One of the many reasons why Boston is an incredible city to raise your kids, is how accessible it is. You can get almost anywhere around the city on foot and the public transportation or "T" is super efficient. I find it so important to venture out with my daughter and immerse ourselves in the amazing playgroups and classes the city has to offer, so I've gathered a list of my favorites for you to check out with your little(s).
1. Mama & Me, Jamaica Plain
Located in Jamaica Plain, this is one of our favorite spaces to frequent in Boston. They've got an amazing open playspace that includes things like: dress-up clothing, puppets, building blocks, and soft gym equipment to provide a creative and safe environment for your kids to explore. They also offer classes, including a variety of art and movement classes, many which begin this fall and I can't wait to register for one. What's better than letting your child explore + get messy outside of your home ... no clean-up is an added bonus!
2. Little Lovage Club, South End
This upscale, boutique space offers art, music, and fitness classes and also has an event space for birthday parties. It really encompasses everything you need to give your child room to explore and discover. The "Messy Munchkins" class introduces your toddlers to sand, water, playdough, paint, and more! The Lovage Club also offers signature events for open play and all ages such as "Old MacDonald" themed playtime which will be happening next month! Check out the calendar here for more upcoming events to attend with your little one(s)!
BYOB. Bring Your Baby to Barre class. This absolutely HAD to make the list because for those mama's that like to get their sweat on but don't have childcare, it's an answer to your prayers! This 45-minute class is for pre-walkers only, but strap your baby in a carrier and incorporate them into your workout! Head over to Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline for a Kids Yoga class with your walker! They provide a safe space for your child to explore the breath and movement of yoga and the instructors will grab their attention using storytelling, music, and games.
4. Community Music Center of Boston, South End
Once considered a "hidden gem" in the city, the CMCB is now the central hub for all things music. There are so many offerings here for ages 5 months - 7 years with classes such as "Little Notes" for an introduction to music and "Music & Movement" to teach kids how to use their bodies, voices, and beginner instruments to create sound. This is a fun way for Mom + child to connect with their peers as well as each other!
5. Charles River Aquatics, Boston University, Boston
The "Tiny Tots" class is offered to kids ages 3 and under is a great way to get your child to love the water! What makes this class so great, is that it's less about teaching your kids how to swim and more about using music, song, games, and activities to increase their comfort in and around the water. There are a variety of classes for older kiddos as well like the "Splash" class which incorporates more teaching of skills and helps your child develop a sense of independence in the water.
6. Boston Public Library, Multiple City Locations
With over 24 neighborhood branches in the city, there's definitely something for everyone and every age! The central library, located in Copley Square, has newly renovated Children's Library that hosts a variety of programs for your littles. If you take a look at the calendar, you'll see something offered nearly daily for your kiddos, including "Baby Lapsit," "Baby Dance Party" and story time. Also, check out the "museum pass" section of their website ... you may even be able to score some free passes to one of your favorite Boston museums!