A great way to change up your family’s routine is by adding different classes to the mix. But if you’re not sure your baby, toddler, tween, or teen will like it, take advantage of some free trial classes first. Here are just a few to get you started.
Babies & Toddlers
Mommy/Daddy and Me classes are a great way to bond with your child while introducing them to an environment of their peers. However, the chemistry of a group is important, and trial classes are a way to find the one that is just right for you and your baby or toddler. The following are a few classes around Queens offering free trials. For other Mommy and Me classes, visit the Queens Mamas Mommy & Me Guide.
Offering age appropriate classes, for babies to big kids, in music, art, and movement, these classes are both educational and fun.
222-14 Union Turnpike, Bayside
A great place where they encourage creativity through music classes and arts and crafts, Moonsoup even has two preschool alternative programs available.
At the Greek Culture Center 26-80 30th Street, Astoria
Long Island City School of Ballet
In addition to traditional dance lessons, the LIC School of Ballet also has a class where parents can participate as well.
44-02 23rd Street, Studio 216, Long Island City
Music for Aardvarks
As the name suggests, these classes are music driven, and include singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
Various Locations, visit www.musicforqueens.com/locations to find one near you
Mommy Music and Me
Families, including grandparents, are welcome in the Music Together program offered here, which has a wide range of music and original songs.
Various Locations, visit www.mommymusicandme.com/location to find one near you
Parents and children can explore mind, body and spirit at Dreamnastics through movement and structured interaction. Click here for more info
LIC Kids Enrichment Center
Provides a physical, intellectual and socially enriching experience for all kids. Offers free Open Play session & 1/2 off first drop-in class to Queens Mamas readers who are new customers.
5-02 50th Avenue, Long Island City
Tweens and Teens
After school classes or lessons allow your tweens and teens to expand their horizons at a time where they’re learning what they really like to do and what they’re interested in.
Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts
Martial arts classes are a great way to teach your kids self discipline and self defense. The classes also encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.
Various Locations, visit www.tsk.com to find one near you
NY Music and Arts
Your child can learn to play the piano, violin, and cello from Julliard teachers in private lessons.
113-25 Queens Blvd., #107-110 (above Sam Ash Music Store,) Forest Hills
Queens Guitar School
They take a unique approach to your average guitar lessons in their Rock Guitar for Teens class, as teens learn to play along with their favorite songs from day one. They even supply the guitars.
32-18 Broadway, Astoria