- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2001


County parks and recreation departments offer a range of toddler classes and are the most inexpensive options available to parents looking for recreational classes for young children. Selections vary and may include, for example, baby swimming classes and children's swimming lessons; gymnastics; arts and crafts; music; and dance and movement.

Nature centers also offer children's programming; call the recreation departments for information.

The following contact numbers are available for county services via parks and recreation:

• Fairfax: 703/222-4664

• Arlington: 703/228-4747

• Loudoun: 703/777-0343

• Prince George's/Montgomery: 301/699-2407


Private corporations also provide children's recreation services. The following are examples of places offering classes around the metro area; call them for schedules and locations:

• Gymboree Play & Music offers programs of developmentally appropriate play and music classes for children as young as newborns through age 4 and their parents. Phone: 877/496-5327.

• Ballet Petite gives fundamental dance instruction with costumes, props, music and acting of fairy tales and ballet stories. The courses begin with a parent-child class at age 2. Phone: 301/229-6882.

• Levine School of Music provides music education for students of all ages and stages of life, beginning as young as 6 months. Phone: 202/686-9772.

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