Clubs and classes are an excellent way for kids and adults alike to learn novel skills and discover new interests. Luckily, for families in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and the greater Philadelphia region, there are a multitude of clubs, classes, and family activities to help you and your little ones explore. Make great friends, discover exciting hobbies, and see sibling and family bonds grow through these fascinating clubs and classes in and around Mount Laurel.
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For those with kids 8-years-old and under and a love of the outdoors in Mount Laurel, Tinkergarten is a great club for the whole family. Parents and kids together get to explore nature with other families and a certified leader. During each club session, the leader guides the kids and adults through play-based, exploratory activities designed to encourage persistence, creativity, and communication. Each club lasts for nine weeks and does require advanced sign up. You can try a class for free before enrolling in the full session.
For a classic club experience, consider joining a sports group. Sports Squirts in Mount Laurel offers a range of options for kids as young as 2-years-old through the teenage years. For the youngest kids, Sport Squirts provides parent and kid classes, so the whole family can learn a new sport together. You can choose from soccer, T-ball, lacrosse, track and field, tennis, basketball, golf, and flag football. There are also options for year-round clubs, season-specific activities, or shorter duration clubs for the very littles.
Family Nature Club
The Riverbend Environmental Education Center offers a couple great family nature clubs at its Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, location. The types of clubs does regularly change and rotate, but as examples of the types of clubs you might find there, they’ve offered a Bird Club for families interested in learning about local species and an Aquaponics Club for those interested in learning how to set up a spectacular fish tank and underwater ecosystem. Check the website or inquire in person to see which clubs are currently available, and their corresponding costs.
Parent and Child Dance Class
A wonderful parent and child activity to consider for the toddler set is a parent and child dance class, often referred to as a “mommy and me” dance class. The Marcia Hyland Dance and Arts Center is a local studio in Mount Laurel that offers this type of parent and child class. It’s a great way to introduce your kiddo to a variety of dance styles while spending quality time together. This particular studio offers classes for 2-year-olds, but other studios may have a wider range of ages.
Just over the border in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a fantastic program called Art Kids for families with kids of all ages. Within the Art Kids umbrella are a number of different classes to meet the needs of kids of all levels and needs. These classes include Art Kids Studio, Little Art Kids, Sensory Friendly Mornings, and Art Kids at Home. Each class offers parents and kids an art creation experience beyond just exploring the museum. You can attend regularly or drop-in as you wish.
Hudson Table Kids’ Classes
Hudson Table is a cooking school with classes for kids and adults. If your kids are interested in the kitchen, this could be a great option for a family club. With a rotating list of courses for kids and adults of all ages, you can create a cooking class schedule that works perfectly for your family. As an example of the classes you might find, they’ve offered a Taste of Italy class for kids as young as 4 and as old as 14 in the past. Check their website or stop in to their Philadelphia location for up-to-date information on their class offerings.
Butcher’s Sew Class
For a unique club experience for kids and adults alike, consider a sewing group. Butcher’s Sew Shop is a Philadelphia institution that wants to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to perform basic sewing, mend their clothes, or improve their hand- and machine-sewing skills. Butcher’s Sew Shop Junior offers year-round clubs and classes for kids from ages 5 to 15. Kids learn skills like mending with a needle and thread, using a sewing machine, knowing how to sew a button and make basic repairs, and completing original projects like pillows, bags, stuffed animals, and clothes.
Book Club 2 Go
If you have a family of book lovers, the Mount Laurel Library offers a great book club option that works for families. Their Book Club 2 Go program provides members with 12 copies of the selected book and discussion questions for the book club meeting. You can also use these kits to meet up with other families and create a neighborhood book club. Most of the books are best for older kids, so keep that in mind when setting up your book club. You can use the website to see the available titles.
As a general option, the Meet Up website offers a huge range of local clubs run by individuals or small groups open to the public to join. You can filter by category, including “Parents and Family,” to find local clubs that are best for you and your kids. Another great option — you can start your own club based on your family’s interests, and find like minded friends to join you. A few of the clubs currently listed are kids music classes, a mother’s club for new moms and babies, and playground meet ups.
There are so many great clubs, classes, and activities for families in the Mount Laurel area. Between Mount Laurel itself, the greater New Jersey area, and all that’s available in Philadelphia, you’re sure to find something your family will love. We here at Crème de la Crème of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, wish you all the best in your pursuit of family bonding and interesting clubs.