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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.


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

Gymboree

Multiple locations 

877-4GYMWEB; gymboreeclasses.com 

Get them started as infants with classes for little ones up to 6 months that focus on tummy time and flashlight play, then grow with them as they learn balance and social skills. Classes start at $92 per month, but you can do a free trial before signing up. 

Kidville 

Multiple locations 

kidville.com 

Pick from themed options that focus on music, art and dance, or opt for free play. Programs have cute names, like Big Muscles for Little Babies (a class for 6- to 12-month-olds where balls and inclines get them moving), or Rockin’ Railroad (where infants go to a series of stations to learn about music). Classes start at $545 a semester. 

Kindermusik

Multiple locations 

800-628-5687; kindermusik.com

Get ready to sing and dance while your mini-me plays with instruments, grooves to his favorite tunes and develops cognitive and social skills at the same time. $80 per month. 

The Language Workshop for Children 

Multiple locations 

212-628-2700; languageworkshopforchildren.com

Start them young with a new language. Children under 3 get an intro to Spanish or Chinese with the help of music and catchy songs. You may even learn some new vocab, too. Classes start at $225 for five weeks. 

The Little Gym 

Multiple locations

thelittlegym.com

Chances are your toddler’s already testing her limits and trying to climb to new heights—better to have her do it at this colorful gym filled with soft surfaces and inflatables. Classes start at $21 each with a $40 annual membership. Free intro classes are available. 

The Messy Artist

356 Rte. 10, East Hanover

973-378-2425

themessyartist.com

Let them make a huge mess (without you having to clean it up!) at creative stations with play dough, sensory boxes and easels. They’ll be channeling artists like Picasso or Chagall in no time. Sessions start at $168.

MiMi Yoga 

1001 Bloomfield St., Hoboken

201-222-1814; mimikidsyoga.com

Check out Mini Mountains, where crawling kids learn to stretch in ways that’ll help their digestion, or try Downward Puppies, where kids ages 2 and up work on breathing techniques. $118 for a five-class package. 

Montclair B.A.B.Y. 

113 Walnut St., Montclair 

973-370-0765; montclairbaby.com

On top of yoga classes tailor-made for you and your little one, take a specialized session all about helping you and baby bond. Choose from baby sign language, baby-wearing classes, CPR, infant massage and breastfeeding and new mom support groups. There are also hypnobirthing classes to help expectant mamas get through delivery. 

Musical Munchkins

105 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood

201-891-1807; musicalmunchkinsnewjersey.com 

Your little ones will love gathering in a circle to enjoy live guitar in classes grouped by age. Learn about singing, chanting and moving as they explore all kinds of music. Classes for 6- to 12-month-olds include baby massage and start at $150 per session. 

Music Together

Multiple locations

800-728-2692; musictogether.com 

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

My Gym

Multiple locations

201-444-4644; mygym.com

Your Little Bundles and Tiny Tykes learn the basics of music, movement and exercise. Once they hit the waddler stage at 14 months, they tackle big kid stuff like balancing and tumbling. As they grow, they get to explore classes like Zumba, hip-hop and art. Locations in Glen Rock, Hoboken, Jersey City, New Providence, North Bergen, Shrewsbury, Westfield and West Orange range in price, but all offer a free trial class to get you started. 

NJSwim

Multiple locations 

973-377-7793; njswim.com

Get them splishing and splashing when they’re teeny tiny. You can sign them up for water babies classes where they’ll learn balance and buoyancy once they hit a few months old. As they age, they learn to hone some of their swimming skills, like floating on their backs, in very small group classes. Call for prices. 

Preschool of Rock 

Multiple locations 

732-205-1971; preschoolofrock.com

With music-themed sessions (Fall Fiesta and Summer Drummer) your kids will love, this school has high-energy classes that focus on the beat. Sign up and get a free CD and instrument that goes with the season’s theme. 10-week sessions start at $239. 

Stroller Strides of Northern NJ

Multiple locations

866-FIT-4MOM; fit4mom.com

You got that jogging stroller for a reason! Hit the road in these full-body workout classes you can do with your little one in her stroller. Ambitious pregnant moms can try safe Fit4Baby workouts. Classes start at $25 each. 

 United Soccer Academy 

Multiple locations

732-563-2525; unitedsocceracademy.com

Brush up on your footwork while your 2- to 3-year-old starts training in the Parent & Me Squirts program. She’ll have fun and you’ll get to play in the most adorable soccer games on the planet. Sessions start at $125. 

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. Infants will learn basic puppetry and rhythmic movement. Prices vary by season.

 Zumbini

Multiple locations

305-330-1512; zumbini.com 

Having trouble finding time to go to the gym post-partum? You and your baby can enjoy Zumba-inspired moves together at this super fun class that celebrates dancing and music. Be ready to bounce to the beat. Classes start at $135 for six sessions.

 

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