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development classes

At NEST Chestnut Hill, our development classes focus on helping children develop basic fundamental skills while still having fun. Classes are structured to help children grow and learn physically, socially, and emotionally. With grownups participating along in our stimulating classes, children will feel safe and adventurous as we explore and discover together.


Crawling Caterpillars (8 to 12 Months)
Crawling Caterpillars is designed to get your little one crawling, standing, cruising, and moving! A perfect introduction to movement classes, Crawling Caterpillars was created by NEST Center City Program Director Brett Kauffman to help assist the gross motor development for babies 8 to 12 months old. Little ones will explore their bodies and meet new friends in this nurturing, safe, and secure setting.

Munchkins (12 to 18 Months)

Your busy toddler will love jumping, tumbling, and climbing in Munchkins class! We’ll focus on building confidence and teamwork skills each week through assisted gymnastics activities as well as games using parachutes, hula-hoops, jump ropes and more.

Little Monsters (18 Months to 2 Years)
Now that your toddler has conquered walking, they’re ready for our Little Monsters class! Through assisted activities, toddlers will begin to develop independence as they climb higher, jump further, and complete simple activities all by themselves. We’ll focus on building gross motor skills through high-energy activities that will keep your little monster moving the entire class long.

Climbing Cubs (18 Months to 3 Years)
It’s time to climb! Toddlers will participate in high-energy activities that focus on building strength, confidence, and independence while still offering plenty of assistance. They’ll climb mountains, walk across the balance beam, and complete obstacle courses while developing important gross motor skills.

Jr. Spot Me (2 to 3 Years)
Jr. Spot Me is the perfect class for your independent Big Kid! We’ll focus on following directions, and building patience and confidence while introducing your child to basic gymnastics in a classroom setting. With assistance from our awesome teachers, children will learn exciting floor exercises and complete obstacle courses.


NEST Baby Music (6 Weeks to 12 Months)
Your baby’s first music class will introduce fun songs, unique instruments and exciting props that are designed to engage children and foster an early love of music. Our talented music teachers will lead grownups in weekly sing-a-longs with some old favorites and original tunes. This class will help expose your baby to music early on, which will help them learn the sounds and meanings of words, while also igniting their intellectual, social and emotional development.

NEST Music (12 Months to 3 Years)
Come sing, jam, and dance along with NEST’s talented musicians in this social class. Toddlers will listen and make music through hands-on participation with instruments and props. Each week, we’ll focus on developing creativity and concentration while also learning how to share, cooperate and compromise.

Jamboree (18 Months to 3 Years)
One of our most popular classes, Jamboree combines the freedom of movement class with the energy of music class for an awesome learning experience! Children will participate in fun, guided activities that will keep them moving throughout the class, while our talented musicians will entertain and engage. We’ll focus on discovering all the creative ways our bodies can move to music while exploring topics like tempo and rhythm.


Varsity All-Stars (3.5 to 5.5 Years)
Your future MVP will build strength, agility, and coordination while participating in a variety of sports like soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and hockey. Kids will learn teamwork skills and sportsmanship while playing sports in this non-competitive class.

GymNESTics (3.5 to 5.5 Years)
This introductory gymnastics class is perfect for children that have outgrown our less structured movement classes. Your little gymnast will develop coordination and independence while exploring how to swing from the uneven bars, walk across the balance beam, and tumble across the room.


Ballet & Bounce (2 to 4 Years)
This fun, introductory class is perfect for your Big Kid! NEST’s experienced dance instructor will lead little ballerinas as they twirl and prance around the studio. We’ll focus on developing coordination and strength, increasing flexibility, improving balance and posture, and developing a sense of rhythm in this creative movement class. Tutus are provided.


Sensory Art & Story (18 Months to 3 Years)
Come and explore the five senses through a combination of art, music, and play! Children will develop their listening skills through creative, sensory activities. We’ll make our own instruments to play, create our own puzzles to solve, and discover how our bodies work. Through sensory play, children will socialize with their peers, grow their social-emotional identification, explore the depths of their imagination and build their self-esteem.

smART Projects (3 to 6 Years)
Let’s get smart about art! In this preschool-aged class we’ll make awesome craft projects each week while learning about science. From play-doh to Van Gogh, we’ll learn how to experiment and create.

DramaKids (3.5 to 7 Years)
Bring your imaginations to NEST’s theatre workshop and discover with us! DramaKids gives children the opportunity to explore the depths of their imagination, build self-esteem and take chances in a supportive setting. Your little ones will learn how to take on new roles and find their own voice through storytelling, games, and props.


Little NEST Chefs (18 Months to 6 Years) Coming Soon!
Get ready to chop, mix, stir, and eat! Your little helper will start developing their culinary skills in our safe and fun setting. We’ll focus on developing fine-motor skills through food preparation, while also learning about healthy foods. As your little ones become more involved with preparing their meals, they’ll also enjoy eating them too! The best part? Save the clean up for us!

Family Brunch (18 Months to 6 Years) Coming Soon!
Join us for brunch at Chestnut Hill’s newest BYOB! Each week will feature a tempting brunch favorite like Belgian waffles, bacon, or crepes. Your little sous chef will learn how to make a scrumptious feast with the help of our awesome instructors. We’ll even provide the Bloody Mary mix and fresh orange juice!


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