The drop in temperature is often associated with dreary weather and a lull in activity, but not this year! Check out some of this season’s hottest activity trends and some of Rocket’s favorite providers bringing these activities to you! And sign up for a class on Activity Rocket for any business below and get a $20 gift card. The Rocket’s way of showing your CAO – Chief Activity Officer – a little love this holiday season. Good through November 10th.
1. Inspired by the silver screen…
The highly anticipated Ender’s Game is about Ender, a boy genius who learns military strategy at a school in outer space. Your kid could discover his or her inner tactical genius (albeit, on a smaller, intra-planetary playing field) through brain games and puzzles. Blast off to Power Brain Training Center in Fairfax, VA. Need a little brain boost, Dalby Tutoring Inc. (VA) and Learning Essentials & Brain Camp (MD) offer tutoring and coaching.
The Hunger Games has been hot since its debut, and now it’s back in the sequel, Catching Fire. Not sure how well your child would fare in this fight to the death? Use this winter to improve their fitness skills at Fitness for Health in Rockville, MD. For the younger set, My Gym Potomac, Bethesda, Chantilly, and Kentlands) and the Little Gym in Olney and Alexandria will get them tumbling, jumping and moving!
With a new rendition of Romeo and Juliet on the way to theaters, teenagers have the opportunity to see a fresh take on Shakespeare. Why not encourage them to develop some acting/playwriting skills of their own? Drama Kids International (Dayton, MD) and Acting for Young People (Fairfax, VA) have you covered.
2. Get crafty…
You’ve probably seen kids sporting those new colorful rubber band bracelets made with Rainbow Loom. This fashion trend has kids weaving the days away, so much that some schools have even banned the bracelets, calling them a distraction! Give your kid a creative outlet outside of the classroom with a sewing or knitting class. Maybe they’ll end up making something that will keep them a bit warmer than a bracelet! Our friends at Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture (Glen Echo, MD) and VisArts at Rockville (Rockville, MD) have some great yarn crafts.
3. Stay limber
Cold weather may preclude some outdoor activities, but yoga and Pilates are two great ways for kids to keep moving this winter. And yoga is a natural way to boost the body’s immune system in preparation for the winter months and all the icky bugs that come along with it. Bethesda, MD’s Simon Says Yoga and Fairfax, VA’s Esenyls Pilates (Fairfax, VA) will help kids build strength and immunities.
4. Unleash their inner Olympian…
There are officially one hundred days until the start of the 2014 Olympic Games! But you don’t have to travel to Sochi to get in on the fun. For your adventure sports like snowboarding, skiing and more, check out Calleva (Poolesville, MD) for their Friday Night Ski Club. Stay active this winter with fun indoor sports like basketball, swimming and track at YMCA Fairfax County Reston or martial arts, agility training and more at The nZone in Chantilly, VA.
5. Learn Another Language
We live in a multi-cultural world. And Spanish is by far the most spoken non-English language and one of the fastest-growing languages. Hola Kids Chantilly will immerse your kids in Spanish through fun and engaging activities.
Be sure to head to ActivityRocket.com to search, browse and register for even more great activities this winter!