How do kids keep warm during a cold snap? They move, jump, and dance (some even roll on the floor and spin in circles for good measure). If you’re looking for ways to embrace your kid’s unique “get warm dance,” check out these local music classes and dance parties that encourage guests to get up and get down.

boogie-babesPhoto: Boogie Babes via Facebook

The Variety Show: Boogie Babes
For the pre-preschool set that needs to shake it off there’s Boogie Babes, a live music performance for kids and their grown-ups. Boogie Babes was created in the spring of 2008 by two local moms that saw the need for quality kids music in the D.C. area.  They have weekday morning shows that often fill to capacity—so come early and boogie down!

When: Wednesdays at Union Market, 10:30 am; Thursdays at Eastern Market-North Hall, 10:30 am; Fridays at The Atlas, 10:30 am
Cost: $5 per child

All of the Classics: Millennium Stage
The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center hosts free events daily. Featured performers range from jazz pianists to mandolin players. If the weather outside is frightful or your little one would rather snuggle under some covers, tune in to the live broadcast from the comfort of your own home (with a side of cocoa and marshmallows).

When: Daily at 6 pm
Cost: Free
2700 F St., NW (Foggy Bottom)

An Island Getaway: Bloom Bars
Program instructor, Baba Ras D, has more than 10 years of experience in education, conflict resolution, and childhood development, which makes him one smart music instructor. In his kiddie class he introduces your tykes to his ridiculously fun music style, Harambe!, which is Swahili for “All Pull Together.” Little ones dance, play drums (a bongo) and sing songs together to build character and confidence.

When: Mondays at 9:30 am; Thursdays at 10 am; Saturdays at 9:30 am and 10:30 am
3222 11th St., NW (Columbia Heights)

Holiday Dance Fever: Saturday Mornings at the National Theater
For those early winter mornings when the weather is just too frigid to even think of going to the park—we’ve got you covered. The National Theater’s Saturday shows are chock-full of holiday music-heavy performances including The Nutcracker and Christmas with Santa. The shows are free and they are first come, first seated so get up and at ’em.

When: Saturdays at 9:30 am and 11 am
Cost: Free (Tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show)
The National Theater
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Metro Center)

Where do you take your kids to show off their dance moves? Tell us in the Comments section below.  

—Miller Jackson