NYC has no shortage of interesting and enriching classes available for your kiddo, but if you’re not the commitment type, we don’t blame you. Why sign up for one semester-long class when you can drop-in to a variety of options when your schedule permits. Here, Red Tricycle’s favorite Brooklyn drop-in classes for babies and toddlers.

Preschool of Rock

1. Channel Your Inner Rockstar

Preschool of Rock is an interactive, high-energy music class you and your little one will love – with drumming, shaking, dancing, instrument discovery, dramatic play and singing as a group.


When: Go here for locations, days and times

Cost: $30 for drop in or $235 for 10 week session

Ages: 6 months to 4 years.

Go: Preschool of Rock, various locations in Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Dumbo

2. Get Your Groove On with African and Diaspora Dance

You’ll love interacting with your little one as you both learn simple dance moves and African Diaspora history and culture. Cumbe has three classes to choose from to get the toddler set moving – Ubuntu, Uhuru and Drum Dance.

When: various times Sunday – Saturday

Cost: $17 drop in

Ages: 12 months and up

Go: Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 
558 Fulton St., 2nd Fl. (near Flatbush Ave.)
, Downtown Brooklyn 

3. Find Inner Peace at Storytime

The yoga storytime class begins and ends with a simple restorative yoga practice for the adults while the kids play in a supervised area. Then the little ones learn simple asana and breathing through animals, the alphabet and stories.

Thurs., 10-11 a.m., ongoing

Cost: pay what you can sliding scale $5-15

Ages: 1-5

Go: BK Balasana Kids Yoga with Jackie Wolff, Terrace Dance Studio, 
273 Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace

treasure trunk

4. Unleash your Imagination Through Dramatic Play

Here your kiddo will learn to use his/her imagination through story telling and the dramatic arts. Each class begins with the opening of a treasure trunk, the contents of which are used to tell and act out a story. This 8-kids-max class is a drop-off class, though you can stay if desired.

When: Tues., 1:45-2:30 p.m. 

Cost: $30 Per Class Drop-in Rate

Ages: 2.5 – 4

Go: Imagination Adventure with Treasure Trunk Theater, Plymouth Church School, 75 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights

5. Warm Up Your Vocals at Sing Along

Your kiddo will love singing along with Amy, who plays a combination of original and well known songs on guitar and ukulele. A mom herself, she knows how to keep kids engaged from start to finish including hands-on instrument time for all and bubbles.

When: Check here for location, days and times.

Cost: $5-$7

Ages: 5 and under

Go: Singalong Amy, various locations throughout Brooklyn.

6. Learn Spanish Through Puppetry, Music and Song

Puppets will help your little one learn simple Spanish dialogues and songs. You and your kiddo can then repeat and practice them at home. 

When: Sat. 11-11:45 a.m.

Cost: $25 for drop in

Ages: 2–5

Go: Puppets en Espanol at Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Ave., Fort Greene


7. Make Friends, Learn and Play at Playgroup

Looking to meet friends for both you and your toddler? Start here. There will be toys for the kiddos and conversation for you and the other parents, all with a trained leader facilitating the fun.

When: Mon., 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $12 + RSVP for drop-ins required

Ages: 17 months – 2.5 years

Go: Brooklyn Doodles Toddler Playgroup at JACK 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Clinton Hill

8. Meet Friends and Make Music Together

You and your kiddo will love the unstructured music and instrument play, with guidance from the early childhood faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Meet new friends, play with puppets, try a triangle and more, all in a space big enough for your entire mom’s group.

When: Mon., Tues., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5 drop in

Ages: 0 – 4.5 years

Go: Music Playgroup, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave., Park Slope

9. Express Yourself Through Art

Introduce your kiddo to art at this fun class. You never know what kind of project you’ll be working on from drawing to painting to collage and sculpture. If paintbrushes and crayons get boring, don’t worry, this 45-minute session also includes games, stories and music.

When: Tues. at 11a.m.

Cost: $15

Ages: 18 months – 3 years

Go: ART with Turbitt at Color Brooklyn, 760 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights

10. Sing, Dance and Be Merry

Hosted by an instructor with her guitar, this music class will feel like one big kiddie party with nursery rhymes, pop hits, silly games, instruments, dancing and singing.

When: Mon., 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Cost: $25 drop in 

Ages: newborn – 6 years old

Go: Musical Playdate by ABCDoReMe at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights

Photo credits: Preschool of Rock, Treasure Trunk Theater, Brooklyn Doodles

–Frances Cheung