The Best Parent & Me Classes in NJ
Bond with baby at the pool, gym and beyond.
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74 Main St., Manasquan
This spot is dedicated to yogis as young as 6 weeks. Teach ’em confidence using mindfulness and yoga techniques in Mommy and Bee (newborn-3 yrs.). Keep an eye out for special mommy and me retreats. $17/class, $80/five classes, $210/15 classes.
You got that jogging stroller for a reason! Hit the road for full-body Stroller Strides while baby stays tucked in her carriage. Feeling ambitious during pregnancy? Try safe Fit4Baby workouts or Stroller Barre if you’re looking for a postnatal challenge. Prices vary.
Start at 6 months in Play & Learn, where they’ll gain social and language skills through activities. If your baby loves to boogie, try Family Music, where you can dance and sing together, or Family Art to hit the studio to sculpt, paint and more with the whole crew. Classes vary by location. Prices vary.
Pick from themed options that focus on music, art and dance, or try free play. Future athletes will love Big Muscles for Little Babies (6 to 12 mos.) where parents learn to help support baby as she takes on inclines, balls, tunnels and movement. Tiny superstars will shine in Rockin’ Railroad (up to 5 yrs.), a music class featuring instruments and puppets. Enrollment and prices vary by location.
Get ready to sing and dance while your mini-me plays with instruments, grooves to his favorite tunes and develops cognitive and social skills. Kindermusik Foundations (up to 18 mos.) teaches exploration and movement using sounds, objects and a sensory-rich environment. Prices vary by class and location.
Start ’em early with a new language. Kids under 3 can get an intro to Spanish or French in Languages for Tots. They’ll learn new words through activities, props, vocab songs and more. You may learn some, too. $668/15 weeks.
424 Vosseller Ave., Bound Brook
Blow bubbles with baby if she’s 5 months to 2 years old. Bathtime Babies teaches parents how to use water for bonding and socializing (first class is free!). Once she hits 6 months, sign up for Baby & Me I, where she’ll sing, learn breath control and gain confidence before graduating to Baby & Me II, where you’ll learn to gauge how much independence to give her in the pool. By Toddler & Me, she’ll be kicking on her own just fine. $75-79/month for one class per week.
Chances are your toddler’s already testing her limits and trying to climb to new heights—it’s better to have her do it at a gym filled with soft surfaces and colorful inflatables. Parent Child classes (4 mos.-3 yrs.) focus on cornerstone topics like motor skills, color recognition, number and letter recognition, sharing and independence. Pricing varies by class and location.
Sign him up for Baby Bop (newborn-6 mos.), a 45-minute class that’ll have you both boogeying to the beat. Move on to Tot Rock Infants to meet new moms, toe-tap at tummy time, massage baby and teach him to hold and use small instruments. Once he hits 3 months, Tot Rock Mixed Ages will keep him interacting with fellow bandmates through original kids’ songs he’ll learn in no time. Baby Bop and Tot Rock Infants $150/10 weeks, Tot Rock Mixed Ages $225/10 weeks.
120 E. Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
Calling all Jumpers, Rookies and MVPs! Crawlers through 2 1/2-year-olds will take part in singalongs, stretches, yoga ball workouts, parachute time and, everyone’s favorite, bubbles. Once they graduate to MVPs, they’ll learn a new physical skill every week and a corresponding sport to boot. $255/12 weeks.
356 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
Lil’ Picassos ages 18 months to 5 years get schooled in Monet, go wild with color at five different stations in Messy Makers (1 1/2 -4 yrs.) and experiment with a creative project before storytime in Little Learners (ages 2-5). Snag a TMA Flex Pass ($130/5 classes) so you can drop by whenever your schedule allows throughout the semester.
113 Walnut St., Montclair
On top of yoga classes tailor-made for you and your little one (4 wks.-crawling), sign up for a specialized session all about helping you bond with baby. Choose from baby sign language (3-18 mos.), Lamaze, hypnobirthing and baby care classes, all designed to help expectant mamas get through delivery, bond and communicate with baby. $21-295/yoga, $165/ six weeks sign language, $175-295/Lamaze, $250/ hypnobirthing, $125 baby care.
105 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood
Your mini me will love gathering in a circle for live guitar in classes grouped by age. Sign up for Bouncing Babies to engage them through music, games, baby massage, prop play and chants that stimulate and mimic natural baby sounds in an effort to encourage tots. Move on to Toddler Swing to add more instruments to their repertoire. Call for pricing.
The teachers here believe making music is a basic life skill, just like walking or talking. Minis up to 8 months old will learn their natural behaviors and sounds can make tunes in Babies Music Class. They’ll get all the inspo they need with musical activities (and Mom singing along). Prices vary by location.
There are plenty of options for Little Bundles (6 wks.-6 mos.), Tiny Tykes (7-13 mos.) and Waddlers (14-22 mos.). Start by teaching visual, audial and spatial exploration through baby exercise, song and dance, then progress to mobile activities as baby learns balance and agility. Work up to fine and gross motor skill activities like kicking, riding a tricycle and building. Prices vary by location.
Suit up for Water Babies, where you and baby can hit the pool for a safe, fun intro to splishing and splashing. They’ll learn balance and buoyancy, then hone swim skills like voluntary breath control. Best part? Little fish under 6 months old can take free classes. Call for prices.
1283 Broad St., Bloomfield
Bond with your newborn in Baby and Me, where you’ll connect through baby massage, easy exercises and early yoga techniques. Can’t wait? Sign up for prenatal yoga to help you through the ups and downs of pregnancy. The first class is free. $18/single class, $150/10 classes.
Through seasonal music-infused sessions your kids will love, this school incorporates drumming, dancing, foreign language, pretend play and more. Classes are mixed in age (1-4 yrs.) so your tots will be inspired by and take notes from bigger kids. $239/10 weeks.
Brush up on your footwork while your 2- to 3-year-old trains in the Parent & Me Squirts program. She’ll develop her motor skills, play imaginative games and help the team in the most adorable soccer games on the planet. Call for prices.
These 45-minute classes focus on making noise and music, but also sharing, taking turns and other life skills. Students 6 months to 4 years will learn basic puppetry and rhythmic movement side by side. Wompy’s puts an emphasis on blending art, theater, literacy and the body to teach your kids all the pre-K essentials. $240/10 weeks.
No time to go to the gym post-partum? You and baby can try Zumba-inspired moves at this fun class for tots up to age 4 that’s all about dancing and music. Not only will they learn balance and rhythm, but they’ll develop socially and emotionally with both you and their classmates. Prices vary by instructor.