55 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 a little over five years ago, 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 55 Mommy & Me classes to help you survive the early years (and sometimes long days)!

Science and History Enrichment

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Tadpole Tales

On various Saturdays throughout the year, Fernbank offers a story time just for its’ youngest visitors. Each 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.

COST: Included in museum admission.

Atlanta History Center: Magic Mondays

This monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers features a different theme each time, with activities centered around it.

ADMISSION: $6.50/Adults $5.50/Children FREE for Members.

Marietta Museum of History: Mice Tours

On the second Wednesday of every month, tours will be offered for toddler age 3-5 and their parents. Taking it’s cue from The Smithsonian Institute’s Early Enrichment Center, children will have the opportunity to be introduced to history through various senses and enjoy a story and crafts.

COST: $5 per family (includes 1 adult and 3 children). $5 per additional guest. Spots must be reserved in advance by calling #770-794-5710.

Dekalb History Center: Welcome Wednesdays Toddler Time

This program takes place on the second Wednesday each month. It is available to toddlers and their mom or guardian. The class will look at a different theme each month to help learn about the world around us.

COST: Infants and Adults are FREE. $3/per member child or $6/per non-member child.

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 take place at 10:30 AM and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Legoland Discovery Center: Toddler Time

Beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesdays, your children can enjoy Toddler Time featuring play and story time in the DUPLO Village, as well as discounted admission for parents and toddlers that day.

COST: Children 2 & under – Free/ 3 and up & Adults – $11.95

Courtesy of Farmer Sue and The ART BARN

Active Outdoors

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.

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!

Atlanta Zoo: Multiple Options

Stroller Cubs (0-2 year olds) – this a great place to make new mommy friends, as well as introduce your very young children to nature. Each month features a different area of Zoo Atlanta, as well as a different Animal Ambassador.

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.

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 Game Ranch: 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.

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!

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.

Courtesy of Sky Zone Roswell

Body Movin’ and Groovin’

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 are a fantastic way to go! The childcare concern is taken out of the picture because your child experiences the class with you. Fit4Mom has locations in Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Atlanta and Lanier. 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

For days when your little one needs to expend some pent up energy, head to Skyzone for Toddler Time. From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, the littlest ones have the place to themselves without big kids to contend with.

An Ear For Music

The Music Class: Various Locations

Music Pups (birth-4 years) – 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Arts Around Atlanta

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.

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

The 2017-2018 season of Music for the Very Young features Music from Around the World. This is 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

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 (I Like Big Books)

Roswell Library (Tales for Tykes)

Alpharetta Library (Family Story Time)

Learning Express Alpharetta: Storytime

Call the store or check the website for more details, but each Story Time includes a craft and snack.

Barnes & Noble: Weekly Storytime

Look up your local B&N store and find out when they offer their Weekly Storytime. Each week features a different book and acitivty to go along with it. For the stores that also have a Starbucks, mom or dad can grab a caffeine pick-me-up too.

Grandma Snazzy

Grandma Snazzy is a local legend and hosts one of the best storytimes in the area. She holds her classes at the Crabapple Kroger in Alpharetta. Each class includes singing, storytime, crafts and a snack. It starts at 10:00 am on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, all for free!

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

Pinspiration

Making messes seems to be toddlers favorite activity, so why not give them a creative outlet to go a little wild?? In the Splatter Room at Pinspiration, you and your child can ‘splatter’ paint all over a canvas, which you’ll also get a piece of to take home as a souvenir.

Farmhouse in the City

This charming place is more than just an art studio; the owners affectionately refer to it as ‘A Child’s Whimsical ART Playground’. A trip to their location in Downtown Roswell for Paint and Play include dress up, art, animal feeding and face painting.

COST: $15 per child. Reserve your spot in advance on through their website.

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, 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.

*If you attend a Toddler Time class, you can receive $2 off Open Gym time at Champion Kids!

Michaels: Kids Club

Many locations offer a Kids Club time where your child can create a craft for a very small fee. They typically take place on Saturdays, you can sign up in advance or drop in sometime between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

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.

Courtesy of Aqua-Tots

Splashin’ Around

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 are offered for both infants and toddlers, with indoor pools this is a year-round activity!

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 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

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 .99 cent game of bowling?!? All day on Wednesdays means .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!

COST: $12.00 per child

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 (April-October). Enjoy playtime in the Plaza, along with different activities like crafts, face painting and story time each week.

Story time at Pottery Barn Kids (receive a special gift after attending 5 times!)

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!

Whole Foods Salud Cooking School

Tots Cook! For 1 hour, you and your 3-5 year old can cook together (in someone else’s kitchen) and then enjoy tasting the creations you’ve made. Check the calendar to find dates, times and pricing. This particular Whole Foods also has an indoor play area, so there’s lots of fun to be had for one trip there.

Avalon holds many great kid events, especially their Halloween trick-or-treating on the Blvd, or Christmas Tree Lighting in November. It’s definitely worth the drive even if you live ITP!

The Atlanta area offers so many fun and enriching activities for parents and children to enjoy together. 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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Shana Hamrick

My name’s Shana Hamrick and I’m a Georgia born and bred girl and somehow I married the best man I could imagine. I come from the non profit world, but now spend my days with a sweet, chatty, opinionated five year old boy named Wyatt and his mischievous two year old brother, Emmett. I’m pathetically addicted to all the Real Housewives and could spend days walking through antique stores or flea markets. When given the option of picking a restaurant, I will almost certainly choose Mexican. Almost any problem in life can be solved over a patio and margaritas. I love adventuring with my boy tribe and discovering this world with them!

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