Mommy and Me Swim Classes in New York City for Babies and Tots

Swimming Classes for Infants and Babies in New York City

Mommy and me swim classes (or daddy and me) are a wonderful way to spend time with your baby or toddler. Ideally, these lessons should be enjoyable, stress-free, educational, and a good source of exercise for kids and parents.

During the summer, swim lessons offer overheated families the chance to cool off while young kids become comfortable in the water, a skill they'll certainly use a lot in the coming years, what with all the great swimming pools and beaches in NYC.

Most classes for wee ones and their caretakers take place in indoor pools. Except for the New York City Parks Department, which offers free swim lessons via lottery, mommy and me classes invariably cost something. We've rounded up eight well-respected programs across Manhattan. If you're further flung, check out our roundups of swimming classes in Brooklyn and Queens.

Find more classes for kids in our NYC Guide and Directory. Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NYC kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding new ones.

14th Street Y – East Village
344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues
Baby Belugas (ages 6 to 16 months) and Little Dippers (ages 17 to 24 months) can learn how to swim via the Y's Aquatics for Kids program. Classes are reasonably priced with a discount for members.

92nd Street Y – Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
The popular Upper East Side spot provides swimming lessons for Polliwogs (6 to 18 months), Minnows (18 to 36 months), and Guppies (3 to 5 years). Classes are offered year-round at the Y's large indoor pool.

Asphalt Green – Upper East Side & Battery Park City
555 East 90th Street
212 North End Avenue
Although this popular UES sports complex is known for its Olympic-size pool, its Water Babies and Water Tots classes for children ages 4 months to 3 years are held in a small, separate, heated kiddie pool. Asphalt Green's 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Battery Park City offers the same programs, too.

Imagine Swimming – Citywide
Visit the website for class schedule and locations.
With 12 locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn—including its Tribeca flagship at 40 Harrison Street—Imagine offers classes to kids ages 4 months up. Students are introduced to the water through playful sessions that emphasize music.

JCC in Manhattan – Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
Instructors use games and songs to help acclimate little swimmers to the water in a heated, adjustable-depth pool. The program is separated into four age groups: Bubbling Babies (6 to 12 months), Starfish (12 to 18 months), Seahorses (18 to 30 months), and Little Fish (30 to 36 months).

Physique Swimming – Citywide
Parents and children younger than age 3 can participate in Me & My Shadow classes at 10 Manhattan locations. Kids hone their swimming skills and also engage in sing-a-longs.

SwimJim – Citywide
This company offers three mommy and me swimming programs at five Manhattan locations: Swim'n'Splash (8 weeks to 5 months), Swimfants (6 to 15 months), and Swimbabies (16 months to 3 years.)

Take Me to the Water – Citywide
Visit the website for class schedule and locations.
The Baby and Me program offers lessons for children ages 6 months to 2.5 years, and has locations all over the city as well as New Jersey and Westchester. Babes learn swimming skills through songs and games.

It's also worth contacting your local YMCA to see if it offers parent-child swim classes.

This article first published in June 2011 but has since been updated.

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The 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 New York , NY
Phone: 212-415-5500
40° 46' 57.9036" N, 73° 57' 10.4652" W
New York
Asphalt Green
555 East 90th Street
10128 New York , NY
Phone: 212-369-8890
40° 46' 40.656" N, 73° 56' 38.4792" W
New York
14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
10003 New York , NY
Phone: 646-395-4310
40° 43' 53.2884" N, 73° 58' 59.7432" W
New York
Asphalt Green
75 West End Avenue
10023 New York , NY
Phone: 212-369-8890
40° 46' 25.554" N, 73° 59' 20.9076" W
New York
Asphalt Green Battery Park City
212 North End Avenue
10282 New York , NY
Phone: 212-586-8779
40° 42' 57.258" N, 74° 0' 54.7848" W
New York
Imagine Swimming
40 Harrison Street
10013 New York , NY
Phone: 212-253-9650
40° 43' 7.8456" N, 74° 0' 38.2212" W
New York
The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
10023 New York , NY
Phone: 646-505-5708
40° 46' 51.8484" N, 73° 58' 47.9136" W
New York