We created prenatal classes we would want to attend in a comfortable space we would want to go to, because expecting parents deserve better.
The Family Room’s Before Baby series offers a variety of prenatal classes that give you the information you need to know to deliver and bring home your baby with confidence.
Our classes are offered individually to give you the ability to customize your prenatal education for your needs. From childbirth classes to breastfeeding information and newborn care, these baby classes are designed to empower parents and help you prepare for your bundle of joy.
Why The Family Room is better: small classes, research-based curriculum, community, easy to register, comfy space, variety of options, personalized attention, and La Croix at every class.
The cost of all Before Baby prenatal classes includes two people. (note: CPR/First Aid is sold individually).
The Family Room’s Mommy & Me and Parent & Me program is up-to-date with helpful and practical information for today’s parents. We cover newborn and baby development, parenting topics, and more. We always leave lots of time for questions. Our class is also about you – we don’t leave out the parent part of parent & me. Lastly, we always have fun.
Here’s why our Mommy & Me and Parent & Me program is special:
- The group will become your village. You see the same moms every week. You share, bond, grow, connect and go out for coffee or lunch after class. Sometimes, they even become your life long friends.
- There is a facilitated topic each week that is relevant to the age of the babies’ birth months to nurture attachment and learning with awesome handouts and lots of time for questions.
- The groups are led by a accredited professionals with an extensive background in infant and child development.
- The groups are organized by birth month, with generally a two month span, so all the babies are about the same age.
- We understand that there are many different approaches, philosophies, and ways to do things when it comes to parenting. We will provide research-based curriculum, but want you to trust your gut.
- The series are 8-weeks long and each class is 90 minutes.
- The fee for a series is $360.
- We have developed lots of great topics, but are flexible to meet the needs of each group.
- Our interactive classes include songs, open discussion and the topic of the week.
- Don’t see your birth month? Email us with your birth month and we will be sure to contact you when your class is posted.
- Session you want to join already started? Yes, you can join late! Email us for more information and we will do our best to get you in.
Update on In-Person Classes: We will be meeting outside in an area where 6ft social distancing can be maintained. Classes will be limited to 6 parents.
We have expanded our Parent & Me program to include the next phase: a Toddler & Me series for little ones 12 to 36 months!
Led by an experienced early childhood development expert with an extensive background working with parents and children, presented topics reflect the needs of each group and include everything from tantrums to mealtime. In addition to facilitated topics each week, classes also include songs, child-led play, sensory exploration, and story time.
- Songs and movement
- Story time
- Topic discussion
- Child-led exploratory play/sensory play
- Goodbye song
Classes in San Marino are held outdoors.
Preschool Prep & Parent Ed
We are growing with you! Now that you have a two-year-old, The Family Room has designed a program that not only continues to provide education + community for parents, but offers a preschool-like experience for your child. Parents will meet with Gia and engage in topic-driven discussions, while your toddler will do fun activities with Ms. Tasha. While we will share the same space, children will be gently encouraged to separate from their parents as a first practice at “going to school” while parents are still near. Children’s class time is play-based and will include: song time, story time, arts & crafts, simple letter and number recognition activities, and social-emotional learning.
The many benefits of music in the lives of babies and kids are well-documented. From brain and language development, to social and emotional benefits, music is an important building block. It also has the amazing ability to bring people together and provide joy.
The Music Room, The Family Room’s exclusive music program, is both an engaging and fun way to connect with your child.
Here’s why The Music Room is special:
- Music education is tailored to your child’s development and age. The program changes and grows with them. We add more complexity in each stage to continue to build and further develop musicality.
- We’ve partnered with Encore Music and Performing Arts to develop and lead our music program. We have known Rebecca and her team a long time and are thrilled to welcome them into the family.
- Our space is a welcoming, family-friendly environment designed specifically for babies and young children.
- The Series are 4 weeks long (Toluca Lake/$96) and 8 weeks long (San Marino/$192).
- All classes are 45 minutes long.
- We are not currently offering trial classes.
- See make-up class policy below.
Currently, classes are mixed-age. We will return to age-based classes at a later time.
We’ve divided your little ones into the following groups to adapt the program to their developmental needs. Please use as a guide — you know your child best!
Prelude (Non-Crawlers): This class gives each caregiver a variety of songs, movements, and melodies to communicate through music and play.
Movers & Shakers (about 7-to-14 months): Bounce, sway, and giggle as we engage the senses, explore instruments, and introduce the gathering drum.
Single Notes (1-year-olds): Kids and caretakers will have fun while learning musical lessons as the little ones discover their musical world!
Rhythm & Twos (2-year-olds): Older toddlers are ready to sing short phrases, put rhythm and pitch together, plus explore movement and dance.
Here Comes Treble (3- and 4-year-olds): Young musicians start to make important musical connections and now they can start to learn piano! Through a variety of musical activities, now including keyboards, students will be prepared for success on a real piano (all while having fun!).
(currently only offered in San Marino)
Children learn about the world around them through their senses, in fact they rely on them. The desire to engage with sensory discovery comes naturally to little ones – that is why babies put everything in their mouths!
Sensory play is any hands-on activity that gives little ones the opportunity to safely discover and explore using a combination of their senses, including touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. In our messy play/art classes, they will explore and use their senses in a new, meaningful way.
Research has shown that messy play is an important part of early childhood development providing lots of opportunities to develop and learn. Some of the benefits of sensory play include:
- Stimulates brain development by exposing children to new sensations and experiences
- Supports language development by giving little ones new ways to talk about their world
- Fosters positive interactions and social learning through observation of how peers engage with an activity
- Builds self-confidence and awareness as they interact with materials in a creative and spontaneous way
- Supports fine motor skills as they manipulate materials in different ways
- Helps regulate internal discomfort by providing tools for managing frustration and a strategy for calming down
- Promotes scientific process opportunities through creating, investigating, exploring, and problem solving
- Led by early childhood educators, a variety of sensory activities will be offered each week for the little ones to enjoy — from different tactile experiences, to messy art projects, and creative discovery.
- Each class also will include songs and a story, plus tips on how to incorporate sensory play at home.
- Spring Series are 4 weeks. All classes are 45 minutes long.
- The cost for a 4-week series is $112 (includes a materials fee).
We will explore. We will create. And we will definitely get messy.
Stay tuned for information about in-person series starting soon.
(currently only offered in San Marino)
The physical demands on women’s bodies during pregnancy and postpartum are immense. Whether preparing your body for birth or rebuilding your core after your baby, yoga is a wonderful tool to connect with your strength and alleviate many aches and pains.
Our Prenatal and Parent & Me yoga classes are all about you. Our classes not only offer many physical benefits, like promoting alignment, balance and flexibility, but provide a space for new and expecting moms to share and connect. Taught by a certified prenatal and postpartum yoga instructor in our comfortable space, our weekly class is an important reminder to slow down and focus on yourself.
We welcome both experienced and new yoga practitioners.
4-week series held outside (weather permitting)
1 hour and 15 minutes per class
$100 for the series
We are bringing The Family Room to your living room with our parenting group support.
Our groups give parents the tools you need to trouble-shoot parenting challenges and research-based information on how to foster important development. Led by an experienced child development expert and parent educator, you will have the opportunity to problem solve issues, gain peer support, learn and connect.
The best part? You don’t have to leave your couch.
The virtual group will be held using the Zoom app, so no more missing classes because your partner is working late, your little one is not feeling well, or you just don’t have the energy to get out of the house. Note, we will kick-off each series with an in-person class at The Family Room.* Can’t make it? You can call in!
Topics to explore: toddler brain, tantrums, food struggles, promoting independence, discipline, guilt, and more
For parents of toddlers ages 1-to-3-years-old
Interested, but have a little one a different age?
Let us know! We are happy to offer additional groups based on need.
Have a bunch of friends and want to start your own group?
Talk to us about your group. We will need a minimum of 8 people.
Series Duration: 8- week series, 1 hour per class
Cost: $320 for 8 weeks
Educator: Gia Gambaro Blount
When: Thursday evenings from 8 pm to 9 pm
Dates: January 16*, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23