Mommy and Me and Daddy and Me classes are super popular with first time parents and  seasoned parents alike. If you find time in your schedule and are able to participate with more than one child at a time or find someone to care for their other children, these are great classes for you and your child. 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!

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, 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 little one can take a parent-child class together.

We can also help you find a mom group or parenting group, a group of dads or a playgroup to gather with.

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

Gymboree Play and Music is famous for their parent-child classes. Take part in imaginative play, music, movement, art and sports themed classes. Learn through play, together. Gymboree is one of our favorite places to host a baby birthday party in Indy.

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

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

The Indiana State Museum has a collection of early childhood classes that take place in their beautiful new space, Firefly Landing.

Cookies & Canvas (at Wine & Canvas – Castleton) has a family-friendly series of painting classes.

The Creative Escape (Northside) offers pottery classes that are great for a parent and child to do together. 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.