Ready to start getting out and playing with the baby? Check out some of these activities. For many baby classes, you can start anytime, even in the middle of a month or session. Your tuition will be pro-rated.
Music Classes in Houston
- Music Classes in Houston
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- Swimming Classes in Houston
- Houston Montessori Classes
- Kids Soccer Classes in Houston
- Dance Classes for Kids in Houston
Locations in Central Houston, Sugar Land, and the Woodlands. Classes follow the Music Together method. Offers primarily mixed-age “Family Classes”, along with a few classes for babies only (Birth-8 months). Some classes include Spanish and Hebrew for bilingual littles.
Tuition is $280 for 10 weeks of 45-min classes. Also includes take-home materials (e.g. CD with the songs from class).
Sign up for a free demo class here.
Locations in Bellaire, the Heights, and Upper Kirby. Affiliated with the national music education program The Music Class. Offers two kinds of classes: mixed-age Music Pups (4 months-4 years) and Music Infants (4 months-14 months).
Tuition is $200 for 10 weeks. Flexible make-up policies for missed weeks. Call or email to schedule a free demo class.
Locations in West U and Bellaire. The Proprietary Vivaldi Seasons curriculum aims to go beyond the typical baby songs and rhymes, introducing littles to a variety of genres and instruments. $90/month for weekly classes and digital take-home materials. $35/month for additional siblings.
Request more info or a free demo class here.
508 Pecore Stm Houston, TX 77009
Mixed-age classes for ages birth-5 follow the same Music Together method as Prelude. $195 tuition includes 10 classes, 2 makeup classes, materials (CD, songbook, etc), a musical instrument-making workshop, and a family sing-along concert with local musicians. Crescendo now also offers an Intergenerational class held at a local retirement community, in which residents are invited to join kiddos in making music.
Some Little Gym locations (Bellaire, Memorial, Katy) are now offering Kindermusic classes. With just a couple of classes per week, schedules tend to be limited. Pricing starts at $17/class. Find your local Little Gym here and visit their website to book a free demo class.
11612 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77024
Mixed-age classes at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. $200 for 8 weekly 45-minute classes, $160 for siblings over 8 months and free for siblings under 8 months. Take-home materials included. Uses the same “Music Together” approach as Prelude.
14501-C Memorial Dr. Houston TX 77079
Offering classes for kids from birth onward. Their Mommy & Me class is called “Family Music for Babies and Toddlers”, offered to children birth-36 months and their caregivers. $200 for a 13-week session. These 30-minute classes are scheduled every morning Tuesday-Saturday and Thursday evenings – exact times here.
Locations in Central Houston (Post Oak), Memorial, Pearland, Tomball, Missouri City, and Katy.
Though Gymboree is primarily known for its Play & Learn classes (see below), most locations also offer a limited selection of 45-min music classes. Classes are offered by age group: 6-16 months, 16-28 months, and 28 months-5 years.
Typically, you will have just a couple of times/days to choose from: for instance, Weds/Thurs/Sat mornings only at the Central Houston location, Weds/Sat mornings only in Memorial, Sat mornings only in Katy, and no music classes at all in Pearland.
Exact prices and policies vary by location but expect to pay around $86/month (or $95 in Central Houston). If you’re already taking a class at Gymboree, you can add a second class (for the same child or a sibling) for only $50/month. All first-time members need to pay a $50 one-time registration fee as well. To cancel, you’ll need to notify Gymboree 7 days before the next billing date.
3701 W. Alabama Ste 230, Houston, TX 77027
The Motherhood Center has partnered with Gymboree to offer music classes for babies from birth to 8 months (Wednesday mornings) and family classes for birth-3 years (Saturday mornings). Classes include songs, playing with instruments, and movement activities. $200 for an 8-week session plus $10 enrollment fee.
Houston Gym Classes
Locations in Bellaire, the Heights, Memorial, Sugarland, Katy, Pearland, Spring, and more. Look for your local Little Gym here. Parent/Child classes are available for babies 4 months and up. Kids will be separated by age group (4-10 months, 10-19 months, etc) Pricing varies by location, but will run $20-23 per class.
Locations in Central Houston (Post Oak), Memorial, Pearland, Tomball, Missouri City, and Katy. Gymboree’s Play & Learn classes are separated by age group (0-6 months, 6-10 months, 10-16 months, etc).
Exact prices and policies vary by location but expect to pay around $86/month (or $95 in Central Houston). If you’re already taking a class at Gymboree, you can add a second class (for the same child or a sibling) for only $50/month. All first-time members need to pay a $50 one-time registration fee as well. To cancel your membership, you’ll need to notify Gymboree 7 days before the next billing date. $25 off for new families until April 2016: use code PLAYFUL25.
If you’re enrolled in a Gymboree class, you can come in for free open play sessions at the designated time – a nice addition to the weekly classes. Gymboree membership includes discounts for Gymboree kids’ clothing brands (Gymboree, Janie & Jack) and special events – see here for details.
If you have older children, check out their family classes for kids up to 5 years old.
747 N Shepherd Dr. #400, Houston, TX 77007
Two Mommy & Me classes to choose from 30-minute “Baby Stars” for kids 6-18 months of age, and 45-minute “Discovery Stars” for kids 18 months-3 years old. 10:1 student-teacher ratio in both classes. You sign up and pay for an entire “semester” at once, though a paid trial class is available before signing up. The cost is about $19/class, plus a $50 annual registration fee. Up to 4 make-up classes per semester.
Locations in Katy and the Woodlands. Classes start at 6 weeks old, with multi-sensory exploration through song, dance, lap rides, and baby exercises. As babies get older, classes incorporate progressively more challenging physical activities like balancing, tumbling, and hanging. ~$80/month for weekly classes + registration fee.
Swimming Classes in Houston
West University Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
Wolfie’s offers 30-minute Mom and Me group lessons for babies 4 months and up at the following times:
The pool is heated and there are no more than 8 students in each class. $45 one-time registration fee, plus a $5 monthly fee for families who are not West University residents. $15/class, with an initial two-month commitment to weekly classes required (and month-to-month billing after that). No make-ups. Seven days’ written notice before the first of the month to cancel.
984 Wakefield, Houston, Texas 77018
27020 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
Pengu offers two levels of Mommy and Me classes for babies 4 months and up. Group classes have a maximum of 4 students; private lessons are also available. Heated pool.
Weekly 30-min group lessons cost $78/month, plus a registration fee of $30 per child (or $50 for a family). Slight discount for siblings (or a second class for the same child).
Students are allowed to make up one missed class per month if they cancel ahead of time. 30-day written notice is required to withdraw from classes.
Open swim time is offered 12:00PM-1:00PM during the week and 6:00PM-8:00PM on Friday evenings. $5 per person (or $15 max per family)
1100 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77042
Swim Jim stands out from its fellow swim schools with free 20-min baby lessons for newborns (8 weeks to 6 months old, 8 to 1 student-teacher ratio, offered Sunday afternoons). The pool is indoors and the temperature is kept at 84-90 degrees. After 6 months, babies can start paid Mommy & Me classes, with several levels based on age (6 to 1 student-teacher ratio). Classes are offered on weekdays and weekends, though options for baby classes tend to be limited. Check the current schedule here.
Weekly 30-min group lessons cost $22 per class; tuition is charged monthly. Semi-private and private lessons are also available. Regardless of class type, Swim Jim charges an annual $30 registration fee per student. 30 days written notice is required to cancel.
There are no guaranteed make-ups, though the school will try to work with you to offer paid make-up in case of illness.
For private lessons in the convenience of your home or condo swimming pool, check out AquaMobile, the largest at-home private swim instruction company in the US/Canada. They work with ages 6 months and up. Lessons are available daytime, evenings, and weekends, and can be rescheduled with 24-hour notice. Instructors all have 3+ years of teaching experience, training/certification, background checks, and insurance.
Various locations throughout Houston
The YMCA offers both Introductory and Advanced Parent/Child lessons for babies 6 months and up. Unlike most other swim schools, which have families sign up once and continue lessons in perpetuity, the YMCA offers discrete sessions with specific start and end dates. Most sessions consist of either 4 consecutive weekly Saturday classes or 8 Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs classes. On one hand, this means you don’t have to deal with onerous cancellation policies; on the other hand, you need to keep signing up for new sessions as long as you’d like to continue the lessons.
The YMCA classes are cheaper than other options and slightly bigger (up to 10 students per class). While rates vary slightly by location, you can expect to pay $65 as a non-member and $50 as a member for 4 lessons. There are no make-ups offered. Occasionally your class may be rescheduled by the YMCA due to dangerous weather conditions.
Pool temperature and location (indoor vs. outdoor) depend on which YMCA you attend. The Tellepsen YMCA downtown has an indoor pool heated to 82 degrees F.
Find your nearest location here, then look for the schedule of classes here. Note that prices are quoted for Facility Members (aka families with a YMCA membership), and Program Members (if you are not a YMCA member, you sign up for a free “Program Membership” which allows you to register for classes).
2717 Saint Street, Houston, Texas 77027
Saint Street Swim offers 30-minute Mommy and Me classes in a heated pool for babies 1-year-old and up.
Weekly group classes (4 students max) are $19.75; there is also a $40 annual membership fee per family. No make-ups. Classes are offered on weekdays only at various morning and afternoon times.
Locations in Sharpstown, Katy, Pearland, Cypress, and Sugar Land. Indoor heated pool. Three levels of 30-minute infant/toddler classes (divided by age and ability). Morning and afternoon classes are available, primarily on weekdays. You can start classes anytime – call for current openings. $19.50 per class plus a $45 annual fee per family.
Make-ups are available once per month and cost $10.
If you’re looking for private lessons for your baby in your home or community pool, check out Safe Swimming School. They will work with babies 4 months and up. $49/lesson (with discounts for booking multiple lessons), plus $35 annual registration fee and $5 rescheduling fee.
Communication and Literacy Classes in Houston
$150 for 8 sessions
Weekly small-group classes for parents and babies in private homes. Recommended age range: 6 months-2 years, but the instructor also works with younger and older kids. Parents learn the how and why of signing, as well as specific signs and practical tips for signing with their baby. Each week introduces 5 new signs, and parents practice signing with babies. Signs are also incorporated into familiar children’s songs for practice.
5210 Cedar Street, Bellaire, Texas 77401
Weekly 45-minute classes for children ages 15 months-3 years. Tuesday mornings 10:00AM-10:45AM. Each week’s lesson offers a variety of themed activities built around a new book each week (e.g. songs, finger plays, dramatizations, arts and crafts, and creative movement). Students also get a literacy bag with a book, activities, and art projects, to take home until the next week’s class. Classes have 5-10 students. $15/class or $48/month. 20% discount for siblings; siblings under 12 months attend free.
Parents can also learn about promoting literacy in the home at morning coffees and moms’ nights out.
508 Pecore St, Houston, TX 77009
Led by a Speech Language Pathologist, these classes teach parents how to interact with their child during play to increase his/her use of sounds and words, respond to his/her gestures and sounds, model appropriate language use, and create opportunities for communication in daily routines. Classes meet Friday mornings 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. $180 for six sessions.
215 W 23rd St, Houston, TX 77008
This new school, which opened summer of 2015, offers Mommy and Me Spanish classes for ages 16-36 months.
1548 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008.
45-minute Mommy and Me Spanish classes targeted at kiddos 18 months-4 years old, though younger babies are allowed to register (and can come free if accompanying a paying sibling). $100 for a 7-week session for the first child, and $85 for additional siblings. Max 8 families per class. Email [email protected] or call 832-867-4804 with questions.
Houston Montessori Classes
4660 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77096
Sarah Moudry offers several Montessori-inspired classes in her new studio. For pre-walkers, there’s Montessori from the Start (8 weeks-crawling), Large Motor Movement (crawling-first steps), and Early Communication (birth-12 months). Toddlers can take a Montessori for Young Children (walking-36 months) class, or Mommy & Me baking classes in English or Spanish. The studio space is truly unique – full of materials to explore and every detail is designed with little ones in mind.
Prices range from $150 for a 6-week session of 30-minute classes to $325 for an 8-week session of 60-minute classes.
Kids Soccer Classes in Houston
Locations at City Centre, Friendswood, Katy, Pasadena, Spring Branch, and Sugar Land. Classes for toddlers include Teddies 1 (18 months-36 months) and Teddies 2 (24 months-36 months). Classes are held on weekend mornings. $300 for ~2.5-month session.
1322 South Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Introductory indoor soccer program for ages 2-5.
Cullen Park, 19008 Saums Road, Houston, TX 77084
$75 for an 8-week session (play 2-3 times/week). Cubs class for 2&3-year-olds teaches basic soccer skills and rules – dribbling, shooting, defense, etc.
Dance Classes for Kids in Houston
3701 W. Alabama Ste 230, Houston, TX 77027
Tiny Tutus is a Mommy & Me dance class for kids ages 18 months-2.5 years old. $220 for an 8-week session + $10 registration fee. Classes are on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
7008 Fifth St, Bellaire, TX 77401
4210 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77025
Tippi Toes Toddler & Me classes for kids ages 18 months-3 years old are held at the Bellaire Recreation Center and the West U Recreation Center. Choose from a morning or late afternoon options. Tuition is $50 per month for weekly 45-min classes, plus a $38 registration fee (which includes some Tippi Toes goodies). Students who participate in the recital pay an extra $65 for costumes, venue, and unlimited recital tickets.
1322 South Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Tumbling Toddlers class for little ones ages 20 months-4 years old: toys, games, sensory stimulation, balancing challenges, singing, playing, and jumping. Saturday mornings. $68/month.
3500 East TC Jester Blvd, Suite G, Houston, TX 77018
Mommy & Me dance classes for toddlers 18 months old and up include rhythm games, basic dance steps in tap and ballet, coordination, stretches, and classroom etiquette. Classes are held Monday or Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The cost is $56/month for a weekly 30-minute class plus a $25 registration fee. If you miss a class, you can make it up at an alternate time. Sign up anytime – tuition will be prorated.
Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
The Creative Movement program for children 2.5-3.5 years old focuses on large motor skills, coordination and balance, and classroom etiquette, incorporating ballet as well as music from around the world. Weekly 30-minute classes are held Monday/Tuesday mornings and afternoons and Saturday mornings. Tuition is $415 for the year (September-May).
4007 D Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
14520 Memorial Drive, Suite 78, Houston, TX 77079
Introduction to Ballet class for 2-year-old boys and girls offered by the Houston Academy of Dance/West University Dance Centre. 45-minute classes are available on weekdays or weekends.
The class focuses on gross and fine motor skills, exploring music and rhythm, beginning to learn classroom etiquette, and preparing for an end-of-semester performance. 5:1 student-teacher ratio. $412 for a 16-week semester, which includes costumes for end-of-semester performances. No refunds / no pro-rated tuition.
601 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002
Spring 2016 Parent and Me classes for 2-year-olds. $250 for a 6-week session + $35 registration fee for new students.
2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77019
Classes for dancers aged 2.5-3.5 years old on Tuesdays at St. John the Divine. ~$350 per semester.
508 Pecore St, Houston, TX 77009
Meeting on Tuesday and Friday mornings throughout the summer, this energetic dance-based class encourages expressive movement & creative play, suitable for boys and girls alike! The class is designed for walkers up to 5 years old, but infants are also welcome. $15/class/family. If you buy multi-class passes, you’ll pay a discounted rate of $10-$12/class.