Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Little Gym

The Little Gym at Downtown Crown
116 Ellington Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

My youngest daughter Mae and I recently tried the Super Beasts parent/child class at The Little Gym of Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown. It’s an understatement to say Mae enjoyed the class – she was smiling from the moment we arrived and was enthusiastically talking about how fun it was after it ended.

The class started in circle time with introductions and a hello song. Then Ms. Ally brought out the sticks and lead the group in some counting exercises and songs. There were only a few children in the class, which I thought was nice – the kids were not overwhelmed with the chaos of a large group and the instructor could give enough attention to each child.


Throughout the class, the kids had some time to explore the gym on their own, while Ms. Ally set up for different skills. The children worked on their forward rolls, walking across the balance beam, and donkey kicks. At the end of class the kids all shrieked when Ms. Ally brought out the balls. And of course the bubbles were a big hit too!


The Little Gym does such a great job of creating a fun program for physical development and socialization. The instructors are so energetic and bubbly and really make an effort to get to know each child. Parents can relax knowing that the gym is sparkling clean!

We also recently attended a birthday party at this location and I was impressed at how well run it was for a large group of about 25 children. Ms. Victoria and Ms. Jackie lead the kids in group activities, gave them free time to explore the gym, and brought out the tumble track for lots of jumping (Mae’s favorite part)!


The Little Gym offers a great summer camp for children ages 3-12. And there is currently a Certifikid deal for half-day camp at 11 different locations in the DC area. My oldest daughter, Clara participated in the camp in previous summers and it was one of her favorites!

The Little Gym has a lot to offer – check out their variety of classes here! We couldn’t be more happy with our experience!



Cul de Sac – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to present Cul de Sac, the world premiere play adaption based on the nationally syndicated Cul de Sac comic strip by Richard Thompson. Thompson and his comic strip won the 2010 Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The play follows four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her older brother, Petey, as they learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself. When Alice decides to help Petey become more exciting she risks sending Petey further into his shell. With the help of their parents, teachers, and new and old friends the Otterloop children just might be able to learn something from each other.

My daughter Clara and I saw the show last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining performance by the young cast of actors. We have been attending Encore shows for the past couple of years and it’s always so special for my daughter to watch other children perform on stage. Even more so with Cul de Sac, because the main character is four-year-old Alice who is funny, energetic, and has a great imagination much like my 5-year-old Clara.

I love how the comic strip was brought to life and a great effort was made to preserve the look and feel of it on stage. The set was designed to look like a drawing and included the recognizable Otterloop house, Mr. Otterloop’s tiny red car, Dill’s kiddie car, and Alice’s manhole cover.

AliceOtterloopAlice Otterloop is played by Gabriella Flanagan. Photo by Encore.
OtterloopFamilyFrom left to right: Mr. Otterloop (Henry Hubbard), Alice (Gabriella Flanagan), Petey (Xander Tilock), and Mrs. Otterloop (Caitlyn Knittig). Photo by Encore.

Cul de Sac is a wonderful performance that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Best for ages 4+.

Remaining Performance Dates and Show times:

Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 12,2016 at 3 p.m

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for Children, Students, Military and Seniors. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

IMG_0798Clara with Alice Otterloop after the performace.