Parenthood brings an immense feeling of joy, but the days at home with your little one can be long, exhausting and sometimes lonely. A great way to combat those feelings is to join a parent & me class, which will give you and your baby the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and learn new skills. There are classes for all ages that allow parent participation, and gives you a chance to create a special bond with your child as they develop and experience new activities. We’ve rounded up a list of options including movement classes, swim lessons, art and music classes and more. Scroll down to see the full list!
Gym & Movement Classes
Philly In Movement Gymnastics
Queen Village: 500 Kenilworth Street, Philadelphia, PA
Northern Liberties: 810 N. Hancock St., Philadelphia, PA
Bella Vista: 610 South Percy Street, Philadelphia, PA
Philly In Movement offers parent/child classes starting at 10 months old. Classes include Baby Gymmers (10-15 months), Lil’ Tumblers 1 (10-20 months), Lil’ Tumblers 2 (2-3 years) and Trick Jam (1-5 years). Class descriptions can be found on the website. Adult participation for these classes is required.
NEST Center City
1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
NEST Center City offers mommy & me classes that are parent education, support and play group classes for first and second time parents that also offer music, movement, story time, art and sensory activities, as well as cooking. Each semester there are visits from music and movement instructors, as well as special appearances from local pediatric occupational therapists, sleep therapists, nutritionists and child psychologists. Check the website for a full list of classes. There are also a list of classes specific to movement that requires parent participation.
Play Arts Philly | Movement Lab
Amrita Yoga & Wellness, 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA (Wed) & PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street, Philadelphia (Saturdays)
Play Arts Philly offers a Movement Lab class that is a creative movement dance class for toddlers and their caregivers. Assist your child in developing their movement possibilities through dance. You will learn basic dance concepts with circle time and playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories and interactive games. This class is great for children 0-5 years old, mobile children and pre-walking children with assistance from an adult.
Living Arts Dance
624 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA
Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are available for ages 2-4 and are a great way to introduce young dancers to the dance community and get comfortable in classes with the support of their favorite person. Mommy/Daddy & Me classes are available in creative moment & acro, ballet & tap, and hip-hop & acro. All toddler classes are offered in 5 week sessions every season: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
Philly Dance Fitness
Midtown: 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
Rittenhouse: 1923 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Philly Dance Fitness offers kids programs for 3-12 year olds. The goal of these classes is to make learning dance as much fun as possible. Dancers as young as 3 will get an introduction to structured movement through tames, stories and fun activities. They also offer a mommy & me, parent/child yoga class. Bond with your baby, build strength, and meet other moms. This program focuses on recovery from pregnancy and birth and muscles that are most affected by carrying and breastfeeding babies. Dads are welcome to join in the workout too!
Top Hat Dance Studio
10771 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Mommy & Me is a creative movement class for ages 18-36 months. This class is perfect for the child who still needs a little more time before separating from the parent or caregiver. Parents/caregivers can actively participate in the class as children learn basic dance steps and terminology through songs, stories, and play. This class is designed to help children develop social, motor and cognitive skills throughout their toddler years.
2359 East Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA
MotherHeart Studio offers a Mommy & Me one hour gentle and restorative yoga class for parents/caregivers to bring their infants (up to crawling, but not yet crawling). Check the website for class details and schedule.
Baby + Toddler Bubbles | Fitness Alive
Center City: 1425 Arch Street, B Level, Philadelphia, PA
South Philly: 714 Reed Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fitness Alive offers parent/child swim. In the baby + toddler bubbles classes, children new to the pool learn how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun and supervised setting. Mom, dad, or caretaker is in the pool with the child offering hands-on guidance under the direction of the instructor. It’s about building confidence and developing water-safety skills. There is also a baby + toddler open swim option. Caretakers and little ones can enjoy unstructured free-play and practice time, where you can practice water and safety skills on your own.
Sunsational Swim School
Sunsational Swim School is a travel swim school that will teach lessons in your pool. They offer parent and baby swim lessons to help get your child acclimated to the water. Your swim instructor will help your baby learn how to float, kick, fall into the water, safely resurface and find the pool edge before holding on and climbing out. All of these skills are taught in a way that is fun and educational, with games and songs.
Germantown Life Enrichment Center
5722 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Germantown Life Enrichment Center offers parent/child swim lessons. There are 3 age groups: 18 months – 3 years, 4 years – 6 years, and 7-14 years. Each group will not have more than 3 parent/child groups, totaling 6 people in the water for a 40 minute lesson.
British Swim School at KleinLife
10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA
The British Swim School offers swim lessons for “Tadpoles” that is a water acclimation class for ages 3 months to 35 months. Tadpole is for infants and toddlers that aims to reduce their fear of the water. There will be a lot of songs and splashing while your child freely and independently explores the water environment in the parent and baby swim classes.
YMCA of Northeast Philly
11088 Knights Road, Philadelphia, PA
The YMCA offers parent/child swim lessons. Accompanied by a parent or caregiver in the water, infants and toddlers learn beginner swim skills providing an introduction to the pool environment through exploration and learning while enjoying the water and exploration of body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. There is a parent/child class for ages 6-18 mo. , 18 mo. – 3 yrs and 24 mo. – 3 yrs.
Art & Music Classes
Play Arts Philly | Playmusic Family
Amrita Yoga & Wellness, 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Playmusic Family is a play-based, multi-age enrichment class for young children and caregivers. You will learn the foundation of a music education by singing, moving, and playing together. Concepts such as rhythm, dynamics and tempo are introduced through songs, nursery rhymes, children’s literature, interactive games and puppet play.
Mister John’s Music
Italian Market, Northern Liberties, Fairmount, Chestnut Hill & More locations
Mister John’s Music offers baby music classes for babies of all ages. The classes boost brain functioning, motor skills and language development, while offering a positive social-emotional dynamics and shared experience with others. There will be popular music for babies, parents and caregivers to have a fun and lively experience. Through rhythm, music and movement, infants and toddlers can learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing and empathy. There are class options for ages birth – 4 years, newborn – 6 months, 6 months – 12 months, 12 months – 24 months, 2 years and 3 years.
NEST Center City | Baby Music
1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
NEST Center City offers music classes starting for babies 6 weeks of age. This class is circle time with live music from talented musicians with unique instruments and props designed to foster an early love of music in your child. Baby Music at NEST is a great way to meet other families and make new friends. This class is offered at least 3 days/week. There are other classes for music including Jr. Jamboree (12-18 months), Rockin’ Robins (18 months – 3 years), Jamboree (18 months – 3 years), Family Music (6 weeks, 5 years) and more. Check the website for the full class schedule and class descriptions.
Philly Art Center
Fairmount: 2333 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Queen Village: 514 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Philly Art Center offers parent/child classes for all ages. Parent and child classes are for children ages 2-3. From creative playgroup and story time to baby music, the classes are engaging for babies and toddlers. At age 2, kids can begin their art adventures with their favorite adult through mixed media art classes at the Philly Art Center.
Rhythm Babies | Free Music Classes
La Paz Garden, 2201 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Rhythm Babies is a traveling company providing early childhood music classes for daycares and preschools across Philadelphia. This year, Rhythm Babies teamed up with KaBOOM! and the William Penn Foundation to install instruments with bilingual songs at La Paz Garden. The classes focus on a music readiness program that promotes a bonding experience for caregiver and child (ages 5 and under). Free monthly music classes will be held at La Paz garden starting April 2023. Classes are from 10 am – 10:45 am. The class schedule is on the website. Sign up online.