It’s easy to feel cooped up during a snowy Michigan winter. If you and your baby or toddler are eager to enjoy a fun social environment while also supporting learning and growth, a baby playgroup might be an exciting opportunity.
There are many different classes and playgroups in the Ann Arbor area. Develop your baby’s curiosity, motor skills or a love of literacy or music through these local playgroups.
AAPS offers many choices for playgroups, giving you the opportunity to find the best fit for yourself and your baby, toddler, or preschooler. With classes for infants to 5 years of age, many parents or guardians can find a class that works for them. Some of the class choices include Infant Massage, Baby and Me Together, Jump into Speech for Babies, and Music Together.
There are many choices for class dates and times. For more information, visit the Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation website or call 734-994-2300.
Babies up to 24 months old will love meeting the Ann Arbor District Library for a 15 minute story time followed by 45 minutes of free play with other little ones their age. According to the library website, babies will have opportunities to enjoy “songs, rhymes, and stories that inspire oral participation.”
Gymboree in Rochester Hills offers playgroups for a large range of ages, specifically newborn to four years of age. Each of their classes are research-based, using guidance from early childhood experts to create stimulating experiences for young children. They also provide a playscape that is both engaging and challenging to help with the development of motor skills in a fun way!
Classes are conveniently available at many different times. For more information, visit the Gymboree Website or call 248-289-6179.
The Rudolf Steiner School offers opportunities to build emotional, physical and social skills for babies and toddlers (birth-age 3). While children enjoy both indoor and outdoor free play, engage in songs and stories, and have a yummy snack, adults can connect and support each other. According to the website, their playgroups seek to “uphold each family on their individual journey, while having time to discuss child development and reflect on how we can create healthy spaces for children to grow.”
Classes are offered at a variety of times to best fit each family. For more information, visit the Rudolf Steiner School Parent Child Group website or call 734-995-4141.
Robinsongs for Kids Studio is excited to help even the youngest children develop a love of music that supports their development, stating, “it’s never too early to start music classes!” During this playgroup, music teachers will help you connect with your baby and other parents through simple music-basic activities.
Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 11:30am or Thursdays at 12:15pm. For more information, visit the Robinsongs For Kids: Music Together website or call 734-929-2133.