While school is starting back for bigger kids, Atlanta’s smaller set is looking to class things up as well. From Mommy-and-me music to partner-with-your-peanut-pilates, read on for a primer in the best baby classes to enjoy with your wee one.
Sarah’s School of Fish
With a Baby & Me program that focuses on safety skills for both parent and kiddo, Sarah’s School of Fish starts ‘em young at 3 months old. For $100 a month, you and the babe get weekly instruction on water safety and early swimming skills. When you’re ready to move to the next level, Sarah’s offers both individual and group lessons, as well.
Details: Sarah’s School of Fish, 1318 Concord Rd., Smyrna, 770-434-6914
Gymboree Play & Learn
You know you’ve been dying to put that baby in the velour track suit your great aunt Edna sent you. Go ahead. With Gymboree, babies younger than 6 months can enroll in the sensory class, and kids aged 6-10 months get to tumble around on slides, ramps, and climbers. The good news: Gymboree offers classes for every stage and age up to 5 years old, so the older sibs won’t feel left out.
Details: Gymboree Play & Learn, 4920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 404-256-2223, Infant classes: $77/ month and a $50 new member initiation fee (Check online for coupons)
Jump Start Gymnasium
Brace yourself: babies aged 3 months to crawlers can attend FREE Moving Monkeys classes, focused on music and movement with your babe. Be ready to pay the $30 annual fee however, but don’t worry- after your wee one starts to crawl (early, because he’s a genius), Jump Start offers classes all the way up to the fifth grade.
Details: Jump Start Gymnasium, 5920 Roswell Rd. Suite C-208, 404-252-JUMP
An oldie but goodie, Kindermusik’s curriculum focuses on developing much more than your baby’s taste in music. The Village and Cuddle and Bounce Classes are designed for the smallest set (newborn to age 18 months and 1 year, respectively), and incorporate dance, instrument play, and together time.
The Learning Groove
Created by duo who brought us the first four Pete the Cat picture books, The Learning Groove is a holistic approach to music education and child development. And it’s fun. Get your groove on at one of several locations playing host to a Learning Groove Parent & Child class. Typically completed over 10 weeks, TLG classes include CDs of the music you jam to in class for home-based reinforcement. Prices vary by location and instructor.
Guess what? My Gym offers more than killer kiddo birthday bashes. It also offers classes for babies aged 7 months and older, and its parent and child classes (ages 7 months to 13 months) focus on building strength and improving motor skills.
Details: My Gym, 267 West Wieuca Rd. NE Suite 101, 404-252-1201, $99 per month includes one class and unlimited free play, Sibling discounts available
Oh Baby! Fitness
If the thought of clapping to the beat or waving multicolored flags while marching through foam balls leaves you cold, you might want to consider one of the mom and baby classes offered through Oh Baby! Fitness. Classes resemble adult classes, but trained instructors incorporate movement and play for babies, too. The Mom & Baby Pilates workout is legit, and we hear that the Stroller Workout will leave your muscles aching and screaming for more.
What is your favorite baby class in Atlanta?