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Best Mommy & Me Classes In Chicago

May 24, 2013 7:00 AM

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Early childhood development is hugely important, whether it’s for stimulation in the infant phase or just a bonding experience for you and your child. While there are many classes that are geared towards children of a slightly older age, it can be important to start enhancing socialization skills at an earlier age. Mommy & Me classes can be a way to introduce your child to new people, objects and settings without having to leave your child in an unfamiliar area by themselves. Not only will you be helping your child to learn and grow, but you will be able to bond with them in a fun activity. Take advantage of the many Mommy & Me classes that are offered in and around the Chicago area to help stimulate their growth while partaking in an activity you both can enjoy.

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Marsha’s Music
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-7336 Ext. 200
www.marshasmusic.yourvirtuoso.com

Run by a registered Certification Level I Music Together teacher, Marsha Melsheimer, Marsha’s Music has been serving the Chicago community for 11 years. There are programs that cater to newborn babies all the way to adult classes. Whether it’s a simple Mommy & Me class or a Family Jam experience, this is a great way to incorporate music into your young child’s life in a fun activity for family bonding. There are five different locations to choose from, all in the Chicago area. The spring 2013 semester classes offer a number of different programs to choose from. The Music Together tuition is $215 and is for babies 0-8 months, with parent.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
7625 W. Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 209-1600
www.mygym.com/riverforest

My Gym caters to children 6 weeks to 13 years of age. The facility and instructors help to develop children physically, cognitively and emotionally through music, dance, gymnastics, sports and much more. Classes are on a four-week billing cycle, starting at $60, or a one-time lifetime family membership at $75. The Waddlers class is for children 14 to 22 months and is a great Mommy & Me class for those looking to do a little more with their child in terms of stimulation. The state-of-the-art facility features items that will help promote balance and agility while allowing them to socialize with kids their own age.

(Credit: thelittlegym.com)

(Credit: thelittlegym.com)

The Little Gym of Chicago
3216 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-5750
www.thelittlegym.com/chicagoil

The Little Gym offers more than just stimulation through music. It offers a three-dimensional learning system that helps with physical strength, introduction to colors, introduction to numbers, introduction to letters and concepts involving taking turns and sharing. There are four Mommy & Me-type classes to choose from: Bugs for infants 4-10 months, Birds for 10-19 months, Beasts for 19-30 months and Super Beasts for toddlers 2.5 years to 3 years of age. The Summer Session starts June 17, 2013. There are a number of classes to choose from with varying days and times available. An entire 20-week session is $440.

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Art & ABC’s at Margate
Margate Fieldhouse
4921 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 742-7522
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Margate-Park-Fieldhouse

This is a parent-and-child class hosted by the Chicago Park District. It is for children at least 3 years old and under 6 years and 1 month old. The program runs from June 16 to August 18 for a weekly class on Sundays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents and children will participate in arts and crafts activities that will include numbers and colors. Children will be able to play games and socialize in an environment that helps promote bonding with the parent in a stimulating activity. Residents of Chicago have a discounted tuition of $18, while non-residents have tuition of $36.

Parent & Tot Swim
Oasis Fun Center
7877 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 967-6648
www.niles-parks.org

Hosted by the Niles Park District, the Oasis Fun Center is much more than just a swim park. While many families visit this aquatic park for its open swim, water slides and kid-friendly features, there are some swim classes for every age group. The Parent & Tot Swim class is geared for those 6-36 months. It teaches familiarity to the water, beginning swim skills and water games and songs to bond with your child. There are four sessions to choose from starting June 10, June 24, July 8 and July 22. Classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. The price is $35 for residents and $44 for non-residents.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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