A great way to meet families is through taking classes. From stroller boot camps to making mudpies, Fairfield County offers no shortage of Mommy & Me classes. Pack up the diaper bag, wash your hair, and sign up for a class. Here's our list of 20 Mommy & Me classes in Fairfield County.
1. Ole Soccer, Monroe, Fairfield
Got a future Pele in your family? Then you should head on over to Ole Soccer where classes begin at 18 months. Ole is the leading soccer facility in Fairfield County with locations in Fairfield and Monroe. With parent/child classes offered in both locations, Ole offers even the youngest soccer stars the opportunity to work on their balancing, agility and ball handling skills.
2. Tinkergarten, Various locations
Exploring the outdoors, making mud pies and more! Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Meeting in parks and greenspaces all over Fairfield County (including Trumbull, Darien, Norwalk and more,) families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!
Photo courtesy of FIT4MOM
3. FIT4MOM, Various Locations
FIT4MOM is the country's largest fitness program for moms offering pre and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood. Programs are offered locally from Greenwich to Norwalk in lower Fairfield County and include 5K training, Moms Club playgroups, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back, and Fit4Baby.
4. Chinese Language School of CT, Riverside, Greenwich
CLSC is the only not-for-profit educational institution and accredited by AdvancED which is an accreditation organization that approves elite private school's curriculum, allowing CLSC students to matriculate into upper level Chinese classes in public or private schools. CLSC starts language classes for children ages 18 months and up.
5. Tender Beginnings, Greenwich
Greenwich Hospital’s “Tender Beginnings” pregnancy and parenting programs are a wonderful way for couples and families to prepare for pregnancy, labor, delivery, and baby care. Class choices range from childbirth preparation to breastfeeding. All courses for mothers, fathers/partners, siblings, and grandparents are taught by registered nurses from our Maternal/Child Unit and include support groups for parents with infants, toddlers, older children, and teens.
6. Music Together, Fairfield, Monroe/Newtown, Danbury Area
Undoubtedly one of the most well known national music programs for young children, Music Together offers classes at more than 3,000 locations and 40 countries. Each week babies, toddlers, preschoolers, big kids—and the grownups who love them—gather together in Music Together classrooms to make music as a community.
7. Giggling Pig, Shelton, Bethel
Fingerpaint, salt dough hand prints, and shaving cream galore—are some of the seriously awesome sensory fun experiences you’ll expect to have each week at Giggling Pig’s Mommy & Me classes. These classes offer families a chance to get messy with themed creative projects, plus the studio offers fun play areas for kids with puzzles, sensory bins, and, yes, shaving cream fun after the art projects.
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8. Kidville, Westport
Kidville's signature music program, Rockin' Railroad, introduces a new instrument to kids each week and is available from newborns through age 5. Two-year-olds are playfully introduced to the basic positions and movements of ballet using music, games, creative imagery, and stories in the fun-filled Ballet Tea Party.
9. Great Play, Stamford
Great Play's Introductory Motor Skills Program called Great Start is the perfect first step for infants. It gives children a broad foundation of essential introductory motor skills, including a full range of motor, stability, and manipulation skills. Players, with parent’s support, enjoy physical exploration and play, and develop a broad base of age-appropriate motor skills in the process.
10. Children of the Sound, Norwalk
Boasting the title of "the largest swim school in Fairfield County,” Children of the Sound offers private, semi-private, and parent-tot classes for children 6 months – 3 years. The classes focus on water safety and comfort, and are offered most weekday and weekend mornings.
11. Connecticut Dance Center, Stamford
This recently expanded studio welcomes students of all ages and abilities beginning with mommy-and-me. So throw on your tutu and get ready to boogy!
12. Polly's School of Gymnastics, Stratford
A Stratford institution, Polly's has been run by the same family since 1971. For the little ones, start with their Mom and Me (Dads and nannies also welcome).
13. Maryann Hall, Westport
A longtime highly respected music program, Maryann Hall offers a multi-sensory, age-appropriate curriculum that will have your children reading music with their eyes, ears, and whole bodiy. Each class artfully tells a story through song, dance, drama, rhythm, and rhyme. Live guitar, banjo, and piano every week with hundreds of instruments to play.
14. Yogabilitation, Fairfield
Fairfield’s Yogabilitation offers kid’s yoga classes as a component of their comprehensive physical therapy offerings. Classes available include infant massage and parent and baby yoga.
Photo courtesy of Kindermusik
15. Kindermusik with Leslie, Norwalk
For three generations, Kindermusik has helped millions of children around the world build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Kids are welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment to sing, move, play instruments, and hear stories.
16. Mommy & Me Shamrockers, Fairfield
Lead by Meghan Lenihan from the Lenihan School of Irish Dance, this program is a creative musical dance program for toddlers ages 18 months – 3 years and their caregivers through the Fairfield Recreation Department. Classes are taught with an Irish flair and include a welcome song, action songs on Mom or Dad's lap, dance and movement, and a short cool down time ending with a goodbye song.
17 . Mom and Baby Figure Method Barre, Darien, Greenwich
This class is tailor made for moms and babies up to 9 months of age. Taking into consideration the unique postural alignment and core musculature issues related to the Post Natal period, this class provides a safe and effective barre fitness program as well as information about how to modify exercises in the first year after birth. We will discuss common issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction and abdominal separation (DR) all while moving and bonding with our little ones. Classes are offered at the Darien & Greenwich locations!
18. Hartbeeps, Greenwich, Westport and New Canaan
The award-winning multi sensory music classes from UK perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers have local classes in lower Fairfield County for newborns to age four. Hartbeeps classes are full of props, dress up, drama, music, singing, imaginative play and magic sprinkles. With 100's of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes, musical stories, big fun characters & colourful themes, there is so much to do, learn.
19. Three Roots Education, Ridgefield
From seedling to harvest, track the growth of a garden from the indoors and make the most of outdoor gardening in the fall, and how to transition to the indoors. Make art the organic way with your little one in this morning workshop. A peaceful way to start off the week, learn how garden objects can be used for art, and how the garden can make art possible.
20. Canta Y Baila Conmigo, Greenwich
Take a journey into the Spanish language and its cultures through the magical world of music. You and your child will be transported as you sing, dance and play along to the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Spanish speaking countries. Designed for beginners and native speakers alike, students experience a playful, interactive atmosphere where language learning is integrated naturally and organically in the musical experience.
Cover photo courtesy of Tinkergarten.
Originally published 3/15.