Finding great places for childhood adventures in the Hudson Valley
When I first became a stay at home mom of two toddlers the nights were long and the days were longer. We needed structure, routine and commitments just to survive. Having set days and times of classes and places to go certainly helped motivate us out of the house most days and indoor gyms and music classes helped tire out the little ones for some much needed afternoon nap time. Before I even moved back to the area I started scoping out mommy and me classes in the Hudson Valley that would fit our interests and routines. Then I asked friends and family in lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts that year for gift cards and/ or memberships to some of these sanity saving places. We ended up at a nearby Little gym 1x a week, Gymboree 1x a week and a mommy and me playgroup another day. It was a wonderfully structured year.
When I started thinking about the many options for kids’ classes in the Hudson Valley I found that many places, had a parent/child class even if it isn’t their main demographic. So whether you are interested in Yoga, Dance or socializing there is something for you!
Rounding up my top list of mommy and me classes in the Hudson Valley by interest, I hope you find something you will love too!
Musical Munchkins– Classes introduce children to a wide variety of musical instruments and expose them to fun songs, stories, games and dances. Cornwall, Goshen, Monroe, Wallkill and Newburgh, 845-802-2311.
Mid- Hudson Music Together– This program is specifically designed to help children develop their natural musical abilities at an early age. New Paltz at the JCCNP, Waddle and Swaddle, Poughkidsie and Boom Baby Boutique.
Kindermusik– Fostered by a love of learning and learning through music. This early music program is also offered at a variety of locations throughout the Hudson Valley including The Harmony Garden School of Music, Waddle n Swaddle (Rhinebeck), Ms. Claire’s Music Cupboard and Kindermusik with Kelly.
Waddle n Swaddle– This 45-minute gently flowing yoga class is designed by a yoga instructor and new mom who knows how hard it is to get back into action after childbirth. The class is focused on the mom and will offer participants the opportunity to reconnect with their bodies. Rhinebeck (845) 876-5952 and Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-5952.
The Yoga House– Introduce your two year old to yoga with a unique story time that combine with yoga poses and breathing. Toddlers are also invited to explore yoga through partner poses and group activities. Kingston, (845) 706-9642.
Jai Ma Yoga Center– Yogababy class allows new parents to relax, open and strengthen your body as well as explore movement with your baby. The toddler series also incorporates stories and songs into the program and allows toddlers to learn tools for relaxation. New Paltz, (845) 256-0465.
Children’s School of Yoga– A fun, age appropriate way to introduce children to yoga in a way that the tools and techniques learned continue into their adult life. Montgomery (Ms. Claires), Monroe , Monticello (Yogash), (845) 782-9642.
Mommy and Me Pilates
New Baby, New Paltz– Strengthen and stretch the body. Exercises are gentle to the joints and increase the body’s stamina and fitness level. New Paltz, 413-320-9380.
Diamond Gymnastics– An introduction to basic gymnastics skills with parent participation to help guide the children. We stress body part identification, basic gymnastics positions and terminology. The children swing on bars, roll down wedges, jump on the trampoline and work through varied obstacle courses. Poughkeepsie, (845) 463-5885
Ultimate Gymnastics– From circus arts to gymnastics fundamentals, the talented instructors at Ultimate Gymnastics are allowing children to play and strengthen their bodies while focusing on healthy lifestyles and having fun. Gardiner, (845) 255-5600
Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics– Children ages 15months- 3yrs and their caregivers are introduced to movement through play using fine and gross motor skills. The program is designed with an emphasis on muscle development, rythem, social interations, independence and body awareness. Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-3966
The Little Gym– Parent and toddler classes start at just 4 months and up. Classes a the little gym focus on areas of learning including strength and muscle control, skill development, balance, introduction to colors, language, numbers, letters, problem solving and more. Kids also learn early socialization and sharing skills. Kingston, (845) 382-1020
Orange County Sports Club– This 45 minute mommy & me class introduces children to the gym environment. We teach them basic skills with the idea of helping them begin to take direction and equipment designed for their small stature. Florida, (845) 651-1000
Madeline’s Dance Center– Through the use of popular children’s music, large motor manipulatives and lively instructed activities, children will gain overall motor awareness to become success oriented in movement. Marlboro, (845) 236-7989.
Betty Jean’s Dance Studio- Basic introduction to dance for children ages 18 months- 3 years and their caregivers. Wappingers Falls, (845) 221-1301.
Dutchess County Performing Arts Center– ‘Me and My Shadow’ is a parent and child class designed to increase physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination and balance. All in a fun setting with music and dance. Wappingers Falls, (845) 297-5678.
The Dance and Music Design School– Spend time with your child while introducing them to all the way their body can move and relate to music. Fishkill, (845) 896-1111 and Cornwall, (845) 534-9671
The Hudson Valley Dance Center of Warwick– A basic introduction to ballet for ages 2.5-4 yrs old with caregiver. Warwick, (845) 728-5488
Caregiver and Me Playgroup– Planned, guided activities and an emphasis on fun and friendship building for both the children and their adult partner. Hopewell Juntion (Beekman Rec.), 845-227-5783.
Kids Club House– Two classes offered, baby and toddler that address the developmental needs at each age. Gain support and information from others as you and your child participate in fun and learning group activities and free play. Pine Island, (845) 258-7780
All Sport Health and Fitness– Open play time for child and caregiver to enjoy time together with balls, mats, tunnels, hoops and more. Free for members, $10 drop in non-members. Fishkill, (845) 896-5678.
Poughkidsie– Free socialization group for children 3 and under and their caregivers. Books and toys and reduced village admission for extra playtime.
The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster– Through songs and nursery rhymes children are encouraged to be comfortable in the pool and begin learning swimming strokes. Kingston, (845) 338-3810.
Hudson Valley Community Center– Intro to water class for any child under the age of 3 years old who will not enter the pool without their parent or guardian. Poughkeepsie, (845) 471-0430.
HV Swim– Learn about a new environment while playing games and singing. Infant and Toddler Aquatics Program provides parents with safety information and teaches techniques to help orient their children to the water. Newburgh, (845) 226-3456.
Caregiver and Me Swim– For non-swimmers! Trained staff will provide assistance in helping your child adapt to the water prior to them registering for individual swim lessons. Hopewell Junction, (845) 227-5783.
Mommy and Me Art
Renaissance Kids– Exploration in the arts for the very young, including paint, clay, cutting, pasting, and drawing. Poughkeepsie, (845) 452-4225.
Sky Tykes Mommy-and-me– 10 elements for children to explore, climb and conquer as parts walk along side and guide them on their very own low to the ground rope adventures course.