Here we have listed your recommendations for playgroups, baby yoga, singing & swimming for toddlers and other activities for babies & toddlers. Please let us know if you have any more recommendations.
Recommended by Angela Malone
Co-founded by 2 moms, Little Lambs is an English Speaking Playgroup providing you with the chance to meet other moms while exposing your little ones to an authentic English language experience. Would you like to meet other moms to hang out with? Are you part ot the international community and are looking to make new friends in a similar situation to you? Or are you a Spanish mom who would like to practice your English? Little Lambs gives you the perfect opportunity to do this in the company of your little ones. Socialize with other moms and sing English songs with the tots in a safe environment.
The London Walk
C/Isabel II, 1D
Boadilla de Monte, Madrid
"My daughter and I had a really great time at Little Lambs playgroup. Anabel enjoyed herself playing and socializing with the other kids while I had a great time chatting with the other moms. It's a great way to get out of the house and do something constructive with your little one and at the end we all had a singsong. Anabel really loved that." (AM, June 2015)
Recommended by Sophia Gowan
Hello! Creative Movement in English is an exciting place for young children (and their parents too!) to explore and discover their creativity, free expression, physical strengths, and artistic potential. They have a series of inspiring movement-based programs, taught entirely in English by a native instructor, that provide a loving environment for growing children aged 1+ and their families to put their language skills into motion. Central to their philosophy is the belief in a healthy lifestyle full of physical activity, artistic expression and cultural awareness, all beginning at an early age. All classes culminate in an end of term demonstration and an end of year performance for the whole family.
The children who come to Hello! may have one or both English speaking parents; others may have been exposed to some English through other activities; and some may have never been exposed to the language at all before joining.
"Natalia is so so enjoying her English ballet classes, they are really great fun both for her as well as for me (her mother) as I watch her have such a great time. She especially likes the chassé, and runs round our house after the class with her arms out chasséing in great excitement!! It is also great for her to have an activity in English, I would really recommend it to other parents and daughters who want to have a really enjoyable thing to do together and improve language skills in a fun environment." (SG, March 2009)
Recommended by Diana Collings
Drop-off Centre/Ludoteca opened in August 2009. There is a special space for parents where they can chat, have coffee or go on the internet!
Calle Gonzalo de Cordoba, 17, Madrid
"I love this place, its warm, clean and opened in the mornings. Theres a playhouse and an assortment of toys for the under 3s, and also a slide and bolas for the older kids.You have the option of leaving your child there, 10euro for the hour, if you so wish to do a spot of shopping in the local area." (DC)
Recommended by Louisa Burford
The Apple Tree Club was founded by four English-speaking mums with many years of experience living and teaching English in Spain. As mums of little ones, they were concerned by the lack of flexible educational English activities on offer for children. They wanted a safe place where they could take children a few times a week to play and learn with others. They also wanted an English speaking environment where they could meet other mums, relax and share experiences.
Apple Tree Club, Avenida Mimbreras 3, Las Norias, 28221, Majadahonda
Telephone: 916 393 248
"Just wanted to share my favourite little spot for hanging out with other mums and toddlers - the Apple Tree Club in Majadahonda. I love the place. I discovered it not long after moving here 1.5 years ago, and I honestly feel that it made my transition into life in Madrid way easier than any of my previous moves to new cities/countries. My boys and I made friends quickly at the mums and toddlers group (Tuesdays 12.30-2pm) and my eldest son went to the playgroup in the mornings and loved it. The teachers are very friendly and caring and the whole philosophy of the place is kind of Montessori, learn through play and creativity, that sort of thing. I love that it is more flexible than typical Spanish guarderías - you can send your kids for just 2 or 3 mornings a week if you prefer." (LB, April 2011)
Recommended by Sophie Gonzalez
Large indoor play centre for babies and children with 2 seperate play areas - one for the younger children aged up until four and the other area for children up until the age of 12. Ball pools, slides and castles all spread over a huge 600m2.
C./ Hierro, 9 -esquina C./ Bronce , 91 468 44 05
"We went to a birthday party here which was really well organised and lets face it what child doesnt enjoy an indoor play centre. The kids had a great time. Although I have to say the birthday food was pretty poor!"
Recommended by Charissa Seward
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.
Music Together La Villa
Carola Ibañez Cortina
912245326 or email@example.com
"Music Together classes have just started in Madrid with a great teacher!" (CS, Sep 2010)
Recommended by Andrès Valencia
Renowned music and Movement classes in English
"A licensed Kindermusik Educator, Laura who is bilingual and has lots of experience working with babies, toddlers and preschoolers has been teaching Kindermusik to my son and two other kids in the neighbourhood and we are delighted. My son has learned lots of new songs, and dances. Now we bought some instruments because he was using other things in the house to make music! I recommend it to all parents who want their children to learn English and develop music skills in a fun way. The first class is always free, there are different groups for children 1-6 years old and I think she is organizing groups in different areas in Madrid." (AV, May 2012)
Recommended by Tessa
Playgroup which meets in various locations in Madrid. For parents and kids from 0-4 years to play, sing along and share in storytime all in English.
Tuesdays: El Duende Travieso 30, Pº de las Acacias from 17.30 - 18.30
Wednesdays: Cuatropecas, Ronda de Segovia 13, 17.00 - 18.00.
Cost: 24euros a month or 50 euros with a 10 playgroup card.
For more information call Tessa on 649044588.
Recommended by Silvia
It was the concept of a North Amercian mum looking for an alternative way to teach her kids English to create this fun learning environment for children aged 6mths-6yrs. All activities in English. Birthday parties catered for.
Calle Damaso Alonso 30, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid 91 285 4101
"Learn and Play is a really fun and educational mommy and baby gym in Alcala. Mommy and Daddy come to class with their children to learn English, to play with other bilingual kids and have a great time. It is very colourful and the classes are very dynamic!" (Silvia)
Recommended by Jackie Daly
Nursery rhymes, percussion, sing-a-long with the guitar and movement & dancing in every class. The sessions are led by a British qualified early years teacher and professional musician. Fun and energetic music and singing classes for the under 5s. Choose from Monday or Wednesday evenings or Friday morning class.
Tierra de Fuego, Travesia del Conde Duque, 3. (Nearest metros Noviciado & Plaze de España)
"My daughters are 3 and 1 and its the highlight of the week for both of them. They absolutely love AmyJo, shes really good with all the little ones, drawing them in to the activities and dancing with them" (JD, Sept 2011)
Recommended by Clare Garey
Very popular with many mothers. Lots of reasonably priced classes offered here. Ante and post partum as well as baby and kids yoga, they even run some belly-dancing classes! Mon -Thur de 11.30 a 21.00pm and Fri 11.30 a 19.30pm
C/Raimundo Lulio,5 28010-Madrid (Metro Bilbao) 91 4463896 or 691680003
"I reckon this was the key to a very easy labour. They also offer Baby Yoga - but I would only recommend it for younger babies (e.g. newborn up to 6 months) because in practice it was more for the Mums." (CG, Jan 2009)
Recommended by Lilian Levyi
The Centro Jugalia in Majadahonday holds may activities for children of all ages. For babies under three years old there is baby-gym and playgroups, for older children there are numerous workshops and "fiestas" and for mums-to-be there are yoga courses. You can also hold birthday parties there.
Travesia de Navaluenga 3, 28221 Majadahonda (+33) 911396530 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Centro Jugalia has great activities for kids in Majadahonda and many of them are in English" (LL, May 2011)
Recommended by Anya Pinkney
A mums and tots program designed for babies aged from 0-5. They offer a variety of classes – gym, yoga, music and art, all of which include lots of singing and participation!
Avda Europa 13-15, 28198 Alcobendas. 91 6619116.
"All the classes .... are such brilliant fun! The centre is spotless, bright and wonderfully decorated, with the most fabulous – and super safe - play gym area. It’s so unusual in Madrid to have a class that you can actually go to with your child, rather than the usual dump and run approach. They also do birthday parties, free-play (ie non-class) sessions and organise specialist talks and promotions" (AP, Aug 2009)
Recommended by Maike Huebner
If you want to start with swimming-lessons before the age of 18 months, in Madrid you have to go for private pools such as the Piscina Bahia, near Legazpi (more reasonable in price, water without chlorine). Only Spanish speaking.
C./ Eugenio Sellés, 8 (Arganzuela) 91 - 517 58 15
Recommended by Sophy King
An English speaking playgroup that meets every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The St. Georges Playgroup has a long and rich history, having provided a supportive atmosphere for expatriate and English-speaking mums and tots in Madrid for more than 30 years now.
They are a voluntary, non-profit organization whose mission it is to offer a safe, stimulating, English-speaking environment for babies and toddlers in central Madrid, as well as a social network for English-speaking parents and carers. For kids 0-5 years.
St Georges Church Hall, Nunez de Balboa 43, 28001
Contact: Contact Julie 659017727 or Tanya 696 956 144
Recommended by Rowena Stevens
Parents interested in a German language speaking environment with activities for their babies and toddlers can meet up on Tuedays (babies) or on Thursdays (toddlers). They offer an activity program organized around a variety of topics (colors, parts of the body, seasons, animals, etc.) which includes songs, games, crafts, and other activities depending on the age group of the children involved.
Admission Free. Baby Group Tue 10.30 -12pm Toddler Group Thurs 5.00-6.30pm
German-speaking Lutheran Church in Madrid Pº Castellana, 6 Metro: Colón / Serrano
Contact Catja Burkhardt email@example.com /mb 650 861 541 Tanja Nause firstname.lastname@example.org/ mb 627 751 924
Recommended by Sophy King
An international group of mums, dads, grandparents, carers and kids, meeting twice a week and one Saturday a month in the centre of the city. All activities, arts and crafts, singing and story-time are in English. For kids 0-6 years
Parroquia San Vicente Ferrer C/ Ibiza 43 bis Tue and Thurs10.30-12.30pm Sat Club 11-1pm (see website for dates)
Contact Anne mb: 675 192 658
Recommended by Patricia Fernandez
English for Fun is a wonderful centre where children play games and have fun in an English-speaking environment. Babies and toddlers from one to three years have the opportunity to enjoy activities in English such as singing, dancing, and crafts while developing their self-esteem and social awareness. English for Fun is staffed by highly qualified, native English teachers with training and experience in the field of education. The centre, located in El Viso-Madrid, has ten classrooms equipped with modern technologies, American educational materials, and a spacious outdoor playground.
Calle Darro 5. (El Viso) 28002 Madrid
(+34 91 441 22 33) Email: email@example.com
“When I first contacted English for fun to take my daughter Valentina to their playgroups I was very sceptic as I had always left her at home with a nanny but I thought that some “socialization” would be good for her. Jil, the owner, encouraged me to take her 5 days a week and that´s what I did.
I immediately realized that I had taken the best ever decision. My daughter was so happy going to English for fun! They have a fantastic method to stimulate children. The learn by playing. They are constantly stimulating children though music, painting, cooking, doing experiments, etc… After first month I was amazed on the results. My daughter was learning so many things and she was starting to say some words in English! All the staff of the school are very affectionate with the children and professional. They make you feel very comfortable as you know that you are leaving your children in good hands. I really recommend English for fun! This year I am repeating and I am taking my daughter Valentina to their preschool kindergarden and I am as impressed with the results as I was with the playgroups.” (PF, Oct 2013)
Recommended by Sofia Unda
At Hartbeeps, children are at the heart of magical, musical adventures. All of the classes are set to a soundtrack of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. Little ones are taken on a sound journey and with wacky puppets, sparkly parachutes and fun props. Hartbeeps aims to complement and enhance every stage of your child’s early years - from birth to school.
Telephone: 656 334 547
"Attending Nuria’s classes with Noa, my 2 and a half year old daughter, has been a very positive experience for both. The classes are dynamic, playful and loaded with great teaching techniques that enable English learning at a very early educational stage. The classes, are run entirely in English by Nuria, and developed with important educational, creative and meaningful resources that connect deeply with the psycho-educational characteristics of the infant. The music, the playtime, the use of body language and the childs interaction with his / her parent, increase the childs motivation to learn the language quickly. My daughter became familiar with the main concepts pretty fast, and I must say I am very satisfied with her approach and understanding of the language. It has also been a great opportunity to refresh my knowledge of the English language and to strengthen even further the bond with my daughter." (SU, December 2013)
Recommended by Angela Müller
Entre Mamas is a space dedicated to motherhood. They have several support groups and all the activities are designed for pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and children up to 3 years.
Mantuano, 19, 28002 Madrid www.entremamas.org