Early Childhood Development

Craft Playdates for Preschoolers in DC

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March is not only a time for spring weather and fun outdoor activities, but also a time to get crafty! Being National Craft Month, ideas are bringing people together in creative ways, and for all age groups too. Even if you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body, you should try to set a goal to do something new this month! Take your kids to a few places around your area and expand your crafting techniques. Not only will you begin to make fun decor for your household, you might even meet some new friends! Besides, it’s always beneficial to begin teaching your toddler or preschooler how to be a good friend. Below is a few places around town to have a playdate with other preschoolers and toddlers in the Washington, D.C. area.


Chinatown Community Cultural Center

Chinatown Community Cultural Center
Everyone is welcome to the Chinatown Community Cultural Center. Families not only enjoy art classes together, but are also offered walking tours and language classes! Introduce your child to art forms such as Chinese brush painting, Chinese knotting or beading and Zhezhi (Chinese paper folding).

Arlington Artists Alliance
Many art instruction classes can be found at the Arlington Artists Academy, including Mommy and Me, Painting Basics for Teens and Adults, Drawing and Painting, and other programs. 

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop offers arts and crafts classes for all ages and interests. Including ceramics, spray paint and mixed media classes. Create masterpieces with your family and kids at every skill level. 

Art at the Center
Art at the Center is an art studio designed to teach families about the art of using natural and recycled materials with traditional mediums. Classes for ages as young as 18 months include Art Explorers, Art in the Afternoon, Electronics and Art, Textile Design and Sewing, Family Studio, and more.

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo Park is one of the best cultural sources in Montgomery County to foster the love of art through its year-round classes in art: drawing, painting, crafts, clay, animation, textile, and more.