Brooklyn is chock-full of babies, so it's no wonder that the borough is home to an overwhelming number of baby classes. You'll find pretty much every kind of parent and baby course you can think of (or never even imagined), from music to movement to drop-in art, where you can bond with and stimulate your baby while meeting other local parents.
Of course, because your baby is totally unique, you may be looking to try something a little different, and Brooklyn certainly delivers. In these offbeat baby classes, you can introduce your little one to DJing, swimming, and working out—all before she's even spoken her first word.
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Introducing babies to vinyl records and thumping beats in Baby DJ School sessions.
Baby DJ School – Various locations
Ages 3 months to 3 years
Think you'll scream if you hear yet another chorus of "Wheels on the Bus?" Then try this out-there twist on the usual Parent & Me music class. Founder Natalie Weiss is a well-known DJ and early childhood educator, and she designed the class to be stimulating for both babies and their parents. Participants are introduced to a variety of musical styles like house, electro, and hip-hop (no nursery rhymes), interactive equipment, and rhythmic movements. Classes are held in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods, or you can arrange for a private session in your home.
Lloyd H. Miller Sing-Alongs – Various locations
Ages 0 to 3
Yes, we know, sing-alongs in Brooklyn are as ubiquitous as hipster mustaches. But the communal crooning sessions led by Lloyd H. Miller are truly unique. The kindie rocker is best known as the front man for the smartest family-band in town, The Deedle Deedle Dees, who perform songs about science and historic icons like author Zora Neale Hurston, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, and early American politician Aaron Burr. Miller shares a few of his originals with spirited renditions of childhood classics at weekly drop-in sing-alongs throughout the borough. He's great at engaging kids and happy to share his rich knowledge of history—even with adults. Drop-in sessions are available, and after the show, if you ask nicely, he may let baby strum softly on his guitar.
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Acclimating babies to the water at AquaBeba Swim.
AquaBeba Swim – East Williamsburg
Ages 4 to 18 months
While many children's swimming programs don't begin until toddlerhood, AquaBeba offers structured, supportive lessons for babies as young as 4 months. How much can a tot that age learn about water safety, you ask? According to owner Danilo Krvavac, a Brooklyn dad and former Olympic qualifying swimmer, a lot. He developed the program after having his first child, and helps babies become comfortable with submersion and start to float without the use of aids. Parents appreciate the warm pool temperature to prevent baby shivering, and the small class sizes and individual attention. AquaBeba offers classes for children up to age 11 (as well as prenatal lessons), so your little water baby can grow with the program.
Child’Space NYC – Various locations
Ages 5 weeks to 18 months
Tummy time is incredibly important for babies. It's when they learn to lift their heads, push up their bodies and, eventually, crawl and cruise. But for many, being on their bellies prompts terrible tears, not gross-motor advancement. That's where this baby movement class comes in. Infants are encouraged to reach, roll, and yes, even get on their tummies in a soothing and supportive environment. Experts are on hand to address any specific issues, and parents and babies bond through games, songs, and hands-on activities.
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Making art is messy but safe at Eckford Street Studio.
ArtLab Storytime @ Eckford Street Studio – Greenpoint
Ages 6 to 18 months
Art classes for preschoolers abound, but given that babies put everything in their mouths, materials can be a safety hazard for the crawling set. Not so in this ArtLab Storytime class, where paints are made from natural colorants like fruits and veggies, and the simple projects are often meant to be eaten! Picture book readings and indoor playtime are also on the menu. Drop-in sessions are available. Bonus: Eckford Street Studio offers courses for children up to age 10, so this could be the beginning of a lifelong love of art making.
The Dad Beats at Lark Cafe – Ditmas Park
Ages 0 to 3
The Lark Cafe is a Ditmas Park tot hot spot, with snacks, activities, and a slew of enriching classes for babies and toddlers, including standards like Music for Aardvarks and arts and crafts. But our offbeat pick is The Dad Beats, a trio of Brooklyn fathers who host weekly dance parties filled with rocking covers of childhood favorites that will have you and your babies up and grooving (not rolling your eyes).
Babies on Board at Xtend Barre – Brooklyn Heights
Ages 6 weeks up to 18 pounds
Get fit with your baby literally in tow. That's right, unlike all those strollercize classes in which you push your baby, you actually wear your infant in a carrier during this workout. Bond skin-to-skin with your baby while using him as a weight. And though the routine is hardcore, the environment is baby-friendly with soft music, plentiful mirrors, and lots of sunlight.