We’ve always loved doing activities and classes with our children. We remember when they finally became old enough to enrol in a class! It got us out and about and gave us great ideas for interacting and playing with our little ones. We really enjoyed the company of other parents and the classes were beneficial for our children too.
When choosing a class each parent will have different ideas of what they’re looking for and what area/s they want their child to develop. Above all, we like for our little ones to have fun and enjoy themselves! Here are some activities ideal for up to 2.5 years.
This guide is specifically for children under the age of 2.5 years. If you have an older child you may like to check out our general Activities and Classes Guide here.
GYMBAROO THE HILLS
Age group – babies to 5 years
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.
Classes are developmentally age appropriate and loads of fun! 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.
We have classes covering all developmental stages, from 8 weeks to our School Readiness program. Classes range from 45 mins – 60 mins, and cover Brain Development, Massage, Exercise, Strength, Increased Muscle Tone, Reflex Inhibition, Body Awareness, Balance, Rhythm & Music, Dance, Fun Games and more. Each class consists of 20 mins in our specially designed gym with guidance from your highly trained, professional teacher.
BabyROO: 8 weeks – 6 months (Non-Mobile). Focus: Natural movement patterns, massage, exercise, reflex stimulation, muscle stimulation, auditory & visual work, tummy time. 6 months – 12 months (Mobile). Focus: Reflex inhibition, exercise, movement, core strength, co-ordination, muscle stimulation.
GymbaROO: 12 months – 18 months (Fairy Penguins). Focus: Balance, reflex inhibition, movement, muscle stimulation, rhythm. 18 months – 2 years (Koalas). Focus: Climbing, hanging, reflex inhibition, bi-lateral movement, strength, gross motor movement, rhythm. 2 – 3 years (Wallabies & Kangaroos). Focus: Co-ordination, lateralisation, jumping, strength, rhythm, gross motor movement, fine motor movement, focus, concentration, brachiation.
Location: Castle Hill and Rouse Hill | Contact: (02) 8883 3449 | gymbaroothehills.com.au
Special offer: 10% discount on your first term fees for you AND a friend when you enrol together. New students only! Must mention this article.
THE LITTLE GYM
Age group – Babies to 12 years
The Little Gym program is specially designed to create fun and special memories in a way they enjoy most and that will help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured and nurturing environment. Life lessons that will be learnt across all classes can aid in boosting your child’s confidence, increase their focus at home and school and cooperation in group settings just to name a few! At The Little Gym, shy kids gain confidence, and confident/active kids, learn patience and control. Each child is given the opportunity to practice and progress skills at their own level which is a big bonus! The Little Gym classes focus on three key areas:
Get Moving – encouraging exercise through gymnastics which assist flexibility, strength, balance and coordination.
Brain Boost – nurturing listening skills, following instructions, concentration and decision-making.
Citizen Kid – promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.
The Little Gym runs classes based on smaller and more specific age groups in order to carefully tailor the content and skills to match the appropriate milestones for the children. For those aged under 2.5 years, age groups are parent/child classes which promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years. Age groups are Bugs (4-10 months), Birds (10-18 months) and Beasts/Super Beasts (19 months – 3 years).
Call or email one of our following locations to book in a FREE Introductory class and experience a program that parents and children love:
Special offer: Christmas in July. Enrol for 2 terms for $600! This includes 2 terms enrolment, annual family membership and a $50 credit applied to your account. This is a huge saving of $185. You need to enrol at The Little Gym Dural or The Little Gym Bella Vista before Saturday 10 August to take advantage of this special offer.
SYDNEY HILLS GYMNASTICS
Age group – 2 months plus
Sydney Hills Gymnastics believes everyone should enjoy gymnastics! We offer a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced and we strive to provide a positive learning experience for those interested in the sport of gymnastics.
We follow a National program known as LaunchPad and for Early Learning we have classes available for both boys and girls from the age of 2 months to 5 year olds. Our programs include:
- Mums and Bubs – 2 months to 9 months
- I Play Gym – 6 months to 18 months
- I Explore – Walking 1.5 year olds to 2.5 year olds
- KinderGym – 2.5 year olds to 4 year olds
- I Try – 3 year olds to 4 year olds, coach assisted class
- I Can Do – 4 year olds to 5 year olds, for children starting school in 2020
For older children and adults our Club also offers Gym Fun & Gym Skills for Recreation, Extension & Tumbling Classes as well as TeenGym and Adult Classes. We also offer competitive gymnastics programs in mens’s artistic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and women’s artistic gymnastics.
Special offer: Contact us to book a free early learning programs trial class.
PLAY ‘N’ MOVE AND ART ‘N’ MOVE HILLS DISTRICT
Age group – 6 months to 6 years
Play ‘N’ Move is an interactive play and movement class for babies 6 months to 15 months old. The 45 minute sessions include story time and puppet shows, music and movement, interactive play and parachute activities. Play ‘N’ Move activities stimulate your baby’s imagination, encourage a sense of play and creativity, enhance learning, nurture developmental skills and above all are fun! At 15 months old the little ones then graduate to Art ‘N’ Move. Art ‘N’ Move is a combination of music, dramatic play, story time, art, craft and interactive play all rolled into a 45 minute class. Read our detailed story on Art ‘N’ Move here.
Location: Castle Hill | Contact: Lina 0419 971 901 | artnmove.com.au
Special offer: Sign up with a friend for the term and get $10 off per enrolment.
READY SET DANCE
Age group – 2 years plus
Are you looking for an introductory pre-school dance class that is not too serious but does not compromise on quality? Ready Set Dance BELLA VISTA, ROUSE HILL and THE PONDS is a combo class of jazz, tap, hip-hop, music and singing for 2-5 year olds that is jam-packed with fun! Our classes are lead by two encouraging and experienced dance teachers who will guide your child’s dance progress every step of the way. We promote confidence building, social development and positive reinforcement. Plus our classes are gender inclusive with themes, music and activities that include boys.
Your little one will love:
- Busting out their hip-hop moves
- Singing like a star
- Joining the puppet show
- Skipping along fairytale lane
- Floating on their yoga cloud
- Learning rhythm on our animal safari
- Jumping in puddles with their tap shoes
- Going bananas with all of our cool music
- They will have so much fun they won’t even realise how much they are learning!
Classes are held every morning of the week except Sundays. Give your child the magic of dance and book a trial class today. Ready Set Dance Bella Vista, Rouse Hill and The Ponds is operated by Caper School of Performing Arts which has been teaching dance to children in the Hills District for over 16 years.
Special offer: Free trial class for new students
Age group – 2.5 years to 11 years
Developing skills for life through fun! Soccajoeys is Australia’s favourite non-competitive soccer program for children aged 2.5 to 11 years. Our mission is to help children develop valuable skills for life through fun kids’ activities. What better way to do this than through soccer in an inclusive, dynamic environment! Soccajoeys programs are designed to introduce children to the early learning principles of soccer along with increasing their physical and social development. Young soccer enthusiasts experience this kids soccer program in an indoor environment, using toddler-safe equipment whilst being facilitated by licensed professionals. Soccajoeys is about a great deal more than just developing a child’s control with the ball, it is about giving them a well-rounded start in their physical, social and educational development.
Soccajoeys offers three distinct mainstream programs: Minis Program for children aged 2.5 years to 3 years, Preschool Program for children aged 3 years to 5 years, Junior Program for children aged 6 to 8 years and Premier Program for children aged 9 to 11 years.
Why Soccajoeys is #1
- Non-competitive and non-elite
- Run in a nurturing and fun environment
- Looks to improve a child’s self confidence and self-esteem
- Promotes social interaction with other children
- Aids in the development of gross motor skills
- All sessions held indoors
- Preschool, Junior and Premier classes run for one hour
- The program is run on a four term per year basis.
Every NEW registration includes a Soccajoeys jersey and water bottle. And we do birthdays! Celebrate with a soccer-themed party. Locations: Castle Hill, Kellyville, The Ponds, North Rocks, Carlingford, Thornleigh plus many more. And we offer a FREE TRIAL CLASS so please visit our website to find your nearest location.
DANCING WITH MAREE
Age group – 2 years plus
Dancing with Maree is a fresh and vibrant dance school for children and teenagers. Our family-centred studio has a strong emphasis on technique and performance whilst also encouraging enjoyment and friendship. Our classes are physically and mentally challenging, aiming to increase the heart rate while at the same time encourages learning of co-ordination and rhythm. We have a strong philosophy based on companionship and the support of peers and team members.
Dancing with Maree’s greatest asset are the teachers who work at our school. They not only have an infatuation with dance but thrive on seeing their students grow and achieve on a weekly basis. All our teachers are industry professionals who are fully qualified and have extensive knowledge and experience in both education and dance.
Young children (aged 2-5 years) start in our Little Dancers program. Our little dancers focus on rhythm, co-ordination and movement and they begin to learn the art of jazz, tap and classical ballet in a fun and safe learning environment.
We also have Mini Kidz Acro Classes.
Location: Kellyville and Cherrybrook | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | ph 0412 85 84 83 | dancingwithmaree.com.au
Special offer: 10% discount on your first term fees. New students only! Mention this article to claim your discount.
Age group – from when you can walk
Our Jigsaw Juniors are lead on a journey of imagination, creation and education. Along the way, our dancers develop new skills, confidence and friendships through the passionate guidance of our teachers. We encourage creative thinking and exploration while our dancers get to feel a sense of pride, excitement and fun and most importantly feel like the most important dancer in the room.
Our program incorporates multilayered elements of dance, drama, games, props …but most of all, lots of fun and laughter. This program has been specifically developed to enhance strength, flexibility, co-ordination & dance technique.
RAINBOW CONNECTION (My love and me) | NEXT GENERATION COMBO CLASS | JIGSAW JNR BALLET
Classes start from $12/30mins with discounts for multiple classes.
Location: Castle Hill & Kellyville | Contact: 0412 687 890 or 02 9634 1725 | jigsawdance.com.au
Special offers: Free trial class available. Also, 50% off membership for all HDMs. Just mention this article.
Age group – 3 month olds to adults
Teach your child essential swimming skills with an award winning, aquatic leader.
Carlile Swimming provides swimming programs for all ages, from 3 month old babies to Olympians. We have been teaching children to swim well since 1955 and are recognised worldwide as a leader in all aspects of aquatic education. Every week we provide a safe, fun and caring environment to help children become safer and more confident in and around the water.
Our purpose built pools at Carlingford, Cherrybrook and Norwest are designed to the optimal depth and length for teaching – and with the cleanest, warm water and air temperature – provide the perfect conditions year round.
Drop in or give us a call – we would love to hear from you.
Carlile Swimming Carlingford | Lvl 3, Carlingford Court, Cnr Pennant Hills & Carlingford Roads | 02 9872 4477
Carlile Swimming Cherrybrook | 33 Shepherds Drive | 02 9980 7822
Carlile Swimming Norwest | 6 Century Circuit (Norwest Business Park) | 02 9659 7665
SALTS OF THE EARTH
Age Group: Babies to adults
Discover the benefits of Salt Therapy. Salt therapy is a natural, complementary therapy. A specialised Halogenerator grinds Pharmaceutical Grade salt into minute, breathable particles and disperses these micro particles into the salt room.
Whilst in a session, the salt particles are inhaled deep into the lungs to help loosen congestion, increase oxygen intake and cleanse the airways of smoke, dust, pollution, pollens and other allergens. When the salt lands on the skin it can also help to improve your skin health and relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions.
Consistency is key. Regular salt therapy may help relieve your child’s symptoms of a range of conditions and allergies.
- Common cold
- Improving sleep
- Breathing and respiratory conditions
- Other skin conditions
We welcome everyone from babies, to elite athletes and the elderly. A salt session runs for 45 minutes. We have a dedicated Children’s Room with fun toys and a TV, where parents can also enjoy the experience with their child. The room is a children’s delight stocked with bean bags, toys, games, Netflix and a lot more. It’s fair to say, most children receive the benefits of salt therapy without even realising it.
Special offer: One free salt therapy session when you book a complimentary consultation! You must mention this article.