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 & Crawlers (6 months – 12 months) Temporarily Unavailable
Your little one is suddenly sitting up and reaching out! Join NEST as we continue to grow our community of support as you and your baby join other families to ask questions, share stories, and embrace all the messy wonder that is parenthood! Built as a discussion group for moms and dads whose babies are really coming into their own, Dr. Vail will be touching on popular topics like sleep training, weaning, solid food introduction, and of course, wherever your personal experience may take you! Guest specialists will be joining the class and will change depending on the interests and needs of the parents in each session.
 
Toddlers in Training  - Best of NEST (12-18 months) Temporarily Unavailable
Now that your little Nestling has turned one - he or she is full steam ahead with curiosity and energy to boot! Toddlers in Training is a unique class designed to provide you with the best NEST has to offer. Set up to keep pace with your ever moving bundle of wonder, you'll get to experience movement, music, and discussion as three of our wonderful NEST instructors lead you in separate mini-classes. Sing along, practice early tumble skills, build confidence, and ask questions in this fun and dynamic class where you baby gets the stimulation they crave and YOU get the adult conversation you NEED!
 
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!
 


Wiggle Worms (8 – 12 months)
Your child is growing fast and is suddenly up and on the go! Whether you have a sitter, a scooter, a climber, a roller, or a crawler-this class is for you! Wiggle Worms isn't just an early movement class, it's a sensory class that encourages your child to explore their world in the tactile and engaging way that best promotes cognitive function...and giggles! There will be LOTS of giggles! Using props like our giant wind tunnel and light up bubble machines along with our vast selection of props, NEST instructors will lead you in 45 minutes class perfect for your wiggle worm!
*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.

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) 
A more challenging class than Climbing Cubs but still a partner-based movement series, you'll be amazed at all the flips, tricks, and challenges your little one is ready to take on now that they've reached the terrific two's and three's! Focusing on teamwork, early movement sequencing, and more complex tumbling and balancing skills, Jr. GymNEST is a great fit for our on-the-go acrobats and daredevils! Working together with one of NEST's movement instructors, you'll help your child develop the confidence to try new things, take risks in the safety of child-friendly gym space, and work on team building tasks that leave them feeling fantastic about themselves AND their peers! So don't walk! Run, skip, and flip into NEST and join us for this one of a kind early tumble class!

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 60-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.
* GymNEST is a drop-off class and your child must be comfortable with separation. 

 

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. 

GymNEST (3 – 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 60-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.
* GymNEST is a drop-off class and your child must be comfortable with separation.

Big Kid Indoor Sports (3.5 – 6 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.
* Big Kid Indoor Sports is a drop-off class and your child must be comfortable with separation.

Big Kid Indoor Soccer (3.5 – 5.5 years) coming back 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!!!!
 

 
Preschool Bound™ (2 - 3 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 5 days/week. Enroll your child in 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days for the full enrichment experience. 

Miss Amy's Garden (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 Miss Amy's Garden! This class is designed to meet the needs of our ever growing, ever curious, and ever busy threes, fours, fives! A four hour class where your child will refine their classroom and social skills, develop early literacy and mathmatical skill, bounce and sing along with our movement and music instructors in special, private classes, and, of course, work with Miss Amy at team time to become lovers of learning! 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 Kindergarten readiness, looking to improve social skills, continuing to introduce structured play, or are just looking for some great activity time for your little chickadee-Miss Amy's Garden is the place for you!
*Please note children MUST be potty trained to attend this class.

 

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!
 
Boppin' Bluebirds (12 - 18 months)
Is your little Nestling outgrowing Baby Music but isn't quite ready to jump on tour with Fleetwood Mac this summer?  Boppin' Bluebirds is a perfect fit!  A class tailor-made for little ones and their caretakers, NEST's early music program keeps an eye on what's important for your child's next stage of rocking out - namely - the need to explore, wiggle, and move!  With props perfect for little hands and developing minds, this music class puts an emphasis on fun and interactive play!  From cushioned rhythm sticks, to oversized parachutes, to easy to grab shaker eggs, we have you little one covered!  With new sensory experiences every week set to an fantastic soundtrack provided by one of our amazing NEST musicians this class helps keep "wonder weeks" wonderful!  Music is the food of the soul - so come get your fill here with us at NEST!

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!

Rockin' Robins (18 months - 3 years)
Ready to kick your child's music class experience up to the next level? Join us for Rockin' Robins, a high energy, movin' and groovin' good time that will have your child jumping for joy and playing to the beat. This class will introduce the fundamentals of rhythm, rhyme, and song in a way that makes it fun for both kids AND their adult partners. With ever changing music, games, and skill builders - no class is ever the same! Come and join NEST for this rocking good time!

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.
 
NEST Family Music (6 weeks - 6 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.
 
 

Beginner NEST Dancers (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 a recital held each June!
* NEST Dancers is a drop-off class and your child must be comfortable with separation. 

NEST Dancers with Musician (3.5 - 6 years)  
How can we possibly make our NEST Dancers class any better? By adding a live musician! We’ve designed this special class just for our Saturday families and boy - do we have fun in store for you little dancer! Perfectly designed for families who either looking to take the entire class and be there for all the moves, grooves, and giggles or for families who are looking to drop in from time to time. 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! Our live musician will actively accompany our dancers on various instruments inspiring them and helping establish better feel of rhythm and connection to the music as they move.
* NEST Dancers is a drop-off class and your child must be comfortable with separation. 
 
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.

Do you know or are you a chef that has a passion for teaching toddlers? Then apply to lead a cooking class at NEST. Send your cover letter and resume to Sarah@nestphilly.com
Not sure what class is right for you?
Call the front desk at 215-545-NEST(6378) to schedule a drop in!


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 10 times per year for $18 plus $7 for each additional sibling.