Mommy & Me Classes on the North Fork

8/26/13 - By Jessica Murphy

As fall approaches and the days start to get shorter, it is time to start thinking about enrolling babies and toddlers in classes. Mommy & Me classes are a great way to get out of the house on a rainy day, plus the classes give parents and children an opportunity to socialize and learn. From swimming to the arts, there are a number of options available on the North Fork. Looking for a class elsewhere on Long Island? Check out our After School Programs, Classes, and Activities Guide


Gym Nation
1074 Pulaski Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Toddlers are always on the go and during the My Baby & Me classes at Gym Nation, they stay active in a safe and structured environment. These sessions introduce toddlers to gymnastics and how to move their bodies, all while having fun. Register for Diaper Daredevils (ages 12-36 months) or Tiny Tykes (ages 18 months-3 years), which are parent/child classes. As children get older, there are plenty of classes available for all ages and skill levels.

The libraries in the area welcome children even when there aren't any programs scheduled, so take advantage of this free community resource. The children's section in many of the libraries are separate from the rest of the library. Playing with the provided toys and reading aloud won't disturb others. Check out the libraries website or call for more information about classes, story times, and special events.

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
27550 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935

Floyd Memorial Library
539 1st Street
Greenport, NY 11944

Mattituck-Laurel Library
13900 Main Road
Mattituck, NY 11952

Southold Free Library
53705 Main Road
Southold, NY 11971

Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
It is always fun to explore the Long Island Aquarium. When possible, plan a visit during a scheduled children's program. Children ages 2-4 years participate in these programs, which incorporate hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and live animal encounters. Each program topic is covered during four, 45-minute sessions. Topics covered include Mammals, Creatures of the Deep, Wings Fishy Antics, Wacky World, Rainforest Fun, and Living Seashore. There is a fee for the program, which includes aquarium admission for one adult/one child. Register by phone or in person. Check out the website for the dates and times.

Lyrical Children
Mo Chuisle Moya Strast School of Dance
445 Pike Street
Mattituck, NY 11952
Children up to 5 years of age and their parents sing, dance, and have fun together during these 45 minute classes. The wide age range allows the entire family to participate. Younger children observe what the older children are doing, and the older children are encouraged to help the younger children. A CD of songs that are learned in each 10-week class is provided, which is perfect for at home dance parties or sing-a-longs in the car.

North Fork Fun & Fitness
54655 Main Road
Southold, NY 11971
On select mornings, children ages 9 months - 6 years and their caregivers are invited to stop in for an hour of open play. No pre-registration is required and there is a nominal fee. Check the website for a schedule of classes.

Peconic Ballet Theater
71 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
The baby ballet class is the perfect introduction to dance. Children ages 2.5 years and up work with professional dancers, and learn proper technique and form from the very beginning.

150 Kroemer Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
The North Fork is surrounded by water and there are pools everywhere. Children need to learn to swim at an early age for their own safety, as well as for fun. The Cuddles and Strokes class gives parents a chance to get into the water with their baby. Children become more comfortable in the water, and parents take away valuable information about proper swimming techniques.

Southold Mothers' Club
There is a fee to join the club. Included in the membership is a large support system of moms in the area. There's also access to weekly playgroups, picnics, special events, discounts, and moms' nights out.

Updated on 7/29/14

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