As summer 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. 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.
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!
The Art Spark
The Art Spark is a children’s art studio that offers classes, camps, birthday parties, and events! When children create art in our classroom, they will constantly ignite “sparks”, or ideas. As the sparks develop, your child will: solve problems creatively, gain confidence, & use art in fun and effective ways.
Cincy Dance Studio
Join Cincy Dance Studio for our 10th season and let us turn your tiny dancer into a STAR! Creative Movement and Kinder classes allows children begin to explore all avenues of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop in a fun, supportive environment. Children will continue to use their imagination and props while dancing to their favorite songs, Basic elements of dance, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. The child’s imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through our instructors love of dance.
Children are never too young to explore the creative process and there is no better way to spend time with your child than to create wonderful memories and art together! Vision Arts offers 4-5 week Art Adventures with different themes that will surely entice your little one’s senses. Starting off with a terrific story to spark their imagination, we will then create open-ended art experiences that are related to the theme. Your child will love experimenting with different art materials and engaging in creative play with you and the other children! They will surely grow in self-confidence through the nurturing experiences shared in a small group creating art all by themselves! Don’t miss their birthday parties, summer camps, and open art studio time too!
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.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt. Adams) offers a few family programs that are totally toddler friendly! Wee Wednesdays is the last Wednesday of every month and runs September through May. It’s an interactive learning experience prefect for ages 2-5 with story-telling, art projects and varying topics each month. The CAM also partners with MadCap Puppets for 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.
Music and Movement
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.
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.