Teach your little one to swim, play instruments, make friends and more at these NJ parent and me classes. Find one on this list near you.
BEE YOU YOGA
74 Main St., Manasquan
This spot is dedicated to yogis as young as 6 weeks old. Teach ’em confidence using mindfulness and yoga techniques in Mommy and Bee (newborn-3 yrs.), or let your little one get their stretches in on their own in Busy Bees (3-5 yrs.). Keep an eye out for special mommy and me retreats. $17/class, $80/five classes, $210/15 classes.
BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL
Parent-assisted classes include the Tadpole (3 mos.-3 yrs.) and Swimboree (3 mos.-3 yrs.) programs. Tadpole lessons help babies and toddlers get used to water and teach them to float, submerge and more. In Swimboree, they’ll work on water independence skills through games, songs and more. Pricing varies by location.
You got that jogging stroller for a reason! Hit the road for full-body Stroller Strides while baby stays tucked in her carriage. Try safe Fit4Baby workouts during pregnancy, or Stroller Barre for a postnatal challenge. Prices vary.
GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL
It’s never too early to teach baby to swim. Grown-ups can take a dip, too, for classes Mini 1 (ages 4-16 mos.) and Mini 2 (ages 16-35 mos.). Here, they’ll learn basic swim skills and water safety with mom in the water. Pricing varies by location and class.
GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC
Start at 6 months in Play & Learn, where they’ll gain social and language skills through activities and level up until age 3. Try Family Music or Art to dance, sing, sculpt, paint and more with the whole crew. Classes and prices vary by location.
Choose from themed options that focus on music, art and dance, or try free play. Future athletes will love Big Muscles for Little Babies (6-12 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, while budding athletes can get their feet wet in soccer, basketball and more (2-6 yrs., varies by sport). Enrollment and prices vary by location.
Your mini me will play with instruments, groove to his favorite tunes and develop cognitive and social skills. Kindermusik Foundations (up to 18 mos.) teaches exploration and movement using sounds, objects and a sensory-rich environment, while toddlers work on memorization, numbers and pre-literacy (18 mos.-3 yrs.). Prices vary by class and location.
THE LANGUAGE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN
113 Walnut St., Montclair
105 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood
There are endless benefits to helping baby become bilingual in Spanish or French. Newbies can learn words through activities, props and vocab songs in Languages for Tots (6 mos.-3 yrs.), then graduate to mastering phrases and full sentences in Languages for Children (3-5 yrs.). Classes are $668-899/15 weeks.
LITTLE DOLPHINS SWIM ACADEMY
424 Vosseller Ave., Bound Brook
Blow bubbles with baby from age 5 months to 2 years. 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. $75-79/month for one class per week.
THE LITTLE GYM
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 and sharing, while Pre-K Gymnastics will help her hit every developmental milestone (3-6 yrs.). Get your mini musician into Kindermusik to get her creativity flowing (newborn-5 yrs.) and offer early exposure to STEM concepts in WonderKids Club (3-4 yrs.). Pricing varies by class and location.
Locations in Marlboro, Scotch Plains, Shrewsbury and Wall
Sign him up for Baby Band (2-9 mos.), a 45-minute class that’ll have you both grooving to the beat. Move on to Tot Rock (6 mos.-4 yrs.) to meet new moms, toe-tap at tummy time, massage baby and teach him to hold and use small instruments. Later, Rock N’ Me (2 1/2-4 yrs.) will keep him interacting with fellow bandmates on his own through original kids’ songs. Call for pricing.
120 E. Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
Calling all Jumpers (crawling-18 mos.), Rookies (1 1/2-2 1/2 yrs.) and MVPs (2 1/2-3 1/2 yrs.)! Take part in sing-alongs, stretches, yoga ball workouts, parachute time and, everyone’s favorite, bubbles. Once they graduate to MVP, 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
Lil’ Picassos will go wild with color at five different activity stations in Messy Makers (1 1/2-2 1/2 yrs.) and experiment with a creative art project before storytime in Little Learners (2-5 yrs.). Pricing varies by class, but snag a TMA Flex Pass ($130/five classes) and you can drop by anytime throughout the semester.
MIMA CREATE & PLAY
881 Main St., Ste. 14-15, Sayreville
Budding yogis ages 3 months to 2 years can stretch with mama two days a week in Mommy & Me Yoga. Practice your postures, build some muscle and flexibility and help your baby socialize and increase his mobility. $48/four weeks.
113 Walnut St., Montclair
On top of NJ parent and me yoga classes tailor-made for you and your little one, take a specialized session all about helping you and baby bond. Choose from holistic Lamaze, breastfeeding, new mom support groups and more. Hypnobirthing classes help expectant mamas get through delivery. Pricing varies across childbirth education classes, but yoga is $36/three classes, $170/10 or $295/20.
105 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood
Your mini me will love gathering in a circle for live guitar. Sign up for Baby Munchkins (6 mos.-1 yr.) to engage them through music, games, baby massage, prop play and chants that stimulate and mimic natural baby sounds. Move on to the mixed age class (1-5 yrs.) to add more instruments to their repertoire. $220/10 weeks.
The teachers here believe making music is a basic life skill, just like walking or talking. Minis up to 8 months old can make tunes in Babies Music Class. They’ll get all the inspo they need with musical activities (and older role models) in Mixed-Age Music Class (up to 5 yrs.). Prices vary by location.
There are plenty of options for Move Together babies (1-13 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 riding a tricycle and building. Prices vary by location.
Suit up for Water Babies (3-30 mos.) and hit the pool for a safe, fun intro to splishing and splashing at these NJ parent and me classes. They’ll learn balance and buoyancy, then swim skills and water safety. When they’re ready, they can take a dive on their own in the preschool class where they’ll learn floating and breath control. Best part? Little fish younger than 6 months can take free classes. Call for pricing.
513A Valley St., Maplewood
If your little creative is between ages 1 1/2 and 3, she’s just the right fit for The Toddler Collective. This playgroup allows budding artists to explore creative and sensory experiences with their caretaker by their side. Get to work in the studio for $100/four weeks.
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 (up to 4 yrs.), so your tots will learn from the big kids. $239/10 weeks.
UNITED SOCCER ACADEMY
Brush up on your footwork while your 2- to 3-year-old trains in the NJ Parent and Me classes for soccer. She’ll develop her motor skills, play imaginative games and help the team in the cutest soccer games on the planet. Once she’s gotten the basics down, send her to Soccer Squirts (3-5 yrs.) for more games and activities. Call for pricing.
WOMPY’S WORLD OF MUSICAL PLAY
Locations in Garwood, New Providence and Warren
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. Wompy’s emphasizes blending art, theater, literacy and the body to teach kids all the pre-K essentials. Call for pricing.
No time for the gym post-partum? You and baby can try Zumba-inspired moves at this fun class for toddlers up to age 4 that’s all about dancing and music. Not only will they learn balance and rhythm, but they’ll also develop socially and emotionally with both you and their classmates. Prices vary by program.
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