Disclosure: The featured images and descriptions below are courtesy of some amazing local toddler enrichment offering who sponsored the production of this guide. We are excited about these partnerships as well as the opportunity to provide this resource to local moms.
As summer slowly comes to an end, school will soon begin for many kids. But, what about the kids who aren’t old enough to be off to school? What to do when the weather turns?! The answer, for many, is enrichment classes. Whether it be music, gymnastics, or art, it is nice to give them social interaction with other kids their age and interaction with other adults. There is something for everyone on this list!
IGKnight Music and Movement Class
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.
We have had such a wonderful time in the class! The teacher enthusiasm and class activities have been great. It has been such an awesome bonding time with my son as well. Thank you!
– L. Eveler
Activities are designed to stimulate children from birth to 24 months and can be replicated at home.
Ms. Donna delights children with her high-energy approach to music education. She greets parents and students by name in a warm and genuine manner. She expertly modifies instruction to fit the needs of the energetic and busy toddlers in her classroom. Curriculum is rich and purposeful, and the children demonstrate understanding in unique ways. Thank you, Ms. Donna!
– S. McGuffey
The 45-minute class meets weekly on Monday or Wednesday mornings over three sessions (fall, winter, & spring) and are ideal for grandparents and caregivers.
Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center
Located in a cozy Victorian house, the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center offers over parent-child enrichment classes from birth to 5, preschool prep and alternative programs, bilingual story times, parenting workshops, and a breastfeeding resource center. You can socialize before and after classes while enjoying locally-made refreshments in our sunroom, while your children enjoy our open play spaces (indoors & out)!
Miss Nancy's Musikgarten
songs for seeds
Songs for seeds, named “Best Music Class” by NY Magazine & “Most Magical Music Class” by Red Tricycle, is now in Cincinnati! Songs for seeds is a rockin’ music program that encourages children newborn to 6-years old to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world.
Baldwin Music Education Center
For more than 50 years, the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed group keyboard-based music classes for students ages 6-months to 4 years and group piano to ages 5 on up. Classes are offered 6 days a week year around. Professional music degreed teachers, convenient location, ample parking and family discounts!
Gym Skills Cincinnati offers a parent participation class designed to welcome very young athletes into the gym. Children will be able to explore the equipment and learn exercise while having fun! Gymnastics will help establish balance, flexibility, muscle memory, body position and beginner tumbling. The classes consist of stretches, obstacle courses and activities on equipment.
Early Childhood Centers
The Summit Montessori Toddler Program
If you have a little one, you know that they love to MOVE! They are learning constantly and engaging with everything around them, and Summit’s Montessori program is tailored just to them. Whether you are interested in half-day or full day, this unique Montessori program starts at 18 MONTHS and grows with your child to meet your family’s education and childcare needs. Teachers act as guides, letting the children choose their own activities and encouraging them to progress at their own pace.
The Red Balloon Cafe (Pleasant Ridge) is a play cafe that also offers a few classes for kids 2-5 years. Sensory School lets kids get messy while exploring and learning about their senses. Yoga for Kids introduces movement and breathing exercises using core yoga values.
Blue Cocoon (Montgomery) is a play cafe with parenting and toddler class offerings. There is a sensory class for kids 6 months – 3 years. They also have a music class for newborn – 5 years as well as a story and craft class for 20 months – 5 years.
The Cincinnati Museum Center (Downtown) has various programs for kids 5 and under. The Sprouts Institute offers family enrichment workshops on Mondays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in Duke Energy Children’s Museum Corbett Theater. The theme each week may vary and space is limited. Check the website for upcoming workshops and to register online.
The Seven Hills School (O’Bryonville, Madisonville) offers Beginnings Parent & Toddler Enrichment program for parents and children 12 – 36 months old. The class meets weekly from September – December at both the Doherty and Hillsdale. Registration is required.
Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati (Pleasant Ridge) offers a couple of classes for birth – 5 years and several for 3-5 years. There are two fall sessions, each 8 weeks long. Classes are open to the public, but at a higher fee.
The Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams) offers a few family programs which are toddler friendly. Wee Wednesdays is the last Wednesday of every month and runs September through May. It is an interactive learning experience perfect for ages 2-5 with story telling and art projects and varying topics each month. The museum also partners with Madcap Puppets with shows throughout the fall and winter. Baby tours are the first Friday of every month and Family tours are the first Saturday of every month, September – May.
Behringer-Crawford Museum (Covington, KY) has Tot Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month from 10:30-11:30am. A monthly theme engages children 2-5 years old with interactive activities, crafts, stories, and sing alongs.
Artspark (Symmes Township) offers Creative Tots for children 1-3 years old on Monday and Wednesday from 10am-10:45am. Classes cost $8 and are designed to help your growing toddler explore art for the first time in a variety of different ways. Your child will have the opportunity each class to engage in new and exciting art materials and strengthen fine motor skills such as lifting a paint brush, squeezing, pinching, and sculpting.
Music and Movement
The Shakti Factory (Norwood) has a weekly Dance Baby Dance class for caregivers and children infants – 5 years of age. Families feel the rhythm of music while expressing themselves with the freedom to dance and move to their hearts’ desire.
Peanut Butter & Jam sessions (Cincinnati metro area) are min-concerts introducing classical music to kids 2-6 years of age. Children are encouraged to participate by dancing and moving along to the music. Locations are throughout the Cincinnati area. Some of the shows partner with Madcap Puppets for a fun and unique story telling experience.
Reading and Storytime
The Cincinnati Public Library has several FREE and great children’s programs for all ages. Search for programs at your nearest library branch. There is sure to be a weekly storytime and/or music and movement class.
Blue Manatee (Oakley) beloved Miss Sarah plays her guitar, sings songs, and reads stories during Manatots Storytime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Miss Alicia sings songs and reads stories for babies during Manababies on Thursdays. First and second Saturdays there is a foreign language storytime. Check the website for other children’s programs.
Joseph Beth Book Sellers (Rookwood, Crestview Hills, KY) offers weekly storytimes for children of all ages. Crestview Hills: 10:30am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Rookwood: 10:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The Cincinnati Zoo (Clifton) has a program called Zoo Troop for toddlers 18 – 36 months. The series runs weekly for 4 weeks. The animal theme varies, but the age appropriate curriculum covers exploration, observation, hands-on activities, as well as up close animal encounters. Fall 2016 programs have yet to be announced, but check the zoo website in early August for updates.
The Highfield Discovery Garden (Woodlawn) is part of Glenwood Gardens and offers a weekly educational program for all ages. Programs are included with admission and are scheduled multiples times a week. Fall program topics include monarch butterflies and honeybees.
The Cincinnati Nature Center (Milford) offers a 4 week session on Saturdays beginning in Septembers for 3-4 year olds. Class is 9:30-11:30am each week and covers a different theme and learning experience. Pre-registration for the whole series is required.
Soccer Shots (Cincinnati metro area) is a soccer program for ages 2-8. The 2-3 year old classes cover basic rules of the game as well as teaches hand and eye coordination. The fall program begins mid-September and runs 8 weeks. There are convenient locations throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding area.
Kids First Sports Center (Highpoint) offers gymnastics programs for infants and older. There is a 30-minute FREE parent and me class for infants 6 weeks – 4-6 months. Paid classes are 45 minutes long and are grouped by age: 6 months – prewalking, walking – 24 months, 2 year olds, all of which require parent participation. Kids are on their own in the 3 year old class. The curriculum covers learning to follow directions, how to share and take turns, coordination, and gross motor skills.
Go to Grow Gymnastics (Fairfax) has gymnastics classes for 1- 6 years old. Classes are 50 minutes long and held at the Cincinnati Taekwondo Center off of Red Bank Road. There are 4 sessions offered, each 8 weeks long. Space is limited and fill up quickly.
The Little Gym (Mason, Fairfax) is located in Mason and has parent child gymnastics and music classes for infants – 36 months. The Cincinnati Sports Club has partnered with The Little Gym and offers gymnastics classes on site for kids 10 months and older.