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, Georgia area and have access to SO many wonderful baby-friendly activities near me. We’ve compiled a list of 41+ Mommy & Me classes to help you survive the early years (and sometimes long days).
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SCIENCE AND HISTORY ENRICHMENT
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
On various Tuesdays throughout the year, Fernbank Museum of Natural History 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.
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.
Each Thursday, The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw offers a Mommy and Me Preschool Program geared towards children ages 3-5. Each week features a different theme, with fun activities to keep you both busy!
Mommy & Me has discovery and art tables from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A short class at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM consists of storytime, a movement activity, and hands-on interactives associated with the weekly theme. The Jolley Education Center also offers a variety of free play opportunities.
COST: Included in museum admission. Registration is not required.
TELLUS SCIENCE CENTER
The Collins Family My Big Backyard exhibit at Tellus Museum in Cartersville is part of the museum that was designed with the youngest explorers in mind. You will love discovering sound, weather and electricity along with your children. All of the activities in the gallery are designed to inspire, challenge and educate children of all ages.
No formal classes here, but still worth mentioning.
COST: Included in museum admission.
SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM
The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth offers a fun Second Thursday program each month for children ages 2-4.
Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join the museum on the second Thursday of each month to play and learn together. Each program has five components related to the ‘vehicle of the month’ theme. The program consists of a game, a story or song, an activity, crafts, and an exploration of a train. Each component lasts 15 minutes and is facilitated by the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Education Conductors.
COST: $17 includes admission for 1 child, 1 adult, + a train ride, or $13 for a child and adult without a train ride.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is all about little ones, and they have lots of special offerings throughout the year. You’ll find plenty of hands-on activities, permanent exhibits, and daily programming.
The museum offers drop-in activities as well, and they’re included with your price of admission. Activities may change throughout the year, but you’re always guaranteed to find something fun.
Examples of drop-in activities include making animal masks in the Art Lab, learning how animals use echolocation in the Science Bar, or exploring animal migration in the Innovation Station.
COST: Included with museum admission.
Looking for more fun things to do in Atlanta with little ones? Try one of these great attractions!
- See the fish at the Georgia Aquarium. Enjoy skip-the-purchase-line tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, which has an interactive 4D theater and 7 different areas containing more than 10 million gallons of water and thousands of sea creatures.
- Visit the animals at Zoo Atlanta. Discover giant pandas, stroll through the African Savanna, and visit over 1,500 animals at Zoo Atlanta. Spend a day out that includes something for everyone including a range of fun activities for kids.
- Sip sodas at the World of Coca-Cola. Visit World of Coca-Cola and immerse yourself in the rich history of the iconic drink surrounded by more than 1,200 pieces of memorabilia and archival elements.
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout the year.
- Garden Playtime. Introduce your little one to the joys of nature! Make artistic creations connected to the garden surroundings. New theme each month. Held on Tuesdays from 10am-Noon in the Children’s Garden. Suggested ages: 6 months – 5 years.
- Storybook Time. Nature-inspired stories come to life as our educators read about bees, flowers, butterflies and other garden friends. Held on Wednesdays from March-October, 10am-11:05am at the Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Suggested ages: 1 – 4 years.
- Garden Grooves. Get ready to wiggle and warble! Join the Atlanta Botanical Garden for songs and dances inspired by the beautiful outdoors. Held on Thursdays, March – October, 10 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. on the Great Lawn. Suggested ages: 2 – 5 years.
- Sensory Friendly Events. The Garden will be open exclusively for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities and their families during their Sensory Friendly Events held at different times throughout the year. Check their events calendar here.
COST: Included with admission.
Tinkergarten classes 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 at different locations throughout the Atlanta metro area.
Zoo Atlanta is already a great place to take little ones, but their Adventure Cubs program makes a visit even better.
Each month, young explorers will learn about a new animal through a game, craft, story, and singalong. At the end of the program, participants will visit the animal of the month’s habitat to make observations and draw connections to the lesson. You and your family will then receive a themed scavenger hunt to do in the Zoo on your own.
All topics and activities are designed for children ages 2-5,with opportunities for exploration for ages 0-2. Perfect for both infants and toddlers. Advance registration required. See 2023 dates here.
COST: $24 for a parent/guardian and child (each additional child participant will be $5/each); MEMBER COST: $20 for a parent/guardian and child (each additional child participant will be $5/each). Program registration includes zoo admission.
NORTH GEORGIA ZOO AND PETTING FARM
Most second Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, you can visit the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland, GA 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
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CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER
Pee Wee Naturalists is a great program held once a month at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for 3-4 year olds.
Expand your child’s knowledge about nature and make new friends. Explore CNC’s 127 acres with a CNC naturalist. Get up close and personal with some of CNC’s wildlife with an informative wildlife presentation.
Your child will leave the program with a new appreciation for nature and a fun craft they made to proudly display at home. Limited spaces available.
COST: $60 General Public/$45 CNC Members. Advance registration required.
More than just a plant nursery, Scottsdale Farms in Milton 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.
THE ART BARN AT MORNING GLORY FARM
The ART Barn in Canton is a fantastic place to hold birthday parties, but on certain days throughout the month they open to the public for PLAYdates or Family Fun days. You can enjoy watercolor painting, a hayride and animal petting all in ONE place!
Registration required in advance online.
COST: Ages 1-100: $20; Infants 12 months and younger are free.
BODY MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’
HippoHopp in Atlanta is a wonderful indoor play facility, with a toddler-specific area to keep little ones safe and entertained. It even has a Nursing Nook for moms visiting with their children.
They also have big-screen televisions, WiFi and comfortable seating for parents or guardians to have a chance to enjoy themselves too!
With a wide variety of classes, there’s something for infants through your oldest preschooler at Gymboree.
Play, tumble, sing and dance with your little ones at locations in Sandy Springs and Johns Creek.
SPARKLES FAMILY FUN CENTER
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!
Buddy & Me gymnastics is available at Champion Kids in Marietta 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.
Once you’re ready to begin working out again, Fit4Mom is a great place for moms and babies to take stroller fitness classes or yoga classes together. It’s a great way to meet other parents too. The childcare concern is taken out of the picture because your child experiences the class with you at Fit4Mom.
There are lots of different workouts to choose from, such as Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, and Body Well.
Little Leapers sessions at Sky Zone trampoline parks 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. They 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.
You’ll find Sky Zone parks in Buford, Roswell, and McDonough.
AN EAR FOR MUSIC
THE MUSIC CLASS
The Music Class 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. There are plenty of locations in and around the metro Atlanta area, so you’re sure to find one near you.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF DECATUR
Music Together of Decatur 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 ALPHARETTA
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 class at Firehouse Guitars and Music 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 in East Point 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 ARTS AROUND ATLANTA
The Tiny Dancer and Me class at the Atlanta Ballet Centre is one of the best parent and child classes offered for tiny dancer. 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.
ATLANTA CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS
For a family inspired arts experience, the Family Series at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts 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!
COST: Prices vary.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is happy to present a new Music for the Very Young season, perfect for music-loving babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grownups.
Join the ASO for a fun-filled 9-week in-person session. Enjoy a unique, new feature: Meet the Musician. Listen to classic children’s songs played by ASO musicians on their principal instrument. Interaction and engagement are highly encouraged! For ages 0-5.
COST: Full 9-week package for $100. Includes free tickets to Symphony Safari Family Concert.
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!
COST: $40 per adult; $20 per child, ages 6-17; and children 5 and under are free. This package includes 4 performances.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
Join the High Museum of Art each week for Toddler Thursday. From 10 am – 3 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.
Designed for ages 15 months – 3 years old.
COST: Free with museum admission. (Museum admission is $16.50 for ages 6+. Kids under 6 are free.)
HUDGENS CENTER FOR ART AND LEARNING
The last Friday of every month, The Hudgens in Duluth presents an arts program for children ages 1 to 4. Toddler Friday is held in the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden (weather permitting), where participants experience music, movement, hands-on crafts and story time.
COST: This program is FREE for Hudgens Family Members and $5 for non-Members; the cost covers one child and one parent/caregiver.
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 by phone.
ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
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.
LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES
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.
For ages 5 – 7 years old. Kids do not need to be reading on their own to join this group!
Many Michaels Craft Store locations offer a Kids Club time where your child can create a craft for a very small fee. They also offer free online Kids Club classes as well.
If you haven’t attended a Kids Workshop event at Home Depot yet, it’s a must go! Your child can build a small project, take home an orange apron and it’s all FREE.
Check the website for your local store to see when they’re holding their next workshop.
AQUA-TOTS SWIM SCHOOL
At Aqua-Tots Swim School you can find swim classes based on ages as well as swimming experience. There are currently locations in 8 metro Atlanta communities.
Parent and Tot classes and swimming lessons are offered for both babies and toddlers. With indoor pools, this is a year-round activity! It’s never too early to introduce them to water safety.
DYNAMO SWIM SCHOOL
Dynamo Swim School is one of the oldest swim schools in the Atlanta area 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 six 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 Swim School uses a Perpetual Lessons model to accommodate family’s busy schedules. They also allow for payment month-to-month. There are four locations in the metro Atlanta area.
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.
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 at Stars and Strikes.
There are multiple locations around the Metro Atlanta area.
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 five metro Atlanta locations. This is another one where you need to wear/bring socks.
Aurora Cineplex in Roswell features $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 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.
- Chick-Fil-A. The Chick-fil-A at Avalon 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.
MOMMY AND ME CLASSES FAQ
What ages are Mommy and Me classes for?
Ages vary depending on what type of activity you’re looking for, but generally speaking, Mommy and Me classes are geared towards toddlers, or kids who are not yet in school.
Can dads go to Mommy and Me classes?
In most cases, the term u0022Mommy and Meu0022 just means u0022caregiver and me.u0022 Any caregiver can accompany the child to the classes, with the exception of some of the u0022new mom workoutu0022 classes, of course.
Why are Mommy and Me classes important?
For the caregiver, the classes can give a sense of balance by allowing them to socialize with other parents who are in the same season of life. Making new friends with children of a similar age can create a great support system.
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