Classes and Activities for the 2018 to 2019 Year

Freshly back from the summer holidays and hopefully feeling rested and ready-to-go, there's no time like the start of the school year for signing up for a class or activity, whether for you or your little one, or both of you together. 

Amsterdam Mamas partners with a select number of local businesses who share our values and vision. Many of these partner businesses offer a wonderful selection of classes and activities for children and adults. We have drawn up a list of their current offerings below, ordered into sections from baby to adult. We would also like to point you towards our Activities Directory where you can look for updates throughout the year. 

 

1. Classes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

1. Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense, Mini Professors

Hygiëastraat 8, 1076 RM

Email: info@babysensory.nl

Phone: 0641811260

Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense and Mini Professors are all firm favourites at Amsterdam Mamas! Baby Sensory provides early learning through hundreds of sensory development activities for babies from 0-15 months accompanied by their parents and carers. A wonderful way to get inspired with new ways to stimulate your baby’s development! Toddler Sense is an adventure play programme for little ones from 15 months to 4 years. Classes are a combination of gym, dance, music, play and lots of FUN! Mini Professors Is a science class for curious kids from 2 to 6 years old offering hands-on science experiments. Children develop new skills and wonder at the world around them.

Also offers trial classes and private classes.   

Winner of the category Best Class for Babies AMR 2015 and AMR 2017 – Winner of the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2017 – Honourable Mention in the category Best Class for Babies AMR 2016 – Winner of the category Best Partner Business AMR 2017

Read more at:

Behind the Business: Natalie van Gelder of Baby Sensory Nederland BV 

Baby Sensory Classes in Amsterdam

Together Time with Baby Sensory 

The Mamas Recommend: Baby Sensory Parties

Toddler Sense Class at Baby Sensory Amsterdam

2. Jacaranda Tree Montessori

Veerstraat 48-2, 1075 SW

Email: simone@jacarandamontessori.nl

Phone: 0616009060

Jacaranda Tree Montessori’s classes are an established favourite with the Amsterdam Mamas community! Children attend class accompanied by an adult/carer. They explore a beautifully prepared Montessori environment with a wide range of activities that increase in challenge through three age groups: Baby, Toddler and Preschooler.  

Winner of the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2015 – Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Class for Babies AMR 2015, AMR 2016 and AMR 2017 – Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2016 and AMR 2017 – Honourable mention in the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2015

Read more at: 

The Mamas Recommend: Jacaranda Tree Montessori Playschool

Behind the Business Update: Simone Davies of Jacaranda Tree Montessori

3. Little Star Fitness

Outdoor Sport Classes: Vondelpark

Dance Classes: Jan van Eijckstraat 47 1077 LH

Email: littlestarfitness@gmail.com

Phone: 611076992

Another business partner well-loved by the Amsterdam Mamas Community, Little Star Fitness offers fun, innovative, sport, fitness and dance programmes for children from 2-12 years. Classes focus upon improving children’s gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination, and rhythm, while building self-confidence in a non-competitive environment. Classes are delivered in English although coaches also speak other languages.

Also offers private classes. 

Winner of the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2015 – Runner up in the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2017 – Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Partner Business AMR 2016 and AMR 2017

Read more at:

The Mamas Recommend: Little Star Fitness

Little Star Fitness: Holiday Camps and More

4. Lucky Beat Music Club for Children and Teenagers

De Boelelaan 1110, 1081 HZ

Email: letter@lucky-beat.com

Phone: 0622300636

Amsterdam Mamas is excited to have signed a partnership agreement this year with Lucky Beat, an innovative, new music school. Lucky Beat offer several classes for younger children: Little Me Wonder; Around the World; Sing and Dance; and Family Music Zone for weekly, family musical activities.

Runner up AMR 2017

Read more at:

Introducing Lucky Beat: Music and More

5. My Little Van Gogh

Hygiëastraat 8B, 1076 RM

Email: hello@clubmylittlevangogh.com

Phone: 0641811260

My Little Van Gogh offers creative activities for children from 12 months to to 12 years, inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Little Theos is for  toddlers from 12 months to 2.5 years, and is all about sensory, messy, and creative play for parent and child with different creative prompts each week. As children get older they move up to the Little Vincents classes where they discover new ways of painting and get to cooperate in a team where they make decisions about media and materials. 

Honourable mention in the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2016

Read more at:

My Little Van Gogh

Introducing My Little Van Gogh: Raising Creative Kids

6. Panasj/Voetjebal

Multiple locations across the city.

Email: info@panasjamsterdam.nl

Phone: 0614425785

Panasj offers football and hockey class for children from 3 years and up at multiple location across the city. 

Read more at: 

Introducing Panasj Amsterdam: Hockey for Kids

Sport and Fun for your Little One: Voetjebal and Panasj Hockey

7. Swim4Survival

Sportsplaza Mercator Jan van Galenstraat 315, 1051KM

Email: info@swim4survival.com

Phone: 0644746974

Many of our Mamas have taken their little ones to lessons with Swim4Survival. Swim4Survival teaches babies and toddlers to be safe in the water and save themselves from drowning by learning to hold their breath, swim to the surface, and turn over and float. From at least 6 months or crawling age until 6 years. Children from 3 years and up can take a diploma prep class to help them on their way to gaining their A diploma. Excellent class for children who are afraid of water or have other learning challenges as the lessons are short and private.

Also offers private classes.

Read more at: 

Behind the Business: Kara Bos of Swim4Survival

8. The Little Gym

Henkenshage 4, 1083 BX

Phone: 0204040798

Over the years, lots of Amsterdam Mamas and their children have enjoyed classes at the Little Gym. Babies attend the Parent-child Bugs class (4 to 10 months) where learning begins with lots of fun! The enjoyment continues into the toddler classes which take children from 10 months to 3 years, still accompanied by their special adult. From 3 to 6 years they can attend Gymnastics for Preschoolers to channel their boundless energy and reach development milestones. 

9. Water Babies

Multiple addresses

Email: bubbles@waterbabies.nl

Phone: 0202338459

Enthusiastically endorsed by the Amsterdam Mamas community, Water Babies offers baby- and toddler-centred swimming classes in Amsterdam West, Amsterdam Noord, Amstelveen, Badhoevedorp and Huizen from birth to 4 years old.Classes are held in small groups in lovely warm water and promote bonding, healthy eating and sleeping patterns and stimulate motor skills and brain development. 

Also offers private classes. 

Winner of the category Best Class for Babies AMR 2016 – Joint winner of the category Best Class for Toddlers AMR 2016 – Winner of the category Best Swim School AMR 2016 and AMR 2017 – Runner up in the category Best Class for Babies AMR 2017 – Runner up in the category Best Class for Toddlers 2017 – Honourable mention in the category Best Swim School AMR 2015 – Runner up in the category Best Business Partner AMR 2017

Read more at: 

Introducing Water Babies

 

2. Classes for Younger Children (4-8 years old)

1. Little Star Fitness

See 1.3 above for further information.

Little Star Fitness' wonderful classes continue for younger children

Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2016 and AMR 2017– Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Partner Business AMR 2016 and AMR 2017

2. Lucky Beat Music Club for Children and Teenagers

See 1.4 above for further information.

Lucky Beat offer the following classes for younger children: Mini Beats (4-6 years), Pop Stars (6-8 years), Pass the Beat (all ages), Breakdance (5-8 years).

Runner up in the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2017

3. Memotion

Cliffordstudio, Cliffordstraat 38, 1051 GV

Email: memotionamsterdam@gmail.com

Phone: 0616951135

Amsterdam Mamas are delighted to welcome Memotion as a new business partner in 2018! Memotion offers self-exploration movement classes for lower school aged kids. 

Also offers private classes.

4. Mini Professors

See 1.1 Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense, Mini Professors above for further information. 

Winner of the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2017 – Winner of the Category Best Partner Business AMR 2017

5. My Little Van Gogh

See 1.5 above for further information. 

Da Vincis is a creative lab for children aged 6 to 8 with activities that train them to think outside the box and look for innovative solutions through creative and hands-on games.

Honourable mention in the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2016 – Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Class for Older Children AMR 2015, AMR 2016 and AMR 2017

6. Panasj/Voetjebal

See 1.6 above for further information and classes for this age group.

7. Swim4Survival

See 1.7 above for further information. 

Children from 3 to 6 years old can take a diploma prep class to prepare them for the A diploma. Teaching is particularly sensitive to the needs of children who are fearful of water or have other challenges.

8. Taalhuis Amsterdam

Muiderstraat 24, 1011 RC

Email: info@taalhuisamsterdam.nl

Phone: 618110984

Offers English and French classes for children on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Also offers private classes.

9. The Little Gym 

See 1.8 above for further information. 

Primary School Gymnastics classes allow children to tackle new challenges at their own skill level. Each new achievement leads to newfound confidence, determination and a desire to continue improving. 

Winner of the category Best Class for Younger Children AMR 2015 and 2016 

 

3. Classes for Older Children (9-12 years)

1. Little Star Fitness

See 1.3 above for further information.

Little Star Fitness' innovative sport and dance classes continue for this age group and are particularly appreciated by our mamas.

Winner of the category Best Class for Older Children AMR 2016 and AMR 2017 – Honourable mention/Runner up in the category Best Partner Business AMR 2016 and AMR 2017

2. Lucky Beat Music Club for Children and Teenagers

See 1.4 above for further information. 

Lucky Beat continues to offer a fantastic range of classes for this age group including: Music Inspiration – Rock Stars; Pop & Rock Stars; Vocal Class; Electronic Music Production; Breakdance; and Hands on Drums. 

Runner up in the category Best Class for Older Children AMR 2017

3. Memotion

See 2.3 above for further information. 

4. Taalhuis

See 2.8 above for further information. 

 

4. Classes for Teenagers

1. BSN Language Centre

Lange Houtstraat 26, 2511 CW, The Hague

Email: languages@bsnlanguagecentre.nl

Phone: 0703154080

Offers fun, confidence-building, interactive and high-quality English group and private lessons that focus on both communicative and academic skills. 

Open day on 8 September from 10:00 to 14:00 where you can meet the teachers and take a free language level assessment. 

2. Lucky Beat Music Club for Children and Teenagers

See 1.4 above for further information.

Lucky Beat offers classes for teens in Bands, Electronic Music Production; Singing and Songwriting; and Hands on Drums. 

 

5. Classes for Adults (Accompanied by Children)

While you will find many classes in section 1 for children accompanied by their parents and carers, some of our partners also offer classes geared at adults at which their younger children are also welcome. These are of particular interest to parents who care for their little ones round the clock. 

1. BSN Language Centre

For further information see 4.1 above. 

Open day on 8 September 2018 from 10.00-14.00 at Lange Houtstraat 26 2511 CW The Hague with childcare facilities for parents wanting to do a free language level test, meet our teachers and learn about our range of classes.

2. Taalhuis

See 3.4 above for further information. 

Taalhuis offers "bring your baby" Dutch classes and family Dutch lessons!

Can also provide group and private lessons in Dutch and Mediterranean languages. 

3. Tiny Sleepy Head

De Boezemvriend, Overtoom 205, 1054 HT

Mini Chi Chi Club, Spaarndammerstraat 43HS, 1013 ST

Email: info@tinysleepyhead.com

Phone: 0642344781

For all parents with sleep questions or in need of sleep advice, Tiny Sleepyhead is ready to help every Monday between 12:00-14:00 at DE Boezemvriend and and on Thursdays between 11:00-13:00 at Mini Chi Chi Club.

Gentle Sleep workshops are focused on implementing strategies that help children to get better sleep straight away.

Also offers private classes.

Winner of the category Best Partner Business AMR 2016 

 

6. Classes for Adults (Unaccompanied by Children)

1. BSN Language Centre

See 4.1 above for further information.

Offers a wide range of English courses for adults including General English, Conversation classes, IELTS Exam Preparation, Business English, preparing for the Cambridge Exams, intensive lessons and private lessons. 

Also offers Dutch classes for adults in group, private and business contexts. We offer Dutch classes both in person at our offices in the centre of The Hague, as well as online

They also offer the renowned CELTA Teacher Training course, which qualifies you to teach English as an Additional Language. This qualification is an easily transferable skill that is in high demand in the Netherlands, and all over the world.

2. Childbirth Class Gale

The Boezemvriend, Overtoom 205, 1054 HT

Course Centre Geboortecentrum Amsterdam De Genestetstraat 3, 1054 AX

Email: childbirthclassgale@gmail.com

Phone: 0654977878

Prenatal weekly or one-off courses in English for expectant couples to help them ffeel comfortable about having their baby in the Netherlands. Preparing for Parenthood classes offer information about what to expect when your baby is born.

Also offers private classes.

3. Jacaranda Tree Montessori

See 1.2 above for further information. 

As well as offering classes for little ones with their accompanying adults, Jacaranda Tree Montessori also offers parent workshops for applying Montessori methods at home and first aid courses in English.  

4. My Little Van Gogh

See 1.5 above for further information.

For those parents envious of all the fun that their little ones get to have, My Little Van Gogh offers Mom's night out and other special art workshops to unleash their creativity and meet new friends.

5. Studio Anna Mora

Nw Looiersstraat 21A, 1017 VA

Email: info@studioannamora.com

Phone: 0207583255 

Studio Anna Mora takes a fresh view of movement using a wide range of training techniques to create a personalised workout based on your strength and potential to balance body and mind. Give one of their sessions try! They offer Pilates classes, Barre and Pre/post natal classes every day in the morning and the evening. 

Also offers private lessons. 

Honourable mention in the category Best Fitness Club or Class for Parents AMR 2015

Read more at: 

Studio Anna Mora: Pilates and Pregnancy

6. Taalhuis

See 5.2 above for further information. 

Offers group and private language classes in the daytime and evening. The language school is a cosy community of language learners from across the world. 

Open Day at Muiderstraat 24 on 1 September 2018.

7. Tiny Sleepy Head

See 5.3 above for further information.


Rachel Perry is Editor-in-Chief at Amsterdam Mamas. She has lived in Amsterdam since 2006, after spending her earlier life in the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, the USA, and Spain. She has a PhD in Architectural History and has previously worked as a translator. She is a mama to three teenage children.

 

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