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The Best Parent & Me Classes in NJ

Bond with baby at the pool, gym and beyond.


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BEE YOU KIDS YOGA STUDIO

74 Main St., Manasquan
732-722-7133

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.

FIT4MOM

Multiple locations
866-FIT-4MOM

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.

GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC

Multiple locations
415-604-3092

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.

KIDVILLE

Multiple locations

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.

KINDERMUSIK

Multiple locations
800-628-5687

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.

THE LANGUAGE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Multiple locations
212-628-2700

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.

LITTLE DOLPHINS SWIM ACADEMY

424 Vosseller Ave., Bound Brook
732-560-8000

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.

THE LITTLE GYM

Multiple locations

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.

LITTLE ROCKERS

Multiple locations
732-872-4354

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.

LITTLE SPORT

120 E. Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
856-234-6445

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.

THE MESSY ARTIST

356 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-378-2425

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.

MONTCLAIR B.A.B.Y.

113 Walnut St., Montclair
973-370-0765

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.

MUSICAL MUNCHKINS

105 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood
201-891-1807

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.

MUSIC TOGETHER

Multiple locations
800-728-2692

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.

MY GYM

Multiple locations
800-469-4967

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.

NJSWIM

Multiple locations

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.

POWERFLOW YOGA KIDS

1283 Broad St., Bloomfield
973-338-1825

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.

ROCKNESS MUSIC

Multiple locations
732-205-1971

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.

UNITED SOCCER ACADEMY

Multiple locations
732-563-2525

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.

WOMPY’S WORLD OF MUSICAL PLAY

Multiple locations
908-279-3030; wompys.com

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.

ZUMBINI

Multiple locations
305-330-1512

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.

 

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