Los Angeles and Orange County parents, chime in with your reviews for the best mommy and me classes near you! Baby and toddler classes are a fun way to be social alongside your little ones while keeping those growing brains and bodies active. Browse our list of parent-approved mommy and me classes around Los Angeles and Orange County, and share the love for your own favorite.
If you're looking for activities to entertain a toddler at home, our community of parents is sharing those ideas, too!
Riverside Art Museum
Erynn: You might think an art museum is a place that's too stuffy for preschoolers, but that's not the case here- art education and experiences are for everyone. Mixed-media art classes let the preschool set develop their art skills. Classes involve hands-on activities, stories, and artistic exploration.
Hidden Valley Nature Center - Knee High Naturalists
Erynn: The Hidden Valley Nature Center hosts Knee High Naturalists, a weekly program for young children and their care givers. Bond, explore and discover nature with your little one with hands-on learning including, hikes, music, arts, crafts, and games.
Orange County Zoo - Preschool Programs
Erynn: Preschool Programs last about an hour and have hands-on learning experiences and animal-related crafts. Varying themes cover different topics, but some classes do repeat. Parents get to stay and play, too.
Erynn: Tinkergarten's rotating program schedule caters to kids through a wide range of ages, and parent participation helps even young kids reap the benefits of cooperative play, communication exercises, and more. Programs focus on play experiences that use natural elements but may also include equipment that instructors bring. All Tinkergarten classes take place at local parks according to a seasonal schedule.
Purple Twig - Kids Art Classes
Erynn: Toddler art classes at Purple Twig are for kids and their caregivers to create together. With materials like recycled components, plaster, watercolors, and more, even the youngest artists will learn to master tools and methods. Plus, classes for tots are separate from advanced classes, meaning it's okay to get a little messy!
Bloom School of Music and Dance
Erynn: Even the littlest movers and groovers can take classes at the Bloom School. Bring your young musicians and dancers to sing, dance, and explore in Family Music and Dance classes.
Shila: Young families at PlayCreations love their enrichment classes, specialized sensory projects, preschool prep, and more! Mommy and Me Classes can be held at a host family’s home or at one of their partner spaces around LA. Classes can range in subjects from Baby Signing to Jewish learning.
Kiddie City LA
Shila: Kiddie City LA features creative and imaginative open play opportunities, as well as early childhood enrichment classes and flex care options. Mommy and me classes include music, gymnastics, dance, and art.
Erynn: PLAY is an art and music-centered kids' activity center that allows kiddos to explore on their own terms. PLAY music is a mixed-age, music and movement program for young children and their families. Messy Mixed Media is a parent-and-child class led by teachers who introduce materials and methods, then let kids get messy! Projects may include paper-mache, sculpting, 3D projects, paint, drawing, and more.
Gina I.: Studies show that babies can communicate via sign language long before they can form words. SignShine helps parents introduce American Sign Language to their little ones in a fun and interactive environment. A variety of classes and workshops are offered, including parent & child Group Baby & Toddler Classes and private lessons.
Gina I.: Bounce is a fun-filled, creative, indoor play space that combines music and physical education. With classes designed to meet the developmental needs of babies and newly walking toddlers to sports-based activities for pre-schoolers, Bounce offers little ones the chance to explore, climb, and dance while building important developmental skills like balance, coordination, and fine motor skills. Best of all, they'll have fun!
Little Movers and Shakers
Gina I.: Looking for a fun class you can bring all your littles to? Look no further! Little Movers and Shakers is an early childhood music program offering mixed age parent & me classes that teach in a fun and engaging environment. Classes explore a love of music and movement with assorted instruments, dancing, games, and more.
Gina I.: Music helps build brain connections important for speech and learning, and Toddle Tunes offers little ones a hands-on music experience to aid in cognitive development and creative expression. Toddlers will dance, sing, shake, and have the opportunity to play a variety of real musical instruments.
APEX: Active Play Experience for Kids
Gina I.: APEX encourages development, coordination, and body awareness through movement and exploration. In fact, your little one can start classes as soon as they're mobile! Classes focus on building motor skills, while teaching little ones to focus, listen, and follow instruction. It's a great way to keep tots active through their crucial development years.
Gina I.: For a fun intro to yoga, Kidsrevolving is where it's at! Little ones will learn breathing techniques, creative movement, and yoga-inspired positions. Classes focus on music, games, and fun, and are perfect for teaching toddlers to find creative self expression.
Outside The Box
Gina I.: Unlike other tot classes that entertain your little ones while a parent or caregiver assists, Outside the Box Teaches you how to better engage and teach your child through hands-on play. Classes focus on exercises and activities that promote brain development, while strengthening parent confidence. They even offer a Dad’s Class designed to encourage bonding between fathers and their children!
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