Moms, now that the hard part is over, it is time to spend all the time you can with your little one! In the past, stroller walks have dominated in the available activities for you and your child, but Indy has caught on to a trend that will rock your world. Mommy and me classes in Dayton have been popping up around the area because they are a fun way to for parents and kids to spend time together. Give it a shot with Dayton Parent’s list of reputable Mommy & Me classes so that you can find a perfect fit.
The Hopping Bunnies Class at Kids Are Tops is a tot and parent class designed to improve social interactions between children through gymnastics. The children will also gain confidence as they reach new milestones, such as somersaulting and walking the beam.
Although it most likely won’t be music to the ears, the Mixed Age class uses song, dance, and instruments in a casual setting to connect families and build confidence. The class is for children 5 years old and younger, and includes a song book and CD so that the groovin’ never stops.
The focus of Parent and Tot class is to introduce children to the 4 gymnastics events, body positions and movements required for gymnastics. This class will help children with major motor function, coordination, focus, color recognition and cognitive skills. Under the supervision of a coach one parent will accompany their child and assist them through a series of stations over the course of a 30 minute period.
The Music Together Babies class, for families with infants from birth through eight months, is a one-semester introduction to Music Together and to early childhood music development. The music activities in a Babies class are specifically designed to teach parents how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with their infants through music, using concepts like “purposeful touch,” “sound layering,” and “dancing for baby.”
Find your zen alongside your family. Family Yoga classes are a great way for parents and children to share a healthy activity, bring a little peace into their busy schedules, and simply enjoy time together! Activities include age-appropriate poses (including partner poses between parent and child), breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and cooperative games. For kids ages 3 and up.
Bring your little yogi and comfy blanket for this yoga class designed for Mama and Baby/Toddler. Door opens at 9:30 a.m. for play and connection with others; 45 minute class starts promptly at 9:45 a.m. (It is totally good to show up at 9:45!) The class will start slow then warm up, no need to get them out of their PJs, just wake up and come on in. For children 6 to 36 months.
Music for Young Children (MYC) is a curriculum designed to be experienced in small groups and is the only child-centered music learning system that integrates keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, ear training, sight reading, music theory, and composition. There are four levels of MYC, based on age, and all require parent participation.
Make a splash and have a blast with your tyke at the Mini Swim Lessons. These are small classes, limited to six children, that invite parent participation to help give kids a gentle introduction to the water. There are four classes offered, with three not requiring any prior experience. Along with basic swim instruction, the class teaches water safety at a young age.
Coined “Noah’s Ark” classes, the Parent and Tot classes at Twigs aim to prevent childhood obesity and create an educational experience to help prepare them for school physically, socially, and mentally. The goal is to make gymnastics fun to learn, for kids and adults!
Dive in, or more likely wade, as your tykes are introduced to swimming. The Parent and Tot Classes are broken up into two levels: Tadpoles and Minnows. Tadpoles is for kids ages 4-12 months, and the primary focus is adjustment. Minnows is for kids ages 13-30 months, and the primary focus is boundaries.
“Precious Ones” and “Cutie Twos” are stimulation and development classes at Smile Awhile. Both classes put an emphasis on emotional intelligence and infant mental health, which includes problem solving, memory, self-awareness, and relationships. Parent and child interaction, stimulation through sensory experiences, and other activities will help mental development.
Nobody is too young to express creativity! Decoy Art offers two classes, Tiny Van Gogh and Parent/Child Art Class, to help children explore their artistic side through sensory play and take home crafts. The interaction between child and parent as well as the experiments with art help cognitive growth.
All aboard the Experimentation Station! Hands on cooperative art projects will change weekly as kids and their accompanying adults get creative, learn art fundamentals, and experiment with materials. Pre-registration is not required, so kids and parents can simply drop in for some fun.
Join the Dayton Art Institute on Thursday mornings for the popular child and caregiver preschool program, Tiny Thursdays. Ages 2-5 and a caregiver (baby siblings welcome) are invited for storytime curated by The Dayton Metro Library, movement activities, a gallery visit and a make-and-take art project.