Sometimes (read always) at the end of the day, when you’re ready to sit down and unwind, you realize your kids are still bouncing off the walls. Despite a full day of school or running errands with mom or dad, those little balls of energy show no – no – sign of slowing down. To help them along, try an evening class or one-off event to wring out those last drops of vim and vigor. Here are 14 to check out.
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Kids Yoga and Mindfulness at Circle Yoga
Children of all abilities will get to stretch and strengthen their bodies during this 45-minute class, which is offered on Fridays at 4:30 pm through Dec. 18. Besides those physical goals, the class also aims to teach self-awareness, focus and mindfulness.
Ages: 5 to 8
Where: 3838 Northampton St., NW (Chevy Chase)
Enroll your monkey in a four-week rock climbing course on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Or check out Headlamp Climbing on Dec. 9 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The lights go out and the headlamps go on as guests make their way through the X. A third option: Attend open climb until 8 pm, Monday through Thursday or 9 pm Friday through Sunday.
Ages: 2 and up
Cost: $60 for the class, $12 for kids 2 through 5 and $25 for kids 6 and up for Headlamp or open climbing
Where: 13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd. (Laurel, Md)
Common Threads Parent and Child Cooking Class
At this class on Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm, parents and kids learn how to cook healthy and budget-friendly meals, take an interactive grocery story tour, and explore lessons from the Cooking For Life Handbook.
Cost: $10 for a six-week class
Where: YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W St., NW (U Street)
My Gym Burke
Kiddos will challenge themselves to improve their strength and balance, while parents will challenge themselves to keep up. Try the Tiny Tykes and Waddlers combo class for kids seven to 22 months on Wednesday at 5:20 pm, or the Gymsters/Terrific Tots for 23 months to 3.5 years on Thursday at 5:20 pm or the 6:20 pm. Mighty Mites for 3.5 to 4.5 years.
Ages: Seven months to 4.5 years, depending on the class
Cost: $82 for four weeks
Where: 9566 Burke Rd. (Burke, Va)
This “learning playground” combines its Wobblers, Wigglers, Twos and Siblings into one for children ages 11 months to 3 years on Monday at 4:45 pm. During the class, kids work on age-appropriate skills such as basic tumbling while also singing songs and popping bubbles. The Stompers and Jumpers class meets Thursdays at 4:45 pm to work on headstands, swinging on monkey bars and other activities that push kids to take turns and follow directions.
Ages: 11 months to 3 years, 3 to 4.5 years
Cost: $176 for Wobblers/Wigglers/Twos/Siblings, $195 for Stompers/Jumpers
Where: 2499 N. Harrison St. (Arlington, Va)
Great Play of Fairfax
This kids’ gym offers its Multisport Program at 5 pm on Tuesday and 5:30 pm on Wednesday. It covers 30 sports skills spanning six sports. A class alternates between two sports and the skills complement each other in consecutive weeks.
Ages: 4.5 to 10 years
Cost: $98 for four weeks
Where: 11395 Government Center Pkwy. (Fairfax, Va)
Joy of Motion
This dance school offers more than 100 youth dance classes and workshops. It has locations in Friendship Heights, H Street and Bethesda with evening class times that have start times ranging from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
Ages: 2 to 18
Cost: $247 to $282 for the fall session or take 10 percent off by signing up for the year at a cost of $581 to $616
Where: 5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 1333 H St. NE; 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 180E
Photo: Vernon Area Public Library via Flickr
Pajama Story Time at D.C. Public Libraries
The D.C. Public Library system offers Pajama Story Times at 4 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm, depending on the day and location. Pajamas are encouraged but not required during the 30- to 40-minute program, which targets kids of all ages.
Montgomery County Public Libraries Pajama Storytimes
Upcoming events include a Dec. 13 story time at the Gaithersburg location for kids 5 and under. The Bethesda location has one on Dec. 14 at 7 pm for kids 3 and up. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before it starts. On Dec. 19, there’s a Family Pajama Storytime at the Rockville Memorial Library at 6:30 pm. Wear PJs and bring a stuffed animal to this one.
Ages: All (some specify an age range, so check website)
Story Time at Hooray for Books
At 6 pm on Mondays, kids ages 0 to 6 can enjoy a story time, while tots ages 3 to 6 can attend Picture Book Storytime at 5 pm on Wednesdays. Also look for special events. Coming up Nov. 29, the store will host author Jan Brett. She will present her new picture book, “Gingerbread Christmas,” and everyone over 12 who buys a $15 ticket will be entered into a raffle. The event is free for kids under 12, but registration is still required.
Ages: 0 to 6
Where: 1555 King St., Ste. 101 (Alexandria, Va)
Animal Pajama Party at Fairfax County’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center
This nature center frequently has evening events, so check the calendar. For example, on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., kids can hear bedtime stories, meet the center’s live animals and say goodnight to them. Stuffed animals welcome, too. Adults must pay to register along with their child.
Ages: 2 years and 11 months to 7 years and 11 months
Cost: $6 for county residents, $8 for everyone else
Where: 7701 Royce St. (Annandale, Va)
Young Planetarium at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
OK, this happens at 4 pm, so you might still be in trouble when it’s time to turn out the lights at home, but it might be worth it to explore the night sky and listen to star stories with your little one.
Ages: 4 and up
Where: 5200 Glover Rd. (Rock Creek Park)
Cosmic Bounce at Bounce U
On Dec. 30 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, check out this special bounce time at Bounce U, which has a couple of rooms filled with amazingly large inflatables and slides.
Ages: Walkers and up
Where: 1632 E Gude Dr. (Rockville, Md)
Friday Night Fun Skate at Ashburn Ice House
Do a few loops around the ice rink to burn off the last bit of the day’s energy. Hours are 7:40 pm to 9:10 pm.
Where: 21595 Smith Switch Rd. (Ashburn, Va)
Do you have a favorite PM activity, class or event? Tell us in the comments section below.