Pizza Making Classes at Wild Wood Pizza
Count on your kids being covered in flour, tomato sauce and memories in this hands-on pizza making experience at Wild Wood Pizza in the Village at Leesburg. The 90-minute classes – three a day on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of July – teach kids to roll and knead dough, sprinkle sauce and toppings and in general create authentic pizza from scratch that they can then (hopefully!) replicate at home. During the class they will also watch the Wild Wood team use their authentic wood-burning oven. Magic!
Art Camps at Clay & Metal Loft
The pottery studio and gallery in Leesburg hosts a series of week-long art camps for kids throughout the summer. Classes include everything from a mixed-media Print, Paint & Draw camp to an intensive Clay Exploration class studying glazing, sculpting, design and hand-building pottery techniques. There is also an Exploring Realism in Painting class with artist Suzanne Lago Arthur where she will explore paint handling and color mixing while utilizing watercolors and acrylics. Classes are for various age groups.
Ashburn Village Kids Triathlon
Get your running shoes, bicycle and swimming trunks ready… Saturday, August 13 kids aged six to 15 can take part in this mini triathlon entailing a swim in the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion pool, a bike around the village lake and a run on a marked course starting and ending at the Pavilion at Ashburn Village. The event is broken up into three age groups, from a 50-meter swim, one-mile ride and one-mile run for ages 6-8 to a 150-meter swim, three-mile bike ride and two-mile run for ages 12-15. Kids 9-11 do distances in between. Participants must have their own bike and a basic knowledge of how to swim. Talk about getting your kids active and outside…!
Chocolate Camp at The Conche
All kids love chocolate, so why not have them learn to make it? Dessert Chef Santosh Tiptur’s upscale fine dining experience The Conche is famous for its in-house chocolate lab and through August, he will also host various two-day camps for budding junior chocolatiers. Kids will learn how to make bon bons and truffles, how to sculpt chocolate into elaborate shapes and how to create an intricate dessert good enough to be served in a restaurant. Best of all they eat lunch at the restaurant and are able to take home their creations to share with the family at the end of the day. We’re sold!
Kids Concert Series at One Loudoun
One Loudoun, the stylish lifestyle precinct in Ashburn, is not only for adults. Every Monday between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. through August 29 kids can enjoy a free concert on the plaza. Rocknoceros, the fun trio of musical best friends who have entertained fans throughout the country for more than a decade, will play an hour-long show. Let the little ones wiggle, dance and jump up and down as Coach, Willie Bob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie perform their clever turns of phrase and lively melodies. Rock on little ones!
Cookology Summer Camps
Maria Kopsidas’s popular Dulles Town Center cooking school has been running award-winning cooking programs for kids since 2009. Highlights of this summer’s week-long workshops (typically for kids aged 8 to 17) include Tour of Asia (classes on Thai, Japanese and Indian cooking), Latin American Cuisine (everything from burritos and tacos to Arroz con Pollo and Mexican Cornbread) and a Baking Bootcamp in which children can channel their inner Julia Childs to make chicken pot pie, Challah bread and more. Who knows, you may have the next Michelin Star master-chef in your house.