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           THE BEST PRESENT IS YOUR PRESENCE!
If you can’t be silly with your child, who can you be silly with?! What children enjoy most is when
the important adults in their lives take time to just be with them, in the moment, having fun. So get
on the floor, and try following your child’s lead in play. It will help:

          1) your children stay calm and focused
          2) strengthen your relationship through mutual delight
          3) increase the likelihood your children will use you for help when needed

Here are some ideas for simple things you can do anywhere...
      Peek-a-boo fun starts with in-                                                                                  You can play I Spy with shapes or col-
      fants. Just hide behind your                                                                                    ors. Start simple, and if your kids
      hands for a moment, and then                                                                                    guess your objects quickly, move on to
surprise! Next you might try hiding                                                                              harder objects.
behind a blanket. You can even
start hiding toys behind objects in                                                                                    Sensory games can be a fun way to
front of your toddler, so your toddler                                                                                 practice hands-on learning. First try
can find them– hooray! You can                                                                                         drawing shapes on your child’s back
step it up to Hide-and-Seek as your                                                                              with your fingertip. If your kids get good at
kids get older.                                                                                                  this game, you can graduate to letters and
                                                                                                                 numbers.


      Name that Tune is something you can play anywhere, just hum some family favorites and see who
      can (if you have more than one person playing), or how long it takes to (if you have just one child
playing) guess the song.

        Freeze Dance is another way to delight with your child. You can take turns stopping the music for
        each song. The key is to be silly together and practice self-control, all at the same time.

        Stories are always a great adventure, and can take you anywhere you want to go. Whether you
        have a book or tell a tale, it’s important to include your child. You can start by pointing out objects in
        books and what they are doing. With older children, you can talk about experiences from your own
        childhood or favorite moments with your child.



Center for                                   The Alexandria Community Services Board is a group of 16 citizen volunteers appointed by
                                             the Alexandria City Council. Board policies and programs are implemented and managed by
Alexandria’s                                 the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse. It is a Board
Children                                     policy not to discriminate in the admission to its programs and activities on the basis of race,
1900 N Beauregard St Suite                   gender, handicap, religion, or national and ethnic origin. Please contact us if you require
200                                          special accommodations, have any questions or complaints.
                        Local Indoor Activities
                                                                    Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
Chinquapin Rec Center                                               5005 Duke Street                      703-519-5900
3210 King Street                             703.746.5553
                                                                    Kate Waller Barrett Branch
Alexandria Soft Playroom                                            717 Queen Street                           703-838-4555
Designmed for preschool age children five and younger,
the Soft Playroom offers a clean play environment to burn           Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch
off energy. Parents, guardians and their kids can share play        4701 Seminary Road                         703-519-6000
zones loaded with soft toys and activities, while meeting
with existing playgroups and making new friends.                    James M. Duncan Branch Library
Hours: 9 am to one-half hour prior to closing.                      2501 Commonwealth Avenue                   703-838-4566
It is recommended to call the Chinquapin Park Recreation
Center at 703.746.5553 prior to drop in use. The Soft Play-
room schedule may be adjusted for regular cleaning, birth-          Landmark Mall
day party and private rentals.                                      5801 Duke Street                   703-354-8405
Drop In Fee: $4 per child, per half hour. Chaperones free           Children’s Soft Play Area
                                                                    Hours: 10am-9pm Monday thru Saturday
Rixse Pool                                                                 12pm-6pm Sunday
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 8:45pm                                    Kennedy Center
Friday 6 am - 5:45 pm
                                                                    2700 F Street, NW Washington               800-444-1324
Saturday & Sunday: 8 am - 5:45 pm
For more information about classes and open swim times,
                                                                    Millennium Stage
call 703.746.5553.
                                                                    Free Performances every day at 6pm– no tickets required!
                                                                    Visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/
"Buddie" Ford Nature Center                                         millennium/schedule.html for the schedule, and find fam-
5750 Sanger Ave.                             703.746.5559           ily favorites you can groove to!
At the Nature Center, you can see live animals up close and
learn about the cultural and natural history of Dora Kelley Na-
ture Park. The Naturalists on staff are here to help you and your   Smithsonian Museums
family explore and enjoy Alexandria’s wild side! The Jerome
“Buddie” Ford Nature Center provides year-round programs and        National Zoo
exhibits on Alexandria’s human and natural history. For more        3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
information, or to make program reservations, please call           November–March
the Nature Center at 703.746.5559.                                  Animal exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm                                  National Air & Space Museum
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm                                                    6th & Independence Ave SW Washington
                                                                    202-633-1000
Alexandria Libraries                                                Open 10am to 5:30pm daily.
Each branch offers free regular story programs for differ-
ent age groups. Because of high demand and limited space,           National Museum of American History
a few programs require registration. Call or visit the              1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington
branch closest to you for more information.                         Open 10am to 5:30pm daily.


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