In a community that can have long, cold winters, it’s ideal to have year-round programs where you can know your toddler is safe and developing important life skills. Waukesha, Wisconsin has many options where your little tyke can thrive. Whether she’s a future ballerina, a fish looking for water or she just needs a healthy structured environment with kids her age, Waukesha has it all.
Rather than using your furniture for gymnastics training, check out Salto Gymnastics (salto-gymnastics-dance.com). Their Tiny Tot fitness program is designed to build self-esteem and confidence while developing important motor skills through rhythm exercises and ball handling. Choose from Munchkins (2 to 3 years old with parent), Kinderkiddies (3 to 4 years old with parent) and Kinderkids (4 to 5 years old). Salto also features open gym for Tiny Tots Monday through Thursday from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pewaukee Lake Montessori Academy
With a focus on hands-on learning experiences to develop independence, respect and creativity, Pewaukee Lake Montessori Academy (oconomowocmontessori.org) offers a nurturing environment where your young one can learn at his own pace. A pre-primary class for 2- to 3-year-olds meets the developmental and high-energy needs of this age group while stressing social interaction with the class. For 3- to 5-year-olds, there is a primary/kindergarten class offering a balanced curriculum of sensory learning, math, practical life, language and outdoor life. The school's tuition ranges from $325 to $795, depending on the days and hours your child attends. Tuition discounts are offered for siblings of students already enrolled in the school.
Swimtastic Swim School
What better way to learn to swim than in an indoor 90-degree pool? Swimtastic Swim School (swimtastic.com) provides swim lessons and water adjustment classes for 2- to 5-year-olds. Water adjustment classes are specifically designed for each age and incorporate music and themes to help your future Olympian get comfortable in the water. Swim lessons are for kids who are already moving independently through the water, with an introduction of breathing techniques and safety skills.
If your little one loves to dance, Dance Tracks (dancetracksllc.com) is the place to go. For ages 2 to 3, there is a Mommy and Me class -- but it's not just for mommies. Grandma, Grandpa, Dad or even Nanny can take part. For ages 3 to 5, try the Dance Basics class which teaches creative movement, motor skills, rhythmic skills, music appreciation and ballet. There is also a combo class including ballet, tap and jazz for dancers 4 to 5 years of age.