Classes for Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay - 510 Families

Classes for Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay

Toddler classes in the East Bay, ages 0-5-year-olds

We’ve compiled a list of East Bay “Baby and me” classes for kids throughout Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater {510} area for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pick a category or browse our whole list of toddler classes. If your favorite class for kids aged 0-5 is missing, share it in the comments. We love to learn about new places, too!

All entries are updated and fact-checked as of November 2021. Some photography is showing pre-Covid interactions.

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Teacher and child making music during outside session | Photo: East Bay Music Together

Music classes for babies and older

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East Bay Music Together

Every week in the award-winning Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo (Spanish) classes at East Bay Music Together, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grownups come together to play together musically. Fun, educational, & research-based. Also available outdoor & online.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Amabile School of Music: Little Mozart Keyboard Group Class

This 16-week introductory class is designed for 4-year-old music beginners to learn about musical alphabets, rhythm, notes, black & white keys, posture, and finger numbers while also incorporating fun aspects such as singing, dancing, musical games, and mini-recitals.

Ages: Age Four +

Crowden Early Childhood Music

Music fundamentals classes for ages 3 to 7 are offered in the fall and spring.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Jon's School of Music

Outdoor classes as long as weather permits. Rock and Roll for kids age one to six! 45-minute classes expose children to real instruments and some principles of music-making through fun, silliness, and stories.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Kids Go Mandarin

Classes increase kids’ enthusiasm for learning Mandarin and music at the same time. Young children enjoy multi-sensory creative teaching and experiential learning of Mandarin through music, movement, and play. Online or outdoor classes are available.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Little Bears Music

Calling the East Bay’s Littlest Rockers. Part of Blue Bear School of Music, Little Bears, is a play-based musical introduction for your kiddo, training rhythm and socialization while fostering a love of music with tons of brain-boosting benefits included. Currently meeting at Memorial Park.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir

For children who love to sing, ages 4-18. This program of vocal training and music education is taught by experienced, caring faculty.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

San Francisco Girls Chorus: Prep Chorus

Music education program that creates outstanding singing performances. Prep Chorus for children aged 4-6.

Ages: Age Four +

Little Folkies

Little Folkies is an award-winning session-based folk music class for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers inspiring young families to sing and play. Songs are accompanied by foot-stomping, hand-clapping and instrument jamming.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

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Kindergym with Dawn in Oakland
Kindergym with Dawn in Oakland — returns in January, 2022 | Photo by Icarian Photography

Play and learn classes for babies and toddlers

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Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS) Early Childhood Classes

BRWS moves in a developmentally healthy way, encourages simple enjoyment of the outdoors, and supports you in creating your own outings. Teachers will offer parenting articles to read and a discussion of handpicked topics will include time for your questions.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three

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Kindergym Toddlers with Dawn for Ones and Twos

Time for your child to play, explore and learn while experiencing climbing, sliding, jumping, tunnels, rocking horses, fire trucks, crazy cars, parachute play, stories, songs, bubbles and so much more! Kindergym is in a large, well-ventilated room with other families looking to connect.

Ages: Age One, Age Two

Berkeley Forest School - Forest Explorers

Forest Explorers is a weekly 2-hour class from 10 am - 12 noon. Nature hikes, wild foraged snacks, natural materials art exploration, and music awaits you in Berkeley Forest School's "Forest Explorers" program. They partner with parents to co-create a nature-connected community.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Gymboree Play & Music

Specially designed classes incorporate innovation with classic learning techniques to engage young minds. Gymboree is the global leader in early childhood development programs with a wide range of classes for 0-5 years.

Ages: Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

MCPC Toddler Playtime

Toddlers aged 18–36 months and caregivers enjoy play and socialization together. Help your child adjust to social settings in a safe and friendly environment. Each class includes art projects, large and small motor activities, music, and snack time. Year-round.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three

PRAM playgroups and classes

Sensory playgroups are for babies and toddlers. Class offerings change out quarterly.

Ages: Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Tum e Time: Creative Ways To Play With Your Baby

Come explore infant massage, baby yoga, baby signs, tummy time, songs, development and sensory play in 2 separate 4 week classes. Part 1 - babies 1 month to pre-crawling. Part 2 - 5 months to new crawlers.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers

Twirl After School Enrichment Program

Twirl offers an after-school program for TK-3rd grade incorporating STEAM Explorations, Design Challenges, Lego Building, Process Art, Music, Mandarin, and cooking. Instructors also offer homework help.

Ages: Age Four +

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Toddler at Head Over Heels Emeryville
Toddler at Head Over Heels Emeryville | Photo: Anna Azimi

Tumbling classes for toddlers

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Head Over Heels Athletic Arts

Need your little one to burn off some energy so they nap easily? Tot and toddler classes in our large open space offer soft colorful surfaces for your child to run, jump, and climb. Visit our website or call today to register!

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Bay Aerials Sweet Peas & Baby Ninjas

Sweet Peas gymnastics starts at age 6 months. Ninja classes begin with walkers.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Bay Island Gymnastics

Gymnastics for toddlers and preschoolers goes to age 5.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

Bear Cubs classes start at 14 months and are offered at many times throughout the week. Bear Cubs 2 and 3 do not require parent participation and are for ages 3-4 and 4-5. Open Gym is still on hold. Offered when Cal is in session, not during summer.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Cal Youth Gymnastics & Swimming

Cal Youth Programs offer a diverse array of year-round classes for the youngest of kids: gymnastics (14 mos.-18 yrs.), swimming (infants-18 years). Locations on the iconic UC Berkeley campus.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

El Cerrito Preschool Gymnastics

Gymnastics classes are for ages 3 to 6. Gymnastics Tiny Tots Free Play is for ages 1.5 to 5 with a caregiver to enjoy balance beams, obstacles courses, trampoline, tunnels, and hula hoops. Other sports begin at age 5.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Kids 'N Dance

Intro to dance begins at age 2. Creative Movement/ Gym class for ages 27 months- 3.5 yrs is excellent for those not ready for structured pre-ballet. Several types of pre-ballet start at age 3. Or try circus arts.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Ultimate Sports Connection - Pre-school and Kang & Roo Open Gyms

Supervised gymnastics free play begins at 13 months. Have fun on the spring floor, obstacle course, uneven bars, monkey bars, balance beams, vaulting station, and tumble track! Single-day or recurring class is available.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

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Try a lil kickers demo class
Try a lil kickers class at the Bladium | Photo by Icarian Photography

Team Sports (soccer, tee-ball, basketball) for toddlers and preschoolers

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Lil' Kickers Soccer

Lil' Kickers Soccer is a child development program whose purpose is to help children mature on all levels. This program focuses on helping children build strong physical, intellectual, and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Skyhawks Tot Sports

This multi-sport program gives kids a positive first step into athletics. Basic sports and skills are introduced through fun, energetic games and activities.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Soccer 2gether

Soccer 2gether invites kids 3-5 years old to come and fall in love with the game of soccer and make friends for life. Your child will be developing their motor skills and learning the basic fundamentals of the game.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

University Village Cub Soccer

Cub Soccer is available through this Cal-affiliated recreation program, which is open to the public. The program is for ages 3-5 with parent participation. The class is just 45 minutes per week.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

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Photo courtesy Berkeley Ballet Theater

Dance classes for kids under five

Alameda Ballet Academy: Dance with Me Ballet

Dance with Me Ballet invites 3-4 year olds with their caregiver to learn the basic concepts, rhythms, and positions of ballet.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Berkeley Ballet Theater pre-ballet classes

Berkeley Ballet Theater's pre-ballet dancers experience physical movement, creative play, exploration in rhythm and shape, as well as lessons in taking turns, holding still, confidence, patience, and listening all while learning basic ballet steps and concepts. Classes for ages 2 - 8 years.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Berkeley City Ballet

Berkeley City Ballet offers Dance With Me Classes for 2-4-year-olds with a caregiver and Pre-Ballet 1 classes for 4-5-year-olds. Boys get the first session free.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Destiny Arts Center

Classes for ages 3+ at Destiny’s North Oakland center in dance, martial arts and performance build confidence and self-expression. Right now, Teddy Bear Hip Hop meets weekly.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Gurus Of Dance: Gurulettes Bollywood Dance Class

Gurus of Dance is Bay Area's biggest and best Bollywood dance school and offers Bollywood dance classes for all ages, including the little ones! The Gurulettes class is designed for beginning dancers aged 3-5.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Katie's Dance Studio

Katie's offers dance classes in jazz, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, and ballet starting at age 3.5.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Kids 'N Dance

Intro to dance begins at age 2. Creative Movement/ Gym class for ages 27 months- 3.5 yrs is excellent for those not ready for structured pre-ballet. Several types of pre-ballet start at age 3. Or try circus arts.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Lisa Performing Arts

Arts and multicultural awareness in the form of dance. Ages 3 to adult and for both boys and girls. Styles include Ballet, Chinese, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, folk.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Luna Early Childhood Dance Classes

At Luna Dance Institute, young children explore dance play in relation to their parents, discovering all that their bodies can do, and how they can communicate and express themselves through movement. Luna offers parent-child classes for infants-3 years and family dance jams.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Tutu School

Tutu School invites all children from 18 months to 8 years old to twirl to classical Ballet Storytime.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Shawl-Anderson Dance

Dance with Me classes begin at age 1.5. Modern dance starts at age 3. Pre-ballet begins at age 3.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

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Mom and baby enjoying a Kids Go Mandarin class
Mom and baby enjoying a Kids Go Mandarin class | Photo: Icarian Photography

Language & Culture classes for toddlers & preschoolers

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East Bay Music Together

Every week in the award-winning Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo (Spanish) classes at East Bay Music Together, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grownups come together to play together musically. Fun, educational, & research-based. Also available outdoor & online.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

California Tamil Association

Classes include music, dance, drama, and any art form based on Tamil language and Tamil culture.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Inspire Behavioral Learning Tutoring and Classes

Student-centered tutoring for Pre-K, TK, K-12, and older students in English Language Arts. Inspiring joy in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Ages: Age Four +

Kids Go Mandarin

Classes increase kids’ enthusiasm for learning Mandarin and music at the same time. Young children enjoy multi-sensory creative teaching and experiential learning of Mandarin through music, movement, and play. Online or outdoor classes are available.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Kumon Math & Reading Program

The Kumon Math and Reading programs cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare for ages 3+. In-person or online.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Lindamood-Bell Instruction

Lindamood-Bell serves children with learning challenges or a previous diagnosis such as dyslexia or autism spectrum disorder as well as those seeking to enhance skills. One-on-one diagnosis and instruction available both in-person and online.

Ages: Age Four +

Viva el Español

Spanish Language and Culture Center serving children in the East Bay offering both a before- and after-school program to teach Spanish to young amigos ages toddlers through grade 8.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

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Exploring science at the Junior Center
The Junior Center | Photo by Arlene Easterwood for Icarian Photography

Science for toddlers & preschoolers (from nature & animals to STEM)

Tinkergarten Nature Classes

Families meet outdoors to learn through play. In each class, teacher-leaders will facilitate an outdoor play adventure, allowing children of ages 18 months to 8 to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Twirl After School Enrichment Program

Twirl offers an after-school program for TK-3rd grade incorporating STEAM Explorations, Design Challenges, Lego Building, Process Art, Music, Mandarin, and cooking. Instructors also offer homework help.

Ages: Age Four +

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Preschool Yoga at Yama Kids
Preschooler Yoga at Yama Kids | Photo by Whitney Moss

Baby & toddler yoga classes

Yama Kids Yoga

Yama Kids Yoga is the first yoga studio in the East Bay devoted entirely to teaching yoga to kids. Currently teaching toddler and preschooler yoga online, they hope to return to the Elmwood studio soon.

Ages: Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

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Martial Arts Classes for Little Ones

SBG NorCal Mixed Martial Arts: Sticky Monkey

Sticky Monkey is a mixed martial arts class that pairs toddlers with parents and a coach for 30 minutes of rolling, stretching, and martial arts basics. Also a great workout!

Ages: Age Four +

Chibi Judo (Pre-Judo)

Hajime! (Begin!) establishes a strong base of judo technique, culture, and character. Fun tumbling, jumping and running activities warm us up before we practice our ukemi or falling techniques. Hajime students learn to fall safely, effortlessly and without discomfort.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Han Martial Arts

Children learn self-defense and fitness while having fun in a positive environment starting at age 4-6 (Tiny Tigers) in Montclair Village. Martial arts instruction in Judo, Taekwondo, and Yongmudo.

Ages: Age Four +

Emeryville Martial Arts

“Little Samurai” program for ages 4-5 teaches fitness, coordination, balance, focus, and teamwork in a fun and dynamic atmosphere.

Ages: Age Four +

Bay Aerials Sweet Peas & Baby Ninjas

Sweet Peas gymnastics starts at age 6 months. Ninja classes begin with walkers.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Destiny Arts Center

Classes for ages 3+ at Destiny’s North Oakland center in dance, martial arts and performance build confidence and self-expression. Right now, Teddy Bear Hip Hop meets weekly.

Ages: Age Three, Age Four +

Studio Naga Martial Arts

Kids' Martial arts begins at age 4. Classes held outside. Promotes confidence, coordination and discipline in a safe, fun, and caring environment. Classes focus on animal-style movements, physical and verbal self-defense, and conditioning. Each child is encouraged to reach their personal potential.

Ages: Age Four +

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Parent and child swim lessons | Photo: Patti’s Swim School via instagram

Swimming classes for babies through preschoolers

Cal Youth Gymnastics & Swimming

Cal Youth Programs offer a diverse array of year-round classes for the youngest of kids: gymnastics (14 mos.-18 yrs.), swimming (infants-18 years). Locations on the iconic UC Berkeley campus.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Patti's Swim School

In Castro Valley, small student teacher ratio for lots of individual attention. Parent and Me lessons are from 5 ½ months – 3 years old. When the child can be in the water without a parent, there are lessons for that, too.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Emeryville Swim Center

Summertime only. Group lessons are offered, starting with baby swim classes, in which parents are in the water with infants up to age three and tiny tot classes for ages three to five.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Aquatech Swim

AquaTech Swim School specializes in small group swim lessons for children aged 6 months through 12 years. AquaBaby water play hours are reserved for babies and toddlers ages 8 weeks – 2 years.

Ages: Pre-crawlers, Crawlers, Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

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Art studios for families
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Visual Arts classes for toddlers & preschoolers

Art with Amy: Messy Makers

Toddler and me class that explores the process of making art through hands-on activities designed for kids walking-age to age 4.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Kids 'N' Clay

Ceramics studio offering wet clay programs for students starting age 4. 1-hour-long classes specifically designed for younger students.

Ages: Age Four +

Messy Makers - Art with Amy

Messy Makers in Alameda is a fantastic art class for walkers to age four. The classes are all about the process of making art and they’re lots of fun.

Ages: Age One, Age Two, Age Three, Age Four +

Piedmont Rec Art Classes

The City of Piedmont offers a number of different art classes for youth of all ages, including a My Parent/Guardian & Me art class for ages 4-10 with an accompanying adult on Saturday mornings.

Ages: Age Four +

Twirl After School Enrichment Program

Twirl offers an after-school program for TK-3rd grade incorporating STEAM Explorations, Design Challenges, Lego Building, Process Art, Music, Mandarin, and cooking. Instructors also offer homework help.

Ages: Age Four +

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