Preschool Bound™ (2-3.5 years)
Preschool Bound™ is a pre school preparation program designed to address your child’s social, educational, and emotional preschool preparedness. For 2 hours (beginning Winter 2016; Fall semester is 90 min) we will encourage your child’s love of learning as they navigate a variety of preschool activities. The skills learned at this stage—knowing what sounds the letter A makes, or adding 2 + 2—may seem simple but they will set your child up for a lifetime of learning. It’s not all fun and games (music, storytime, dancing, art) there's an intense amount of brainwork going on. Young children learn through play and creative activity, so your little guys building blocks and train tracks aren't just entertaining; they're teaching problem solving and physics. Preschool Bound is also a time for developing good learning habits and positive self-esteem. Your teachers will help your child overcome separation anxiety through a personal plan of gentle separation which will help them build confidence and adapt to independent learning. Preschool Bound is offered 5 days/week. Enroll your child in 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days for the full enrichment experience. Discounts are applied for each additional day enrolled.
 


Crawling Caterpillars (8 – 12 months)
Introducing your child to their very first movement class, Crawling Caterpillars! This class is designed to get your little one crawling, standing, cruising, and maybe even walking late in the semester. Created and led by Program Director Brett Kauffman (aka Mr. Brett) to assist in the gross motor development of babies 8-12 months, this 45-minute weekly class will give your little one the opportunity to explore their body has they navigate through the room. Meet new friends, stay and play*, and enjoy the comforts of home in a nurturing, safe and secure setting. Note: if your child is beginning to walk, our Munckins Movement class may be more suitable. 
 
Munchkins Movement (12 - 18 months)
Toddlers will be introduced to the joys of jumping, tumbling, and climbing through assisted gymnastic activities. But it’s not all gymnastics – your munchkin will also be developing teamwork skills using parachutes, beanbags, hula-hoops, jump ropes and more! Some toddlers won’t even be walking at the start of this class, while some may be ready to run! You will see them gain confidence after each class and take more risks both socially and physically.
 
Little Monsters Movement (18 months – 2 years)
Your toddler will surprise you with how fast they move in Little Monsters! While they still need assistance, they will be more able to recognize direction and will work towards doing simple activities independently. Progressing from their experience in Munchkins Movement, this class will utilize high-energy activities to conquer gross motor skills. Building strong, confident, and independent movers is the goal of this 45-minute class. Whether it’s climbing over a blue foam mountain, making their way through obstacle courses, or balancing on a beam your little monster will shine!
 
Climbing Cubs Movement (18 months – 3 years)
Your toddler will surprise you with how fast they move in Climbing Cubs! While they still need assistance, they will be more able to recognize direction and will work towards doing simple activities independently. Progressing from their experience in Munchkins Movement, this class will utilize high-energy activities to conquer gross motor skills. Building strong, confident, and independent movers is the goal of this 45-minute class. Whether it’s climbing over a blue foam mountain, making their way through obstacle courses, or balancing on a beam your little climbing cub will shine!
 
Jr. GymNEST (2 – 3.5 years)
Your child is turning into a little acrobat. Just as the name implies there will still be assistance, however they will work towards becoming a Big Kid! Your toddler will be introduced to independent activities in this introductory gymnastics class; however will work on following directions with the other toddlers as a class. Patience and following directions are disguised in this class with exciting floor exercises and obstacle courses! (Class formerly titled Jr. Spot Me)

Jr. Beckham’s Buddies (2 – 3.5 years)
Your child’s very first soccer class! As a precursor to our popular Beckham’s Buddies class, this one is for toddler’s who are just beginning to identify and distinguish different sports. See Beckham’s Buddies for more description of the benefits of soccer in young children.


Baby Music (6 weeks – 12 months)
Our popular music class, just for babies! Circle time with live music from our talented and super cool musicians and discover unique instruments and props designed to foster an early love of music in your child. From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy, and to engage and interact. In this class you’ll hear a combination of old fav’s and original or rarely heard tunes. After all, you can only listen to Wheels on the Bus so many times! Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Baby Music at NEST can also be a great class to meet other families and make new friends. Note: This class is offered at least 3 days each week but fills up fast!
 
NEST Music (12 months – 3 years)
Jam along to songs that both you and your little one with enjoy in this popular 45-min class. For toddlers, music can be a dynamic social learning experience. Listening and making music together, children learn to work as a team while they each contribute to the song in their own way. Our talented musicians encourage hands-on participation using props and cute little instruments. Over the course of a semester, your little one will learn cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration - skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges, and begin to form new friendships. If your kid loves to dance and move to music, this class is a must.
 
Jamboree™ (18 months – 3 years)
By combining the structure of a movement class with the energy of a music class, Jamboree™ has become one of our most popular classes. Our skilled movement instructors will guide your child through a series of age-appropriate activities while our talented musicians entertain. We’ll explore tempo and rhythm while discovering all the creative ways our bodies can move to music.
 
Dance Par-tay (5.5 years – 7 years) coming soon!
Jump into this live music dance party this Spring!

 

Jr. Beckham’s Buddies (2 – 3.5 years) 
Your child’s very first soccer class! As a precursor to our popular Beckham’s Buddies class, this one is for toddler’s who are just beginning to identify and distinguish different sports. See Beckham’s Buddies for more description of the benefits of soccer in young children.
 
Beckham’s Buddies (3.5 – 5.5 years)
Game on inside NEST’s soft felt-top indoor soccer “field”. This high energy class for boys and girls alike teaches kids the fundamentals of the sport in a fun, non competitive atmosphere. When it’s too cold (or rainy, or hot) to play outside, NEST offers a more intimate and less intimidating environment for kids to develop their skills in this great sport. Soccer develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches children the importance of teamwork, so it can play an important part in your child’s physical and social development. There are no fancy plays to remember, no signals from the coaches box, and no missed blocking assignments. Kids quickly figure it out by just playing the game. Children like to participate in activities where they can succeed. For these reasons, soccer is indeed a winning game for children. Goooooooooooooooooal!!!!
 
Varsity All-Stars (3.5 – 5.5 years)
Future All-Stars will get their bodies moving as they build strength, agility and coordination by participating in a variety of sports including: soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and hockey. Led by our experienced instructors and “referees”, and held on our soft felt-top flooring, this class is great for kids to experience many different sports and not be afraid to go all out! This 75-min class encourages teamwork and sportsmanship in a non-competitive but structured class, certain to tire your little one out before dinner.

Jr. GymNEST (2 – 3.5 years)
Your child is turning into a little acrobat. Just as the name implies there will still be assistance, however they will work towards becoming a Big Kid! Your toddler will be introduced to independent activities in this introductory gymnastics class; however will work on following directions with the other toddlers as a class. Patience and following directions are disguised in this class with exciting floor exercises and obstacle courses! (Class formerly titled Jr. Spot Me)
GymNEST (3.5 – 6 years)
If your child has outgrown the less structured movement classes and is ready to begin learning more coordinated gymnastics on apparatuses such as the floor, bar and beam, they are ready for GymNEST! In this introductory 75-min gymnastics class, children will develop their skills on the balance beam, bar and floor such as forward and backward rolls in the tuck and pike positions, cartwheels, splits and bridges.

Fitness Kids (3.5 – 6 years)
Toss out the whistle and break out the sweat as your fearless Big Kid will jump right into this Fitness Class that will turn up the dial to extreme velocity. Fitness Kids is a 60-minute class that will help your child's principal strength and conditioning throughout the program. By working on building up stamina, from medicine ball training and plyobox jumps, your child will be agile and stronger then ever. Instructors will help push your Fitness Kid to become healthier by lifting, jumping, and becoming an effective athlete. Let's get fit in this brand new Fitness Kids class! 
GymNEST Level II (5 – 7 years) coming soon!
For more experienced gymnasts
 
American Ninja Warrior (5 – 7 years) coming soon!
The popular TV show is recreated for your Big Kid
 


Juguemos! Let's Play: Spanish Play Group (18 months - 3 years) 
Hola! Your child will become a little linguist in this weekly 45 minute class as they explore their world in Spanish. Juguemos! is an innovative, high-energy Spanish class designed specifically for toddlers. This 45-minute class will feature songs and traditional games influenced by Latin countries, as well as many age-appropriate language-learning activities.

Thrive Literacy Center @ NEST Center City (2.5 - 7 years) 
Thrive Literacy Center (owner/director is Bridget Nolen, daughter of NEST's own Enrichment Director, Miss Joanie Nolen) inspires a love of literacy in growing readers and writers, building the foundation they need for success in school and life. We believe that reading and writing make us smarter, better people and commit to building the ideal environment for learning and growing as readers and writers.
Thrive will offer Get Set to Read, (for 2 1/2 and 3''s), Preschool Readers, and Small Group Tutoring for Kindergarten and First Graders at NEST Center City. Our classes are offered Tuesday Afternoons, between 2pm and 6pm. We have a 4-week preview starting 3/29, and then an 8-week session to follow. Max 6 per class (4 for Small Group Tutoring). 
This class is a partnership with NEST, enrollment is not done through NEST, but directly through Thrive. Register at www.thriveliteracy.com.

 

Ballet & Bounce (2 – 3.5 years)
Your child’s first ballet class! We’ll skip, jump and twirl in our tutus with the help of an experienced dancer and NEST instructor. Your little dancer will benefit from increased flexibility, coordination and strength, specific techniques for ballet, improved balance, posture and grace, development of rhythm and creative movement. NEST offers the perfect program to harness all that toe-tapping energy. Tutus are provided making this class filled with great photo op’s.

Tiny Dancers (3 - 6 years) 
It’s time to turn up the music and turn out your feet! In this next level dance class, dancers will learn the basic techniques and foundations of Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theatre dance. In each class we will learn the fundamentals of ballet technique as well as jazz and Broadway style musical theatre movement. Your “Tiny Dancer” will learn the basics of a proper warm-up, stretches, across-the-floor progressions, combinations, and even dance terminology! Dancers will let their imaginations run wild as each will get the opportunity to play different characters and tell a story through dance. Emphasis will be placed on learning performance skills and how to connect with the audience, all in preparation for the NEST Big Kid Showcase held each June!
 
DramaKids (3.5 – 7 years) coming soon!
This class encourages your child to imagine, discover, explore and play in a theatre workshop setting. Your little ones will pretend to be lions, tigers, bears and oh my… so much more! Through storytelling, props and games, DramaKids gives children the opportunity to explore the depths of their imagination, build self-esteem and take chances all while being supported by their friends and teachers. Try this class out this Fall 2 session for half price!
 
Dance Par-tay (5.5 years – 7 years) coming soon!
Jump into this live music dance party this Spring!
 
 
 
Sensory Toddler Art (18 months – 3 years)
Come join us for your very first art class! During this 45-minute class, your child will explore art using all of their senses. Every week a different story will guide your child through the art projects for that class. Working their fine-motor skills on various mediums including con-tact sticky paper, paint, and so much more, your child will create spectacular take-home projects that will deserve to be displayed!
 
Sensory Play w/ Mr. David (18 months – 3 years)  
In this “sense”-able 45-min class, your child will imagine, discover and play through enhancing and exploring their five senses (touch, taste, smell, look, listen). When your little guy or girl is discovering their listening skills, we will be reading books such as Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can you?  The sensory experience will be enhanced by playing musical instruments, and even making their own egg shaker to bring home! Your child will explore their sense of sight by creating their very own I Spy art projects, and working together with their friends to solve I Spy and other hidden picture mysteries. Sensory Play gives children the opportunity to socialize with other children, grow their social-emotional identification, explore the depths of their imagination, build self-esteem and take chances through music, art and play, all while being supported by their caregiver, friends and teacher Mr. David Socha, a certified child therapist.
 
 
Little NEST Chefs (18 months – 6 years)
They want to know exactly what you are doing and what every ingredient is. They want to toss in a little of this and pinch of that, just like you. They really want to use that knife you keep out of reach. While a child’s culinary curiosity in the middle of dinner prep can feel like a hindrance, it’s actually a wonderful thing; studies have shown that the more kids understand about and are involved in the preparation of their meals, the more likely they are to actually eat them! Of course, when you are running around the kitchen trying to get dinner prepared, it may not be the best time for you to demonstrate how to crack an egg. So join your little sous chef in the right setting, and sign up for Little NEST Chefs. The best part is, you don’t have to clean up!
 
Guest Chef Series: Family Brunch (18 months - 6 years)
The smell of bacon cooking and coffee brewing will lead you up the stairs and into our kitchen. It’s brunch time at NEST! This event series will be held every second Saturday, beginning June 11th at 10:30am, throughout the summer and will be led by various guest chefs from the Philadelphia area. Chefs from Stephen Starr Catering Group, Garces Group, Le Cheri, and Wolf Street Catering will be whipping up a different brunch favorite every week—from Belgian waffles with fresh berry compote and homemade whip cream to make-your-own yogurt parfaits and crepes. It wouldn’t be brunch without Bloody Mary mix and fresh orange juice for those who wish to BYOB. And of course, bacon. Little ones will learn some cooking basics including setting the table and parents' will love helping their little chef and enjoying breakfast together. 


ADDITIONAL CLASSES

Snapology (3.5 - 6 years)
Play with LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks to build models with axles, gears, levers, pulleys and wheels. Work in teams to build different models each week and classes include free-building time to promote creativity. This class is a partnership with NEST, enrollment is not done through NEST, but directly through Snapology Philadelphia.  Register at 
www.philly.snapology.com/schedule

Private Class (6 weeks - 6 years) 
Do you have a group of 8 or more friends and would like a private class for you and your little ones? Contact our Program Director, David Socha at David@nestphilly.com to share your ideas.


*Stay & Play: Our members only indoor playground is a great place to continue having fun with your child and his or her friends. 
​For membership questions, please visit our front desk or take a look at our 
membership options.
Non-members are welcome to play with a day pass up to 4 times per year for $15 plus $5 for each additional sibling.