An arts-loving city, Philadelphia doesn’t disappoint when it comes to offering a fantastic selection of fun and unique classes for little ones.
All Around This World Music Classes
West Philadelphia, PA
Jay Sand and his amazing All Around This World music classes are unique, educational and totally fun! Jay offers classes out of his home in West Philadelphia and has added new locations in Mt. Airy. All Around This World is a unique, interactive class for children 0-8 years old that encourages kids to explore the world by enjoying international children’s music, games and stories. In weekly 45 minute sessions, kids and their parents/caregivers sing, dance and play together while experiencing different languages, cultures and traditions. Sign up for a trial class and find out why Philadelphia Magazine awarded All Around This World Music classes as “Best Date Night with your Kids” for 2010.
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Makin’ Music Rockin Rythms is an award-winning music and movement experience for young children, featuring original music by local songwriters. Named “Best Music Classes in Philadelphia” by Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Award and “Best Children’s Music Program” by Main Line Today Magazine, Makin’ Music offers kids a hands-on music learning experience that is rewarding and fun. Makin’ Music has locations throughout the suburban Philadelphia area. Check their website for a location near you.
The Creative Living Room
15 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Kids from birth on upwards to their teens can enjoy the music and art classes offered by the fine folks at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore, PA. Classes range from the “Goo Goo Gang” for the 0-12 month old set (which features a combo of Mommy/Baby Yoga, Baby Signing and massage for both mom and baby) to “Happy Hands Art” for 2-3 year olds (that lets toddlers roll up their sleeves, get on their smocks and get truly hands on to release their inner Picasso).
With over 14 locations in the city and ‘burbs, Music Together classes foster the innate musicality in children by having parents and families model musical behaviors. Internationally recognized but locally founded, Music Together has been around since 1987 and emphasizes adult movement as a key part of their children’s music learning experience, meaning moms and dad get a little exercise, too.
Fairmount Art Center
2501 Olive Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Fairmount Art Center, which won the 2008 Nickelodeon Parents Connect Award for “Best Artsy Classes for Little Kids,” is a wonderful arts center in the Art Museum area of the city offering arts classes for little ones, teens and adults. Classes in arts and music are offered for infants on up in their newly remodeled studios.
Jennifer Oxenford is the founder of phillyfun4kids (www.phillyfun4kids.com), your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love.