DC families know just how precious the time is when their kids are still little, and they want to make the most of it. It can be fun, then, to find age- and lifestage-appropriate activities that moms, dads, and caregivers can do with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that make these short years even more memorable. A bonus: Many of these "mommy & me" class offerings do more for families than meet the eye - from getting postpartum moms feeling strong and fit again to getting a headstart on foreign language learning and motor skill development to finding friends who are in the thick of parenting right alongside you.
No matter which class sounds interesting to you, your little ones will be thrilled just to be with you. Enjoy this time together because as the saying goes: The days are long, but the years are short!
Check out our list of great Mommy & Me classes in the DC area that will create lasting memories for you and your kiddos during these formative years.1. Petite DC - Washington, DC
Petite DC offers weekly meetups for mom/dad and baby each season in the heart of the city. Each week's event has a different theme, from mastering baby sleep to testing out a Fit4Mom class to making mementos for the nursery. There is something new to discover with each event alongside parents with little ones in the same lifestage as you. Five weeks of activities runs $175.
2. Fit4Mom - Various Locations
Fit4Mom specializes in prenatal to postnatal exercise programming, creating a community so moms feel supported as they get moving on the fitness journey before and after baby. Offerings such as Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and Run Club all get moms outside with their kiddos during the nice weather. There are also indoor mommy & me class offerings during the colder months as well. Pricing varies depending on which program you'd like to join, but for instance, the Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre combination membership costs $89 per month for unlimited classes and requires a minimum three-month commitment.
Musical Infants class for newborns through almost crawling babies. Photo by Molly Winston courtesy of Edlavitch DCJCC
3. Child-Caregiver Classes at Edlavitch Center at DCJCC - Washington, DC
Children from newborns to age 4 and their caregivers are invited to the DCJCC to take part in music classes. Classes incorporate play, movement, dance, and instruments. For families interested in bilingual learning, the DCJCC also offers Spanish music classes. The Child-Caregiver program are broken up into seasonal sessions of seven or eight classes each. The cost varies, depending on the number of classes within the session and whether families are members of the DCJCC.
4. Alliance Française - Washington, DC
For families looking to expand their linguistic abilities from an early age, parents will say oui, oui! to Alliance Française's classes geared towards babies and toddlers. Alongside their caregivers and through song, dance, movement, and play, the youngest members of the family will broaden their ever-expanding minds by learning another language through a gentle immersion into French language and culture. Classes are available for all ages, but for participants aged 12 months to 5 years, one-hour classes are held weekly.
5. Breathing Space - Various locations
Breathing Space offers yoga classes for parents and their little ones through its Early Childhood Yoga program. With the help of games, breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, families can enjoy a yoga practice together. Offerings such as Baby Yoga & Play is a great way to incorporate mobilizing yoga movements with music, play, and fun for pre-crawlers. There are also classes specific to toddlers, young preschoolers, and family yoga appropriate for school-aged children. Baby sign language and infant massage classes are also offered. Sessions run anywhere from just one class to 10 weeks.
6. Nook - Fairfax, VA
Making it onto our top indoor play spaces list, Nook offers, not only free play for little ones, but caregiver/child classes that are fun for both grownups and kids. Classes like Pop Culture Play List, which gets little ones dancing to the fun tunes that their parents grew up with are being added to the calendar. There is also a Babble Buddies class, a facilitated playgroup that gets parents together while infants roll, crawl, and play.
7. The Agility Center - North Bethesda, MD
Parents who are fans of America Ninja Warrior might want to check out The Agility Center where little ones aged 18 months to 3 years can sign up for Baby Ninja classes. These parent-led classes focus on fundamental movements, coordination, focus, and social skills in a really fun environment. Kids get to climb, play, and tackle the preschool obstacle course, climbing wall, and various other activities. The program costs $105 per month or $30 for a drop-in/trial class.
8. Little Steps Music - Various locations
Little Steps Music follows the Music Together program, designed to introduce newborns through five year olds to song, movement, and musical instruments alongside their caregivers. The classes optimizes the mixed ages to foster "family learning" - young ones learning from watching and imitating older kids and older children learning by leading the younger ones. These 45-minute classes are offered seasonally in 10-week blocks. Prices for the season vary by location.
9. Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center - Washington, DC
The SEEC, housed within the Smithsonian Institution, offers its Family Workshop program with varying course offerings depending on age group. Bring Your Open Baby gets caregivers of infants a chance to meet over coffee and then explore the museum. Other courses, such as the Toddler Trailblazers workshops, give little ones a chance to explore new topics and themes each month, from maple syrup in March to camping in May. Prices vary depending on the workshop. Due to the government shutdown, these programs are not currently available, but check back when the Smithsonian opens again. There are some really great workshops coming up soon.
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