3514 Saddlebrook Place
Dublin, CA 94568
Music Together is dedicated to fostering a love of music in children of all ages. It offers special parent participation classes for infant through preschool-age children. Classes are mixed ages for enhanced learning and socialization, and both gifted and special needs children are equally welcome. Each class combines music, movement, dance and learning of new words and lyrics through multicultural music. Music Together has several East Bay locations and offers special fee discounts for siblings, multiples and pregnant mothers.
American Swim Academy
6948 Sierra Ct.
Dublin, CA 94568
The American Swin Academy, with several East Bay locations, holds parent-child classes for babies and toddlers ages three through 36 months. Classes are focused on building water safety and basic swimming skills. A parent or caretaker must be in the water with each child, and small classes have engaged, patient instructors. The positive and encouraging class environment nurtures timid children to build confidence in water and swimming skills.
1723 Alcatraz Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Kid friendly Yogalayam yoga studio has weekly mommy-and-me yoga classes. While mom does yoga, kids are free to roam, play or participate in the classes. Child caretakers engage the children in calming play with toys such as books, finger puppets, scarves and tea sets. Each class includes a brief snack time with soft music and singing. Yogalayam also offers special post-natal yoga classes in which new moms are welcome to bring their infants.
Sulphur Creek Nature Center
1801 D St.
Hayward, CA 94541
The Sulphur Creek Nature Center is a wildlife education center that does rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife. The facility has a discovery center, small library and area for hiking and picnicking. Each month, the center offers a number of parent-participation Toddler Times for children ages one to three. Each class is an affordable $8, and includes crafts, hands-on time with resident animals and outdoor time. Children may have the opportunity to see and pet animals such as the coyote, deer, owl, wild turkey, snake, turtle and guinea pig. General admission to the center is free for non class attendees, but a donation is suggested.
Bay Island Gymnastics
3775 Alameda Ave., Suite E
Oakland, CA 94601
While the majority of Bay Island Gymnastics’ programs are geared towards competition and older children, there is a special class for younger kids called Junior Explorers. This mommy-and-me class is designed for kids who have just started walking up through more shy preschoolers who prefer a little parental support before venturing off on their own. Class participants will learn some basic gymnastic moves and develop motor skills, socialization and coordination. The patient, caring staff uses positive encouragement to help tentative children become more enthusiastic and adventurous towards gymnastics.
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