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Kids Classes and Activities - A UsefulPerthList

by Shannon Meyerkort (follow)
Senior writer for WeekendNotes and Perth Mums Group. Founder of fundraisingmums.com.au
Indoor Activities (55)      Kids Classes (11)     
The Perth Mums Group #UsefulPerthLists are community generated lists of some of the most helpful, fun and important places in Perth. Using the experience and opinions of Perth parents, the lists are continually updated and cover the best places for kids and parents across Perth.

Below are some of the best classes for kids in Perth as recommended by members.

There are classes for dance, sensory, gym, arts & crafts, free classes, sports and music.

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Schools of Early Learning offer education and care for children aged 6 months to 6 years.
Prices are provided where available – please keep in mind that ‘terms’ can range from 8-10 weeks.There will be a separate article on swimming lessons.

RockIt Kids


DANCE

Silhouette Dance Studio, Shenton Park
Description: “Silhouette offers classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, HipHop, Contemporary and Singing including ballet classes for ages two and up. All our teachers hold formal qualifications, and represent the ethos of the studio "for all students to experience the Magic of Dance". Examinations and competitions are offered as well as recreational classes.”

Address: 159 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park
Website: Silhouette Dance Studio
Approx price: $120 per term

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Schools of Early Learning offer education and care for children aged 6 months to 6 years.
‘My daughter has been doing ballet at Silhouette in Shenton Park for years and I've found them great...I'm happy for her to do it for fun and enjoyment and don't pressure her to do exams (I think they would prefer it, but there's no pressure)...The owner, Michelle, is lovely. They wear uniforms: the boys wear black shorts and white tops, the girls wear different coloured leotards.’ PMG Member

Kindy Dance Time
Description: “Kindy Dance Time provides fun, creative dance for 2-5 year old girls and boys.”

Address: more than 20 studios across Perth see here
Website: Kindy Dance Time
Approx price: $142 per term (2 to 3 ½ years, 30 mins) $170 per term (3 ½ to 5 years, 45 mins)

Rockit Kids
Description: "Let your little pop stars loose! We teach singing AND dance combined. Your child will learn new skills in the performing arts while developing confidence, making friends, burning off energy and most importantly, having lots of fun!"

Address: Estudio Nuevo, 3/206 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Website: RockIt Kids
Approx price: $240 to $320 a term

Tiny Tutus
Description: “Tiny Tutus is the perfect place for your ballerina to dance, with classes for baby ballerinas as young as 16 months to toddlers and kids for princesses up to 5 years of age. Beautiful Tiny Tutus Recital at the end of each year with gorgeous age appropriate costumes. No sewing for parents and best of all… it’s only 45 minutes to an hour long.”

Address: six locations across Perth
Website: Tiny Tutus
Approx price: $185 per term, plus $50 registration fee

TK Dance
Description: ‘TK Dance offers fun, friendly, Toddler and Kindy Jazz dance classes for young children 18mths - 5 yrs. Classes are high energy, dancing to current pop songs, old favourites and new songs that will become familiar over time. There is no pressure, no exams, no competitions, no elaborate costumes or concert.”

Address: 5 locations, all south of the river
Website: TK Dance
Approx price: $80-$110 per term

Other
‘Local leisure centre kids classes (ballet, kindy gym etc) are just as good as the expensive classes, when the kids are little. There's plenty of time for professional classes later!’ PMG Member



SENSORY

Baby Sensory, Joondanna
Description: “Our Baby Sensory programme has been designed specifically for babies from birth to 13 months. The baby development activities stimulate the senses and help your baby develop. We are confident that these parent and baby activities will delight and surprise you and your baby. We use a combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes to develop early communication skills.”

Address: nine locations across Perth, from north to south
Website: Baby Sensory
Approx price: $185 per term

‘Baby Sensory was wonderful for my boy- we went to the one in Joondanna. Highly recommend it for little ones.’ PMG Member

‘Baby Sensory with Jo in Joondanna is amazing, we have attended classes since 10 weeks old!’ PMG Member

‘Yep Jo was fantastic.’ PMG Member

Signing Hands
Description: Signing Hands courses introduce parents & babies to genuine Auslan (Australian Sign Language) signs through stories, songs, rhymes and play. Learning a few basic signs can help you understand your baby's needs and desires more fully, resulting in a much more contented baby & parent.”

Address: 7 locations across Perth, from north to south
Website: Signing Hands
Approx prices: $190 per term (8 weeks)

‘Signing Hands is fantastic’. PMG Member

‘I think you could start as early as you want, as initially it is about you learning the signs to teach Bub at home on a daily basis. It is also a nice class for babies to interact with each other, listen to rhymes and stories. We are just into our 2nd term, my Daughter Is 8 months and she signs milk, finished and dog but her understanding of what I sign to her is incredible and she says about 5 words too because we speak and sign to her so much!’ PMG Member

‘We did baby signing, but I'm not the best proponent for it. My kid spent every class trying to crawl, walk and later run out the door. Eventually we just stuck to the park.’

‘I did Baby Signing with my eldest. I found it a fun experience but she used to crawl around the room and go through everyone's bags and steal their credit cards. And she never learned a single sign until after we finished classes. Obviously something sank in though as I still instinctively sign to my other kids sometimes.’ PMG Member



GYM

Gymbaroo and Babyroo
Description: “GymbaROO provides active and appropriate movement opportunities that enable your baby, toddler, and pre-school aged child to explore, develop, practice and refine skills essential for healthy neurological development. The structured program is based on 30 years of research and development and is designed to ensure your child develops the essential foundations for school readiness. Bring your child along to crawl, creep, jump, hop, swing, roll, tumble, hang, climb, sing and dance their way to healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.”

Website: Gymbaroo
Address: ten centres across the city
Approx price: costs vary per centre ie Joondalup $220 per term & Rocking $200 per term

‘I do Babyroo, a part of Gymbaroo - It's good fun.’ PMG Member

‘Gymbaroo from age 7/8 months to 2 and almost 4 with my first. I loved it. But more for me to get out and do something.’ PMG Member

‘We have done Gymbaroo, which was great but not something I'd hurry back to as it was a fair drive for us and my son didn't get as much out of it as I would have liked.’ PMG Member

‘Gymbaroo Balcatta was great. I was then a first-time mum and learned a lot, which I then used with my next 2 kids’ PMG Member

Jungle Gym
Description: “Our classes combine gymnastics activities with a healthy dose of fun to help develop your child’s spatial awareness, balance, strength, flexibility, co-ordination and gross motor skills.”

Website: Jungle Gym
Address: 24 Gympie Way, Willeton
Approx price: $145-165 per term

‘Jungle Gym in Willetton do programs for different age groups as well as their free play session. This is quite affordable and always lots of fun.’ PMG Member

‘In Riverton they have jungle gym. Every morning 930-1130 it's 750 per child for the two hours, but it's so much fun, they will learn new skills and make friends. No booking as you just turn up whenever you fancy.’ PMG Member

Toddler Gym, Subiaco
Unstructured play on gym equipment, suitable for 0-2.5yrs and 2.5yrs to Kindy.

Website: Toddler Gym
Address: Subiaco PCYC, 450 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
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Approx prices: $9 per class (non-members), $6 per class (members)

‘I like the fact that you can go casually and don’t have to sign up for a whole term. The sessions start with free play on all the gym equipment and finish with songs and the parachute as a group.’ PMG Member



ARTS AND CRAFTS

Jellybean Street
Description: “Finger-painting classes for babies, toddler and children where mess is turned into fine art.”

Website: Jellybean Street
Address: workshops move around and are available in various locations across Perth
Approx prices: $30 per class

FREE CLASSES

Baby Rhyme Time
Description: “Come along to baby rhyme time and join in the fun as we sing songs and action rhymes, and share great books for babies. It's noisy, fun and a wonderful chance to learn some new songs for bedtime, bathtime or when you're stuck in the car.”

Website: Baby Rhyme Time
Address: public libraries across Perth
Approx price: Free

‘Most libraries offer a rhyme time or story time. These are typically free and great to get your child exposed to the library, story telling and rhymes. It's also great for socialising.’ PMG Member

Story Time
Description: “Come and join the fun as we share wonderful stories, books and fun at your local library! Your storyteller will share fantastic picture books, stories, songs and rhymes. Parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome. Sessions are usually for children aged three to five and often involve a craft activity.”

Website: Story Time
Address: public libraries across Perth
Approx price: Free



SPORTS

Little Kickers
Description: “We give your children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality football (soccer) skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. There are four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years of age. It’s the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life.”

Website: Little Kickers
Address: locations across Perth
Approx price: $80 for 6 sessions, $160 for 12 sessions plus $50 enrolment fee

‘We also have done little kickers. My older son did the first and 2nd age groups and got a lot out of it. He loved it. Again, none were overly close to me so we only did it for a year until he started pre-kindy. I found better value for money in Little Kickers over Gymbaroo.’ PMG Member



MUSIC

Cottage School of Music
Description: “The program offers musicianship to children aged six months to five years. It is based on traditional folk-song, dance and composed music, drawing on elements from a wide range of teaching practices. Through a regular class structure, we use different songs, dances, books, rhymes and pieces each week, allowing each child to learn through an ever-changing and beautiful selection of music and literature from all over the world, encompassing all periods of music history.”

Website: Cottage School of Music
Address: Applecross
Approx price: $100 per term (babies) to $220 per term (3-5 years)

‘Cottage School of Music for sure. Starts from bubs and goes up through the ages. Danielle is the BEST reader of stories and the kids adore the toys and music. Cottage School of Music Junior is a two locations; one in Brentwood for the younger kids and one in Nedlands for the older kids.’ PMG Member

‘I didn't take mine as a baby but Cottage School of Music (run by the amazing Danielle) is the BEST! The children adore her and she is probably the most talented story reader (to music) that I have ever seen. A fabulous introduction to music!’ PMG Member

‘I have not been but have heard a lot of good things about Cottage.’ PMG Member

Music Together with Sarah
Description: “Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nuture the music growth of your child, regardless of your own music ability? Experience Music Together® and find out how important - and how fun - your role can be!”
Website: Music Together with Sarah
Address: 173 Gildercliffe St, Scarborough
Approx prices: $231 per term

‘Music Together With Sarah is fantastic too - my boy has been going since he was a few months old.’ PMG Member

Kinder Music
Description: “At Kindermusik, we’re passionate about music and its positive impact on children. We never miss an opportunity to share how active music-making helps children develop everything from balance and coordination to listening skills and literacy. We simply love music!”

Website: Kindermusik
Address: locations across Perth
Appprox prices: $160 per term

‘Kinder music both from 6 months - 4 years still love listening to their baby music!’ PMG Member

‘My daughter still knows her Kindermusik songs years later.’ PMG Member

‘I liked the instruments that the kids got given, but I wouldn’t recommend going while pregnant, because parents often are expected to get down on the floor and crawl and roll around.’ PMG Member

Toddler Jam
Description: “"An inclusive, entertaining, interactive and engaging musical experience for toddlers and young children."

Website: Toddler Jam
Address: various locations around Perth
Approx price: $7 per session, $10 for families

‘I go to Toddler Jam with my 2 1/2 year old and he loves it.’ PMG Member

‘We went to Toddler Jam for years.’ PMG Member

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Published August 2016

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