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No-School Days for Kids

What to do now that the calendar shows that there will be a day off from school? To keep boredom at bay, check out what could be your back-up plan:

Adventure Theatre MTC
7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD 20812
School is out, but the office is still open…What to do? Hire a sitter? Forget about that! Send your kids to come play with Adventure Theatre MTC and put your hours in at the office worry free – your kids will thank you (and so will your boss)!  Drop off at 8:50 a.m., Pick-up at 4 p.m. WHAT YOU’LL GET for only $48-60 per day: A full day of theatrical activities; an afternoon snack; receipt for dependent care expense accounts; an 11 a.m. performance of our main stage show (when available). Note: price does not include $5 non-refundable registration fee. $60 rates apply only to dates at Glen Echo Park where School’s Out Participants see a performance.
301-251-5766
http://adventuretheatre-mtc.org/camps/schoolsout.html
hwilliams@adventuretheatre-mtc.org (9/14)

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Artworks Fine Art Studio
7740 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda
For ages 2-adult
Artwork provides art classes in drawing and painting to students of all ages. Everyone has the ability to learn to draw and paint. All levels welcome.
301-656-0044
www.artworksclasses.com
art.works@verizon.net

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Bright Start Child Care
1202 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
For ages babies-12
We are open for most DCPS parent-teacher conference days and teachers’ workshops. We are closed federal holidays and Dec. 25-31. The cost per day is $65. The weekly rate is $275 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We offer an enrichment of language, museum visits, crafts and a great outdoor experience. Call for a tour of our new facility. Thanks for your expressed interest in Bright Start!
202-722-2273
www.brightstartearlycare.com

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Camp Olympia
5511 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville
For ages 3-15
Summer sports day camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball and more. Year-round riding lessons and nursery school.
301-926-9281
cgm1223@aol.com

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The Children’s Theatre Workshop
6925 Willow St. NW
Washington, DC 20012
For 14 years, The Children’s Theatre Workshop Performing Arts Training Institute has provided high-quality theatre training to youth in the Washington area and to youth from around the country. Through year-round theatre classes and programs, TCTW provides high-caliber training for those students interested in intensive study with career aspirations as well as those students who simply love theatre and expressing themselves. Accepted ages are 6-16 and the training focuses on: Acting, Dramatic Writing, Musical Theatre and Directing. TCTW’s philosophy emphasis is on building a strong foundation of craft, process, creativity, discovery, leadership, and fun while not forsaking the value of performance. TCTW also offers Creative Play No School Days. Classes are held at the Takoma Park Studio.
202-321-0779
www.thechildrenstheatreworkshop.com/main/

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Create Arts Center
816 Thayer Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
For ages 6-12; ages 13-14 can be Counselors in Training
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Before- and after-care available!
When school is out, art is in at Create! We offer fun, art-filled camps during winter and spring breaks, and any days when school isn’t in session. Activities may include art projects such as drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pottery, sewing, puppetry, plus lunchtime games and more.
301-588-2787
www.createartscenter.org

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D.C. Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Sibling and Multiple Day Discounts Available Grades PreK-6
Celebrate your winter break with jam-packed days at the J! Sample daily activities include art, sports, free swim, field trips, Motion Commotion and Campers’ Choice.
202-518-9400
washingtondcjcc.org/kids-and-parents/kids/#No_School_Today

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Friends of the National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Children’s Classes: Children’s workshops at the Zoo explore a wide variety of wildlife topics for ages two and older. Adult/Child Discovery classes allow an adult and young child to discover the Zoo together. The Home Education Series, for children being educated in a non-school setting, offers engaging, in-depth classes that focus on animal care, conservation biology, and zoological research.

Summer Camps: The Zoo offers both day and overnight camps for kids. They are accredited by the American Camp Association.

Winter Camp: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to hibernate-the National Zoo’s animals are ready to romp and we are ready for you!

Adult Classes — Wildlife Studies Certificate Program: Want to spice up your resumé or pursue an interest in wildlife? Adult classes at the Zoo provide an in-depth look at animal behavior, conservation, and ecology. The Wildlife Studies Certificate Program offers adults interested in conservation and zoological research the opportunity to take courses relating to issues and science important to wildlife and their habitats.

nationalzoo.si.edu/Education/CampsClasses/default.cfm?hpout=wu&xtr=

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Headfirst
2440 Wisconsin Ave. NW, #201
Washington, DC 20007

Headfirst Offers An Overall Experience Including Friends & Positive Energy: Every child has the opportunity to meet new friends in a positive environment where success is measured by effort and teamwork and not by winning and losing. While Headfirst strives to challenge each and every person, we want to preserve the enjoyment of attending camp during our programs. Our goals are to teach and instruct, but also and more importantly, to provide a fun and exciting atmosphere. If each child enjoys his experience enough to want to participate again either next season, summer, or school year, then we have succeeded with our mission.

Maximize Effort: Headfirst promotes Effort over Results at all times. It is important to learn what it means to be competitive, but we feel as though it is much more valuable for an individual to understand and learn what it means to be a valued “team-player,” helping to work together with others to accomplish a common goal or project.

Leadership: Headfirst constantly challenges all participants to behave as leaders, support their fellow participants and respect each and every individual.

The Headfirst Full-Time Team: Headfirst has a full-time team of professionals dedicated to Headfirst Camps. Led by our Human Resources Director, Headfirst prides itself on providing the best summer staff in the area. We have an extremely thorough hiring process as we seek teachers, counselors, and coaches who have years of experience working in education or coaching. Our lead counselors are teachers and college students studying or working in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Physical Education. We also provide internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

To join Headfirst as a summer camp employee, one must have prior experience working with children or in education, complete an in-depth employee application, be interviewed by our entire hiring team, and pass a full criminal background check. Our seasonal staff has a high return rate year after year as we continue to provide them with an opportunity to work in a fun and safe camp environment with plenty of growth and opportunity. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that campers receive hands-on attention in a safe and supportive environment. Our team encourages leadership by example in a positive and friendly manner.

Phone: 202-625-1921
Fax: 202-249-1047
Website: www.playheadfirst.com

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Hoop Education
9509 Saybrook Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
HoopEd was founded on the belief that athletics develop skills beyond the court. Each participant will receive the time and attention they need to have a great experience learning the game they love. Boys and girls of all skill levels are welcome.
202-431-9780
jonathan@hoopeducation.com
www.hoopeducation.com

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Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda
For ages 4-18
Camps in acting, musical theatre, dance and filmmaking. Full-day and half-day camp options with before- and after-care available. Campers in grades 2-4 and 5-8 can participate in a fully produced musical.
301-961-6060
www.imaginationstage.org

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Lowell School
1640 Kalmia Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20012
Spring Break Club questions should be directed to Dawn Smith at 202-577-2006 or dsmith@lowellschool.org.
Drop-off and Pick-up will be at Parkside, lower level (off of 17th Street, near Rock Creek Park).
Staffing is determined by registrations. Please send a check to hold a space.
Phone: 202-577-2000
Fax: 202-577-2001
www.lowellschool.org/data/files/gallery/breakClubsGallery/winter_break_club_09.pdf

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Princess Mhoon Dance Institute
6925 Willow St. NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20012
For ages 2-teens
PMDI has recently joined the D.C. arts community and believes that dance and movement is for everyone — those seeking a professional career, as well as the novice. Classes are offered for 2-year-olds on up to teens and adults. PMDI emphasizes a balance between serious study and a winning mindset.
Phone: 202-494-0409
Fax: 202-882-1687
princess@princessmhoondance.com
www.princessmoondance.com

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Rockville Sportsplex
60 Southlawn St.
Rockville, MD 20850
For ages 6-12

Bring your child to the Rockville Sportsplex for a day or week of fun when kids have off from school. If your child enjoys sports or wants to try new sports, this is the camp for you. Your child will have fun, learning and playing sports that might include flag football, soccer, wiffle ball, volleyball, basketball, kickball, team handball and others. Costs include daily Subway lunch! Weekly costs include a T-shirt too. Avoid the same old day care routine and give us a try. Our school day off camp is a spin-off of our award winning multi-sport summer camp. Whether you child is a beginner or a seasoned athlete, this day of fun will satisfy their sporting appetite. See a sample day below.
9 a.m. Warm-Up
9:30 a.m. Soccer Instruction & Game
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Basketball Instruction & Game
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break & Arcade time
12:15 p.m. Kickball
1 p.m. Team Handball
2 p.m. End of Day-After Care Begins
3 p.m. Dek Hockey Instruction & Game
3:30 p.m. Run Down
4 p.m. Wiffle Ball
5 p.m. End of Day Check out
Phone: 301-838-4455
Fax: 800-430-9088
www.rockvillesports.com/SchoolDayOff_camp.htm

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Silver Stars Gymnastics
2701 Pittman Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-589-0938
Fax: 301-589-1717
ssgoffice@gosilverstars.com
www.gosilverstars.com/index.php?cat=171405083743497

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Sugarfoots Performing Arts Camp
5738 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
For ages 5-12
In Sugarfoots Performing Arts Camp, children will be instructed by professionals in the industry in acting, dance, art and music. The Camp will aid our young actors in finding their own voices, developing a strong sense of self and the confidence to address any audience. Final performances are adapted from stories from the Sugarfoots book series! The artistic director, Barbara El Wilson, over the past 15 years has presented and entertained over 10,000 students ranging from pre-school up to high school.
Phone: 202-723-8890
Fax: 202-726-8143
customerservice@sugarfoots.com
www.sugarfoots.com/2003/camp.cfm

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Washington Waldorf School
4800 Sagamore Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20816
For babies through high school
301-229-6107, ext. 154
www.washingtonwaldorf.org
llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org