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Feb 28, 2017

2017 Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 2, 2012
starting at 12:30 p.m. in Old Town

Federal, state, and local elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities will participate in the Alexandria parade. Local scouts, marines and high school bands will also be represented.

Local organizations are going all out this year to make this years parade tons of fun for all!

A Fun Dog show will precede the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Market Square. They will award prizes for fun categories such as Dog with Best Tail Wag, Dog with Most Unusual Markings, Dog/Owner with Most Similar Hair, Dog with Most Unusual Tail & Dog with Best Irish Costume

Feb 06, 2017

Dental Excellence opened in December at Del Ray Towers located at 3116 Mt Vernon Ave. and I was happy to have the opportunity to see their office and meet with Dr. Sheri Salartash. Neighbors are invited to stop in to meet the staff and get a tour. Dr. Salartash is an experienced dentist that wanted to open her practice in a progressive neighborhood that would embrace her desire to practice holistic dentistry. The office provides comprehensive dental care such as ortodontics, cosmetic dentistry, soft tissue laser, implants, whitening along with preventative care. Dental Excellence offers treatment for children as young as newborn that are tongue tied who may be experiencing problems feeding.  Dental treatment begins for children as young as two. Dr Salartash notes that screenings for traditional & physiological orthodontics screens should start early since between the ages of 2-6 years is a critical age. For orthodontics, Dr Salrtash notes that the best results happen before the age of 12.

Dr Salartash focuses on patient education and wants patients to understand and work as part of the team to create a treatment plan. There are numerous things that set this dentist office apart. I was impressed with the massaging chairs, parafin wax treatment, heated blankets, digital x-rays (that are low dose), mercury free dentistry, advanced water filter system and use of NU Calm instead of nitrus. Bonus points go out to this office for having changing stations in the restrooms! Dr Salartash is a new mom herself and dedicated to providing a full range of services to make your child and your experience positive.

The office sees patients on Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Saturday and they work will all major PPOs. They also offer yearly membership rates that include 6 month cleanings and discounts on treatments for those that do not have dental insurance. Be sure to check them out soon!

Aug 18, 2016

If you’re like me and my family, you’re probably under-utilizing the city’s recreation centers. I thought it was worthwhile to check out a few of the centers closest to us in Del Ray. My first stop was at Charles Houston Recreation Center, so here is my “review” on the city’s newest recreation center.

Charles Houston Recreation Center

901 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Mon-Fri 9 am to 9 pm
Teens only 9 -11 pm

Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Teens only 6 – 11 pm

Sun 1 to 5 pm

Fitness center
The fitness center and weight room are open when the center is open. Daily Visit is $5 for residents or $10 for non- residents. 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for discounted rates. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed in the fitness center. 15 -17 must be accompanied by a paying adult and show photo school ID. Seniors 55+ get and additional discount.


The gym is always a big hit with my oldest child and my husband. The gym is not available to rent but is frequently usually open for free play. Be sure to call ahead to check on the daily schedule though.



The pool features zero entry slopes to a mere 3′, a perfect set up for little ones. The pool offers daily rates and season passes that are very affordable. Parents are welcome to accompany their children though. There are two short lap lanes at 4′ depth. There are several bubbler and spray fountains for little ones to play in along with a “waterfall”

There are several small clean bathrooms at the pool area that are family friendly. There are no concessions available and food and drinks are not allowed in the pool area, however they encourage you to step outside of the fenced-in pool area to enjoy snacks and lunch in the grass.

The pool usually doesn’t have a crowd so it’s a perfect spot to take little ones.

Soft Play Room

The soft play room is a mini version of the soft play room we all love at Chinquapin Rec. Center. This soft play room is perfect for the smaller ones that may get run over by the older kids at Chinquapin. There’s wall to wall mats with colorful climbing structures limited in height to one foot. A small ball pit is in the room along with games, toys and wee ones seats.

Soft Play is open for ages 0-5 with adult.  This unstructured drop–in playgroup encourages motor skill development on three-dimensional mats. An adult must accompany each child/family. Socks are required for all. Please call ahead for availability as there is a max of 16. Admission Fee: $5 Residents/$10 Non Residents (Chaperones are free)

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. to 5 pm

This room can be rented for birthday parties! This is the space I’d dreamed of for my daughter’s first birthday.

Game Room

The game room facility offers a pool table, ping pong table, Foosball and air hockey table, all for free use by city residents. This seems like a perfect hang out for rainy days and older, competitive kids.

The outdoor playground features a soft surface and is completely enclosed. The only entry to this playground is through a door from the Rec. Center. The play system has a slide, climbing structures and monkey bars.

A number of programs are offered at the facility through the Alexandria Recreation Department. You can view the Program Guide to see all the classes and times. Classes for children include swimming, Little Gymmies, Abrakadoodle Doodlers, Music Together, Tiny Dancers, youth chess, gymnastics and mom & me yoga.

The facility offers after care for school age children. The aftercare program uses the facility on Mon. – Fri. from 2:30 pm – 6 pm. (Please note that during these hours, after care children will be present throughout the  center, in other areas mentioned above.)

The Advisory Board has created this helpful website that covers general information, fees, programs and activities.

Be sure to check out this Alexandria gem!

Feb 09, 2016

Monday, February 15th from 1-3 p.m. is the George Washington Birthday Parade. This parade in Old Town Alexandria is “The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!” The parade dates back to at least 1923 and features bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups, and special performances.

The 1-mile parade route begins at the intersection of Gibbon & S. Fairfax Streets and ends at Wilkes & S. Royal Streets.

GW Parade Route 2015The parade features military, fire, police, EMS, historical reenactment groups (from the 18th to the 20th century), performance groups, bands, youth, equestrian and other animal units and civic groups.

Also enjoy free admission to these sites on Parade Day in honor of the birthday of George Washington:

Oct 27, 2015

I had the pleasure of sitting down to meet with Cathy Canfield recently from Counseling of Alexandria to discuss her practice located in Old Town Alexandria. Cathy has been in her new space at 709 Pendleton St. for a year and a half now and I loved that the space really feels warm and inviting. ca office pics

Cathy’s practice specializes in working with children and also sees adult patients suffering from anxiety and trauma. Cathy uses play therapy and EMDR in her practice with children. She has expanded the practice and has brought in Jackie Sargent who provides art therapy.

I asked Cathy if she could answer some common questions that she gets from parents when they are considering having their child see a counselor.

How do I know my child needs counseling?
I get this question a lot, whether I’m chatting with friends or talking on the phone with a parent interested in services. I hope you keep these tips in the back of your mind in case the need ever arises. Below are some questions to ask yourself or talk to a professional about.
Have their been any significant changes in your child’s life (i.e. divorce, moving, new sibling, loss of someone close, natural disaster)?
Has your child’s moods or behaviors changed drastically for a couple of months-they just don’t seem like themselves?
Do they say things about themselves such as “no one likes me, I hate myself, I’m stupid” that indicate a low level of confidence?
Are they suddenly not interested in activities they used to enjoy? Are their grades at school in decline?
Is your child unable to fall asleep and stay asleep at night?
Do they have fears that don’t seem to make sense?
My child is not old enough for counseling, right?
Counseling for children looks a lot different that what we imagine for adults. I have personally worked with children as young as 3. Some therapists have training working with infants and toddlers. When working with a child this young, you absolutely want someone with specific training in child development and play therapy. Children express their needs and feelings through play, which is why play therapy is essential for young children. They don’t have to talk about what is wrong to feel better. Your child can heal without even knowing what is wrong. Don’t wait for your child to be the right age to talk about it.
The other great thing about children is the sooner, the better. I often see children that parents have waited and hoped for their child to grow out of something, only to find that 3, 5, even 7 years down the road the problem hasn’t been resolved. Kids change quickly and heal at sometimes astonishing rates.
I don’t like the idea of a counselor confronting my child on their issues for years, they’re too young and vulnerable for that. Won’t they be more damaged by going to a counselor?
Counselors trained specifically in working with children will not use this approach with children. Actually, many counselors that work with adults do not use this type of approach with a client. Play therapy is great because while children have an awareness as to why they are coming to see a counselor, the healing process is often painless and even fun. Another option is parent coaching and training. With this option, a child may never enter the counselor’s office. Also, most of the time counseling with children is short-term (4-6 months) because they adapt and change at a more rapid pace that adults often do.
I don’t want to take my child out of school to get to an appointment. Won’t they be behind at school?
Another real challenge is scheduling. It can be a stress getting the kids to school, their after school activities, doing homework and feeding your children. I’ve been there! Counselors that work with children get this. We often work before and after school and sometimes on weekends to accommodate busy schedules. If possible, some counselors will also come to schools or homes for sessions.
I am really against medicating my child. Won’t that be the first thing a counselor wants to do?
I often clarify that counselors and psychotherapists (which are fairly interchangeable terms) do not have the ability to prescribe medications. Only medically trained professionals, such as psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are legal able to prescribe medications. As far as recommendations, I will refer someone for a medication assessment as a last resort. Most of the children in our practice are not prescribed psychotropic medications and some children are able to stop taking medication they were previously prescribed after participating in counseling.
I’m still not sure about this. I think my child will grow out of their issues anyway. How do I know this is anything serious?
Children will often go through phases and can grow out of issues, but that’s now always the case. Often, in a short period of time with the support of counseling, children “grow out” of something much sooner than they would without. Psychotherapists (myself included) are in this field to help others and to help you decide if your child needs counseling. We are happy to offer free consultations, answer any questions you have and help point you in the right direction. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you are curious about the potential benefits of counseling for your child.

Sep 14, 2015

The Alexandria YMCA has a long history of serving local family. This past year they took another step forward and began offering daycare services. The YMCA has had a relationship for many years First Assembly of God, Alexandria at 700 West Braddock Road offering summer camps at their location. The preschool is located on the lower level of the facility. YMCA Camps are offered on upper levels of the facility. The YMCA Academy offers preschool for children 18 months through pre-K. They currently offer three classrooms with a low ratio of students to teachers.IMG_6856

The Academy’s goal is to provide a pre-school program designed to stimulate the natural curiosity of our kids. Through hands on fun learning activities, the Academy aims to lay the foundation for the future so that children grow to be caring, respectful, honest and responsible lifelong learners. IMG_6851The classrooms are large, spacious and colorful. Every quarter, the Academy offers either a parent lunch or special activity for the children. Children have the opportunity to take swim lessons and ballet lessons through the YMCA programming as a part of the program.

IMG_6852Access into the Academy is monitored via key code. Daily activity logs are given to parents and important information is communicated via email. Children have lots of outdoor space on First Assembly’s large lawns, a new outdoor leaning space is being designed that is set to officially open in October of this year and they have use of a large indoor space to play in the church during inclement weather. Hours of the Academy is from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided as part of student tuitions.IMG_6857
New for this school year the academy has expanded its age groupings from 6 weeks to preschool.

Be sure to check out the YMCA Academy. Call 703-838-8085 to get further information or contact Paloma Jimenez at Paloma.Jimenez@ymcadc.org

Sep 03, 2015

ChildSpaceAdIt’s the time of year for many families to start thinking about preschool options.  We’ve updated our list of preschools and daycare facilities in Alexandria. Happy hunting and good luck!

Abracadabra Child Care & Development Center
6 West Masonic View
Director: Michele Lamberson
Phone Number: (703) 548-7796
Age Range: 2-5
School Times: 7:30 a.m. -6 p.m.
Registration: The enrollment process begins with an arranged time to meet the Director and visit the school. Afterward, parents may complete and return the Center’s waiting list form with a non-refundable $50.00 fee to be added to waiting list. Registration begins in March for the following September.

Aldersgate Day School
1301 Collingwood Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22308
Director: Patty Spitnale
Phone Number: 703/768-8351
Age Range: weekday, half-day ministry for children 3 years old to pre-K
At Aldersgate Day School, your children are (almost) as important to us as they are to you; that’s why we provide a safe, loving, Christian environment for your children.
Jesus also said that for anyone to understand his Kingdom they’ll first have to become like little children; that’s why at Aldersgate Day School, we’re committed not only to teaching your children, we’re committed to treating them as though we have something to learn from them as well. Our Day School Director, Patty Spitnale, is dedicated to providing families a safe, educational and loving environment where our talented team of teachers can guide your children in building their minds, building friendships and building character.

Agudas Achim Preschool
2908 Valley Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Deborah Tureck
Phone Number: 703.998.6072
Age Range: 2 – 5 (Pre-K) years old
School Times: 9:00-1:00
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Priority registration for congregants and current families—General Registration starting February 2nd
Special Needs: Acceptance is on a case-by case basis.
Other Information: $40 registration fee is applied to first month’s tuition for returning families. Agudas Achim Preschool is open to families of all faiths.

Alexandria Academy of Fine Arts & Science (Little One Academy)
311 N. Washington St.
Alexandria 22314
Director: Rachel Lessard
Phone Number: 703-836-6664
Age Range: 18 months-13 years
Extended Care: No
Coop: Co-op/parent helper and assistant training available
Registration: Applications accepted on rolling basis. Families are encouraged to visit Open Houses or make an appointment to tour the atrium and to learn more about the program. A wait list is established once a session is full.

Alexandria City Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education Services
Preschoolers Learning Together Program – (PLT Program)

Jefferson-Houston: Caitlyn Schnure or via e-mail to caitlyn.schnure@acps.k12.va.us
Charles Barrett: Heather Morgan or via e-mail to
John Adams: Andrea Handel or via e-mail to
Jane Richardson
Phone Number: 703-578-8217
Age Range: 3 yrs – 5 yrs
School Times: Monday – Friday 8am-11am or 11:20am – 2:35pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates: Please call Jane Richardson to schedule a meeting
Registration: Due in April and May
Other Information: Preschool classes follow the standard ACPS school calendar. A limited
number of slots are available for each session at Jefferson Houston, Charles Barrett, and John Adams Elementary Schools for the 2012-13 school year. The program is open to children of Alexandria City residents.

All Saints Episcopal Church Sharon Chapel Montessori Atrium
3421 Franconia Road
Alexandria 22310
Director: Davette Himes
Phone Number: 703-960-4808
Age Range: Toddler/Pre-K 18-36 months
Extended Care: No
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Thursdays 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Coop: Co-op/parent helper and assistant training available
Registration: Children can join the group at any time if slots become available. (Six children per group, additional sessions may be added from wait list)

American Day School
917 Princess Street
Alexandria 22314
Director: Pilar Mackay
Phone Number: 703-837-0237
Age Range: 16 mo – 5 years
School Times: 7AM – 6PM
Extended Care: Y
Open House Dates: 40555
Registration: $100 non-refundable fee
Other Information: Additional locations

Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool (AUCP)
444 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
Director: Susan Parker
Phone Number: 703.527.2638
Age Range: 4 months (6 weeks if an older sibling attends AUCP) to 5 years old.
School Times: 9:30-12:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Open House Dates: Sat., Feb. 4, 2012

Aquinas Montessori School, is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Oct 16, 7-8 pm at their Mt. Vernon campus (8334 Mount Vernon Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309).It’s a great school with long traditions; this year marks its 50th anniversary! The school offers a primary program for 3-6 year olds, and, for those who fall in love with the Montessori method and would like to continue, an elementary program for 6-12 year olds.

Beverley Hills Church Preschool
3512 Old Dominion Blvd.
Alexandria 22305
Director: Margaret Moran
Phone Number: (703) 549-7441
Age Range: 2 1/2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9:00-12:15
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Applicants pick up registration packets at the open house and school tours. Students are admitted according to a lottery system drawn from completed applications (including application fees). Priority is given to church members, siblings of current students, alumni children and children of staff.

Blessed Sacrament School
1417 West Braddock Road
Principal: Valerie Garcia
Phone Number: (703) 998-4170 (26)
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
School Times: Varies
For children of registered parishioners, offers for available spots will be made on or about March 2, 2015. Commitment/Registration fees must be received no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2015, after which available spots will be offered to wait-listed applicants.

Blue Bird of Alexandria
346 Commerce Street
Director: Susan Pnevmatikatos
Phone Number: 703.683.2701
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: No fee for registration. $100 fee to secure a spot.

Brentwood Academy
3725 Nalls Road
Director: Susan Pnevmatikatos
Phone Number: 703.780.5750
Age Range: 6 weeks through second grade
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: No fee for registration. $100 fee to secure a spot.

Bright Start Learning Center
4920 Brenman Park Drive
Director: Jennifer Bush
(703) 370-8414
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
Registration: $100 fee

Browne Academy
5917 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria 22310
Director: Steve Salvo
Phone Number: 571-451-1001
Age Range: age 3 – grade 8
School Times: 8:15 – 12:30/3:15
Extended Care: Yes
Other Information: 7am – 6pm extended day coverage; summer camp

Burgundy Farm Country Day School
3700 Burgundy Road
Alexandria 22303
Director: Jeff Sindler, Head of School
Phone Number: 703-329-6968
Age Range: Pre-K-8th grade
School Times: 8:00-6:00
Extended Care: Yes
Coop: Pre-K & K are co-op, Parent involvement- all grades
Open House Dates:
Registration: Registration: $75 application fee, call or email to request information packet.
Special needs: Limited. Call the Director of Admission to discuss.
Other Information: (Accredited by AISGW, VAIS, and NAIS.)

Butterfly House
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Director: Kerry Hual
Phone Number: (703) 461-1786
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Enrollment: Priority is given to VTS students and employees as well as to Episcopal High School employees. Admission to VTS does not result in automatic admission to TBH. Admission is determined by early June each year.

Campagna Center – Alexandria Head Start
418 S. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: (703) 549 0111
Age Range: 3 to 5 years
School Times: 8: 30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Serves 309 preschool children with registration fairs held in mid-March every year. All low-income families and families of children with special needs in Alexandria are invited to register. Families are ranked based on income and needs, and eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year. For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org

The Child and Family Network Centers
3700 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone Number: 703-836-0214
Age Range: 3 to 5 years
School Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: CFNC is a non-profit that grants acceptance on need-based applications. Please contact Vanessa Martinez at 703-836-0214 for further information.

Children’s International School
25 S. Quaker Ln
Alexandria 22314
Director: Saskia Swider
Phone Number: 703-751-7266
Age Range: 2.5 to 9 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates:
Registration: Applications found on our website. Open enrollment. $75 non-refundable application fee.

ChildSpace Learning Center
2721 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Director: Valentina Kizchanka
Phone Number: 571.429.3082
Age Range: Preschool Program: 3 – 5, Enrichment Classes: 2.5 – 12.
School Times:
Weekdays: Full-day 8:00 – 3:00; Half-day 9:00 – 12:00; AfterCare 3:00 – 6:00
Saturdays: Kids Club 9:00 – 1:00
Extended Care: 3:00 – 6:00
Registration: Full-day/Half-day Preschool Programs – one-time enrollment fee – $150, Saturdays/AfterCare -one-time enrollment fee- $50.

Church of Saint Clement
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone Number: 703-998-8795
Age Range: 2.5 to 5 years
School Times: 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Mid-January with registration for new students beginning in early February
Registration: Children must be at least 30 months old by September. Parents are invited to tour the school and/or attend the open house in mid-January. Tours are scheduled M/T/Th from 9:30 to 11:15, and W from 10:00 to 11:15. Please call the school office (703-998-8795) to schedule an appointment.

Creative Play School I
845 N. Howard St.
Alexandria 223014
Director: Kimberly Littleton
Phone Number: 703-751-3388
Age Range: 16 months-6 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Call for a tour
Registration: $50 fee

Creative Play School II
100 E. Windsor Ave.
Alexandria 22301
Director: Kris Solberg
Phone Number: 703-836-7090
Age Range: 2-5 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Call for a tour
Registration: $50 fee

Creative World Learning Centre – Landmark
241 South Reynolds Street
Phone Number: (703) 212-2024
Age Range: 6 WEEKS-12 YEARS
School Times: 6:30am – 6:00 pm
Director: Tari Kudi
Registration: $80 registration fee

Del Ray Montessori School
100 East Windsor Avenue
Alexandria 22301
Director: Sarah Fondriest
Phone Number: 703-980-9409
Age Range: 2.5 to 9 years
School Times: 8:15  with a 1 p.m. and 3:10 dismissal option
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates:
Registration: Applications found on our website. Open enrollment. $75 non-refundable application fee.

Discovery Time Learning Center
1509 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone Number: 703-930-9043
Age Range: 6 weeks to Pre-K (4 ½ years old)
School Times: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Tours scheduled weekly online and on personal basis when necessary. Please email DiscoveryTime@DiscoveryTimeLearning.com for further information.

Emmanuel Preschool
1608 Russell Road
Alexandria 22301
Director: Jeanna Reidy
Phone Number: 703-683-0303
Email: director@epsonhigh.org
Age Range: 2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9:00-12:30
After School Enrichment Options available
Open House Dates: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 9:30am
Registration: Lottery held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Families notified by Thursday, February 5, 2015
Special Needs: No

Engelside Baptist Church
Engleside Christian School
8428 Highland Lane
Alexandria 22301
Keith Paddock (kpaddock@ebcecs.com)
Phone Number: 703- 780-5410
Age Range:
3 years old and up
School Times: 8:00 am to 3:25 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Accepting applications starting a year in advance for the following school year, $25 application fee to secure an academic consultation


Fairlington Preschool
3900 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Carol Keller
Phone Number: 703.671.3939
Age Range: 2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: Stay and Play until 1:30
Open House Dates: Friday, January 27, 2012
Registration: Application form and fee of $45, accepted after the January 23 Open House.
Special Needs: Yes
Other Information: preschool@fairlingtonumc.org for more information

First Baptist Church Weekday Preschool Ministry
2932 King Street
Alexandria 22302
Directors: Teri Stewart and Eileen Lane
Phone Number: (703) 684-3733
Age Range: 1-5 years old
School Times: 10:00-2:00pm
Extended Care: No
Open House Dates: Individual Tours scheduled by appointment
Registration: Online or Contact the Preschool Office
Special Needs: No

Flagstone School
721 N. Columbus Street
Director: Donnette Williams
Phone Number: (703) 683-7114
Age Range: 2 month- 5 years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $125 registration $25, further info available at: info@flagstoneschool.com

Fort Hunt Preschool
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria 22307
Director: Nancy Renner
Phone Number: 703-768-7584
Age Range: 2.5-5
School Times: 9:15am – 12pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Open Enrollment begins February 4, 2011 by mail and runs through February 17th. Students are admitted according to a lottery system drawn from completed applications (including application fees). Priority is given to MVUC members, siblings of current students, alumni children and children of staff. There is a $50 application fee/per student at the time you apply. Applications are available on the website.
Special Needs: Please call the director to discuss any special needs.
Other Information: admissions@forthuntpreschool.com; director@forthuntpreschool.com
Franconia Baptist CDC
5912 Franconia Road
Alexandria 22305
Director: Head of School: Chris Stegmaier Byrnes, Director of Admissions: Benita Cathey
Phone Number: 703-971-4613
School Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Age Range: 2 ½
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Early Bird date of June 1st for the following September, $120 registration fee ($30 non-refundable if placed on waitlist)

Grace Episcopal School
3601 Russell Road
Alexandria 22305
Director: Melinda Cagle
Phone Number: 703-549-5067
Age Range: Preschool – Grade 5 (Children must be 3 years old by August 31st to be eligible for Preschool)
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: November 11, 2014 and January 21, 2015
Registration: Application deadline: February 2, 2015
Special Needs: No
Other Information: (Accreditation: VAIS; Affiliations: Independent Education, NAIS, MAESA)

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center
618 N. Washington Street
Director: Adria Scott
Phone Number: (703) 224-2599
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years old
School Times: 7 or 7:30 a.m. (age dependant)-6 p.m.
Registration: $100 registration

Happy Home Child Learning Center
5001 Seminary Road
Suite 109
Director: Ms. Perkins
(703) 931-1051
Age Range: 12 months to 5 years
School Times: 6:45am – 6pm
Registration: $100 fee

Hopkins House – Helen Day Preschool Academy
1224 Princess Street
Principal: Shelley Keith
Telephone: (571) 480-4081
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7am to 6pm

Immanuel Lutheran School
1801 Russell Road
Alexandria 22301
Headmaster: Ms. Julia Habrecht
Phone Number: 703-549-0155
Age Range: Junior Kindergarten (age 4) -8th grade
School Times: 8:20 am – 1 pm (JK), 8:20-3pm (K-8th)
Extended Care: Yes (both before and after school)
Open House Dates: Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 5 (all at 9am) Reservations for our Open Houses are encouraged. If you would like to schedule a tour of the school, please contact the school office at 703-549-7323 or school@immanuelalexandria.org.
Registration: Application and non-refundable fee of $95 is due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
Special Needs: No

Innovation Station Child Development Center
500 Dulany Street
Director: Valerie Tribble
(571) 272-2880
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration: $150 non-refundable fee

JCCNV Bethel Preschool
3830 Seminary
Alexandria 22304
Director: Dina Backer
Phone Number: 703-537-3084
Age Range: 18 mon(by sept 30)-5 years
School Times: 9:00-1:00
Extended Care: Yes, 7:30a-6p
Registration: Registration begins for new families in January.

Keshet Child Development Center
758 South 23rd Street
Arlington 22202
Assistant Director: Jennifer Klein
Phone Number: (703) 535-5525
Age Range: 2-5 years
School Times: 9:15 am to 1:15 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration:$100 deposit, applications starting in January and accepted on rolling basis, priority given to current Keshet families, siblings and alumni

Madison Day School
Newly opened in 2015 via Patch
722 North Henry Street
Alexandria 22314
Phone Number: 703- 299-9800
School Times: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration: Waitlist available, more information via info@madisondayschool.com

Meeting House
318 South Royal Street
Alexandria 22314
Director: Tania Ryan
Phone Number: 703-549-8037
Age Range: 24 months – 4/5 years old
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes, 6-8 times per school year
Open House Dates: February 15th 9:15-11:00 a.m.
Registration: Application ready to be “downloaded” from website by Nov. 1st or call for placement on mailing list. Admission is basically by lottery after current families are placed.
Special Needs: Yes, we can accommodate children with mild special needs. MHCP is one of the only preschools in the area that has a program for inclusion of children with mild learning disabilities.

Mt Vernon Weekday School
2006 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703-765-0140 or 703-992-4901
Age Range: 2-5years
Open House Dates: January 28-29th
Registration: $75 deposit

The Nest Academy at Del Ray
2609 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria 22301
Phone Number: 703-549-1549
Age Range: 3 weeks to 12
School Times: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Email admin@thenestacademy.com to schedule a tour and start the enrollment process. Accepting enrollments on a rolling basis.

Northeast Stars Montessori
688 St. Asaph Street
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703- 903-0252
Age Range: 2 years and up
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Email northeaststarsmontessori.nes@gmail.com to request an ‘inquiry package’ and begin the registration and schedule a visit

Old Presbyterian Meeting House
318 South Royal Street
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703-549-6670
Age Range: 2 years and up
Extended Care: Yes
School Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open House Dates: Wednesday, January 28th
Registration: Application due Friday, January 30th with the admissions lottery to be completed in early March

Old Town Montessori School
115 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Cecelia Snyder
Phone Number: 703.684.7323
Age Range: 3-6 years old
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates: School Tours: By Appointment, contact Jean Gunderson (703 780-8484 or admissions@aquinasmontessorischool.com)
Registration: $100 nonrefundable application fee. Candidates for the upcoming school year will be scheduled for a school visit between Jan. and Feb.  Acceptance announcements will be made by March 1st.
Special Needs: No
Other Information: Accreditations: by Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Pinecrest School
7209 Quiet Cove
Annandale 22003
Director: Nicole McDermott
Phone Number: 703-354-3446
Age Range: half-day 3-year-old & 3-year-old preschool; full-day K-6; preschool & K-6 after-care until 6 p.m.
School Times: 8-6pm
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Sunday, January 29 – 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, February 25 – 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Registration: Rolling admissions; recommended time to complete applications for next school year is November-January

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
Location change as of Fall 2015 to:
Fairlington Presbyterian Church
3846 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Kathrin Breitt Brown
Phone Number: 703.486.1309
Age Range: Infant to Grade 3
School Times: 8:30-12:00 or 12:00-3:00
Registration: November and December Open Houses prior to enrollment material availability in early winter. Early decision due date is February 1. At other times children may be enrolled on a rolling basis as space permits.
Special needs: Special needs children can sometimes be accommodated. Discussion with the class teacher is required prior to acceptance.
Other Information: Accreditations: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

Resurrection Children’s Center
2280 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria 22311
Director: Kim Messinger and Margaret Sharkey
Phone Number: 703-578-1314
Age Range: 2.5 — 5
School Times: 9:30 — 12:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Applications and non-refundable $35 application fee accepted at Open
House. There is no deadline for receiving applications.
Special Needs: Yes

St. Aidan’s Day School
8531 Riverside Rd.
Alexandria 22308
Director: Suzanne Odom
Phone Number: 703-360-4160
Age Range: 2-K
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: No
Registration: New Families can join Waiting List beginning December 1st by calling or emailing school. New Families are offered spaces after Current Families register in January. Program follows the Fairfax County POS, kindergarteners bring a bag lunch on Tuesday and Thursday, when they stay until 1pm.

St. Anthony’s Day School
321 First Street
Director: Janet Cochran
(703) 836-9123
Age Range: 6 week – preschool
School Times: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Registration: $20 waitlist application fee, name is on waitlist for 1 year

St. Clement Episcopal School
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria 22302
Director: Dory Herman-Sample
Phone Number: 703-998-8795
Age Range: 2_ – 5 years old (pre-K)
School Times: 8:00-6:00
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Jan. 20, 2012
Registration: Telephone to arrange a personal tour between 9:30am- 11:30am M-Th.
Registration: First come, first served; priority is given to church members, returning students, and siblings of students.
Special Needs: We welcome all children to our program.

St. Luke’s Day School
8009 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22308
Director: Ann Marie Coggins
Phone Number: 703.765.6699
Age Range: 2 _ – K
School Times: 9:00 am-12pm, except Kindergarten which meets 12:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Extended Care: Until 4:00pm
Registration: Families are encouraged to visit St. Luke’s, meet with the Day School Director and visit the classes. Commonwealth of Virginia requires proof of identity of child at the time of registration (i.e. certified copy of birth certificate). $120.00 Registration Fee.

St. Mary’s Preschool and Extended Day
400 Green Street
(703) 549-1646Mrs. Janet M. Cantwell, Principal
Half day program from age 4 and up

St. Paul’s Nursery School
228 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Director
Phone Number: 703.549.1974
Age Range: 3 year olds through Kindergarten
School Times: 9am-12pm
Registration: Call the school at 703-549-1974 for an admissions packet and application
Other Information: We offer neighborhood bus service to and from school

St. Rita’s School
3801 Russell Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
Director: Mary Pat Schlickenmaier
Phone Number: 703.548.1888
Age Range: 3 – 5 years old
School Times: 8:30-11:30 , 12:00-3:00
Open House Dates: November 16, 9-11am
Registration: Letters of Intent accepted at Open House

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Church
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, VA 22305
Phone Number: 703- 212-2757
Age Range: 2 years old and up
Registration: View their comprehensive admission dates and event calendar here: http://www.sssas.org/Page/Admission/Admission-Dates-and-Events

St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 North Thomas Street
Arlington 22203
Director: Eleanor McCormack
Phone Number: 703-528-6781
Age Range: Pre-K – 8th
School Times: 8am – 3pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Please contact the office to schedule an appointment or send an e-mail to stmoffice@stmschool.org

Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool
7719 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria 22308
Director: Barbra Bradley
Phone Number: 703-373-3205 (direct)
703-765-9266 (main)
Age Range: 2 years-K
School Times: 9:00-11:45 or 12:45-3:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Open Enrollment begins in late by mail on a first come first serve basis. There is a $50 application fee/per student at the time you apply.

Teddy Bear Day Care-Merton Court
5708 Merton Court
Director: April Webb
Phone Number: (703) 671-7382
Age Range: 16 months – 10 years old
School Times: 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $100 fee

Teddy Bear Day Care-Reynolds Street
375 South Reynolds Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
Director: Jeanette Mason
Phone Number: 703-370-5777
Age Range: 16 months – 10 years old
School Times: 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $100 fee

Tiny Tots Playroom
1500 King Street
Suite 105
Phone Number: 703.683.5130
Age Range: Six weeks through three years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Late pickup/early drop-off from 7am to 7pm

Trinity MOPS Preschool
2911 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone Number: 703.549.7422
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years old
School Times: 9:30-12:30
Registration: Registration form and $80.00 non-refundable fee accepted at Open House in early January.

UCM Bryant Early Learning Center
2709 Popkins Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
Director: Joann Higgs
Phone Number: 703.765.0909
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7am – 6pm
Extended Care: Yes

Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool
700 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria 22301
Director: Cindy Hodgkins
Phone Number: 703-519-3737
Age Range: 2-5 years old
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Families must attend the open house in mid-January prior to submitting an application.

Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool
115 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Jasmine Milone
Phone Number: 703.549.7931
Age Range: 2 1/2 to 5 years. New students must be 2 1/2 by September 30. Siblings of current students may apply if 2 years of age by September 30.

Registration: Enrollment information and applications for the upcoming school term will be available on our website in December with a deadline of late January, after which admissions are granted on a space-available basis. Priority is given to church members and affiliates.

Westminster Weekday Preschool
2701 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Carolyn Burke
Phone Number: 703.549.5267
Age Range: 2 and a half- 5years old
School Times: 9:00-12:00
Registration: Begins in early January, with priority given to church members

YMCA/METRO – Alexandria
420 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone Number: 703 -838-8085
Age Range: 18 months – pre-K
School Times: 7:00-6:30
Registration: Contact paloma.jimenez@ymcadc.org for further information

An updated open access spreadsheet with open house dates and times can be found here

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: http://baroodycamps.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/04/BaroodySummer2015Catalogue_FINAL.pdf

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 carnold@alexandria-soccer.org 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: http://www.theartleague.org/school/search_courses.php?con_term=any&meridiem=any&days=any&category=Camp&teacher=any&start_date=&end_date=&keyword=&image2.x=24&image2.y=16#camps

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: http://www.bishopireton.org/summer-camps/summer-camps

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: http://www.browneacademy.org/summer_camp/registration/index.aspx

A full program catalogue is available here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrowneAcademy#/selectSessions/804304

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: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/info/education/expand-your-knowledge/camp-shakespeare/camp-faq

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: http://www.challengersports.com/faqs.aspx

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 ArtCamp@TheDelRayArtisans.org or the Director of Youth Programs at Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

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: https://bethelhebrew.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/learning/jccnv_-_beth_el_eclc_registration_2015-2016.pdf

 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

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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: http://dc.madscience.org/camplocations.aspx


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: http://www.novadaycamps.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Spring-2015.pdf

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: https://rec.alexandriava.gov/webtrac/wbwsc/rt14prd.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=c41372d7-344b-9c89-e511-590d8b3221f4

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: http://www.summertimes.org/Page/Our-Programs/Camps-By-Week

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).

Apr 15, 2015

New parents have to make many tough decisions. Among them is how to handle all the crap that comes out of our precious new children. I grew up wearing cloth diapers. My mother swore by them. The diaper pins held sentimental attachment for me as I grew older and remembered seeing my youngest sibling toddle around in her cloth diaper. My mom was a trooper and did all the cleaning herself. When I had my first child, I decided that I didn’t have the time to invest in cloth diapers although I hated seeing the loads of diapers that we sent out to the landfill. Fast forward nine years out of diapers and I stumbled upon Modern Diaper Service. My oldest was at rock climbing camp and needs a harness now more than a diaper but I was curious when I saw their sign and went in for more information. The owner, Dennis, was very kind and gave my son and I a tour of their facility. I was blown away. I felt like I had stepped back in time. I had no idea that Alexandria has been home to a full service diaper company since 1974 (that’s one year before I was born for those wondering). Even my son enjoyed seeing the testing that they do on each and ever load of laundered diapers to ensure that they are PH balanced to fight diaper rash.IMG_2443[1]

Modern Diaper advertises that for less than the cost of many brands of disposable diapers you can give your baby the Comfort of 100% Cotton Diapers and free yourself from the inconvenience of washing diapers at home. They have incredible industrial equipment that ensures that their diapers get the cleanest wash possible. Each diaper is inspected by hand!IMG_2445[1]

Now the details of their service! Your first delivery of diapers includes a plastic diaper pail along with waterproof velcro diaper cover and instructions. You’re not going at this alone moms and dads! They also sale additional velcro diaper covers, waterproof pants, diaper pins, liners and training pants. They offer 2 Sizes of Diapers and 6 Choices of thickness. They pick-up and deliver at your door step in Alexandria and through out the DMV and your service date is the same each week. Looking for a great shower gift for new parents? You can get new parents a gift certificate for their services.

You can contact them at 301-853-3993 or 703-82303993 or even go visit them at 5318 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria. www.moderndiaperservice.com/



Mar 20, 2014

It may not feel like it but today is the first day of spring! We can’t wait for the weather to catch up to the calendar! To help you get into a spring state of mind, here are several ideas for classes and sports that you can sign up for this spring-

ASAtotsSoccerAlexandria Soccer Association’s Spring Tots Soccer season is still signing up. This is for kids ages 2-4. ASA also has fantastic rec. leagues for ages 5 and up.


Have a budding Picasso in your house? Art at the Center‘s Spring Classes are now registering. Sessions will be from April 21- May 30


Get creative at Upcycle‘s next session- ART FUNDAMENTALS – Begins the Week of April 28! They offer classes for kids aged 1-10


The spring term begins April 6th at Old Town’s The Art League. Classes are available for kids 5 and up.


Alexandria’s Spring/Summer Recreation Guide is out and there’s tons of fantastic classes being offered. Just to touch on a few, there’s swimming, tumbling, organized sports, dance, arts and even technology!


A portion of Alexandria lies within Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Spring Parktakes is out and think Alexandria Rec. Guide on steroids. If your kid has an interest, there’s a class for it!