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The Best Parent & Me Classes in NJ

Check out the best “parent and me” classes in New Jersey for some quality Mommy (or Daddy) time.


Check out the best “parent and me” classes in New Jersey for some quality Mommy (or Daddy) time. 

Carol’s Yoga Youngsters

145 Washington St., Morristown; 973-898-0544

Kids ages three to four years old get a headstart on their downward dog and learn peaceful breathing exercises as well as how to perform and hold yoga poses in this “Mommy and Me” session. Classes start at $20.

Green Meadow Waldorf School

307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY; 845-356-2514 ext. 326

Your two- to three-year-old can develop his motor skills with you at his side in these hour-and-a-half-long classes that let you explore the “big” world with your child while getting parenting tips from other young moms and seasoned childcare experts. Classes start at $450 for 15 weeks.

Gymnastics Unlimited

2 Lilac Dr., Flemington; 908-782-8887

Toddlers (a year old and up) tumble and play in a small class environment, all while improving important coordination and balance skills. Parents are always arm’s-length away to keep everyone safe. Classes start at $76 per month. 


Multiple locations; 800-628-5687

Get ready to sing and dance during the “Wiggle and Grow” class, where your mini-me can play with instruments, dance to some of his favorite songs and develop cognitive and social skills at the same time. $80 per month. 

Lakeland Hills YMCA

100 Fanny Rd., Mountain Lakes; 973-334-2820

Children three and under have fun splashing around in the “Skip” pool class or rolling with Dad to music at “Gym Babies” (ages six to 12 months old). Classes start at $87 for 12 weeks.

The Little Gym 

Multiple locations

Give your kids a head start on their Olympic dreams with these parent and child classes, which teach infants four months and up how to roll around and improve their motor skills, working up to bouncing on inflatables in the brightly colored gym space. $21 per class. 

Little Rockers Band

Multiple locations; 732-872-4354

Your rock-star-in-training (ages three months to four years old) jams out in “Tot Rock,”  which introduces him to different types of music through hands-on activities—like shaking an “egg” along to the beat of the song. Classes are $225 for a 10-week session.

The Messy Artist

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

Let them make a huge mess (without you having to clean it up!) in this class, with five different creative stations like play dough, sensory boxes and easels. $230 for 10 weeks.

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

Wayne YMCA; 1 Pike Dr., Wayne; 973-595-0100

Sneak in some early morning one-on-one time with your mini-me in this class (up to a year old) that’s half- music and half-discussion based. Pairs start by singing songs and moving to the beat before logging in a half-hour of talk time with other new moms. Call for details. Times and prices vary by location.

MiMi Yoga 

1001 Bloomfield St., Hoboken; 201-222-1814

Check out the “Bonding with Baby” class (specially for yogis 18 months and under), which aims to foster a deep connection and helps baby with digestion. Or try “Story Time Yoga” (for kids up to four), focused on teaching little guys how to do animal poses and stretches. $118 for a five-class package. 

Montclair B.A.B.Y.

113 Walnut St., Montclair; 973-370-0765

The “Preschool Yoga Series” combines high-energy games with songs to teach kids two- and-up yoga techniques they can do with a parent. $100 for six weeks.

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals 

Multiple locations; musicforaardvarks.com

The kids can sing along with the catchy tunes written just for them at Music for Aardvarks. Classes for ages three months and up have them playing with shaker eggs, banging on percussion instruments and doing some dancing. $250 for 10 weeks.

Music Together

Multiple locations; musictogether.com 

The teachers here believe that music-making is a basic life skill, just like walking or talking. Tots as young as eight months old get their start by listening to CDs and learning how to make music right by Mom’s side. Six-week sessions are $150.

My Gym

Multiple locations; 201-444-4644

The “Little Bundles” program introduces tiny dancers to music and movement through baby exercises, songs and baby-safe ride-on toys. Once they hit two-and-a-half, they can run around in the “Terrific Tots” program, where they start by a parent’s side until they’re comfortable going off on their own. Call for details. Times and prices vary by location.

North Stars Gymnastics

91 Fulton St., Boonton; 973-316-2507

Children two years old and younger get gymnastics basics (forward rolls and balancing on a beam) by playing tumbling and fitness games in the “Parent and Me” program. Prices vary.  

Songs For Seeds

426 Springfield Ave., Summit; 973-906-8188

Newborn babies get introduced to nursery rhymes, songs and dance moves from around the world in this 45-minute-long class before graduating to hands-on sessions using musical instruments. $245 for seven weeks.

Stroller Strides of Northern NJ

Multiple locations; 866-FIT.4MOM, northern-nj.fit4mom.com

Crank up the cardio while strolling along outdoor paths with babies as young as six months old in the “Stroller Stride” program, which caters to new moms. Get out of the house for a quick, safe workout (under the guidance of a certified fitness instructor, of course) while meeting other new parents. $120 for 10 weeks or drop-in for $25 per class.

Three Little Birds

16 Erie St., Jersey City; 201-528-3212

Get ready to shake it in the “Movers and Groovers” dance class, which is packed with energetic games that build up her sense of rhythm and movement by bouncing to fast-paced beats. Drop-in classes are offered for $15, and 10-week sessions are $12 per class.

United Soccer Academy 

12 Maiden Ln., Bound Brook; 732-563-2525

Teach her everything you know about your favorite sport in this energetic “Parent and Me Squirt” class. Beginner soccer moves come through games that fuel motor skill development. Prices vary.

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