45+ MOMMY AND ME CLASSES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE EARLY YEARS

Mommy and Me classes can save your sanity. No joke. After I had my first son, I made the decision to stay home and focus on raising my new infant. It was such a special time of bonding and watching him grow and change everyday. But it was also monotonous…babies can only do so many entertaining things!

I am so fortunate to live in the Atlanta area and have access to SO many wonderful baby-friendly activities near me. We’ve compiled a list of 45+ Mommy & Me classes to help you survive the early years (and sometimes long days).

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SCIENCE AND HISTORY ENRICHMENT

museum train

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Tadpole Tales

On various Tuesdays throughout the year, Fernbank offers a storytime just for its’ youngest visitors. Preschoolers will enjoy a story and special demonstration with a Fernbank educator. Recommended for ages 1 – 6. The event will feature a different book and activity to go along with it. Be sure to check Fernbank’s event calendar so that you don’t miss out on any of the family fun they have in store!

COST: Included in museum admission.

Southern Museum: Mommy & Me Preschool Program

Each Thursday, the Southern Museum offers a Mommy and Me Preschool Program geared towards 3-5-year-olds. Each week features a different theme, with fun activities to keep you both busy! You can attend at 10:00, 11:00 AM or 12:00 PM. Don’t miss out on any of their events throughout the year!

COST: Included in museum admission.

Tellus Science Center: Collins Family Big Backyard exhibit

This part of the museum is designed with the youngest explorers in mind. You will love discovering sound, weather and electricity along with your children.No formal classes here, but still worth mentioning. Learn more here.

COST: Included in museum admission.

Southeastern Railway Museum: Second Thursday Pre-School Program

Preschoolers and their mommy are invited to join the second Thursday of each month to play and learn together. Each program has five components related to the ‘vehicle of the month’ theme.

COST: $10 per participating child. Includes 1 free adult.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Multiple Offerings

Tiny Club – classes take place on Mondays. Children are able to choose between Science Club, Foodie Club, Artist Club and Builder Club.

Messy Thursdays – each Thursday children and their mommies (or daddies) are invited to get messy playing with things like slime and finger paint.

Toddler Jam Fridays – music is the focus of this class offering children the opportunity to sing, play instruments and dance!

COST: Included with museum admission. All classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check their site for times.

Courtesy of Farmer Sue and The ART BARN

ACTIVE OUTDOORS

Farmer Sue at the Art Barn

Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Multiple Offerings

Garden Playtime – let your littles play and have fun in the dirt at various stations that promote their curiousity about the outdoors.

Storybook Time – Wednesday mornings meet in the Children’s Garden Ampitheater to hear stories about birds, insects, flowers & frogs.

Garden Grooves – have fun dancing with your children on Thursdays to music inspired by the outdoors.

Sensory Friendly Events – The Garden will be open exclusively for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities and their families.

COST: Included with admission.

Tinkergarten: Multiple Locations

These are a new kind of ‘mommy & me’ class that takes the learning outside the 4 classroom walls. The mission of Tinkergarten is to learn through play, engaging children from 18 months-8 years old. You can even try the first class for FREE! At home and in-person formats are available.

Atlanta Zoo: Adventure Cubs

Adventure Cubs (3-4 year olds) – another great opportunity for children to learn about their animal friends through exploring, playing and meeting Animal Ambassadors to further their experience.

The zoo is a great place for stroller strides with infants and toddlers alike.

COST: $24 ($12 person) includes zoo admission for the day.

North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm: Mommy & Me at the Zoo!

Most second Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, you can visit the North Georgia Zoo for Mommy & Me day and receive a discounted rate! Be sure to take in the 30 minute Wildlife Walk that’s geared towards young children.

COST: $18 includes Petting Zoo, Hayride & Wildlife Walk

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary: Multiple Options

Toddler Treats – every Wednesday in October means toddlers get in FREE! Grab your littles and head to the game ranch to meet General Beau Lee the groundhog, as well as many of his furry friends.

Here a Chick, There a Bunny – Each April – special display of animal babies! Baby chicks, ducklings, bunnies, lambs, and kid goats to pet and feed and “ooh and aah” over.

Thankful for you Day – on the day before Thanksgiving, every adult admission gets a child in for free. What a great way to start a holiday week together!

Gem Mining – Gemstone mining is fun for the whole family. Use our water-powered flume to find Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Topaz and more! Available for purchase during online checkout. Cost $10.

Be sure to check their event calendar for many more special days they have planned throughout the year.

Chattahoochee Nature Center: Pee Wee Naturalists

This class is perfect for enjoying the autumn leaves and cooler temps with your 3 & 4 year olds. Your time together will included hiking, crafts and meeting one of CNC’s rehabilitated animals up close. Lesli took several of these classes with her boys and said they were a favorite!

COST: $60 General Public/$45 CNC Members

Scottsdale Farms: Multiple Options

More than just a plant nursery, Scottsdale Farms is the perfect family outing, especially on days when they host their Kids Corner events. Fall and Christmas are wonderful times to visit with their pumpkin patch, hay rides and Christmas Tree farm. Check the event calendar for more information.

The ART BARN at Morning Glory Farm: PLAYdates

The ART barn is a fantastic place to hold birthday parties, but on certain days throughout the month they open to the publc for PLAYdates or Family Fun days. You can enjoy watercolor painting, a hayride and animal petting all in ONE place!

RSVP’s are required, so be sure to check the event calendar and plan ahead.

BODY MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’

sky Zone
Courtesy of Sky Zone Roswell

HippoHopp

HippoHopp is a wonderful indoor play facility, with a toddler-specific area to keep little ones safe and entertained. It is even has a Nursing Nook for mom’s visiting with their children. They also have big-screen televisions, Wi Fi and comfortable seating for parents or guardians to have a chance to enjoy themselves too!

Gymboree

With a wide variety of classes, there’s something for infants through your oldest preschooler. Play, tumble, sing and dance with your little ones at locations in Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Toco Hills and Sandy Springs!

Sparkles Family Fun Center: Tiny Tots

Head to roller rink to skate, play and jump at Sparkles at their Tiny Tots class. With toddler themed activities, food and fun, this is a perfect place to get out and enjoy some retro skating fun with your little ones! Multiple locations around Atlanta, check the website for dates and times.

Champion Kids: Buddy & Me

Buddy & Me Gymnastics is available for children aged 15 months to 2.5 years old. Your child will be introduced to basic tumbling and other activities to help develop their gross motor skills.

Oh Baby! Fitness: Multiple Options

Losing that baby weight can be a challenge post pregnancy, along with figuring out what to do with baby if you are able to find time to workout. Enter Oh Baby! Fitness and their Mom & Baby classes where you can choose from several different workout programs WITH your baby. Choices include: Yoga, Pilates, H2OH, Fitness or Strollers.

Fit4Mom: Multiple Options

Once you’re ready to begin working out again, stroller fitness classes, our yoga classes are a fantastic way to go! The childcare concern is taken out of the picture because your child experiences the class with you. Check their website for class schedules and pricing.

Jump Start Gym

This is a gym created just for kids! They offer a wide variety of different types of movement, tumbling and gymnastics classes. It’s a terrific place to meet other mom friends too. They offer something for infants through 5th graders.

Skyzone: Toddler Time – Little Leapers

Little Leapers sessions include a mix of structured and unstructured activities lead by instructors and/or parents that allow children to explore, learn, and grow as they play. We welcome children 5 years old and under.

  • Active Play Time promotes exploration of the attractions in the park while helping to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and social skills.
  • Sensory Play Time features activities like coloring, playing with bubbles, and building things that provide opportunities for kids to develop fine motor skills and flex their creative muscles.
  • Music Time gets everyone up and moving to sing and dance to popular movie hits and classic nursery rhymes while making precious memories with your little one.

AN EAR FOR MUSIC

Toddler Music Classes

The Music Class: Various Locations

This is a great place to get the wiggles out with singing, dancing and rhythm movement and instrument play. Music plays a key role in brain development and the age range for this class allows for siblings to attend, which makes this is a place you don’t want to miss! For newborns to 4-year-olds.

Music Together of Decatur

Music Together offers a variety of classes created for infants through preschoolers and equips parents with ways to connect with their child through music. Encouraging a love of music at an early age is a great way to aid a child’s brain development.

Bach 2 Rock: Rock and Roll Toddler

Teach your child an appreciation of both classical and rock music at the Rock and Roll Toddler class at Bach 2 Rock. It’s located in Alpharetta and offers a 10-week curriculum to begin exposing your child to music, movement, active listening and instrument use, and storytime.

Firehouse Guitars and Music: WeeJam Music and Movement

WeeJam Music and Movement class is available for children 0-6 years old. Each class offers a featured instrument that children can play, as well as a dance party at the end. Classes are held at the Decatur location. Sign-up now!

Seven Arts Center

The Seven Arts Center offers the opportunity to choose from a few different types of parent and me classes featuring art, music or storytime. Check out classes here.

The Learning Groove

Created by ‘Pete the Cat’ author Eric Litwin, and music producer Michael Levine, the Learning Groove uses music to help children’s early development. You can join in the fun at one of their Parent and Child classes. They have classes in both Candler Park and Buckhead, with several different days and times to choose from.

THE ARTS AROUND ATLANTA

Toddler Thursdays at the High Museum
Courtesy of High Museum, this family is enjoying Toddler Thursdays.

Atlanta Ballet Centre: Mommy and Me

This class is designated for 2 year olds and their parent. Each class is 45 minutes long and meets once a week. It’s meant to be an introductory class to music and movement. Broken up into 4 sessions, each one last 10 weeks. View schedule.

Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts: The Family Series

For a family inspired arts experience, this is a can’t miss program! Catch classics like Charlotte’s Web, The Three Little Pigs or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in a family friendly environment. Check the website for dates and times. Advance purchase is recommended for these very popular performances!

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Music for the Very Young

Music for the Very Young features Music from Around the World. This is a fantastic setting to introduce your child to the world of music and engage their minds. It is designed for 3-5-year-olds, visit their website for dates & tickets.

Alliance Theatre: Theatre for the Very Young

Did you know The Alliance has designed a professional performance for infants thru 5 year olds? The Theatre for the Very Young is a perfect way to introduce your young child to live theater in a space that’s created with them in mind. The Alliance also has the Jungle Room; an indoor play area for infants and young toddlers that is free to enjoy!

High Museum of Art: Toddler Thursday

Join the High each week for Toddler Thursday. From 10:00 am – 4:00 pm your toddler will have the opportunity to participate in different themed activities, as well as the chance to explore all the exhibits the museum has on display.

COST: Children 5 and under – Free/6 years – adults – $14.50

Hudgens Center for Art and Learning

On the last Friday of every month, the Hudgens Center hosts an art class for children aged 1-4. Each class will feature that month’s exhibit, story time and related activities.

COST: Members – Free/Non-members – $7 (covers child and 1 parent) Additional siblings $2 each.

Roswell Puppet Series

The Roswell Community Center offers a wonderful puppet series in both Summer and Winter. With tickets priced at just $5 a person (under 2 are free) it’s hard to find a better deal for quality entertainment! Your young children will love the imaginative characters and lively puppeteers who bring them to life. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at their ticket office.

BOOK WORMS

kids who love to read

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System: Multiple Options

Many local libraries have their own version of a preschool storytime. There are a few expamples of classes listed below, be sure to visit the AFPLS website to find events at your local branch.

Cobb County Public Library System / Roswell Library / Alpharetta Library

Little Shop of Stories: My Very First Book Club

Book clubs aren’t just for moms anymore, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur offers one for new readers. My Very First Book Club features books designed for young readers, along with accompanying activities.

CREATIVE OUTLETS

Creative outlets for toddlers

Purple Elephant Affairs (the PEA Studio)

Head to the studio on Mondays at 10:00 for a perfect place to get messy with your toddler (ages 2-5) for 30-45 minutes, without having to clean up the mess! The PEA Studio offers Toddler Time each week featuring a story, sensory activities, and arts & crafts. RSVP is required.

Cost: $35 Per Artist | $15 Per Sibling

Michaels: Kids Club

Many locations offer a Kids Club time where your child can create a craft for a very small fee.

Home Depot: Kids Workshop

If you haven’t attended a Kids Workshop event yet, it’s a must go! Your child can build a small project, take home an orange apron and it’s all FREE. Check website for your local store and when they’re holding their workshop.

SPLASHIN’ AROUND

aqua Tots
Courtesy of Aqua-Tots

Aqua Tots

Here you can find swim classes based on ages as well as swimming experience. There are currently locations in Alpharetta, Briarcliff and Douglasville. Parent and Tot classes and swimming lessons are offered for both babies and toddlers, with indoor pools this is a year-round activity! Whether your baby is ages 6 months to 3 years, or older it is never too early to introduce them to water.

Dynamo Swim School: DynaBabies

One of the oldest swim schools in the Atlanta area is still around and has a DynaBabies curriculum. This class sets benchmarks for both child and parent, it’s never too late for parents to learn water safety and new things too! With five locations around the Metro Atlanta area, you have many class times to choose from.

Goldfish Swim School

With a ‘shiver-free’ pool, swimming can be fun anytime of year! Goldfish uses a Perpetual Lessons model to accommodate families’ busy schedules. They also allow for payment month-to-month.

MORE ADVENTURES

45+ MOMMY AND ME CLASSES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE EARLY YEARS

Callaway Gardens

If a day trip is on your mind, head to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. You children will love the Butterlies 101 class or Birds of Prey show. Not to mention to beautiful sights and trails for you to take in. They also hold many family special events throughout the year, check their website for news.

Stars and Strikes

Bowling is a great way to pass the time and what could be better than a $1.99 cent game of bowling?!? All-day on Wednesdays means $1.99 cent bowling for everyone in the family. Multiple locations around the Metro Atlanta area, check website for most up-to-date specials.

Catch Air

One of the best rainy day spots around is Catch Air! They have a large free-play indoor space, including toddler specific areas with soft climbing toys. They have a Midtown location, along with 5 more outside the perimeter. This is another one where you need to wear/bring socks.

Tea Leaves and Thyme

A fun way to start introducing manner’s to your young child is attending an afternoon tea. Tea Leaves and Thyme in Woodstock features a Mad Hatter’s Children’s Tea complete with scones, tea or hot chocolate, finger sandwiches and sweet treats!

Aurora Cineplex

$2 off Tuesdays – what better way to pass the time on those rainy OR super hot Georgia days than seeing a movie? On Tuesdays, Aurora offers $2 off movie tickets, combos, and kid packs. Get a seat on the front row in case your little one gets antsy and they can have some room to move around.

Mini Golf Wednesdays (BOGO) – playing mini golf is fun for all ages! On Wednesdays you can play 2 rounds of putt-putt for the price of one. This could be a great date night for mom and dad with an infant in tow as well!

Avalon: Multiple Offerings

Avalon in Alpharetta is host to several different family friendly events throughout the week and month. Here’s a snapshot of a few for you to check out:

Little Acrons on Tuesdays – Enjoy playtime in the Plaza, along with different activities like crafts, face painting and story time each week.

Chic-Fil-A throws lots of different events to attract children and their parents. Many Saturdays they offer free face painting, dress up theme nights, special guests and much more. Be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all their happenings! Fun for kids of all ages.

The Atlanta area offers so many fun and enriching activities for parents and children to enjoy together. You make even meet other parents like you! We love checking these things off our ‘bucket list’ and creating memories together while watching our children learn and grow. See how many you can check off your list.

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