Once baby has made it past those first milestones and that scary what-if-they-get-an-infection phase, the two of you may start craning around for something to do out in that great big world. Thing is, even though this precious time does indeed fly by so very fast, hour to hour and day to day can sometimes feel like an eternity. Getting out of the house and interacting with other kids (and their grown up caretakers!) is a great way to make sure these early years are just as full and wonderful as can be. Not only will your little ones learn to socialize, you may find you'll form bonds with other parents that will far outlast the baby class days. We are extremely fortunate in Fairfield County to be surrounded by some eclectic and super fun options when it comes to classes for all ages. What are you waiting for, read on, pick a class, and get out there for some fun!
Music Together & Kindermusik
If you're unfamiliar with these franchised music classes, you're in for a treat. Run in churches and community centers, or anywhere else with available space, Music Together and Kindermusik classes are taught by community members with a passion for enriching young minds through the power of music. Some classes come with complementing CDs so you can listen to the music you learn together on the go. Both have been trusted names for many years.
Music Together of Fairfield County:
Music Together of Monroe/Newtown:
Music Together of Greater Danbury:
Kindermusik with Leslie: Shelton
Lynne's Kindermusik Studio: Norwalk
Microtone Music: Back-country Greenwich
Old Greenwich Music Studio: Greenwich
There are also a couple of mom-and-pop type outfits to check out. Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children has been operating since 1973 and boasts a unique philosophy when compared to others. School-year long sessions take place in Norwalk, Westport, Greenwich, Darien and Southport. The Enchanted Garden in Ridgefield started as a TV show and grew into an arts education center offering classes in dance, art, theater, yoga, and more.
If you'd rather spend your morning seeing that nap time is a sure thing, there are heaps of baby gyms and sports classes in the area. My Gym has a few locations in the county where your little one can tumble the day away. For the littlest Pele in the family head over Ole Soccer where classes begin at 18 months. Great Play in Stamford is another place where kids can be totally active. For a mellower experience, Baby & Me yoga classes are available at Yoga4Everybody in Fairfield, KaiaYoga in Westport & Greenwich, and Family Tree Yoga in Stamford.
You may want to consider swimming lessons for babies six months old and up. Certified instructors can teach your baby to float, even fully clothed, in case they ever find themselves in a water emergency. Try Infant Aquatics CT which offers lessons at Woodruff Family YMCA, Chelsea Piers, and private residences. Babyswim LLC (affiliated with Infant Swimming Resource) gives lessons solely at private residences in the county. Penguin Swim School starts kids young, lessons take place at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Stratford.
No matter what you choose, have fun, you two!
Originally published 9/7/2012.