Local Mom Tips to Consider when Choosing the Best Activities for your Kids
- What time commitment are you seeking and/or able to accommodate? Extra-curriculars are often worth the investment, but you do need to be realistic about what makes the most sense for your life and your child. Many activities meet weekly, some have flexibility, while some require a greater time commitment.
- Location and budget. Like it or not, logistics DO matter, especially if your little one falls in love with what they are doing and wants to keep going!
- What are your goals? Are you hoping to expose your child to the arts, encourage their creative interests, get them moving? When they are smaller and don’t know what to ask for, the activities chosen will reflect our goals as parents. (ie. swim lessons for swim safety!)
- Consider limiting activities to keep it reasonable for both them and you. As your child grows, you may consider an approach where your child can pick one athletic and one non-athletic extra-curricular.
- Follow their lead! After all – it’s their activity and should reflect their interests!
KidStrong is based on science and taught by professionals.
The curriculum is founded on the latest in developmental science and leverages knowledge from experts in the fields of pediatric occupational therapy, child development, sports physiology, and physical education. Strong body programming is designed to increase physical literacy, strength, and general athleticism. Strong character curriculum is focused on life skills and helping kids be more confident and mentally tough. Strong brain programming is focused on improving mental development, problem-solving, and creativity.
How amazing is it that your child will be doing some hard work and you won’t have to hear any complaints because it’s also so much fun?
Membership includes life skill programming created by a pediatric occupational therapist to teach your children from the ground up and to develop the WHOLE CHILD through 1-2 classes per week and a starter kit that comes with a jersey your child will be excited to wear to every class, a poster with the Kid Strong motto “I am Strong, I am Brave, I can do this!”, and other KidStrong goodies.
Miss Nancy's Musikgarten
Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten specializes in music education for young children and their families.
You and your children will sing, dance, and play instruments in an informal setting, nurturing each child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Classes feature Musikgarten, a comprehensive music curriculum which purposefully leads children toward musical literacy and a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
Classes are available for children, newborn through age 6.
Tuition covers fourteen classes:
- 30 minutes for Babies and Toddlers
- 45 minutes for Cycle of Seasons and Music Makers
- There is an additional fee for take-home family materials.
Gymnastics and dance are ideal sports to promote physical, emotional, and social growth in kids… and we know the perfect place!
Perfection Gymnastics School teaches more than handstands, back handsprings, and pirouettes. They focus on the whole child and inspire strong character and excellence through their relationships and knowledge of the sport. Perfection offers recreational gymnastics classes for children ages 18 months-18 years, and well as tumbling, ninja, adaptive gymnastics, and dance. In addition, they provide many special events like open gyms, parents night out, birthday parties, clinics and day camps.
If you have a little one who just can’t sit still and loves to climb, flip, and hang, we recommend a free trial class or Open Gym at Perfection Gymnastics. Perfection classes run on a monthly schedule, not sessions, which allows for more flexibility. One month of tuition includes:
- Four classes on the day and time of your choosing
- A small annual registration fee covers the whole family for a full year of fun, from classes to special events
Music! Dance! Theatre Arts!
CCM programs educate students as young as three, so whether you have a beginner or a student that might be preparing for a career in the arts, CCM is a terrific partner.
Classes are offered weekly including evening and weekend opportunities.
Instruction and educational supplies are included in the cost of classes, students are required to supply their own instruments, etc…
Learn more at their August 24th, 2019 Open House Event.
IGKnight Music and Movement
Ignite your baby’s body and mind while experiencing music and movement together! You and your child will strengthen your everlasting bond while exploring age-appropriate instruments, songs, stories, movement, and dance. Activities are designed to stimulate children from birth to 24 months and can be replicated at home.
The 45-minute class meets weekly on Monday or Wednesday mornings over three sessions (fall, winter, & spring) and are ideal for grandparents and caregivers.
Check out this video to see the fun in action!
Baldwin Music Education Center
Baldwin Music Education Center has been here for over 60 years, with the belief that “Every Life Needs Music”! We love that history and dedication to the impact of music that makes them a trusted source for our children’s musical education! When you enroll your child in a class at Baldwin Music Education Center, you can expect an outstanding curriculum taught by gifted teachers that combines the cognitive, social, emotional and musical concepts every young life needs!
Engaging group classes (forming year round for ages 6 months on up!) offer educational and pedagogically comprehensive activities and one-of-a-kind piano classes take the very best of group synergy and turns it into an incredible experience for young pianists.
Lots of class options, affordable pricing, and a convenient location make this a #momwin for sure! Plus, Music Education classes at Baldwin Music make them an “arts magnet” preschool option!
Goldfish Swim School
Learning to swim is not only a fun activity, it’s a crucial life skill!
Goldfish Swim School offers lessons for ages 4 months thru 12 years, so there is something for every skill level. With a maximum of 4:1 student to teacher ratio, each student is given the individual attention they need to thrive in the water.
Lessons start out at Mini Level (4-35 months with adult participation) and advance all the way to Pro Level (4-12 years).
Students who progress through the Pro Level swim classes will receive a unique opportunity to join Swim Force. This fun and friendly competition experience provides children with the motivation they need to continually improve their skills, including a one-hour swim meet every quarter.
With two local locations and multiple class time offerings, Goldfish Swim School can take care of all your children’s swim lesson needs!
Learning Through Play Cafe
Learning Through Play Cafe offers different activities each month geared towards families with little ones. All activities are included in the price of play, so come for the enrichment and stay for the coffee, conversation, and open play time. The best way to stay in the know about planned activities is to follow the Learning Through Play Facebook
Mom Tip – The coffee & drink menu is the stuff mom dreams are made of and they even offer curbside pick up on days you can’t stop by to play. Sign us up!
Let your kiddos get in touch with their creative side!
Class options are varied and designed to build on your child’s creative interests through a variety of mediums, subject matter, with art history and technical education as a foundation. Cartoons & comic book art, pottery wheel classes, drawing, painting, and classes for as young as 2 years old (with a caregiver) are some of the options available to encourage a love of the arts from an early age.
We especially love the flexibility of the freestyle workshop!
Do you have a creative kiddo on your hands? You know the type we are talking about… the ones who collect the toilet paper rolls and trinkets they find around the house in order to create their next masterpiece. If you have a kiddo who is continually seeking that creative outlet… then these classes are for you.
These classes are for those kids who are constantly twirling, shaking their booty, tapping their toes, & who love a good beat. No matter if your child is a born performer, loves the art of dance or enjoys being part of a peer group… dance can be a wonderful experience!
Most kids can’t resist shaking their booty or singing along to their favorite tunes, but did you know that music is also a great way to encourage developmental growth? Music classes can be a great way to stimulate your little one’s mind, but lessons can also be the perfect creative and challenging outlet for your older kids as well!
Coding, technology, STEAM, 4H, and more… the possibilities are endless in this arena and honestly, the things these kids can learn and create are incredible. We are big fans of the ever-growing opportunities for our kids in the world of science and tech.
Various Troops Around Town
Various Troops Around Town
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Sports are amazing ways to encourage exercise, teamwork, personal drive, and so much more! And the options are endless as well. No matter if you have a little one tumbling on mats or an older one involved in team games or competitions, one this is for certain. They will learn all kinds of life lessons they don’t even realize they are learning and we love that.
Kenwood & Loveland
Crestview Hills, KY
Music, movement, motor skill development, and social skills! Toddler enrichment classes can be a great way to help enhance your little one’s natural development. And best of all… they are fun for grownups to attend as well!
For more information on local toddler enrichment opportunities, check this post out too!