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Les Petites Marionnettes' main objective is to introduce children 3 to 6 years old to French language and culture through play-based activities. No experience with French learning is necessary as our class is based on an interactive format including French and English content. We provide fun and educational activities including songs, storytelling, puppet show, dance, arts and crafts and more!

A new theme is introduced each session (every six class). After each class, a summary of the content and links to additional resources are provided for parents who wish to engage in French-learning activities at home. Come join the fun en Français and make new friends along the way!


Pia and Nairouz were both speaking to their preschool-aged daughters in French at the Penrose park playground in Arlington, VA and  started sharing their experience raising bilingual kids. A few years passed and they met again at the same playground with another baby in tow this time. It is when they decided to start a program of their own. Les petites marionnettes came as a natural name inspired from the French tune "Ainsi font, font, font, les petites marionnettes" as music is an important part of the class.