Mommy and Me and Daddy and Me classes are super popular with first time parents and even more seasoned parents that are able to participate with more than one child at a time or find someone to care for their other children. One of the best things about the first few years of a child’s life is that everything is new. Pinwheel? Awesome! Paint? Cool! Playgrounds? Fun!

And because everything is new, everything is an opportunity to learn. At some point, they’ll have to go off on their own and learn about Pythagoras, presidents, and photosynthesis. Until then, however, you get to spend time with them as they learn and have fun like all kids do. So here are some places you and your spunky squirt can take a class together.

A brief description follows the name of the business, visit their site for more info on specifics.

Art: Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, Parent and Me

Cookies & Canvas (at Wine & CanvasCastleton) is a family-friendly series of painting classes.

The Creative Escape (Northside) offers pottery classes. Reservations required.

Half Baked Pottery & Gifts (Broad Ripple) is a paint-your-own pottery and fired-arts studio.

The Paint Cellar (Carmel) offers kids painting classes every Friday and Saturday.

Painting With a Twist (Northwest Indy) is a step-by-step paint studio.

Pottery By You (Northwest Indy) is a make-your-own pottery and glassware studio.

Movement: Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, Parent and Me

Dana Mannix Gymnastics Center (Northeast Indy) is a place to work on social and behavioral skills in addition to basic fundamentals of gymnastics.

DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics (Fishers) focuses on following directions, taking turns, and sharing while learning very basic gymnastics skills.

Geist Sports Academy (Northeast Indy) has classes that focus on developmentally appropriate activities and socialization.

Goldfish Swim School (Carmel & Fishers) beginning swimming skills start with parent-assisted classes.

The Gymnastics Company (Greenwood) features a Turtles class for learning basics of gymnastics.

Gymnastics Unlimited (Indianapolis) offers a chance to learn basic skills and safety.

Indy Parks & Recreation (Indianapolis) has various parent & child classes like dancing, nature, and beginning swimming. The offerings change every few months based on demand. Check back often or request a class.
IU Natatorium (Indianapolis) has infant/toddler learn-to-swim classes.

My Gym (Fishers) has many opportunities for kids to work on motor skills and basics like balance and tumbling.

Spectrum Sports (Carmel) has a class designed for developing motor skills using obstacle courses and discovery stations.

The Urban Chalkboard (Carmel) has kids yoga and music classes.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (Various) offers parent-assisted classes in swimming, beginning gymnastics, and music & dance.