NEST has tons of opportunities for fun (and learning!) for children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Let your child develop a healthy love of discovery with classes designed to engage and intrigue, to be fun and exciting, and offer lots of opportunity for socialization and making new friends. We call it The Power Of Play.
 



Mommy + Me classes at NEST are a parent education, support and play group for first and second time parents. In our classes, parents often make new friends and always learn developmentally appropriate “tips and techniques” so they can become a more confident parent. In addition to discussion, classes feature music, movement, story time, art and sensory activities, as well as cooking. Each semester there are visits from our music and movement instructors as well as special appearances from local pediatric occupational therapists, sleep therapists, nutritionists and child psychologists. The activities and topics covered in these classes are designed to grow with your child as you move on to baby number 2!
 
Hatchlings (newborn – 6 months)
You just had a baby, now what? This is the place for new parents to connect, learn, share and show off their adorable new babies! In this 60-minute, discussion and support class you will meet other parents with babies of similar age and explore common concerns like adjusting to parenthood, emotional changes, infant development and everyone’s favorite topic…SLEEP, with your peers and your facilitator, a child development educator and clinical psychologist. You will also hear from guest speakers and experts in the field including sleep consultants, breastfeeding specialists, and pediatric physical, massage and occupational therapists. You will learn tips and techniques that you can use at home, lap songs that you can duplicate, age appropriate books and toys and, most importantly, you will get to bond and make lifelong connections with other new parents as you embark on this journey together. 

Movers & Shakers Club (6 months – 12 months)
Your child is growing fast and is suddenly up and on the go!  Whether you have a wiggle worm, a scooter, a crawler, a roller, or a walker-this class is for you!  Set up to meet both your need for adult conversation and your child's need for movement this sixty minute class combines the best of NEST baby music (where we'll get your little monkey rocking and rolling with a live musician) and a large chunk of facilitated discussion time led by our parenting guru Miss Joanie, an early childhood expert with decades of experience! Touching on popular topics like sleep training, weaning, solid food introduction, discussion and guest specialists will change depending on the interests and needs of the parents in each session.
 
Toddlers in Training (12-18 months) 
Beginning around their first birthday, your toddler is taking it all in. Now that they’re mobile, their curiosity is building!  Now is the perfect time for Toddlers in Training! This 90-minute class is based largely on the idea that children learn best through play, and oh boy, they will play!  Your kiddo will spend the first half of class getting tired out by our movement instructor, followed by music, storytime, cooking and snack. Led by our resident Parenting guru Joanie Nolen, parents will discuss current topics, like weaning from the bottle or breast, feeding, development and socialization.  Local specialists in occupational therapy, sleep and nutrition will also join us throughout the Semester. It will be an action packed morning, filled with fun and excitement for both mom and child!
 
Professional Toddlers (18 months – 2 years) 
Looking for a great class to guide your busybody toddler with sharing, positive peer interactions, transitions, and the beginnings of structured play?   Are you looking to meet up with other moms and dads to share the joy (and craziness) that comes with raising a not-quite-two-year old?  Then Professional Toddlers is for you!  A pre-cursor to Preschool Bound, this class is a fantastic way to help your child build their confidence and independence while making friends, baking snacks, and working on both gross and fine motor skills.  Each week we'll follow a fun, dynamic, and age appropriate schedule, introducing circle time, art projects, and early tumbling along with social skills like sharing, working in a group, and taking turns.  We'll also discuss tantrums, picky eaters, sleep problems, and language development-all the usual big time topics for an almost-two's parents! Specialists will be visiting us throughout the year and will change depending on the topics of interest of the parents in each individual semester so please join us in this next wonderful step in your child's journey!
 
Second Time Around (6 weeks – 12 months)
The birth of your second child doubles your blessings...and quadruples your challenges as a parent!  Learning to juggle a baby and a toddler, nursing with one hand while you cut a sandwich with another, refereeing wrestling matches in the living room-who couldn't use some help?  This 60-minute class is perfect for parents looking for a place to meet and learn with other "experienced" peers as we navigate the changes that come with a growing family!  While discussion topics vary, depending on the needs and interests of the individuals in each session, some themes, like sibling relationships, time management, self care, and sleep training for two are reoccurring discussions that never seem to go out of style!  Have a friend who just had their second as well?  Bring them with you and take advantage of our "Refer-a-friend" special!  Earn free weeks of membership for you and them when you sign up to be part of the NEST family together!

 

 

Preschool Bound™ (2 - 3.5 years)
They're finally ready! Ready to start Preschool Bound™! What is Preschool Bound? It's so many things! To start, it's a preschool preparation program designed to address your child’s social, educational, and emotional preschool preparedness. Throughout a span of 2 hours, we will encourage your child’s love of learning as they navigate a variety of preschool activities-but remember! While it looks like all fun and games (music, storytime, dancing, art) there's an intense amount of brainwork going on! Young children learn best through play and creative activity, so your little one's 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 4 days/week. Enroll your child in 1, 2, 3, or all 4 days for the full enrichment experience. Discounts are applied for each additional day enrolled.

Preschool Bound™ II (2 - 3.5 years)
Has your little NESTling conquered their fears of separation and mastered sharing, potty training, and all other things Preschool Bound™? Are they ready for something new and a little more challenging? Welcome to PSB II! PSB II is designed to meet the needs of our ever growing, ever curious, and ever busy two and three year olds! A four hour class where your child will refine their classroom and social skills (like walking in a line, waiting their turn, and working towards a team/common goal!, etc.), bounce and sing with our movement and music instructors in special, private classes, and, of course, work with Miss Joanie at circle time. More focused art projects, different make-your-own snacks, and lunch time all add up to a big day for our little scholars! Whether you're working towards Pre-K, continuing to introduce structured play, or are just looking for some great social time for your little chickadee-PSB II is the place for you!
*Please note that you MUST have completed a semester of PSB, be potty trained, and meet the Keystone Standards (Pennsylvania's guideline for early childhood education) of classroom behavior before moving into PSB II. Assessments for moving into PSB II will be completed by week 5 of your PSB session.
 


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. You instructor will 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. Indoor Sports (2 - 3.5 years)
Game on inside NEST’s soft felt-top indoor “field”. This high energy class for boys and girls alike teaches kids the fundamentals of sportS 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. 


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!

 
Baby Jamboree™ (6 - 12 months)
Just because your little one isn't walking yet doesn't mean they aren't ready to boogie! Baby Jamboree is the first in our series of live music/movement classes-and BOY! Do those babies move! Focusing on encouraging the first steps towards crawling, standing, and walking, you'll be amazed at all the things your baby can do! You'll begin working on your child's receptive language skills with our baby sign program and share some fantastic moments as you sing along with one of our music instructors. With an eye on the importance of connecting physical movements and language, we'll be highlighting a new genre of music in each session-from the Who catalog to 70's disco-it's music you love in a class your baby will adore! Baby Jamboree is a wonderful introduction to all the best NEST has to offer and we look forward to meeting you there!

 
Jr. Jamboree™ (12 - 18 months)
Everyday your little one wakes up with new moves you've never seen before! Toddling, crawling, scooting, and climbing your kiddo is ready for our amazing music and movement class designed just for our junior bestie Nesties! A movement/music class aimed at the developing motor skills of crawlers, walkers, and climbers, Junior Jamboree also encourages your child's growing ability for peer play and early communication skills! With live music, games, and a continuation of our baby sign program from Baby Jamboree, your little one will spend their class time having a blast and learning a ton! And remember! Each semester highlights new music for parents to find themselves humming in the car home! From Beatles to the eighties-our Jamboree series is a great place to share the music you love with you little one!
  
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.
 
World Music - Puddle Jumpers! (18 months – 3 years)
It's a big world out there and there's so much to explore! Come listen, giggle, learn, and sing with NEST's new Puddlejumper World Music Class! We'll be exploring the globe as we travel to India, Greece, China, and more to discover how children make music and art all over the world. Incorporating creative movement, art, and music, this class will allow your busy little person to become a world traveler without all the plane crying and jet lag. Each class will feature a different and unique instrument, live music performance from one of our worldly NEST instructors, passport stamp, and art project all from the country of day! Join us for this exciting new class where the world comes alive here at NEST!
 
NEST Family Music (8 weeks - 5 years)
Jam along to songs that both you and your little ones will enjoy in this popular 45-min class. For babies and 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.

 

 

 

Jr. Indoor Sports (2 - 3.5 years)
Game on inside NEST’s soft felt-top indoor “field”. This high energy class for boys and girls alike teaches kids the fundamentals of sportS 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. 
 
Big Kid Indoor Soccer (3.5 – 5.5 years) coming soon!
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!!!!
 
NEST Indoor Sports (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) coming soon!
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
 

 
 
Big Kid Español - Spanish Immersion Class (3.5 - 6 years) 
Hola! Learn to count, color, sing, and play in Spanish as NEST explores the language and culture of Spain, Mexico, South America, and other Spanish speaking ports! Set sail for big fun and adventure in our sixty minute class as our fluent NEST instructors make Spanish a fun and easy part of your child's ever growing vocabulary! Your little Nestling will be coming home full of songs, new words, map skills, and stories to share-so get ready! NEST's language program is blasting off! Suitable as your child's first foreign languange experience. 

 


Creative Movement (2-3 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.

Jr. NEST Dancers (2 – 3.5 years)
Boys and girls will skip, jump, turn, roll, and chasse their way through creative movement exercises with the help of a professional dancer and NEST instructor. Your little dancer will benefit from increased coordination, spatial awareness, improved balance, posture and grace. Your tiny dancer will also be introduced to rhythm and story telling through creative movement. Bring your dancer to NEST for their first dance class to harness all that toe-tapping energy and create new material for their next living room performance.

NEST Dancers (3.5 - 6 years) 
Take your toe-tapping fun to the next level with our triple threat NEST Dancers class! Focusing on the FUNdamentals of ballet, modern, and hip hop, this class will help your child improve their coordination, self-expression, and best of all, self confidence! Please note! This is a progressive and cumulative program-meaning your Nestling will be working towards a Big Kid's recital at the end of Spring 2. Demos of this class will only be available for the first four weeks in order to keep our little dancers on task!  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!
 
NEST Presents - Readers' Theatre: Young Bards (4-7 years)
Do you have a drama king or queen at home who was born to perform? Do you have a cautious child whose confidence could use a boost? Looking for a way to bolster your Nestling's literacy skills without the flashcards, complaints, and pushback? NEST's Young Bards is the program for you! Using theater games, improv, imaginative play and movement, along with a reader's theater model of learning, NEST"s Young Bards program brings your child's favorite books to life! Each class is designed to bring out the very best in your child, encouraging social, literacy, and cognitive skills as they work towards performances parents are welcome to attend at the end of each class.
All the world's a stage-so join us and watch your child blossom as they tread the boards of NEST!
 
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! 


 
 
Art Splat! (2 - 5 years)
Perfectly designed for our littlest artists, Art Splat is a program that encourages expression and keeps things moving! Work in open art centers, share books about great artists, and work together to create your own emulated masterpieces! Art Splat! is a fast paced, engaging toddler class that will leave you smiling and leave us to the clean up! Please note, while we are always happy to see our friends who drop in to our class, to ensure we have a dedicated set of materials and an open seat on roster, we suggest you sign up for the entire session! You may sign up for a drop in up to a week ahead of time.

 

Little NEST Chefs (18 months – 6 years) coming soon!
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) coming soon!
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. 

 

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 Developer, Amy Whipple-Myers at Amy@nestphilly.com to share your ideas.

 
 


* Not sure what class is right for you? Call the front desk at 215-545-NEST(6378) to schedule a free demo

*Stay & Play: Our indoor playground is a great place to continue having fun with your child and his or her friends.
Classes do not include access to the play space, but membership does!
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.