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9 Back-To-School Activities for Tiny Tots

Do you have a tiny tot at home watching their older sibling head off to school and feeling left out? Or a little babe who’s recently started crawling and you’re looking for more for her to do.

Just because they’re too little for school doesn’t mean they can’t get in the back-to-school spirit this fall! KidPass has tons for tinier New Yorkers and New York-adjacent babes to do, from art to singing to playing with puppets! Check out all our picks below.

The Art Farm in the City
Upper East Side / 6 months – 8 years old

The Art Farm offers programs for children to interact with live animals! Here tots will learn about not only animals, but nature, and how to care for our planet. Choose from open play time with the petting zoo, to more structured classes like Mini Masterpieces.

Astoria / Hell’s Kitchen / Park Slope / Upper East Side / 0 – 3 years old

Billed as “music exploration for the next generation,” this unique program is part class, part live show—with kids in the starring roles! At each session, FunikiJam-certified teaching artists (Agents of JAM) invite the group to Sing-Along, Dance-Along, and Play-Along with globe-spanning musical adventures—all while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Gymboree Play & Music
Murray Hill / Park Slope / Scarsdale / Tribeca / Upper East SideUpper West Side / Yorktown Birth – 5 years old

A classic! With a great selection of art, play and learn, and sing-along classes, there’s something here for every babe. Designed by experts, these age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of children as they play.

Juliette & Ella’s Play Date
Upper West Side / 6 months – 3 years old

These unique classes use the art of storytelling to introduce babies to music theory, ballet technique, and sign language. Classes are also full of fun surprises, like bubbles, balls, parachutes, and puppets to keep your little one engaged and smiling!


Marlene Myerson JCC Manhattan
Upper West Side / 3 months – 3 years old

Choose from a range of developmentally appropriate, fun, and engaging classes for your tiny tykes here, like Little Maestros, sports, and toddler play.

My Gym
Cobble HillPark Slope / 6 months – 3.5 years old

My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally. All locations offer structured, age-appropriate classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports, and more.

Hoboken / 2 months – 3 years old

This music and puppet shows incorporate important social skills, early academics, thinking skills, motor skills, and self-expression. The music is fun and upbeat, and the children are encouraged to move to the rhythm, follow verbal instructions, practice sequential movements, and have a great time. And there are bubbles galore!

Songs for Seeds
Tribeca / 0 – 4 years old

These interactive classes encourage kids to sing, dance, and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards, and instruments from around the world. Your little musicians will experience music and language from cultures around the globe while playing fun games.

A Sound Start
Jersey City / 0 – 3 years old

At this early childhood music school, the curriculum of the classes is tailored so that each child has a unique experience every single time. Choose from a range of educational, fun and engaging Parent/Caregiver & Me music classes taught by educators and musicians.

Looking for more ways to play in and around the city? Here are 9 playspaces to visit in the NYC area. For your older kids, check out these 9 Activities to Do in the NYC Area After School. And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

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