From dance to theater to cooking, there are toddler classes available for any and all interests in the city of San Francisco. Many are enrolling now for Fall sessions, take a look at the list I’ve compiled and get your little one signed up today!
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Locations: San Francisco Zoo (Lakeshore), Marina Green Park (Marina District), Mother’s Meadow Playground (Golden Gate Park), Upper Noe Recreation Center Athletic Field (Noe Valley), Hamilton Recreation Center (Pacific Heights), Mission Bay Commons Park (Mission Bay), Jackson Playground (Potrero Hill)
These active classes consist of story-based exercises that engage children while they work on advanced motor skills, team skills, and following directions. This is a parent participation class and I must admit that running around and kicking the ball with your child is energizing and fun. I love that each 10-week session concludes with a team photo that you can take home.
Cost: $195.00 – T-shirts are included in the class fee.
Location: 245 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94105
Play Haven offers an opportunity for your children to play in a large space inside while you attempt to get some work done. Free play stations include painting and Play-Doh. Weekly classes are also offered. I recommend trying out the JAMaROO Kids Music and Movement class. This class incorporates stories, instruments, and lots of dancing. Watching the kids pretend to be frogs as they hop across the room is adorable and hilarious.
Cost: $10.00 per class for Non-Members, Free for Members
Gymboree Play & Music
Location: 1503A Sloat Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94132
I’ve been biased towards Gymboree Play & Music thinking: Can a clothing company really offer decent classes for kids? Yes, they can! I’m so happy I got over my preconception toward Gymboree Play & Music and tried out their music class with my little one. The instructor we had was SO energetic and entertaining. The music classes give children the opportunity to play instruments, sing, and move around the room in fun and imaginative ways. The play classes also play music but focus more on games and exploring the large play structures in the play space. Bonus: This particular location is in a shopping center so there are plenty of free parking spaces available.
Cost: $95.00 every 4 weeks for one class per week. ($23.75 per class)
Location: 639 Frederick Street San Francisco, CA 94117
Foggy, chilly San Francisco day? No problem! Little ones can get ALL of their energy out at an AcroSports class. Sessions run for 15-weeks and Fall enrollment just began August 20th. At AcroSports, kids can run, jump, crawl, swing, and climb. The very large indoor AcroSports multi-level space includes obstacle courses, a trampoline, LED tunnel, balance beams, a climbing wall, and hammock swings. Depending on your child’s age, their age appropriate class will help them work on spatial, directional, and body awareness, strength, coordination, flexibility and floor tumbling.
Cost: $300.00 per session, $22.00 per class for Drop-In classes
Little Learners at the San Francisco Zoo
Location: Sloat Blvd at The Great Highway San Francisco, CA 94132
If you’re little one loves animals, these are the classes you need to consider. Each week a different theme and animal is featured. Upcoming themes include Wonderful Wolves, Springy Sifaka, and Sweet Squirrel Monkeys. During these parent participation classes your little one will create a craft, have a snack, and meet an educational animal visitor. After class, enjoy the zoo or head across the street to Ocean Beach.
Cost: Members: $25.00, Non-Members: $35.00. Class fees include zoo admission and a parking pass.
Location: 470 Carolina Street San Francisco, CA 94107
When I first saw one of the classes they offer, I couldn’t believe it. Recess offers a Toddler Chefs class! Little ones can do more in the kitchen than we give them credit for and this class demonstrates that. During this class little ones will be involved in preparing a meal or snack. Helping and learning to prepare something to eat will boost your toddler’s confidence and give them some independence.
Cost: Single classes are $30.00. When enrolling in the full series, classes are $25.00 each. Recess members receive a discount of up to 25%.
Location: 800 Diamond Street San Francisco, CA 94114
Rabbit Hole is all about imagination. Classes offered focus on theater, dress-up, dance, story telling, and music. For example, The Treasure Box class begins with an object found inside the Treasure Box, the theme of the class is determined by this item. Next, the children explore a story based on the object by dancing, singing, and moving their bodies. Since His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is my family’s favorite trilogy, I must mention that the Rabbit Hole also offers Day Camps, which like their classes have a theme. On Monday, September 3rd their Day Camp theme is The Golden Compass, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. If not for my little one being too young, she’d be signed up!
Cost: $125.00 for 5 classes. $140.00 for Day Camp.
Location: 667 Chenery Street and 1513 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94131
When it comes to arts, crafts, and language, Little Artistas is the place to be. Little Artistas offers classes, camps, and date nights. Classes are run in sessions and the Fall Session begins September 10th. Sessions run for 12 weeks and classes are held once a week. With their parents, little ones will be able to work on their fine motor skills and get messy with non-toxic art supplies. Bonus: The mess stays at Little Artistas, not at your house!
Cost: $300.00 per session.
ODC Youth & Teen Program
Location: 351 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA 94110
One of the best dance studios in San Francisco offers classes for even the youngest movers and shakers. The Creative Movement classes for kids encourage individual expression in a nurturing and structured framework. Movements explored are age appropriate and complimentary to gross motor development. Little ones can participate in parent participation classes or begin to explore creative dance. Through creative dance young children develop coordination and confidence. In these classes, they’ll also begin to learn how to take direction within the context of a dance class. The Fall session beings September 8th and runs for 13 weeks.
Cost: Fall Tuition is $260.00.
Which of these classes would be your little one’s favorite? We’ve tried almost all of them and have had fantastic experiences.
If your little one loves a class in San Francisco that’s not listed, please share it in the comments below!
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