Kids clubs and activities can be an important part of your toddler or preschooler’s life because structured activities will help her learn to socialize and be responsible. It’s pretty easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine where you don’t want to leave the house — or your comfy jammies! — but a change of scenery will benefit you both.
The YMCA (ymca.net) has locations in communities across the United States that offer fantastic programs for your little princess. You could sign her up for a dance class, which would not only keep her active but also help her to build up self-confidence and give her an outlet to express herself. You’ll love watching your daughter learn new moves and enjoy all the smiles and giggles that comes along with them. If you’re interested in getting her involved in sports, most YMCAs have a variety of sports programs. Choose from soccer, T-ball, basketball or tumbling. Sports are an effective way for your child to get exercise and learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship. Even though as a mom you always want your kiddo to win, it’s important that she knows it’s okay to lose sometimes too.
Sign your little musician up for a class Kindermusik (kindermusik.com). You’ll find classes in many cities across the country. Music can benefit children intellectually, emotionally and physically. Children are most receptive to music during their toddler and preschool years, so a class now can help your child develop a lifelong love of music. Kindermusik has an Our Time class that is available for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old, or you could take the entire family to a Family Time class. Not only do kids get to enjoy music with the whole family, they also work on accomplishments like sharing and taking turns. Pick a class and sing and dance right along with your cutie pie. He’ll love this fun time with mom.
The Little Gym
The Little Gym has more than 300 facilities around the world and is the perfect place to take your kiddo for an activity. All programs at The Little Gym focus on movement, learning and teaching kids to be good citizens. Your toddler can take a parent and child class to work on coordination and balance and learn to share and take turns. Gymnastics is a fantastic program for your preschooler, which can improve cognitive skills and build self-esteem. Watch as your little sweetie gains new skills and reaches important milestones. You might be jealous and wish you could still move like that! Many locations also offer karate for your 4-year-old preschooler to teach the fundamentals of karate, like blocks, kicks and punches, in a positive and noncompetitive way.
Camp Fire USA
Camp Fire USA is an organization that offers programs to children from birth up to age 21 all throughout the United States. Camp Fire Cares is a program available for children of any age and includes small group activities during before- or after-school programs, school break programs and drop-in care centers. Your toddler or preschooler will not only have a blast there but also learn about making good choices and how to socialize with other kiddos. Day camps are offered to children as young as 3 years old and normally last one week. During camp your little one will get to do things like go on a hike, learn to swim, participate in crafts and go on field trips to local parks and zoos. You’ll wish you could go to camp too!