Tag Archives: Chinquapin

Mar 13, 2015

After such a cold and bitter winter we’re all feeling a little giddy about the signs of spring. One sure sign of spring is my new panic of having to find a spring break camp for the kids. Spring break for Alexandria City Public Schools is March 30-April 3rd. I highly recommend a trip to a tropical location for Spring Break but if you’re like me and need to stick around and work, you’ll need to find a camp to keep the littles entertained for the week. Here are a few Alexandria options that we’ve come across:

SewLab Classes, Ages 7+
SewLab is offering week-long 2 hours/day Spring Break Kid/Teen Sew classes. March 23 – 27, 9-11 am or April 6 – 10, 9-11 am. Instruction is tailored to meet the needs of each individual based on their current sewing level. Small class size. Register online. Need more info? Please email sewlabva@gmail.com
SewLab is located at 1315 Mount Vernon Ave, in Del Ray, Alexandria, three blocks north of G.W. Middle School and 10 minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro Station. On street parking only.

Hoop Life Spring Basketball Camp
March 30 – April 3 from 9AM – 4PM For Boys & Girls ages 5-14 years old. At GW Middle School $205 for Alexandria City Residents, $230 for Non Residents
Children will learn the fundamentals of basketball from professional basketball trainers with real life experience on multiple levels of basketball including the NBA. Campers will learn fundamentals at skill stations and get an opportunity to display their newly acquired skills during skill competitions and scrimmages for prizes and awards. Each camper will leave with improved skills, a heightened basketball IQ, and a renewed passion for the game. No previous experience is required.

British Soccer Camp will be at  Chinquapin Recreation Center. Each day is based around a different soccer topic as our coaches build up each player’s skills in a fun and relaxed environment that encourages development. For ages 3-17

Need a creative activity for spring break? Metamorphosis Art and Enrichment Center is providing 90 minute art workshops for parents and children. Choose 1 or more than 1 as you and your child will create original pieces side by side. No art experience is needed just a fun a relaxed attitude.  They are located at Convergence on 1801 N Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302. All workshops are 90 minutes $45 for 1 parent/1 child. Art supplies are included. Register at Workshops

Super Doodlers Art Camp will be held at two locations: Lee Rec Center and Charles Houston Rec Center. For ages 3-12. With Super Size, Superheros, and Super FUN. You’re a kid! You’re an artist! You’re a Super Doodler! Create super-sized drawings and masks! Imagine superheroes and your own superpowers! Make a paint super-mess to produce spectacular sculptures and paintings! Blast off with super space art! Super Doodlers create nonstop super FUN in this super-duper camp! See the city’s website for hours and details

Tennis Camp for ages 5-14 will be held at Chinquapin Rec Center with a half day and full day option. The court is a great place to have fun and learn new skills while making new friends. Kids will learn basic tennis strokes including forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and serve. A variety of great games will keep kids moving with time to cool down at Rixse Pool each day. Sign up on the city’s website.

FUNtastic Spring Break Camp at Lee Rec Center. Ages 5-17. Sign your kids up for a 5 day Spring Break adventure! Enjoy a variety of structured activities, that include exploring nature, hiking, scavenger hunts and much more! You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your camper is enjoying enrichment activities, meeting new friends and experiencing just the right mix of activities your child is sure to enjoy! Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and drink. Sign up on the city’s website

Nature Spring Break Camp will be held at the Jerome Buddie Ford Nature Center on Sanger Ave. for ages 7-11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A fun-packed, week-long, full-day adventure camp where children learn about the history of Native Americans. Activities include woodland hikes, live animal exhibitions, storytelling, games, crafts and much more all while using natural materials! Museum and fishing field trips included. Sign up on the city’s website

I know it’s not Alexandria but Baroody Camps is offering a Spring Break in Annandale, just straight down Duke St.


Nov 10, 2011

I don’t know about your kids, but winter time is tough for my kids because they aren’t getting in enough active play every day! I’ve gone through and found lots of options for winter athletics in Alexandria

For the little kids, here are some class options:

Mount Vernon RECenter ice skating rink offers Mom & Me and Snow Plow classes for kids 3-5.  Registration is open until the end of the month

JW Tumbles offers classes for kids as young as 4 months old.  Parent participation classes are available up to 3 years of age and 3-5 year olds can join in independent classes

Gymboree has Play and Learn classes for children 6 months – 5 yrs. and Sports classes for 3-5 year olds

TheYMCA on Monroe Ave. has swim classes for all ages.  Registration for classes opens up for members on Dec. 3rd.  and non-members on Dec. 13th. Classes start in January.

The YMCA offers Youth Basketball for 4 year olds with the amazing coach Ken.  The current session started last week and is still enrolling.

Just for Kids offers T-ball starting Jan. 2nd for kids 2 1/2- 4 1/2 years old,

Mount Vernon Athletic Club has started their fall tennis club but you can still register and your cost will be pro-rated.  They offer a ‘Quick Start’ class for 4 year olds that’s designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment and shorter court dimensions tailored to age and size.

I know I promised Alexandria, but the Barcroft Sport & Fitness Center is so close and is so wonderful, it deserves a mention.  They offer gymnastics and little olympians classes (which is a broad overall sports class) for kids as young as 2.  The new session starts the 3rd week in Jan. and the registration catalog, which is called ‘Enjoy Arlington’ will come out the beginning of Dec.

For the elementary school kids:

Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association has a basketball league  for kids as young as 5 years old +  but move quickly, because you’ll need to register this week

Ice Skating classes are offered at the Mount Vernon RECenter at 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. Registration is open for basic through advanced classes until the end of the month

TheYMCA on Monroe Ave. has swim classes for all ages.  Registration for classes opens up for members on Dec. 3rd.  and non-members on Dec. 13th. Classes start in January.

Interested in a swim team?  The Alexandria Sea Dragons at the Alexandria YMCA are signing up members.  All swimmers ages 5-18 need to swim 25 yards, or successfully pass a swim assessment with an instructor’s approval.  To sign-up, contact Aquatics director Ellen Jones at ejones@ymcadc.org or 703-838-8085 if you have additional questions.

Also at the YMCA, there is Karate for Kids for 5-12 year olds and Youth Basketball for 4-8 year olds.  The new session for these will begin in December.

JW Tumbles on Duke St. offers children aged five and a half to seven a climbers class where kids learn skills such as how to swing a golf club, leap off a springboard, high-bar techniques (like flipping), do back walkovers and more.

Baroody Camps at Alexandria Country Day School at Russell Rd. is now open for registration.  They offer basketball clinics and gymnastics classes for ages 5-11.

Just for Kids offers baseball and sports movement class that is floor hockey and LAX starting the new session on Jan. 2nd.

Mount Vernon Athletic Club in south Alexandria has started their fall tennis club classes but you can still register and the cost will be prorated.  They offer classes for beginners through competitive players.

Didn’t get enough soccer this fall?  Fairfax Sportplex is right outside the city limits in Springfield off Edsall Rd. and offers Youth Soccer Leagues starting in January.  This league is a bit more structured (with a goalie, refs and scoreboard) than the Alexandria Soccer Associations league.

The city of Alexandria will release their new Recreation Program Guide in December for activities beginning in January such as new sessions of swim classes at Chinquapin Recreation Center.

The Barcroft Sport & Fitness Center in south Arlington offers amazing gymnastics classes for all ages.  The new session starts the 3rd week in Jan. and the registration catalog, which is called ‘Enjoy Arlington’ will come out the beginning of Dec.

Let us know if there’s anything else that we’ve missed!