For NYC parents who want to explore some cool indoor activities for kids, these awesome Mommy (or Daddy) and Me classes are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Ranging from music classes to fitness classes, this list will make sure you and your little ones won’t miss a beat.
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Mommy and Me classes in NYC
Your seedling will blossom at this Chelsea play space, which includes a 2,500-square-foot indoor playground featuring a soft-play climbing area, a shape-sorter garden, a sports section and nine permanent exhibits that mimic the Big Apple. Sign up for a seasonal series of two-hours classes that allow parents and 2-3-year-old children to gradually separate at their own pace. Teachers guide kids through exciting activities involving movement, art and music. Ages newborn to 5 years.
This UES Studio teaches kids about meditation, focus and breathing techniques while moving through various yoga poses. At Siblings Yoga (ages 3–9), kids quit bickering and learn about cooperation and communication through asanas, games, song and even foot massage. You can also try Family Yoga class, in which parents can practice with their little ones. If your baby is battling teething and thinks sleep is for losers, then you could probably use some downard-dog time yourself; new moms can take a Bye-Bye Bump class ($45 for drop-ins), while babysitters mind the children nearby. Ages 6 weeks to 16 years.
At this yoga studio specifically aimed toward the younger set, kids use basic poses and their imagination to improve flexibility, coordination and focus. Try a parent and child class, where you and your child (walking–3) can bark in downward dog and hiss in cobra pose, or send the kids to glow-in-the-dark yoga, where games and partner poses will keep kids 5–7 busy. All ages.
Set in the courtyard of the Westbeth artist community, this spot looks more like a gallery than a tot stomping ground. But inside, it's warm and inviting. Join your kids for a music class featuring a different artist every week, or crawl around with your baby in All Four on the Floor for some movement games. Ages 6 months to 7 years.
The downtown location of this sports and recreation center features a kitchen and theater for culinary and performing arts programs, plus two pools, a gymnasium, a fitness center and classrooms. For little ones, try parent-friendly Toddlercise classes (12-24mos); kids can work on balance, jumping and swinging through basic gymnastics activities. For older kids, the sky's the limit.
This Harlem yoga studio welcomes yogis of all ages; parents, be sure to check out Family Yoga (ages 2 and up with an adult present), where little ones learn the basics of yoga through games and music. Moms and newborns may also like Baby & Me, where they'll gently stretch and practice deep breathing while very little ones get their first taste of yoga with massage and movement.
During this spot’s signature animal care classes, children learn how to look after guinea pigs, turtles, bunnies and bearded dragons while picking up science skills. Babes and their parents will also meet a variety of creatures in Rocks, Smocks & Animals, a mommy and me class that pairs animal visits with music, storytime and art. Ages 14 months to 4 years.