5 NYC Mixed-Age Music and Art Classes for Toddlers, Babies

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As mom to an infant and a toddler, I know that handling two young children is a serious juggling act—whether I'm simultaneously changing two diapers (not impossible!), nursing the baby while helping my 2-year-old eat her lunch, or chasing after my toddler on the playground while pushing the sleeping baby in the stroller.

Of all the mom-of-two-tots struggles, one of the hardest for me was keeping my toddler active when the new baby came. I began searching for classes that would excite and stimulate my toddler without overwhelming my infant. I also wanted an activity in which my baby could look around and see other little ones like herself, and maybe even make a friend or two. Thankfully, I was able to find a selection of mixed-age classes where I could comfortably and happily bring both kids. Check out these five great picks around NYC.

Music Together – Manhattan
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With more than a dozen locations throughout Manhattan, Music Together offers over 40 classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Kids and babies alike have the opportunity to create music, play and dance, and do so at their respective levels. Music Together's philosophy is that infants benefit from early exposure to music and do well when mixed with other ages. Free trial classes are offered to new students.

Music for Aardvarks – Citywide
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Created by Brooklyn rock musician and dad, David Weinstone, famous for his catchy "Taxi" song, Music for Aardvarks classes use his original tunes to get children ages 3 months to 4 years singing, dancing and playing instruments. If you want to give it a try, you can schedule a free demo class, but good luck getting the songs out of your head!

Church Street School for Music and Art – Tribeca
74 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and West Broadway
Sing and Dance with Richard Younger is an outstanding drop-in music class. While it's billed for children ages 16 to 36 months, it's the kind of informal setting where you can hold a younger baby or lay her on a blanket while watching your toddler dance around, having a blast. Older babies can even join in the fun. Younger plays the guitar, and engages the kids in singing, shaking and circle dances.

Children's Museum of the Arts – Hudson Square
103 Charlton Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets
Another great drop-in option: CMA WEE Arts sessions. The museum opens early on select weekdays to host little ones for music, storytime and art. There is something for everyone, including playdough, painting, drumming and singing, and the room is staffed with several teaching artists that help guide the activities. If you're up for more artsy fun, you can buy discounted tickets to the museum when the class ends. Be sure to check out the huge ball pond on the upper level!

Hands On! A Musical Experience – Upper West Side & Tribeca
529 Columbus Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets
19 Warren Street between Church Street and Broadway
Hands On! classes include songs, stories and movement, with a special focus on real musical instruments. While most of the classes are age-specific, Hands On! does offer sibling classes geared toward mixed ages. Each class has a teacher and a pianist. Sign up for a free trial class at either location.

For more fun with your tots, check out these kid-friendly yoga studios with Mommy & Me classes.

Top image: Children Museum of the Art's WEE Arts class. Photo courtesy of the museum.

Church Street School of Music and Art
74 Warren St.
10007 NY , NY 40° 42' 55.368" N, 74° 0' 35.5788" W
New York
Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St
10014 NY , NY 40° 43' 39.1908" N, 74° 0' 28.5948" W
New York
Hands On!
529 Columbus Ave
10024 NY , NY 40° 47' 9.7404" N, 73° 58' 20.118" W
New York
Hands On!
19 Warren St
10007 NY , NY 40° 42' 49.7844" N, 74° 0' 28.2564" W
New York