Category Archives: Camps

The Little Gym

The Little Gym at Downtown Crown
116 Ellington Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
www.thelittlegym.com
 
 

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.

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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!

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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)!

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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!

 

 



August – Monthly Roundup

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August – summer’s grand finale, was such a good month. I genuinely had so much fun with my girls this summer and am sad that preschool is starting this week. Thinking about how much these little people change in a year and how each summer with them is going to be so different, just makes me want to savor it more. Even though I will miss all the free time for adventures, I will love having a little bit more time for my own projects.

Here is a recap of what we were up to this past month. The BEACH at the National Building Museum was quite a unique experience and is still open through September 7. We also had a fun day trip to Baltimore where we visited the National Aquarium and Pierce’s Park. And another summer tradition of ours in August is the Montgomery County Fair.

Places we visited:

The “Beach” at the National Building Museum
Georgetown Waterfront Park
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Larriland Farm
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Carousel at Glen Echo Park
Rehoboth Beach, DE

 Events we attended:

Garfield the Musical at Adventure Theater - no longer showing but next up is Caps for Sale The Musical Sep 11-27 – Blog post here about attending a previous show at Adventure Theatre
Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Park
Montgomery County Fair

Classes and camps we attended:

Geneva Day School Summer Camp
My Gym Potomac
Ballet Petite

Parks we played at:

Pierce’s Park - Baltimore, MD
Palisade’s PlaygroundBlog post here about the hidden glass forest at this park
Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

Hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list. We are looking forward the fall! Cooler temps means spending time at the farms picking apples and pumpkins and going for hikes through the fall colors. Happy September!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures in my gallery. I’d love to have you follow along!

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And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog



June – Monthly Roundup

IMG_3052Summer is here! It’s true, time really does fly when you’re having fun; I can’t believe June is already over. We had a fabulous month and kicked it off with many of our favorite summertime activities. Clara attended camps every week this month so June wasn’t quite as full of activities as May, but we still did some really fun things. The highlights of this month were bottle feeding calves at South Mountain Creamery and hunting fossilized shark teeth at Brownie’s Beach. Both were really fun and unique experiences!

Places we visited:

Rocklands Farm
South Mountain Creamery
Franciscan Monastery
Croydon Creek Nature Center
Green Meadows Petting Farm – blog post from last fall here
Dawson’s Market Farmers Market
Potomac Village Farmers Market
Carroll Creek (downtown Frederick)
South Germantown Splash Park
Brownie’s Beach on the Chesapeake Bay

Events we attended:

Imagination Bethesda
Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Encore Stage & Studio
Art Explorers Family Studio at Glen Echo Park
Rocknocerous “Plymouth Rockers” Album Release at Jammin Java

Classes and camps we attended:

Geneva Day School Summer Camp
Georgetown Hill Summer Camp
Funfit Tots
F.S. Soccer

Parks we played at:

Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD
Cedar Lane Playlot (corner of Cedar Lane and Beach Drive) – Kensington, MD
Fallsgrove Park – Rockville, MD
Glen Echo Park – Glen Echo, MD

Hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list! We are kicking off July with a trip to Nebraska to visit our Midwest family and friends and celebrate the Fourth of July. Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures on my feed.

Instagram: capitol.momma

And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog

 



May – Monthly Roundup

May was a busy month full of fun adventures with my girls. We spent a lot of time outdoors at different farms and parks. It was filled with lots of flowers and happy moments. I’ve always thought fall was my favorite time in the DC area but I’m not sure anymore because this spring has been pretty amazing. We visited some really pretty places and made a lot of great memories!

IMG_1921Places we visited:

United States National Arboretum
Wegmeyers FarmOatlands Historic House and Gardens – blog post here
Homestead Farm – blog post from last fall here
Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens
Washington National Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden
Beauvoir Outdoors
Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
Croydon Creek Nature Center
Fountains at Rockville Town Square

Events we attended:

• Day Out with Thomas – B&O Railroad Museum – blog post here
• Royal Tea Party – Thomas Farm Community Center
• Spring Market Fair – Claude Moore Colonial Farm
• Fairytale Ballet Tea Party – Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
• Hometown Holidays – Rockville Town Square

Classes/Camps we attended:

My Gym
Funfit Tots
FS Soccer

Parks we played at:

Meridian Hill Park – Washington, DC
Chevy Chase Playground and Splash Park – Washington, DC – blog post here
Clemyjontri Park – McLean, VA – blog post here#4 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

I hope this roundup has given you some new ideas and inspired you to go out and explore with your kids! Have a fabulous June!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures on my feed.

Instagram: capitol.momma

And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog

 

 



April – Monthly Roundup

Welcome to the first post of my new Monthly Roundup series. I will be recapping the things we did and places we went at the end of each month. I hope this will help you to discover something new you want to do with your children!

April was a really fun month full of gorgeous color from all the spring blossoms. My girls were eager to spend time outdoors as the weather got nicer.

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Burnside Farms –  blog post here
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens – blog post here
Brookside Gardens
Lake Frank – blog post here
Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Events we attended:

Meadowside Nature Center‘s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
• Blue at Imagination Stage – no longer showing but I recommend any of the shows in the “My First Imagination Stage” series for ages 1-5. We’ve seen all of them and they are all great! The next show is Aquarium, June 27-July 26.

Classes/Camps we attended:

Ballet Petite
Kids First Swim School – blog post here
Funfit Tots
FS Soccer
My Gym

Parks we played at:

Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Gravelly Point Park – Arlington, VA
Montrose Park – Washington, DC
Avenel Park – Potomac, MD

I hope this roundup has given you some ideas and inspired you to explore something new with your kids!

I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures on my feed.

Instagram: capitol.momma

I also share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog



Agility Zone

Agility Zone
16814 Oakmont Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
http://theagilityzone.com
 

The Agility Zone is an exciting new gym in Gaithersburg opened by the same owners of Dynamite Gymnastics Center. I have been taking my oldest daughter Clara to Dynamite for a couple years now, so when I heard about their new gym opening, I had to check it out. The Agility Zone was created to house several Agility programs borrowing elements and inspiration from parkour, Ninja Warrior training, and gymnastics technique. Each program offers varying emphasis on functional movement, air awareness, strength and flexibility.

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In addition to classes, Agility Zone also offers open gyms, camps, and birthday parties. I recently took my girls to an open gym and they had a great time! The schedule is included on my open gym page here. I like the open gym sessions since both girls can participate and its nice to be able to fit them in whenever we have time in our schedule. At some point, I want my girls to try the classes too because they sound awesome!

The trampolines are definitely my girls favorite part of the gym. They could jump for days!

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The tumble track is another favorite feature at the gym. I think you can tell by Clara’s expression that she is a fan! My girls love to run down the track and do a superman dive onto the mat at the end. It’s pretty fun watching this!

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There is plenty of space for running and tumbling on the 5,000 square foot spring floor. Kids can let out their energy in a fun and safe way.

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All the coaches and staff that I’ve met at they gym have been beyond friendly. They play and interact with my girls, watch them to ensure their safety, and help them when needed. I highly recommend stopping by with your kids for an open gym and checking out all they have to offer. You will earn awesome mom (or dad) points from your kids, I promise!

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Good to Know:

•Hours: 10-8pm Mon-Fri, 9-8pm Sat, 12-8pm Sun
•Open Gym: $5 – 50 minute session, $10 – 90 minute session
•Classes include tumbling, cheer, and agility for ages 3-18
•Agility Zone offers Summer camp and day camps during MCPS days off and holiday breaks. Camps are for ages 3.5-17.



Presidents Day Camps – February 16, 2015

Need an activity to keep your child busy when school is out on Presidents Day? Here are a few day camps offered in the area:

Dynamite Gymnastics Center

Half Day AM (9-11:45am) – $50
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $50
Half Day AM Extended (9-1pm) – $60
Half Day PM Extended (12-4pm) – $60
Full Day (9-4pm) – $80

Agility Zone

Half Day AM (9-11:45am) – $35
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $35
Full Day (9-4pm) – $70

My Gym Potomac

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

My Gym Bethesda

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

My Gym Chantilly

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

Marva Tots n’ Teens

Half Day AM (9-12pm) – $25
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $25
Full Day (9-4pm) – $40

Encore Stage & Studio

9-3pm – $70