Looking for something fun and unique to do with your little one? In the past, stroller walks have dominated the available activities for you and your child, but Indy has caught on to a trend that will rock your world – Mommy & Me classes. These entertaining and enriching classes have been popping up all around the Indianapolis area – and they aren’t just for mommy’s anymore. Dads and grandparents can get in on the fun, too. . Interested in checking one (or more) of these classes out? To help you find the perfect fit, we have compiled Indy’s Child’s list of reputable Parent/Child classes.
26 Indianapolis Mommy & Me Classes:
St. Vincent Hospital Fishers: 13861 Olio Rd, Fishers
The Fashion Mall at Keystone: 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis
Coxhall Gardens: 2000 West 116th St (enter on Hoover Road off of 116th), Carmel
Clay Terrace: 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd, Carmel
Moms, this one’s for you. Join other moms in a fitness group that will keep your child entertained and you in shape. Whether the goal is to shed baby weight, or adjust to your postnatal body – Baby Boot camp is for you!
Indianapolis North Location: 5151 East 82nd Street, Suite 700, Indianapolis
Indianapolis South Location: 997 East County Line Rd, Greenwood
Does your child like to draw and paint? If so, this may be just the class for your little one. Children ages 5 and older will receive step-by-step instruction and will leave the class with a beautiful work of art. Parents are welcome to paint alongside their child. After you are finished channeling your inner Picasso, you can enjoy some cookies together while the artwork dries.
Address: 9032 Technology Dr, Fishers
Parent and Me classes at DeVeau’s aim to improve your child’s physical and mental capacities. They use themes to teach important skills, such as comprehension. With all the fun themes, this class is guaranteed to not have a dull moment.
Address: 10640 Deme Dr Suite H, Indianapolis
Just You and Me Classes at GSA invite students to explore the environment through sight, sound, touch and movement. This class is centered on developmentally appropriate activities and tot-sized equipment. A strong emphasis is placed on socialization and parent involvement. For ages 18-30 months.
Make a splash and have a blast with your tyke at the Mini Swim Lessons. These are small classes (limited to six children) that invite parent participation to help give kids a gentle introduction to the water. There are four classes offered, with three not requiring any prior experience. Along with basic swim instruction, the class teaches water safety at a young age.
Bring the whole family along! Gymboree offers multiple classes for families, including art and music. Play and Learn is suitable for all mobile children, Music is suitable for children ages 6 months and older and Art is suitable for children 18 months and older.
Address: 460 Rawles Ave, Indianapolis
This Parent and Tot class is perfect for busy parents because it is offered five times a week. All the G-U Indy “Little Learner” classes are for kids 18 months to 6 years and help them with gymnastics basics, motor skills, peer relationships and more.
Address: 5036 County Road 600 East, Indianapolis
Enjoy half an hour classes at the Hoosier Gym with your little one. Mom or dads are invited to help kids ages 18 months to 30 months develop social, mental and physical skills. Instructors go through proper and safe techniques to maximize the potential and safety.
Address: 820 East 67th St, Indianapolis
The Little Big Art class invites you to share in your toddler’s creative growth as you make, explore and play with art together. This class is for children ages 2-3 (with an adult) and is the perfect introduction to art for the young child. Stimulating activities introduce pint-size artists to colors, textures and shapes.
These classes are offered all throughout Indianapolis and surrounding areas for children ages 18 months through kindergarten with parents attending to help support their child. These playful classes have developmentally appropriate activities that will help each child to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary and music skills.
Indianapolis Public Libraries offer tons of drop-in events for parents and their little ones. Some of the most popular programs are Mother Goose on the Loose, Baby Lapsit Storytime, and Babysteps Storytime. Depending on age, the programs usually include story time, dancing and music. The best part? These classes are almost always free.
Locations: Carmel, Fishers and Indianapolis South Side
With their mission being, “Not one more child drowns” – this class is well worth the money spent. The class is a 10-minute, private one-on-one lesson that takes place five days a week. In this class, your child will eventually learn the self-rescue skills while fully clothed.
All over Indy, parks are offering various Mommy and Me programs. Most programs offered are series (like Baby Gymnastics) and require advanced registration, but Parks periodically will offer single classes. They offer a myriad of different activities from regular park adventures to dance lessons and more.
Address: 8300 South Meridian St, Indianapolis
Kindermusik offers a wide variety of classes for different age groups that help kids connect with their creative side. Expect singing, dancing, bouncing or cuddling at any of the Kindermusik classes. In addition to a trained instructor, you will help guide your child’s interest in the arts.
Address: 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd #140, Carmel
Parents can learn and play music along with their children in our Harmony Road Classes. Our trained and certified teachers will guide you and your child through an exciting and comprehensive music program that is carefully constructed for students to learn the language of music, step by step. Studies have shown that children who learn music early are more likely to perform well in school and in life.
Address: 3966 Westfield Rd, Westfield
These classes for children ages birth to 7 years will expose your child to music and movement in a fun, age-appropriate manner. They celebrate each child’s unique individual learning style and believe there is no “right” way to explore and create. These joyful classes will leave both you and your child wanting more.
17. Mrs. Ashley’s Music Circle
Address: Union Jack Pub, 924 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis
Mrs. Ashely’s Music Circle meets for 40 minutes every Tuesday at 10:30 at Union Jack Pub in Broadripple. This class, geared for children ages newborn to 4 teaches early learning concepts in a fast-paced, interactive music circle. Free admission with a donation of pads/tampons for Support the Girls-Indy.
18. My Gym
Address: 10290 East 96th St, Fishers
One of Indy’s only fitness center designed solely for kids! They offer classes for kids of all ages, which target particular skills the specific age group. Their goal is to teach the importance of fitness to children at a young age, so that they can continue a healthy lifestyle.
Address: 5855 East 211th St #15, Noblesville
The adorably named Fairy Footsteps class invites you and your child ages 18 month to 2 years to explore creative movement with the help of music, imagination and lots of props. The sessions run for roughly a month each.
20. Simply Yoga
Address: 260 South 1st St, Zionsville
This yoga center, located in Zionsville, offers Mommy and Me classes once or twice a week. The purpose is to focus on your postnatal body and mind through yoga, while experiencing it with your child. They acknowledge the needs of every mother, so feeding, by breast or bottle, is completely appropriate during any part of the class. Check out their schedule here.
21. The Little Gym
Address: 271 Merchants Square Drive A106, Carmel, IN 46032
It’s never too early for your little one to start learning and have some Serious Fun. From infant to toddler, our Parent and Child classes in Carmel promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical first three years. Parent/Child classes start at just 4 months old at The Little Gym.
22. The Music Playhouse
At The Music Playhouse, they understand the importance of introducing music to a child during these developmental years. They also know it is important for parents to be involved so that the learning can continue at home. The Music Playhouse offers fun, engaging 10-week music classes for children from birth through age 6. Music Bunnies is for children ages birth to 6 months. Music Pups is for birth to 5 years and Music Cats is for children ages 4 to 6. In each of the classes, parents attend with the child. Missed the start time for the current session? No worries! You may join at any time during the 10 weeks.
Address: 452 East Carmel Dr, Carmel
In Babies Play Music, caregivers and babies will sing, play music and move to new and familiar songs and nursery rhymes. Children will explore the guitar, piano and percussion instruments. Prepare to revisit your favorite childhood songs, learn a few new ones and experience lasting and loving memories with your baby through music.
Location: Avon-Washington Township Public Library, 498 North Avon Ave, Avon
What do I do when my toddler is melting down? Do other parents deal with the same issues I am? Gather with other parents and their toddlers ages 1 to 3 to discuss different topics pertinent to raising these little bundles of joy (and energy.) These meetings will take place weekly from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the library. There is no cost to participate and registration is not required.
With multiple locations around the city, the YMCA offers numerous classes for parents and their little one to enjoy together. Interested in swimming? Check out their Swim Starters classes. Have a toddler who loves to tumble? The Gymnastics Together class maybe just what you’re looking for. These are just a couple of the classes offered through the YMCA. Be sure to check out their website for a more expansive list of the Mommy and Me classes offered at each location.
Address: 7755 Wawasee Dr, Indianapolis
Yoga Matters Indy aims are to heal and safely strengthen the core muscles that were stretched during pregnancy, increase upper body strength and tone the lower body. At the end of class, take baby through her own massage and yoga for a peaceful finish so you can both leave relaxed and refreshed.
As you can see, Indianapolis and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer in the Mommy & Me department. Whether you enjoy exercise, art, music or just want to get out there and socialize with other parents who are in the same walk of life as you – there is definitely plenty to choose from.