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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.

IMG_0151Places we visited:

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.

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

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Kids First Swim School North Bethesda + Giveaway!

Kids First Swim School
Randolph Hills Shopping Center
4888 Boiling Brook Parkway
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-984-7946(SWIM)
www. kidsfirstswimschools.com
 

My four-year-old daughter Clara has had such a positive experience at the Kids First Swim School in North Bethesda. I highly recommend it to all! I feel that learning to swim is so important for children, not only for enjoyment but for the life saving skills. I have two small children to watch at the pool this summer, so its been a priority of mine to have Clara attend lessons consistently the past several months. Interesting fact: participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four years. (Source: Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009)

Clara first started lessons at the Kids First location in Rockville last June and then switched over to the new North Bethesda location once they opened in August. Before participating in lessons, Clara did not even like putting her face in the water and she always needed to wear her puddle jumper to feel comfortable in the water. Now, just seven months later she has moved up from level 1 to level 3. She is now holding her breath underwater for more than 10 seconds, is doing front and back floats, bobs with rhythmic breathing, jumping into deep water, retrieving objects in chest deep water and working on sitting dives. I’ve been amazed! I honestly didn’t think she would make so much progress this quickly! I must give credit to all the amazing instructors we’ve had a Kids First who have made Clara feel so comfortable and have motivated her to work hard on her swimming skills.

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The facility itself is meticulously clean as well as the pool which is maintained at 90 degrees, providing a perfect environment to learn in. No shivering kiddos at Kids First!

Clara still gets excited to go to lessons every week. The instructors do a great job of making the lessons fun for the little ones. There are no more than five children in the small group lessons, so each child receives plenty of attention during the 30 minutes of instruction. There are also family swim sessions held on Saturday and Sunday evenings for extra practice and play time in the water.

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Session 3 is starting next week and runs for six weeks from March 23rd through May 3rd.

Kids First North Bethesda has generously offered to give away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky Capitol Momma reader! The gift certificate can be used towards lessons or a birthday party. The giveaway is open now through Sunday, March 22nd. The winner will be announced Monday, March 23rd – just in time for the next session!

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