Summertime in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley means an assortment of fun, educational and enriching programs for toddlers. Swim lessons, gymnastics programs and movement education classes keep little ones moving and promote healthy lifestyles. Toddlers can exercise their minds while having fun in programs that promote science and literacy, and art and dance classes can help develop their creative skills.
Swim lessons for toddlers should promote aquatic safety and enjoyment in a positive, fun learning environment. Parents and swim instructors work together in swimming classes at Swim-in Zone in Center Valley and at the Bethlehem YMCA, using fun games and songs to introduce basic swimming skills like splashing, paddling, kicking and blowing bubbles while emphasizing aquatic safety. While parents of toddlers 36 months and younger are required to actively participate in these programs, some toddlers are ready to participate in class without a parent by 3 years of age. Because every child is different, classes at Swim-in Zone are available for 3-year-olds who still want a parent with them in the water.
Lehigh Valley area toddlers can tumble, dance and play alongside Mommy or Daddy at Kids Co-Op Gymnastics - Tumble - Dance Center in Bethlehem, and children as young as three years of age, as long as they are fully potty-trained, can participate in full-day summer camping programs. The Little Gym of Lehigh Valley East located in Easton, provides parent-toddler movement education classes that promote balance and coordination as well as listening and sharing skills. After her third birthday, your toddler may be ready to participate independently in one of Little Gym's gymnastics, sports or dance classes.
Art and Music
Lehigh Valley parents can begin nurturing their toddler's appreciation for world-class art over the summer at the Allentown Art Museum where toddlers and a parent can create art projects together and interact with original works of art in a program designed to promote visual literacy, language and socialization skills. Toddlers will develop an ear for music through the "Musikgarten" program at Youniversity of Music and Arts in Bethlehem. Designed for toddlers and a parent or caregiver, classes foster an appreciation for music through exploration of song, dance and simple musical instruments.
Summer reading programs and toddler story times across the valley promote literacy and a love for reading in young children. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years of age who visit the Whitehall Township Public Library can register for the toddler "Read-to-Me" summer reading program. In this program, parents and toddlers log the time spent reading together at home and attending story times at the library. The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown offers multiple programs and interactive exhibits that will actively engage your toddler in learning. In addition to specially designed activities on the exhibit floor that promote math, reading, counting and shapes, the museum also offers hands-on science activities throughout the year for parents with children as young as three years of age.
- Da Vinci Science Center: Preschool Experiences
- The Little Gym: Parent/Child Classes
- Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley: Super Summer Series Children’s Workshops
- Kids Co-Op Gymnastics - Tumble - Dance Center: Pre-School Gymnastics
- The Bethlehem YMCA: Aquatics
- Swim-in Zone: Parent/Child Classes Summer 2013
- Whitehall Township Public Library: Kids and Teens, Summer Reading
- World Aquatic Babies and Children Network
- Youniversity of Music and Arts: Musikgarten Family Music for Toddlers, Bethlehem, PA
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