Ultimate Guide To Mommy & Me Activities In Austin

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Ultimate Guide To Mommy & Me Activities In Austin

As a mom to a 2-year-old, I’m always on the lookout for activities my son and I can do together that will occupy him and give me some social time with other parents. And if he can learn something while we’re at it, that’s a bonus. Luckily, Austin has a nearly endless list of Mommy and Me/Parent and Child classes, groups, and activities—and we’ve tried a lot of them.

No matter what your interests are—nature, music, crafts, fitness—there’s something for you. Whether you’re a brand new mom or a seasoned parent needing some inspiration, these activities are a great way to find your tribe and have fun with your baby, toddler, or preschooler.

Here is your ultimate guide to Mommy and Me fun in Austin.

OUTDOORS

boy walking on a trail on the Barton Creek Greenbelt at Free Forest School in Austin, Texa
Free Forest School on the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Free Forest School

Locations all over Austin
freeforestschool.org // facebook.com/groups/freeforestschoolaustin

Unstructured nature play at wilderness areas all over Austin, led by a volunteer facilitator. Meetups include a shared snack, short hike, nature exploration, and circle time. Free.

Hike It Baby

Locations all over Austin
hikeitbaby.com // facebook.com/groups/hikeitbabyaustin

Connects families to nature by organizing hikes for parents, caregivers, and children around the city.

Sprouts at the Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. (Southwest)
wildflower.org/event/sprouts/all

Preschool program that includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk, and nature play. Held

every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free with Wildflower Center admission.

Wild Ones Preschool Rangers

Zilker Ranger Station, 2105 Andrew Zilker Road (South)
facebook.com/events/214004132710234

Explore nature with a City of Austin Park Ranger. Each meetup includes a brief activity and outdoor play or a short hike. Held Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. Free.

Tinkergarten

Locations all over Austin
tinkergarten.com

Families meet outdoors for classes that emphasize play and exploration, and support the development of a range of cognitive, social/emotional, and physical skills.

PLAY GYMS

boy playing with bubbles at gymboree in austin, texas
Gymboree

Gymboree

1335 E. Whitestone Blvd. #S120 (Cedar Park)
gymboreeclasses.com/en/locations/TX/Cedar-Park

Play and learn, music, and art classes to develop cognitive, social, and physical skills.

The Little Gym

2716 West William Cannon (South)
14010 N. US Hwy 183 Suite 445 (Lakeline)
thelittlegym.com

Parent/child educational classes that revolve around active play.

Rolly Pollies

12700 Shops Pkwy (Bee Cave)
rollypolliesaustin.com

Movement and creative arts classes that combine fitness, creativity, and music.

Little Land Play Gym

Multiple locations (North, Bee Cave, Buda, Georgetown, Katy, Leander, New Braunfels)
littlelandplaygym.com

Sensory art and Music Together classes in a play gym designed by pediatric therapists to help develop motor, language, and social development. Some locations offer Parent and Tot yoga and a Tummy Time class for babies.

My Gym

5307 W. Highway 290 (South)
mygym.com

Engaging fitness classes with age-appropriate gymnastic instruction. Classes include singing, dancing, and games to develop gross and fine motor skills.

MUSIC

baby playing with a drum at Heartsong Music in Austin, Texas
Heartsong Music

Heartsong Music

2700 West Anderson Lane, Suite 320 (North)
heartsongmusic.net

Music and movement classes using the internationally recognized Music Together program. Lively classes taught by warm, knowledgeable instructors that also include information on child development as it relates to musical learning.

tuneBugz!

Multiple locations (South, Central, Round Rock, Oak Hill, Leander)
tunebugz.com

Music and movement classes using the internationally recognized Music Together program.

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa

2110 White Horse Trail (Crestview)
micasastucasa.com

Offers Spanish and French music classes that incorporate movement, games and props. Designed to introduce and reinforce Spanish and French at all levels. Classes taught by native speakers for all backgrounds.

Songs for Seeds

Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd, Studio 6 (South)
songsforseeds.com

Music classes with a live three-piece band that play popular and original tunes. Children also learn about colors, shapes, counting, and animal recognition, and get a chance to experiment with the instruments.

Armstrong Community Music School

404 Camp Craft Road (Westlake, at Armstrong Music School)
300 East Monroe Street (South, at Christ Lutheran Church South)
acmsaustin.org

Music Together classes and Canta y Baila Conmigo™ Spanish classes that combine music education and language immersion. They also offer original seasonal classes in December and summer.

Musical Beginnings

Dance Xplosion, 9600 Escarpment Blvd. (Southwest)
musicalbeginnings.info

Music Together classes and Somos Amigos Spanish classes.

Music Forever

Multiple locations (Mueller, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, Round Rock, Leander, Steiner Ranch, Bee Cave/Lakeway, Oak Hill)
musicforevermt.com

Music and movement classes using the internationally recognized Music Together program.

Music Pups at Clavier-Werke School of Music

5900 W. Slaughter Lane, D-525 (Southwest)
1000 Westbank Drive, 6A (Westlake)
clavierwerke.com/programs

Singing, dancing, movement, and instrument play for infants through 4-year-olds.

Reagan Quinn

Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd (South)
reaganquinn.com/austin

Music & Movement classes for ages 0-5 with country singer Reagan Quinn. 

FITNESS

boy swinging on bars at gymnastics class at Crenshaw Athletic Club in Austin, Texas
Crenshaw Athletic Club

Crenshaw Athletic Club

5000 Fairview Drive (North)
crenshaws.com

Parent/tot gymnastics classes in their 12,000 square foot gym that includes six in-ground trampolines.

Capital Gymnastics

Multiple locations (Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Round Rock)
capgym.com

Baby Explorer and Parent & Tot classes for children to start learning gymnastics skills on kid-friendly equipment.

AcroTex Gymnastics

Multiple locations (Bee Cave, Round Rock, Georgetown)
acrotex.com

Parent and Me classes to teach gross motor skills and fundamental gymnastics skills in a fun, interactive, and encouraging environment.

Jump Gymnastics

2117 W Anderson Lane (North)
2919 Manchaca Road (South)
jump-austin.com

Offers introductory class for babies and parents, and toddler classes to teaches gymnastic skills that increase coordination, flexibility, and strength.

Stroller Strides

Locations all over Austin
austin.fit4mom.com // sunsetvalley.fit4mom.com

Strength, cardio, and core workouts designed for moms with kids in tow. In addition to Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre, they also offer a free Run Club meetup.

Trotting with Tots

Locations all over Austin
meetup.com/TrottingWithTots-Austin

Stroller-friendly running/jogging group with daily meetups at trails all over Austin.

The Little Yoga House

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 229 (North)
thelittleyogahouse.com

Baby, toddler, and family yoga classes, as well as toddler yoga with music and toddler yoga with Spanish storytelling.

Yoga Yoga

Multiple locations (Westgate, North, Northwest)
yogayoga.com

Postnatal yoga classes and parent and child yoga for crawlers and toddlers.

Sportball

Locations all over Austin
sportball.us/austin

Parent/child programs for soccer, t-ball and multisport. Multisport classes teach sport and social skills through play-based activities.

Ballet Austin

501 West 3rd Street (Downtown)
balletaustin.org/academy/school-year-classes/young-children-clases

Offers Dance with Me classes that engage kids age 18 months to 2 years in sensory play, stories, dance games, rhythm, and song while they learn skills that provide a foundation for future dance classes.

Dance Unlimited

1019 Main Street (Buda)
danceunlimitedbudatx.com

Parent and child classes for kids ages 18 months to 2.5 years. Class includes songs, games, tumbling, trampoline time and walking on the balance beam.

SWIMMING

baby floating on mat in water at Emler Swim School in Austin, Texas
Bathtime Babies class at Emler Swim School

Emler Swim School

Multiple locations (Westlake, Oak Hill, Anderson Mill, Round Rock, Cedar Park)
emlerswimschool.com

Free Bathtime Babies classes for age 2-5 months, and parent/child Waterbabies classes where kids really learn to swim with effective techniques in a friendly environment.

Swim School of Austin

1001 W. Anderson Lane (North)
swimschoolaustin.com

Baby and Me lessons that introduce kids to kicking, pulling, bubble blowing, and submerging underwater, as well as self rescue skills, in a class with lots of songs and games.

YMCA

Multiple locations (Downtown, North, Northwest, Southwest, East, Dripping Springs, Buda, Bastrop)
austinymca.org

Water Discovery and Water Exploration classes to get infants and toddlers comfortable in the water, and to teach basic swimming movements and basic survival skills.

British Swim School

Multiple locations (North, Southwest, Round Rock, Georgetown)
britishswimschool.com

Water Acclimation and Beginner Water Survival classes to introduce infants and toddlers to the water and reduce any fears. An assisted back float and submersion are introduced.

Aqua Tots

1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Building Y, Ste. 100 (Cedar Park)
1208 N. Interstate Hwy 35 (Round Rock)
aqua-tots.com

Parent/infant and parent/toddler classes for kids to adjust to the water and learn safety skills, and create boundaries in and around water.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

little boy painting at KK's Art Club in Austin, Texas
KK’s Art Club

KK’s Art Club

7913 Tusman Drive (Southwest)
facebook.com/kksartatx

Sensory art and play in KK’s garage, which she opens up as an art studio so kids can get messy and parents don’t have to clean it up!

Figment Creative

7809 Brodie Ln. (South)
figmentcreativelabs.com

Hosts weekly toddler art play group in their beautiful studio with a large outdoor area, a design lab, and discovery lab.

Smudge Studios

500 W. 38th St. (Hyde Park)
smudgestudiosaustin.com

Hosts a Littles Art Playgroup for kids to get messy with art materials and develop fine motor, sensory, social, and creative skills.

Mess Makers Studios

18700 FM 1431 (Jonestown)
messmakerstudios.com

Hosts a Messy Art Playgroup several mornings a week for kids to have a fun, sensory, and messy experience! Class is geared toward curious toddlers and preschoolers, but older siblings and babies are welcome.

POSTPARTUM GROUPS

group of parents and babies sitting on front porch
My Partners in Parenting (PiP) newborn group

Partners in Parenting

Locations all over Austin
pipaustin.org

PiP connects new parents to other new parents who live near them to form groups that meet weekly with a trained facilitator. These groups help families survive the challenges of early parenthood and share in the joys as well. 

AustinBorn

austin-born.com

Hosts The Circle: For Mothers on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon to share the joys and hardships of motherhood in a safe place.

Mama Bloom

Groups meet at Birthwise Birth Center, 1709 Rio Grande Street (Downtown)
mama-bloom.com

Offers a 6-week postpartum group for moms with babies under 1 year old. Groups help mamas find support, connection, and community in a safe space as they transition into motherhood.

STORYTIME

storytime at BookPeople book store in Austin, Texas
Storytime at BookPeople. Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pg/bookpeople

Austin Public Library

Locations all over Austin
library.austintexas.gov

20 branches across the city that host storytimes for all ages and development levels. Storytimes include All Ages Storytime, Sensory Storytime, Books and Babies (0-18 months), Toddler Storytime (18 months to 3 years), and Preschool Storytime (3-5 years).

BookPeople

603 N. Lamar Blvd. (Downtown)
bookpeople.com

Locally owned favorite (and the largest bookstore in Texas) hosts storytimes for kids several days a week in their awesome kids’ section. Storytimes may include music, performances, and even a petting zoo.

Other libraries that host storytimes:

 

What are your favorite Mommy & Me activities in Austin?

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for featuring Sprouts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! To better accommodate parents with alternating-day preschool schedules, we have changed Sprouts programs to be every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    See you there!

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