Sunday, Monday, Happy Days—back in the 50’s when The Fonz, Richie and friends hung out with Mr. and Mrs. C. it was a lot easier at the end of a busy week for the youngsters to unwind a bit, and spend a little time with the ‘rents. As cooler weather chases the kiddos indoors, and you find yourself looking for the stress release valve, plan ahead for quality together time with these creative and relaxing alternatives to staying at home.

Photo: Pinot Dita via Flickr

Make Art
1. The City of Alexandria sponsors a number of activities on First Fridays at the Durant Center, featuring all kinds of bonding with the fam fare, including Family Art Night with 2018 dates on March 2 and June 1.
Online: alexandriava.gov

2. The second session of Artful Saturdays in Gaithersburg begins Jan. 20 at the Arts Barn where kiddo can work on fine motor skills. Choose also Family Art: Projects in Clay beginning Feb. 24, or a one night workshop on Jan. 12 called Art Night Family Style: Create Your Own Dragon.
Online: gaithersburgmd.gov

3. Join the Playgroup in the Park at Glen Echo for a new drop-in program called Saturday Art Explorers at the Candy Corner studio, or choose from a variety of parent and child workshops with Young Creative Spirit, including clay sculpting, drawing and painting, and even making Egyptian mummies!
Online: glenechopark.org

Photo: Care Actor Kids

Sing , Dance, and Act
4. Join regional choral group, the Washington Revels at their Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters for a monthly community sing held on the 21st of each month where kids and parents bond with vocal harmonies and a whole lot of smiles and fun.
Online: revelsdc.org

5. Head to family-friendly Glen Echo where you and your partner(s) can dosi-do ’til you drop with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington‘s once monthly Sunday dances just for families. Live music included, and for just $5 per person.
Online: fsgw.org

6. Act it out and have fun in the process with CARE Actor’s Studio classes or family improv sessions. Laugh and be surprised by the creativity your family energy generates when you join CARE Actor’s dedicated crew.
Online: careactorkids.com

Photo: Squash on Fire

Get Moving
7. Family Yoga Workshops at Breathing Space are a great monthly break from your regular exercise routine where you can bond with the mini yogi in your life. Featuring seasonal themes, the workshops help everyone focus on mindfulness all year long.
Online: breathingSpacedc.com

8. Circle Yoga offers regular family classes that meet for six to fifteen weeks, and are divided for families with children ages 3 to 6 and and 5 to 10 years old, introducing partner poses and joint explorations of mindfulness training. Classes for pre-teens and teens are also available.
Online: circleyoga.com

9. Squash on Fire, a 19,700 square foot state-of-the-art squash facility on M St., NW, is the country’s first pay-as-you-go squash center. Swing by and you’ll find an impressive eight courts with video recording capabilities, including two all glass “showcase courts”. Players of all ages can book a court online and play solo or with an opponent for just $10.
Online: squashonfire.com

How do you unwind as a family? Share tips in the comments section.

—Carolyn Ross

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