Whether you’re a first-time mom or a fourth-time one, finding the best mommy and me classes in NJ can be a challenge, especially during a pandemic. Sure, you want to find one that’s not only a bonding experience but is age-appropriate, cultivates growth, and has plenty of social ops for your little and you. So you’ll be happy to hear we’ve done the groundwork for you— and the good news is there are lots of mommy and me classes in NJ that are back to being in-person. From strollercize fitness to developing a love of music to stretching and climbing, there’s a class for you and your little ones to indulge their interests and discover exciting new passions. Scroll down for some of the best mommy and me classes in NJ.
Become an NJMOM Insider! For all the best things to do with your family around New Jersey, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter delivered right to your inbox each week, and don’t forget to tag your photos #NJMOM and @njmom for a chance to be featured on our social media.
Here are the best mommy and me classes in NJ:
Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks
When Melissa Chill took a dare to get up on stage and sing with a New Jersey shore band decades ago, she had no idea that she’d hit mega-star status in the eyes of the 5 and under crowd. Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks music program with hits like “Runaround Kid,” Brush Teeth,” and “Bagel” is fun for the whole family. The kids love to groove to cool tunes taught by her and her rockin’ band of musicians.
Locations throughout NJ, including Brielle and Rumson
Everyone’s in the band at Rockness Music, a modern approach to music class featuring live music performed by actual rock’ n roll musicians. Your preschoolers and toddlers will be movin’ and groovin’ in no time, and you will be too. Classes—some of which are held outside—include musical instruments, drumming, dancing, foreign language, puppets, and dramatic play.
Locations throughout NJ, including Hoboken, Maplewood, and Metuchen
These immersive classes help to develop your child’s natural aptitude for music and set a foundation for any vocal or instrumental they may pursue in the future. The family setting allows for kids of different age groups to learn together, so you can bring older siblings. You will also receive an illustrated songbook and CD to keep, so feel free to break out the tunes whenever the mood strikes you.
Locations throughout NJ including Brick, Cream Ridge, and New Brunswick
Whether you’re looking for indoor classes, outdoor sessions, or a virtual experience, you can rock out with your kiddos at Mommy & Me Baby Band and Tot Rock. Fostering a love for music is one of the most incredible things you and your child can do together. Children can enjoy classes with instruments, music, and classic favorites.
166 Patterson Ave., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Kids’ Music Round
Kids MusicRound taps into all learning styles (visual, tactile, auditory, and kinesthetic), making for a well-rounded learning experience to spark kids’ natural curiosity while enhancing auditory skills. Children also improve fine motor and visual skills by playing different instruments, dancing, and clapping their hands to the beat.
Branchburg, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Cranford, Crosswicks (Chesterfield area), Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Marlton-Mt. Laurel, Medford, Pennington, Robbinsville, Scotch Plains, and Westfield locations
Kidville is your family’s happy place, with a wide variety of parent/child options ranging from gym classes in a state-of-the-art playspace, music classes with performances by the Rockin’ Railroad band, art classes that give kids the freedom to explore their creativity, and dance sessions that build confidence and keep your kids moving. Parent/child classes begin from newborns through 3 years old.
516 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
30 Maple St., Summit, NJ 07901
The Little Gym
These parent and child classes for ages 4 months to 3 years old focus on three dimensions of learning—Get Moving, Brain Boost, and Citizen Kid—all of which foster growth of the whole child. Sessions will help little ones develop flexibility, strength, and coordination through physical activity, enhance their listening skills and decision-making and promote sharing, teamwork, and cooperation with their peers.
Locations throughout NJ, including Jersey City, Roxbury, Hamilton, and Sea Girt
Gymboree Play and Learn Mommy and Me classes begin with the 0-8 month age range, focusing on tummy time and other sensory-based activities. It then progresses through to age 5, where kids become more independent and socially aware. Gymboree also offers Parent/Child classes for music and art.
Locations around NJ including Jersey City, Westfield, Howell, Princeton, Red Bank, Ocean, Toms River, and Pine Brook
Attending My Gym is a wonderful way to introduce your kids to fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Mommy and Me classes at My Gym begin at age 6 weeks and continue to 3.25 years old. Children will have a blast strengthening muscles, developing language, and making friends, all while engaging in sensory exploration and discovery.
Locations around NJ, including Manalapan, Westfield, and Jersey City
The Language Workshop for Children
Are you looking for something unique and different? Then you have to check out The Language Workshop for Children with locations in Madison, Montclair, and Ridgewood. Children ages 6 months to 3 years old and their parents can enroll in language learning classes catered to little ones. Participants can learn French, Spanish or Chinese. Languages vary by location.
Locations in northern NJ and virtual options are available
Fit 4 Mom – Stroller Strides, Fit 4 Baby, Stroller Barre
We know that Mommy and Me classes are excellent for the parent and child, but let’s face it, some parents are looking for a great workout too. With the Fit4Mom program, certified instructors lead groups through classes indoors and outdoors, all with your babe in tow. Stroller Strides held outdoors is one of their most popular, but they also have Fit 4 Baby for moms-to-be, Stroller Barre for a strengthing barre workout, and Strides 360 to help you build endurance.
Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Marlton, Jersey City, Florham Park, Short Hills locations
The YMCA is the perfect place to find a wide variety of class options. Families can enjoy classes for swimming, dance, gymnastics, sports, art, and more. Check out your local YMCA for more detailed information. Locations in NJ including Bridgewater, Vineland, Hamilton, and more
RWJBarnabas Health: Cooking Classes for Kids
Dates and times vary depending on the program
Kids of all ages will love cooking up healthy treats in these virtual hands-on cooking classes (adult supervision required during class): Try Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen for kids 8-12, where they’ll learn to use a recipe, cook with nutritious ingredients, and utilize kitchen basics or try Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen, a Mommy and Me style class for 2-4-year-olds.
Other mommy and me classes in NJ to consider
British Swim School
Toms River, Brick, and Howell locations
Drawing Room Fine Art and Sculpture Studio
27 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor, Midland Park, NJ 07432
80 Fifth Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
2351 NJ-34, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Five Star Swim
Cherry Hill, East Hanover, Eatontown, Edison, Galloway, and Princeton locations
Goldfish Swim School
Manalapan, Middletown, Mount Laurel, Springfield, Livingston, Denville, Closter, and Wyckoff locations
419 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
JC Bump and Baby
Jersey City, Hoboken, and Montclair locations
Lily Montessori Parent-Child Center
801 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719
Little Dolphins Swim Academy
424 Vosseller Ave., Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Little Dreamer’s Play Cafe
Good Sports USA- 2903 Route 138 Wall, NJ
Luna de Papal
321 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Magic Sky Play
165 Amboy Road, Suite 706 Morganville, NJ 07751
Mima Create and Play
881 Main Street, Suite 14 & 15, Sayreville, NJ 08872
Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank, Lawrenceville, Princeton, Skillman, Morristown, and Parsippany locations
113 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Musical Munchkins of NJ
Trinity Episcopal Church- 55 George Street, Allendale, NJ 07401
Brick, Florham Park, Lakeside-Roxbury, Manasquan, Sparta, Turnersville, and Warren locations
Oh! Canary Studio
165 B Valley Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
745 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Take Me To The Water Swim School
Englewood, Montclair, and Ridgewood locations
Those Runner Kids Toddler Exercise Class
Medford Freedom Park- 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055
United Soccer Academy
4 Somerset Street, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Urban Jungle Play
1140 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Wompy’s World of Musical Play
Camp Riverbend- 116 Hillcrest Road, Warren, NJ 07059
Mommy and Me classes in NJ at your local library
Want to stick to your town? Libraries offer multiple opportunities for you to take a class and meet other local moms. And the best part—many only require a library card or nominal fee. Check out your local library’s event page for upcoming programs, activities, and story times the entire family will enjoy.