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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!



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

Jan 28, 2013

It’s now the coldest part of the year and the kids are going crazy being in the house so much.

Here are some are some ideas of places to go in Alexandria to let the kids play and get their crazies out!

There are 8 recreation centers throughout the city. The hours and facilities vary. IMG_3675The Charles Houston Recreation Center is a newer facility on Wythe St. Not only does it have a game area and basketball court that older kids will enjoy, it has a soft play room for kids that are toddler age. We did a post last year with more information about the facility. For kids between the ages of 2 and 5, there’s a soft play room at the Chinquapin Recreation Center. Call before you go though, because they do rent out this facility. It’s $4 per 1/2 hour. This recreation center also has an indoor swimming pool with a zero entry that makes it perfect for families. Several of the recreation centers also have regular play groups. Check out the city’s Winter Program Guide to see classes that will be offered by the city.

The YMCA on Monroe Ave. is also another nice option for an indoor swimming pool. They even offer baby sitting for members.

2321660991_6204b1f6d4Landmark Mall has ‘The Woodlands’. This small indoor play area is not enclosed but it’s usually fairly empty so it’s easy to keep an eye on your kids. I would recommend this for kids up to 4 years old. The mall also has a kid sized train that kids enjoy riding for $4 per ride.

There are several kids gyms here also. There’s a brand new The Little Gym of Alexandria that just opened up at Van Dorn and offers classes for kids as young as 4 months up to 12 years. JW Tumbles, Gymboree  both have regular classes and weekly open play hours where you can bring kids in to play

Hop on Play has a play room that you can bring the kids to or even drop off while you run take care of errands. You can read more about their facility on our recent blog post.

JBF-Nature-Exhibits-300x225Buddie Ford Nature Center is a small educational facility on the west side of Alexandria with lots of room for the kids to roam around and enjoy the mounted animals, see live turtles, snakes, toads, salamanders and aquariums. The facility is rarely crowded during the week so it’s nice to not have to worry about crowds.

Local Motion studio has regular dance and movement classes for kids but they occasionally open up their studio for ‘Open Play’ days. Follow them on Facebook to see when their next ‘Open Play’ will be.

5776743124_b562403c0eThe city’s four library’s offer story time and special programs throughout the week. We keep the schedule for the Del Ray’s Duncan branch posted on our Del Ray Baby community calendar but you can find the list of all the programs on a monthly calendar for each branch conveniently listed on ‘Upcoming Events’ on the main library webpage.

Hooray for Books! has regular story times on Friday and Saturday and frequently has special events where they have parties, characters or authors at their store.

I’m sure this only covers a small portion of all that’s available! Feel free to share other great cold weather spots in the comments or on our Facebook page. We’ll try to do another update this Winter.

Apr 27, 2012

Saturday April 28th the Alexandria YMCA at 420 East Monroe Ave. will hold HEALTHY KID’S DAY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 HEALTHY KID’S DAY is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well being of families across the country. On this day, Y’s in DC, MD and VA hold events and encourage parents to make Play dates with their kids.The Y created Healthy Kids Day to celebrate and teach good health for kids, encouraging active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.

Activities will include: Face Painting, Master Twister, Fire trucks, & safety, Police cars, & safety, Pony Rides , Games, Giveaways, and much more

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!