Regal Entertainment Group theatre! Make your favorite person a “Star For A Day” with their own party at the movies!



Jan 17, 2016

I recently connected with Cynthia Raso with The Smithsonian Early Enrichment (SEEC). With two locations in the National Museum of Natural History and one in the National Museum of American History, SEEC serves children aged two months – six years. Priority enrollment is given to Smithsonian and federal employees. For more information about enrollment in SEEC  visit
SEEC also offers part-time and weekend programs that are open to the general public. Family workshops run Saturdays and serve infants – Kindergarten. They also host the Smithsonian Early Explorers for caretakers and children aged 18 months – 2 years. This program meets twice-a-week for the duration of the school year.
I asked Cynthia to write a guest blog post introducing parents to the experience of visiting The Smithsonian Museums with you kids, toddlers and babies. Below is Cynthia’s post. We hope you find it helpful.

The animals at the Natural History Museum or airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum might feel like safe bets with your infant or toddler, but many parents opt out of visiting other venues like the National Gallery of Art or the Hirshhorn. In reality though, any museum is ripe with possibilities for your young child.
At the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), we have been teaching infants, toddlers and preschoolers in museums and in the community for over 25 years. In fact if you are out on the Mall, chances are you will run into one of our classes seated before an object engaged in meaningful learning and of course, fun. Part of SEEC’s mission is to support and encourage families to take advantage of the Smithsonian’s amazing resources, so here are a few helpful hints that will make your next family museum visit a successful one!

Mother and daughter attend an infant workshop exploring the sense of touch at the National Museum of Natural History

Mother and daughter attend an infant workshop exploring the sense of touch at the National Museum of Natural History

Infants and Toddlers: Practical Advice
Talk To Them – Go ahead, don’t be shy! They will benefit from hearing you form sentences and use new vocabulary. Describe what you see, tell them what you like, ask questions – even the ones to which you don’t know the answer.
Observe Them – Non-verbal children understand more than you often realize. Watch your child. Where are they pointing? What captures their attention? At what are they looking? Respond to their body language by acknowledging what they show interest in, moving in for a closer look or providing more information.

One of the SEEC infant classes visit the Hirshhorn.

One of the SEEC infant classes visit the Hirshhorn.

Sing – Children love music and they respond to it. Use a favorite song and find a corresponding object. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a great book that matches children’s songs with artworks. Alternatively, parents can choose a familiar tune and make up your own words. I did this on a recent visit to the National Museum of African Art when we looked at Jacob Lawrence’s Blind Musician. The theme of this infant class was sound, so when we got to the museum we sang:
To the tune of Frere Jacques
Where are my fingers, where are my fingers.
Here they are, here they are.
Strumming the strings, strumming the strings
Hear the notes, hear the notes.

After we sang the song, each child got the opportunity to touch the strings on a small, toy guitar, which leads me to the next helpful hint.

Bring an Object or a Book –Bring an object with you! It can be a toy or something real. For example, use a flower while looking at Monet or take a favorite train to the Transportation Hall at the American History Museum. If you are feeling ambitious, make a sensory bottle out of a small water bottle (hint: hot glue the top closed for safety). Sensory bottles can correspond to museum objects in countless ways. Take a look at our Pinterest page for some ideas.
Maybe you have one of those fun board books with touchable pages featuring different animal skins. Consider bringing something like that to the Mammal Hall at the Natural History Museum. Recently I visited the iconic Andy Warhol featuring Marilyn Monroe’s lips at the Hirshhorn and paired it with The Big-Wide Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga.
Follow Your Child’s Interest – Whether they are dinosaur fanatics or fascinated with the falling leaves, plan visits to museums where you can expand topics in which they are already interested. Most museums feature their collections on-line so it’s easy to find out what is on display before your visit.
Use your Imagination – Perhaps you are visiting Henry the Elephant at Natural History – get into character and pretend to feed him. I have made pretend jam with pictures, a pot and a wooden spoon at the American History Museum while looking at canning jars. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Timing – Museum visits do not have to last a whole day. The length of the visit should be appropriate for your child – you know when they are done. Bring a snack and take a break outside for some fresh air and exercise if you want the day to last a little longer. Consider the galleries like your local library. You should visit over and over to discover all that they have to offer.

3.Father and daughter walk over to the National Gallery together during one of our weekend workshops, providing a break before the museum visit.

Father and daughter walk over to the National Gallery together during one of our weekend workshops, providing a break before the museum visit.

PreK and Elementary
Using similar tactics with PreK and elementary children will work. But now that they are a little older you can begin to add additional components to enrich the experience.
Sketch – Most galleries allow you to bring pencils, so take a small book and do some careful looking. Encourage your child to interpret the artwork in their own way and not recreate exactly what they see. Otherwise, they can feel easily frustrated.

A quiet moment at the Hirshhorn while a child sketches.

A quiet moment at the Hirshhorn while a child sketches.

Write a Story – Behind every museum object is a good story. Make up your own narrative and then go home and research the real story. Let your child narrate the story to you or if they are ready, have them do the writing.
Conservation – Pose open-ended questions like: How do you think the man in the painting feels? or, I wonder what it felt like to live during this time. Or suggest theories about how something works or what something might have used for. Listen to your child’s answers and share your own thoughts. Notice how your perspectives might change during the course of the conversation. Be willing to admit when you don’t know something and look at it as an opportunity to search together for the answer.

Take It Home
Extend your museum visit to your home by posting photos you took of your visit. Think about how you might introduce content from the visit into their play and other daily activities. A day at the art museum can be followed by an afternoon playing with some paint. A visit to botanic gardens can be extended by providing little one some dirt, bucket and a shovel with which to play. A visit to an aquarium or zoo might offer chances for water play in a table or big Tupperware.

Infants spin paint in a salad spinner.

Infants spin paint in a salad spinner.

Cynthia Raso, Mother and Manager of Community Outreach at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Cynthia Raso teaching a PreK class at the Hirshhorn

Cynthia Raso teaching a PreK class at the Hirshhorn


Jul 30, 2015

Do you have a child that loves to sing? The Del Ray Kinderchoir is launching it’s 2015/16 season and registration for children in grades 1 – 4.kinderchoirlogo

The choir was founded in January 2015 by Del Ray residents Kay Sidahmed and Paula Thomas. They have fond memories of their first childhood choir experiences, which led to a life-long love of singing.

From January through May of this year the 21 young choristers rehearsed out of Kay’s home and had a lovely recital at The Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the end of May. They were proud to present what they had learned and performed selections in six different languages.

The choir provides an opportunity for children in grades 1- 4 to experience the joy of group singing in a non-competitive environment, while striving for musical excellence. Children will sing from the rich offerings of American and international folk music as well as from classical repertoire.

Rehearsals include vocal exercises, sight singing, general musicianship, choral language and discipline, singing and dancing games. The Del Ray Kinderchoir rehearses every Thursday, starting September 10, 2015 form 4:30pm-5:30pm at Del Ray United Methodist Church.

The choir will be performing at Del Ray’s beloved Art on the Avenue festival on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

For more information and registration please visit

Jun 17, 2015

Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp

Help Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavate a real archaeological site! Learn professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods. Uncover Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources.

Ages: 12 – 15.

July 20-24, 2014. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and a real archaeological site in Alexandria (to be announced)

$400 with available scholarships. A non-refundable deposit check of $100, payable to the City of Alexandria, is required upon receipt of application to secure your reservations. The balance of $300 is due by June 1, 2015.

ACDS Summer Camp

Come join Baroody Camps at our home base of Alexandria Country Day School this summer for a wide range of programs! We are offering our usual theme camps for rising K-rising 4th graders, many specialty camps for rising 4th-rising 6th graders, LEGO camps, a variety of sports camps, etc. Campers at the ACDS location will enjoy “water fun” once a week, and also have the option to participate in a swimming excursion at Chinquapin Rec Center once a week. This location also offers lunch for purchase. Come out and find what fits you! Purchase our summer pass for $2699 and get free before and aftercare for the entire summer!

Camps run starting the week of June 15th through August 17th. All camps are 9-3 unless otherwise noted. A complete listing, with pricing, hours, and registration information can be found at:

ACPS Band and Orchestra Camp

5th– 9th grade

July 20th – 24th, 9:00 – 1:00

At Francis P. Hammond Middle School  

ASA Summer Camps

The ASA Tots Soccer program is a unique opportunity to introduce your child to soccer. The program is designed specifically for our youngest players, ages 2 through 4 years old. The classes focus on developing motor and listening skills, introducing very basic ball skills through fun activities, and exposing participants to a group environment with other children of similar age. Our main goal is to provide a fun and comfortable environment for both the children and parents. No previous soccer experience is needed. Class sizes are also limited for quality control. In addition to the Summer, Tots classes are typically offered in 6-week intervals and are offered year-round.

Email Chris Arnold at to be added to our email distribution list

Price: $105 per six week session

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Welcome to the world of animal sheltering, animal care, and local wildlife! For 2015, the AWLA once again offers summer camp for area youth to learn about the animals that live in our homes and our backyards. Campers will participate in a variety of animal-themed games, activities, and discussions.

Rising 3rd through 8th grade students can register for sessions tailored for their age group and specific interest. Full day camp sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. half days are from 9:30 to 12:30. Each camp is a week long program.

Camp is filled on a first-come, first-served basis with no waitlist for full camps. Half day camps (open to 3rd and 4th graders) cost $150 and full day camps (open to5th ,6th ,7th ,and 8th graders) cost $300

Nine weeks of camp are being offered from June 22rd – Aug 21st

Arcadia Farm Camp

Age Range: 6-11 years old. Arcadia Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of their camp week and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2015.

$335 per week with scholarships available and discounts for early and multi-week, sibling, and family membership registration

Registration Opens: February 2, 2015

Early Bird Registration: sign up by February 23, 2015 (11:59pm EST)

Regular Registration: sign up between February 24 and June 1, 2015.

If you are registering prior to June 1, 2015, a $100 non-refundable, per child deposit is required at time of registration. All remaining balances on Registration fees are due on or before June 22, 2015.

Round trip Transportation is available from Old Town Alexandria for an additional fee of $100.

Each session has its own focused theme. The theme guides our educational activities and allows campers to explore these farm and food topics more in depth. Our themed activities will differ from previous years save the ones Farm Campers raved about. We keep it fresh, like our veggies!

  • Week 1, July 6-10: Young Farmers
  • Week 2, July 13-17: Farm Creatures
  • Week 3, July 20-24: Seasonal Eaters
  • Week 4, July 27-31: Small Chefs 1
  • Week 5, August 3-7: Small Chefs 2

Art Bound Studio

Art Bound Studio was created to provide art enrichment to children ages 6-12.  Our programs are designed to celebrate the joy of art exploration, while also focusing on the creative process and building skills.  Students have the opportunity to strengthen their drawing adeptness, experiment with various types of paint, pastels and clay, as well as try their hand at printmaking.  Each class has an art history component and draws inspiration from different cultures, famous artists and nature.

Art Bound Studio camps and classes are taught by Angela Lutzker who earned her M.A. from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and is a full-time art teacher at Charles Barrett Elementary in Alexandria, Virginia.  She has also taught after-school enrichment classes and summer camps in both Alexandria, Virginia and Arlington, Virginia..

Art Exploration – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Alexandria)

Session 7:  August 4-8  (9:15 a.m. –  3:15 p.m.)

Ages 6-11, $330

The Art League Summer Art Campart-camp-painting-2

The Art League’s popular weekly Summer Art Camp begins the week of June 22nd and runs through August 22nd In addition to our basic Art Camp, several media specific camps are offered throughout the summer. Camps are available for ages 5–15, with full day camps running from 9:30- 3:30 and half days either on a morning schedule of 9:30 – 12:00 or an afternoon schedule of 12:00-3:00. Price varies on camp length and age range, with most camps falling between $150 – $200 per session. The Art League also offers an extensive array of summer art classes, most 3 to 4 hours long, once per week.

A full catalog of offerings is available here:

Arts on the Horizon

The theater offers half-day, theater-based summer camps for 3-6 year olds right in Old Town at Downtown Baptist Church. The camps are divided into two age groups: Creative Drama for ages 3-5 and Beginning Acting for ages 5-6. Creative Drama is offered in weeklong sessions from June 22nd – August 3rd. Beginning Acting is offered the weeks of July 6th through August 3rd.

All camps run Monday–Friday, 9:30 am –12:30 pm and cost $170 per week.

Ballet In The Grass

Who:  For Boys and Girls Ages 4 – 8 years of age

When:  Session I    –  June 23rd – 27th,  (Ages  4 – 6 years)

Session II   –  July  7th – 11th,     (Ages  6 – 8 years)

Session II   –  July  14h – 18th,    (Ages  4 – 8 years)

Where:  Alexandria Bible Church , 1302 West Braddock Road,  Alex, Va  22302

Fee:  $194.00 per camp Week. NO registration fees.

Baroody Camps

At Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Rd.

June 16th – August 22nd

Come join Baroody Camps at our home base of Alexandria Country Day School this summer for a wide range of programs! We are offering our usual theme camps for rising K-rising 4th graders, many specialty camps for rising 4th-rising 6th graders, LEGO camps, academic enrichment camps, a variety of sports camps, etc. Come out and find what fits you!

Beverley Hills Church Preschool

BHCP Summer Camp is for children ages 21/2 to 5.  Children must be 2 by December 31, 2014. We have three classes and group children by age.

The weeklong camps, directed by our studio teacher, offer campers a summer experience closely aligned with BHCP’s Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Campers will enjoy BHCP’s unique natural playground and will have the opportunity to engage in a large variety of materials experiences in BHCP’s beautiful air-conditioned classrooms.

Camp runs Monday through Friday each week (with the exception of July 3rd, when camp will be closed). The youngest children will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 hour program). The two older classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (4 hour program) and campers bring their own lunch. Daily snack will be served to all campers and no parent co-oping is required.

The 2015 summer camp sessions are:

Session I Locomotion: Things That Go June 22 – July 2
Session II Animals July 6 – July 17
Session III Science July 20 – July 31

Camp Meeting Times

The younger children (ages approx. 21/2 – 31/2) meet Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The older children (ages 31/2 – 5) meet Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2015 BHCP Camp Tuition

Session I

Session II

Session III

3-Hour  $300*/$350  $335*/$385  $335*/$385
4-Hour  $395*/$455  $440*/$500  $440*/$500

*BHCP Families receive tuition discount for summer camp


  • Priority Registration for BHCP Families ends March 6, 2015.
  • Priority Registration for returning BHCP Camp families ends March 13, 2015.
  • All other applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bishop Ireton Summer Camps

Bishop Ireton offers campers the opportunity to participate in sports and the arts while developing individual and group skills and fostering a love of the activity. Each camp is conducted by a high school certified coach/director – with the help of student counselors -providing individual and small group instruction and constant supervision. Meals will be provided for full day camps at no extra cost by Sage Dining service. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt

Camps are offered for grades 1-12, running Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 3:00. Prices vary depending on age and activity with most camps coasting around $300 per week. An extensive list of offerings can be found:

Browne Summer Camp

Our coeducational Day Camp Program from June 15th– Aug. 7th is offered to children ages 3 – 13:

  • Mini Camp Full Day and Mini Camp Half Day for Preschool children
  • Junior Camp for children grades K – 4
  • Senior Camp for children grades 5 – 8

The Day Camp operates from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily (with Extended Day available), and includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of our campers, as well as challenge them.  We are confident that your child will enjoy the activities that we offer: daily swimming with certified lifeguards, art, sports, music, dance, technology, nature, drama and more.  Our staff members use an effective blend of gentle encouragement and support to help each and every child achieve his or her potential at their own level.  You will see your child’s increased self-confidence and pride – the best gifts that we can give our children! Specialty camps, private lessons, and a Teen program are also offered.

Morning care is available from 7-8 and aftercare from 4-6.

Prices vary and can be found at the following:

A full program catalogue is available here:

Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp

Burgundy’s Alexandria Summer Day Camp offers daily swimming, diverse activities, and special events on Burgundy’s 25 acres that include forest, field, pond, barn, amphitheater, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Camp programs include sports, science, performing arts, visual arts, and photography for campers aged three years and eight months through twelve. Rising eighth through tenth graders also may participate in Burgundy’s counselor-in-training program that provides experience for those interested in applying in subsequent years for a junior counselor position.

Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Morning Extended Day begins at 7:00 a.m., and afternoon Extended Day is available from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Bus transportation is also available.

Summer 2015 sessions begin the week of June 15th and run through August 7th.

Pricing is as follows:

The Senior Sessions (2 weeks long) are $1,565 each.

The Junior Session (1 week long) is $910.


15–August 8, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

During this two-week intensive, young actors dive head first into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Under the guidance of theatre professionals, participants unravel his plays with text analysis; transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement and improvisation work; wage battles against mortal enemies with stage combat; and develop fundamental acting skills using classical theatre techniques. To culminate each session, participants stage a performance for friends and family at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Age Groups

Poppets 7-8
Groundlings 9-11
Young Players 12-14
King’s Company 15-18

Further scheduling information is available here:

Advanced Camps, accepted by audition only, are also available during two sessions:
King’s Company June 29–July 18

New! Young Players July 20–August 8

Campagna Kids Summer Camp

Come explore with The Campagna Center’s Early Childhood Programs at the 2015 Summer Safari Day Camp.  Explore a different safari theme each week!

Ages 0 -5

Session I (June 29 – July 31, 2015)
Session II (August 3 – August 28, 2015)

George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301



This year’s Campagna Kids Summer Camp theme is “OPERATION EXPLORATION.”  Activities include field trips, swimming, museums and more.  Included with your child’s registration is breakfast, snacks and a t-shirt.  Lunch is not provided.  For a sample daily schedule of your child’s day, visit here.

Session I (June 29 – July 31, 2015)
Locations:  Maury Elementary School and Samuel Tucker Elementary School

Session II (August 3 – August 28, 2015)
Location:  To be determined (TBD)


Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm

The cost for summer camp is based on a sliding fee scale.

Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp

Summer Camp will return in July 2016. Please contact us if you would like to be added to next year’s mailing list.

Clio’s Kids introduces children to American history and life in historic Alexandria through artifacts, storytelling, singing and crafts, “old-fashioned” games, and visits to nearby historic places. Our theme for 2014 is “Alexandria: Then and Now.” We’ll learn about life in Alexandria – past and present!

Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

AGES: Children ages 5 – 7

WHEN: July 29, 30, & 31, 2014, 9 a.m. to noon (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

WHERE: The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

COST: The fee is $105 and includes snacks and souvenirs.

COST: Fee: $150

Challenger Sports British Soccer

Challenger British Soccer Camps provide players of all abilities with the rare opportunity to receive instruction from international experts. Each day includes foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a tournament. The staff also provides lessons in respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Register on-line 45 days prior to camp to receive a free ball & soccer jersey! Full Day campers will swim in the afternoons.

Alexandria Soccer, options for ages 3 – 18 as follows:

First Kicks • 3–4 year olds • 1 hour per day

Minisoccer • 4–6 year olds • 1.5 hours per day

Half Day Camp • 6–16 year olds • 3 hours per day

Full Day Camp • 10–18 year olds • 6 hours per day.

Golden Goal • 6–14 year olds • 2 hours per day • Monday–Thursday

Team Camps • All ages • 3 or 6 hours per day


Pricing and further information found on camp-by-camp basis here:

City of Alexandria Summer Campscamp2

Ages 2 – 18

Extensive offerings based on age, activity, and skill level—see the linked PDF for program-specific pricing, dates, and further information.

At City of Alexandria Summer Camps, a lifetime of rewarding memories awaits each child. Activities include swimming, team sports, crafts, environmental activities, games and field trips. Children are supervised in a friendly, safe environment. Counselors create an atmosphere of enthusiasm, support and trust – actively participating in all activities. Every day is an adventure!

Del Ray Artisans Art Camp

Del Ray Artisans invites young campers to spend a week creating art with professional artist instruction. All artist supplies, as well as lunch and snacks, are provided. There will also be a one-day only gallery show held on July 25th and August 1st to show off the students’ work from their week of camp.

Art Camp will be at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. The gallery is handicap accessible. For more information, contact the Art Camp Administrator at or the Director of Youth Programs at

For Ages: 8-14

WEEK ONE: July 20-25, 2015 from 9am-4pm daily
(with gallery show on Saturday, July 25, 1-3pm)

WEEK TWO: July 27-31, 2015 from 9am-4pm daily
(with gallery show on Saturday, August 1, 1-3pm)


Early Birdie (before June 1) – $275

Standard (after June 1) – $300

Scholarships available

Del Ray Performing Arts 2012 summer dramatic arts and music camps

The School for Rock Camp is an opportunity for those 7-16 to experience the many challenges of organizing and working in a  rock band. Students learn teamwork skills, choose songs, learn them,  record and perform a live performance at the end of the week for family and friends. A video and recording of the week’s performance and highlights will be given to each student.

Camps start the week of June 22nd  – Aug 21st

All camps run daily, 9-3 with half-days available during some sessions
Maximum of 5-kids per camp!

Tuition $475, $125 for half-day options

Fairfax Collegiate

This summer your child can have fun and learn! Since 1993, Fairfax Collegiate has provided students with challenging and engaging courses in writing, reading, math, science, public speaking, test prep, robotics, programming, digital arts, and filmmaking.

Courses in Alexandria are hosted through the Beth El Hebrew Congregation (3830 Seminary Rd. Alexandria, VA 22304)

Camps run June 29th – August 14th, 9:00 -1:00 daily in two-week sessions

An extensive listing of offerings and pricing information can be downloaded here:

 Fairfax County Parks and Recreation

There are tons of summer camps being offered to residents and non-residents of Fairfax County through their Parks and Recreation Dept. such as these great classes right here in Alexandria:

Interests include: Soccer, Nature, Animals, Art, Game Design, Film, Kayaking, Chess, Biking, Ice Skating, Swimming, Acting, Lego Engineering

Utilize their built-in search engine to find further information on specific camps, tailored to your child.

Fitzpatrick Hoops

This basketball camp for kids from 1st-8th grade will take place at Episcopal High School


Green Spring Gardens

Camps run from June 22nd – August 3rd

Ages 5 -11

Monday – Friday, with all camps starting at 9:00

End times vary, with most camps lasting half-days
Themes and pricing also vary per week but all camps take place in Green Spring Gardens Park
Camp-specific information can be found on the side bar of the website

Hank Harris Tennis Academy

Mini-camp: June 1-5 (half day only!)

Week 1:    June 8-12

Week 2:    June 15-19

Week 3:    June 22-26

Week 4:    July   6-10

Week 5:    July 13-17

Week 6:    July 20-24

Week 7:    July 27-31

(no camp week of July 4th)

The camp is being held at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, on 12 outdoor courts. In case of persistent rain we use the field house (3 courts) and the adjacent squash courts.

Full day sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided (a choice of warm or cold food is being served in the EHS dining hall).

Half day sessions (subject to availability) end at 11:30 am.


$415 per week for the full day session

$235 per week for the Half day session

Hilltop Golf Summer Camp

Hilltop Junior Camps and Programs focus on building better athletes in a fun, friendly and competitive environment. Our programs are designed to help young players develop the movement and golf skills they need to play for a lifetime. We emphasize solid fundamentals, rules, etiquette and on course play.

Junior Camps are open to boys and girls, ages 6 to 11. Players must be at least 6 years old by June 1 in order to participate in camps.

Tweener Camps are open to boys and girls, ages 12 to 15. Players must be at least 12 years old by June 1 in order to participate in camps.  Each camp is limited to 12 registrants.

The summer 2015 program runs from June 29th – August 10th.

Camps meets 9-12pm, Monday thru Thursday.

Cost: $230 per camper.  Camp Alumni: $215 before June 1st.

Early Bird: $215 before May 1st.  Multiple Camps/Kids: $215 all times.

Jane Franklin Dance

Mouse in House Summer Camp – Ages 5 – 7

Express yourself and find your passion in the performing arts with a daily schedule of theatre games, creative movement, dance technique, and visual arts and crafts projects. Students prepare a mini-performance about an unlikely friendship between mouse and reclusive poet Emily Dickinson inspired by the book by Elizabeth Spires, “The Mouse of Amherst.”  Come stretch your muscles, create visual arts & crafts,  and find a whole new way of moving while using your imagination.  By the end of the week you’ll be a star.

July 13 – 17
9 am – 3 pm

Fee: $300 – 5 days

Extended Day PM  3 pm – 5 pm  $100

Stop, Drop & Roll Summer Camp – Ages 7 – 9

Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork?  We’ll create a performance for family and friends and present on Friday. Stop, Drop & Roll energizes to create a dance theatre work that simulates competition.  The day includes dance, performance preparation, visual arts, literary arts and theatre games.

August 3 – 7
9 am – 3 pm
Fee: $300 – 5 days  

Language Stars

June 22 – August 30, 2015

Language Stars summer programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment allow children to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does. Enroll in a combination of camps and classes to maximize your child’s learning! Save money with our multi-program and pay in full discounts!

Classes offered in Spanish, French and Mandarin and Arabic. Camps are for kids from 3 to 8 years old and classes are offered for kids from 1 to 10 years old, offered in week-long and hourly formats. Further information can be found on their language-specific, pull-down tabs.

The Little Gym of Alexandria at Van Dorn

Forget the bug spray and the week-long commitment. Day camp for kids at The Little Gym of Alexandria at Van Dorn is as great as youʼd imagine. Held during vacation times when schoolʼs not in session, our Alexandria seasonal camps provide kids with giggle-filled relief from the winter doldrums or summer heat. The Little Gym camps combine physical activity and games with arts, crafts and special events. Each week offers an interactive learning theme and each day brings a different, creative lesson plan. Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign up for several weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time.

Daily camps for ages 3-8 yrs are offered from June 9th– August 29th. Fun Themes this year includes: The Search for Rainbow Castle, Gerty, the Good Mannered Gorilla, The Treasures of Magical Mountain, Green Beard’s Pirate Ship, The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party, The Neat Ninja League!,Cheerleading, The Race to Outer Space!

The Little Theater of Alexandria

In a nurturing environment with limited class sizes and experienced teachers, LTA has something for everyone. Our curriculum includes fun theatre games that help our students learn to think fast. Children expand their theatre vocabulary through the working process of putting on a show. Our musical theatre program features live accompaniment, dance instruction or creative movement, vocal instruction, auditioning processes, and advanced performance techniques. We encourage each child to “own” their experience from start to finish. Above all, each child is respected and valued as an individual and end the session with a sense of accomplish for a job well done.

Classes offered for children ages 3 years old- 12th grade, running from June 13th – August 31st
A 10-day flex pass is just $295 for members and $330 for nonmembers. You can also purchase camp days by the day

Weekly Camp Themes:

June 15th-19th: The Search for Rainbow Castle

June 22nd-26th: Mid-Summer Night’s Garden Party

June 29th- July 3rd: The Treasures of Magical Mountain

July 6th-10th: Green Beard’s Pirate Ship!

July 13th-17th: The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party

July 20th -24th: The Neat Ninja League!

July 27th -31st: Cheerleading!

August 3rd-7th: The Race to Outer Space!

August 10th-14th : The Secret Clue to the Baby Animal Zoo

August 17th-21st : Hawaiian Hide & Seek!

August 24th-28th: The Five Wonders of Foxhole

August 31st -September 4th: The Super Grown-Ups

Local Motion

Classes:Leaping boy
Creative movement class starts at age 2 (with a caregiver) and goes up to age 6. In this youngest class kids learn movement and parents take away concepts to use at home. This class also helps kids learn the structure and organization of being in a class. Local Motion Studio brings in multi-cultural music, incorporates props, collaboration and coordination into all of their movement classes.  The 5-6 year olds even begin to create choreography. Also as part of Yoga. Children will learn in a fun environment basic mindfulness, breathing, meditation and asana.
All of their summer classes are set up so that you can choose to attend for 8, 9 or 10 weeks. It’s all about flexibility for your summer schedule!

Camps offered this summer at Local Motion are week-long camps that are two hours in length each day and will enrich your child’s body and mind.
Yoga Camp incorporates storytelling, creative movement, games and crafts. This class is offered for children ages 5-7.
Dance Camp brings together exploration of movement and culminates in an original performance piece they will perform at the end of the week. This camp is for children going into grades 1st through 4th.
Theater Camp will be the final camp offered during the summer and it is also for children going into grades 1st through 4th. In theater camp children will work together in games, improvisational theater, playwriting and movement activities to help develop basic theater skills of vocal expression, storytelling and character creation.

Mad Science

In order to provide the best environment for our campers, our locations are small, with 10-40 campers per location. As such, we have dozens of locations through out the suburban DC area. Kids explore science topics in a hands-on, inquiry-based environment. Learn the science behind crystals, physics, environmental science and much more! Kids can become Jr. Forensic Scientists, build their own robots, or even launch rockets!

Varying themed-camps for 1st – 6th graders from June 15th – August 31st

Half-day camps: $190 per week

Full-day camps: $325 per week

Red Hot Robots Materials Fee: $20


Half-day camps:
Morning:  9AM-12PM
Afternoon: 1PM-4PM

Full-day camps: 9AM – 4PM

Extended care is available as follows:

AM Care:  8AM – 9AM    $50 per week

PM Care:  4PM – 6PM    $100 per week

AM and PM Care:           $125 per week

Camps locations alternate by week between Mt. Vernon Rec Center or All Saints Chuch
Further scheduling and theme information is available here:


MathTree makes math fun for children ages 6-15 at all levels through our summer camp programs, newsletter, and online math game, Apple-It.
Teachers trained by MathTree lead small groups and introduce math in new and exciting ways. Children often do not realize they are learning as math is delivered in small, interactive chunks. Our campers confidence grows as they successfully understand the “why” and “how” of math, and they gain a head start on new material they will learn during the upcoming school year.

Camps at the Alexandria campus (Burgundy Farm Country Day School) are offered July 13th- 24th with extended day available. $360 per week on a half-day schedule: 8:30 -11:30 or 12:00 – 3:00

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Camp is held at Heritage Presbyterian Church 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria VA 22308

One-Week Sessions : All Day Drama

Session 2 : July 20th – July 24th

9:00-5:00 : $365

Two-Week Sessions

AM Drama (9:30-12:30) : PM Music (1:00-4:00) : Before/After Care

AM – $350 : PM – $375 : Stay All Day! – $700

Session 1 : June 29th – July 10th

Session 3 : July 27th – August 7th

Session 4 : August 10th – August 21st

A Midsummer Night’s Teen Camp

One-Week Session

July 20th – 24th : 6:00-9:30pm : $200

Nova Parks Summer Camp

Extensive programing varies by location
Full schedule can be found at the following:

Silver Knights Chess

Our coaches are highly-rated professional chess instructors. We taught the 2008 national 1st & 2nd grade champions and the 2009 national kindergarten champion. Campers are divided by skill level and each receives a T-shirt and tournament-style chess set. Learn openings, tactics, endgames and study master games. Full-day campers have lunch and recess.

Charles Houston ReCenter 905 Wythe St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Ages 5 -13
Pricing: $325/$350
Further Information:

Summer Camp 1

July 6 – July 10

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Summer Camp 2

August 24 – August 28

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Summer Camp 3

August 31 – September 4

Time: 9AM – 4PM

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Schoolcamp3

Ages 3-18, June 15 – August 14th

Full and half-day options, meals not provided but extended day services available

A week-by-week schedule is available at the following:

More than 130 different sessions to create an exciting and fun summer for your camper.

Options include: All-Sports, Basketball, Boys of Summer Baseball, Civil War, Football, Junior Musical Theater, CSI Investigations, Eco-Adventures, Hunger Games, Junior Veterinarian, Lacrosse, Football.

In addition to always offering multiple sessions of our most popular camps, a wide variety of new specialty camps are offered each year. Your camper can see new sights in Washington, D.C., expand artistic horizons in an art or filmaking camp, learn about computer programming or jewelry making, challenge their abilities in one of our many sports camps, try their hand at flying a quadcopter, or participate in a variety of fun activities in our traditional Day Camp.

*Discount available for first-time campers

Summer Art Camp with Luisa Tio

Camps offered from June 29th – July 24th. Hosted at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Avenue, in Room 202.

Grades 1 -6.

$345 per session with aftercare available at additional charge

Summer 2015 themes are Architecture, World Art, Painting, and Modern Art with field trips revolving around the theme

Tiny Dancers

Ages 3 – 5

One week sessions: 6/12 – 8/28

10am -12:30pm


Themes vary per week.

Top Golf Junior Camps

TopGolf Summer Academy is an exciting program filled with all of the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette, your kids will learn everything they need to know about the game of golf. Each Academy is designed and taught by our Golf Teaching Professionals in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Summer Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each junior golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing.

1 Registration Per Child Includes:

  • Entry to the Academy
  • TopGolf Play and Golf Instruction
  • One T-shirt
  • Golf Glove
  • Water Bottle
  • Certification of Completion
  • Lunch

Academy start time is 9 a.m. Child drop off: 8:30-9 a.m., Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Child pick up: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Ages 6-12

June 16th through August 22nd

$199 per week

Washington Sailing Marina Summer Sailing Programs

For boys/girls ages rising 3rd graders – 15 years of age

Located in Alexandria, Va.- on the GW Parkway.

All camps run Mon-Fri 9:30am to 4pm-includes five 6 ½ hour sessions (32.5 hrs). All camps meet Rain or Shine.

Hands-on experience is the best way to learn to sail, so our emphasis is on learning by doing. Children will be sailing 90% of the time (weather permitting).

Oct 16, 2014

If you’re looking for a play group for your little one, the City of Alexandria has several low cost options!

ch soft playMount Vernon Rec Center, right here in Del Ray has Kids Rock Social Hour for ages 0-4 years on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. You can drop into the Rec. Center and sign up for only $25 per season and this session goes until Nov. 24th. The group meets in the large play room and encourages development through music, movement and play.

chinquapinThere are also drop in hours at Charles Houston Rec Center (CHRC) & Chinquapin Park Rec Center (CQRC) offer Soft Time Players Mon-Fri. This unstructured play for ages 0-5 years encourages motor skill development on three-dimensional soft play equipment. CHRC soft play is open from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. CQRC is open for soft play from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. M-Thur. and 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Both locations are $5 for 1/2 hour play for city residents.

IMG_3675Cora Kelly Rec Center (CKRC), CHRC and Nannie Lee Rec Center (NLRC) offer Lil Gymmies drop in play time for children 2-5 years old. The play sessions have toys, balls, hulla hoops, moon bounce inflatables and more. RKRC Lil Gymmies is on M-W from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CKRC is on Sat. from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. NLRC is on Thur. & Fri from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Play time is $5 per half hour for residents.




Nov 05, 2013

I see so many requests on the Alexandria List Servs for play groups so I thought I’d put together a list of groups that parents can participate in. I know one of the best things a friend did for me as a new mother was to pass along information about Inova Alexandria’s new mom’s group. This was such a fantastic resource and led to lasting friendships with other first time mothers. There are so many types of groups for all kinds of different parents and kids. Please feel free to share other groups that I may have missed!

First Baptist Church of Alexandria MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and exists to encourage, equip, and help women become the best moms that they can be! Women who are pregnant or have young children (birth through kindergarten) are all invited to join MOPS.

A typical MOPS meeting includes a time of sharing food and conversation followed by a presentation of information relevant to mothers raising preschoolers. The group covers subjects such as childrearing, marriage, relationships, cooking, and homemaking from a Biblical perspective. Sometimes we complete an easy creative activity to be brought home. At each meeting, there is time for small discussion groups to interact, thus allowing time for deepening friendships and individual growth.

Children are cared for during MOPS meetings in a parallel program called MOPPETS, available to children 5 years old and younger.

There is a registration fee per semester of $75 with childcare and $55 without. The cost includes registration with MOPS International, childcare, plus crafts and speakers. Scholarships and/or discounts may be available depending on your level of involvement.

Downtown Baptist Church MOPS

Downtown Baptist Church MOPS group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. You can register online by click here. If you need more info contact the church office. MOPS Membership Fee – $40.00

Fairlington Moms Club

Members and their children participate in fun activities, service projects, Parent’s Night Out, meetings with interesting speakers and discussions, and groups such as our walking, dinner, and book clubs. Our weekly age-specific playgroups start as young as birth and go up to 3+ years old. Playgroups are wonderful for kids, but they also offer parents a chance to find support and friendship. They host a variety of activities for children, including outings to local nature centers and parks, ice cream shops, the children’s library, and more. We also host larger quarterly parties, such as our popular summer picnic and Halloween party. The whole family is encouraged to attend! To give an opportunity for parents to get out of the house, we also get together for Parent’s Night Out about once a month, such as our holiday cookie exchange, game and movie nights, and our book and dinner clubs. They host speakers to present on topics of interest to parents including separation anxiety, nutrition, early childhood literacy, positive discipline, and even wardrobe styling for busy moms.

Parents and parents-to-be are welcome to join us for general meetings which are held the second Wednesday of every month at 4pm at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St). Children are always welcome.

Alexandria Moms and Play Group

This is a Yahoo group which is a group of women with children of all ages who like to chat and have fun. Our members live in both Alexandria City and Alexandria, Fairfax County. This includes Del Ray, Old Town, Mt. Vernon, Franconia, and beyond. We do not have member requirements or fees, so our group fits into the flexibility needed for most family lives. The purpose of the group is to make friends and get together for various activities and playgroups. We do not allow advertising or for-sale posts. If you are interested in joining this group, please click Join and fill out a brief survey.

Joy Troupe’s Little Lambs Playgroup

This group is for Alexandria, Landmark, Kingstowne Moms & Kids. Are you looking for an active playgroup? This all-ages play group hosts Alexandria area activities every week!

If it’s fun and it happens around Alexandria, Franconia, Landmark, and Kingstowne, we are up for it! Park days, story times, indoor play, and more. Join now to get in on the fun!

Stroller Strides

Meets at Ladmark Mall and Nannie Lee Center. Stroller Strides® is the country’s largest stroller fitness program for moms offering pre and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood.

Mother’s Play Group

Infant to 4 years old – Meets at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am. Parents and children interact with others through play and activities. Ideal for the development of socialization skills. Free to City residents only.

Baby Talk Moms (Alexandria New & Expecting Moms)

Baby Talk Moms is a community of new moms who are in the same stage in life as you. We understand just how difficult it is to be a new mom! You probably feel as though you are on unfamiliar ground, motherhood may not be what you had expected, you’re tired (really, really, TIRED!), and nobody understands exactly what you are going through! We’re here to help! Think of us as your “Mommy Consultants,” we provide you with the tools you need to connect with other new moms who really understand you; visit our blog to read about real first-hand experiences from new moms, take a look at our public forum to view hot parenting topics or join one of our mommy groups to meet one-on-one with other new moms! Want to learn more? Keep reading!

Inova Alexandria Hospital New Moms Group

Drop in to the New Moms Group when you are ready to meet new friends and talk about the challenges and joys of being a new mom. There is an experienced maternal-infant health educator facilitating the informal discussion.There is no fee for participating in the group. Babies are welcome!

The group meets on Tuesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Inova Alexandria

There are tons of Meetup groups that are being formed daily. Here are a few of the popular groups:

Alexandria Moms and Playgroup

We are Alexandria Moms whose children are between birth and four years old who are looking to make friends with other moms and find great playgroups and activites for our kids. Our events are member generated and hosted. The more active you are – the more successful we will be as a group! $5 dues

Del Ray & Old Town Parents Activity Group

Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you want to stay home all the time! This group welcomes parents in the Del Ray (and surrounding) neighborhoods who are looking to meet other couples with young children. We will plan dinners outdoors and at family friendly (but not lame!) restaurants, park and picnic playdates, museums, ice cream nights as well as some wine nights 🙂

Mocha Moms of Alexandria, VA

Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. While many of our members have eliminated employment altogether, others work part-time, flex-time, night shifts, have home-based businesses, consult or freelance from home or have chosen alternative, less demanding career paths so that they are more available to their families. Our goal is to support the decisions made by our members. We will never pass judgment on mothers who choose to make or are forced to make different decisions for their families.

New Members: are allowed to attend 3 Mocha Moms events, before joining our chapter. Cost $40.

Alexandria Natural Mamas

We are a group branching off from the Natural Mamas in Silver Spring Working Together Communally group, to create a similar community here in Alexandria. Right now, we are in the formation stage and will be planning a meetup for discussion and intention-setting. As a starting point, here is a relevant excerpt from the Silver Spring group’s description:

“This is for moms and dads who feel they and their child are missing out on something by being alone most of the time, and want more than just the weekly playgroup, mom’s group, or tot class. By “working together”, I mean living your life doing meaningful work with other mothers, and your child being a part of it….rather than you and your child being alone on a regular basis. This communal setting is normal in many countries, but here in the U.S., in our modernized society, being a stay-at-home mom can be isolating. No wonder mothers get the baby blues, especially when you’re in the suburbs and no one’s around in the day.”

If this speaks to you, I hope you will join us in building a community to make it happen!

Alexandria Mature Moms

This group was started because although there are a lot of great groups, there wasn’t one for “mature moms”. Moms in their 30s, and older with newborns and infants. I am 33 and have one young child. When the original organizer stepped down, I stepped up because I wanted to make sure that the group for mommies like me would still be around. Hopefully there will be an interest 🙂

Donations are appreciated. While Meetup is free for members, it charges about $15 a month for organizers to have a page. This page costs the organizer a minimum of $12 a month ($19/month, if it is not prepaid for 6 months)

Alexandria Moms and Tots (2010 and beyond)

This is a group of women and babies who are eager to meet people and make new friends! Our babies range from newborns to toddlers and our moms are in their 30’s and beyond. Many of us have more than one child, so we try to schedule events that kids of all ages will enjoy. We look forward to meeting you in and around Alexandria!


Mamistad was born to bring first-time pregnant women together to share the struggles, joys and beauty of motherhood. In Spanish, Mami means (and is pronounced like) “mommy” and Amistad (say “ah-me-stahd”) means friendship. Note that this is not a group for Spanish-speaking Mamis only! I just thought it was a catchy name. ;0)

Joining Mamistad is free and we are a large network of Mamis with lots of great info and support to offer. There is currently a one-time membership fee of $35 if I am able to place you in a private (numbered) group of Mamis due within 3-4 (usually 3) months of your own due date. See “About Us” to learn more.

I do my best to place FIRST TIME Pregnant Mamis in groups with others who are due near their due date (within 3 months-occasionally 4), who live in their general area and who will be staying at home or returning to the workplace as they will. As I am limited by the due dates, locations and work plans of the Mamis who join Mamistad, I cannot promise everyone a group that is a perfect match. Women in the general Arlington area have a better chance of being placed with Mamis near them. This process can take a while and I thank you for understanding that I do the best I can to help first-time pregnant Mamis find support and friendship during this amazing time!

Single Parents in Alexandria

We are a network of fellow single parents for fun and support within Alexandria (including Alexandria City and the “Alexandria” in Fairfax County). The purpose of the group is to meet others in similar situations and be an outlet for fun and support.

We get together for adult+kids events and adult only events. Whatever it is, it’ll be fun, easy, and simple. Our lives are complicated enough so we try to keep everything as simple as possible. 🙂

The only requirement is that you’re a single parent, with children (under 18) and that you’d like to meet other single parents who have children living at home. Ideally, you live in Alexandria as well so you don’t have to schlep your kids across town.

Our kids range in ages from 9 months to 19. We try to plan a variety of events that include a wide variety of ages — playground trips, batting cages, local band concerts and more.

Working moms of Beacon Hill/Belle View/Alexandria

This Meetup group is for working moms of young children. All activities are on weekends, usually on Saturday mornings, to accommodate a variety of work schedules. Ages of our children range from 0-7, with most moms having at least one child 3 or younger. Members can live any where, but activities tend to be scheduled in the Fort Hunt and/or Old Town Alexandria area.

The goal is to get us all out of the house for some low key fun, while giving us the opportunity to hear about what everyone else is doing in the realm of school, extracurricular offerings, etc. Anyone can suggest a meet up – so feel free to add one to the calendar and see who is available. As the weather warms up, we’ll be doing more meetups in the park or available back yards. Cost is $12 annually

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