Babies and toddlers classes
There are several classes for babies and toddlers that you can attend, but quite often it is hard to find the information. So we have put together a list of different activities you can do with your babies and toddlers.
Before visiting some classes, you should know that most of the classes provided in Estonia are only 30-45 minutes and there is usually not much time for mingling. Another issue might be that you have to bring your own baby food and diapers as such baby products are usually not provided. Also it might be that there are language barriers between you and the teacher in some places. So when visiting different children classes, make sure you take those things into consideration and everything will turn out fine.
We in Treehouse have considered those circumstances, the lessons are longer, we have baby products available during our classes and our teachers speak English considering the foreigners living in Estonia.
Below we will give you an overview of some of the places you can visit with your children:
Pelgulinna Sünnitusmaja – you can participate in gym classes for babies and toddlers. Each class lasts for 40 minutes. Unfortunately the training room itself is quite small.
Babysport – Babysport is another place where you can find gym classes. Unfortunately the webpage isn’t translated to English. In Babysport the class itself is also 30 – 40 minutes and there is a small playing area where you can stay for longer.
MyFitness – if you are a member of the sport club, you can attend to babies and toddlers classes. In addition, you find trainings for older children.
Treehouse – starting from this spring Treehouse offers four different classes : baby and toddler music, dancing and movement class, chansons, where you can learn French through music, mindfulness mornings, that are mostly dedicated to the parents, and kids science lab for older kids and their parents. Lessons take place in Tallinn in the city center. Before and after class, you have time for mingling while kids can play. There will be necessary facilities for the babies and toddlers (diapers, baby food and baby seats). Also there will be special events like babies and toddlers first aid training. You can find most accurate information from webpage or Facebook.
Next to the baby movement, sport or singing classes there are different interesting events and places to visit.
Nuku Muuseum – it is one of the most favourite places for kids. You can visit the museum and different events. Performances are usually without speech so you don’t have a language barrier. They use the nicest universal language – music. Also there is a small playroom and cafeteria.
Concerts for Babies – another marvellous place where to go. Estonian National Opera launches a series of baby concerts for children aged 0–3. The Opera Quartet will perform the best of classical music, suitable for babies as their first concert experience as well as for their parents to enjoy.
Baby Cinema – every Wednesday at 11:30, Kino Artis becomes the holy heaven every parent (and parent to be) is looking for. A place to relax, to talk, to take a cup of coffee and to watch a films. Please note that not all films in BABY CINEMA screen with English dialogues or have English subtitles. The most accurate information regarding screening is published on Beebikino. In addition, Viimsi cinema has baby cinema on Tuesdays. Information regarding that can be found from their web page.
Places to go with babies, toddlers and youngsters
There are numerous museums, playgrounds and activity centers where you can go with toddlers and older kids. Of course you can also take your baby, but please note that usually there are no extra facilities for babies (except possibility to change diapers).
Miiamilla – Miiamilla is a place for everybody who enjoys playing and exploring. Museum is located in the middle of the beautiful Kadriorg Park near the palace once built for the first Russian empress.
Tallinna Teletorn – Tallinn TV Tower has Northern Europe’s highest open viewing platform – very interesting for the kids.
Other Museums – There are about 250 museums in Estonia displaying everything from local history to international artists. The museums offer inspiring experience both for children and adults. You can find detailed information from official website.
Climbing centre “Minironilased” – If you love climbing and want to get active quality time with kids, “Ronimisiministeerium” (Ministry of Climbing)
It is waiting parents and kids every Saturday, 10:30. For detailed information join their Facebook community.
Terviserajad – Estonia is known for its nature and forests and there are several forest tracks in Tallinn. You can take your family for a walk, biking or jogging. The tracks are equipped with maps and information. You can find tracks on Terviserajad.ee (unfortunately, information is available only in Estonian and Russian, but you can view the map and find a suitable track)
Loodusega koos – the State Forest Management Centre (RMK) has developed a network of hiking trails, which spans across the entire country. Learn about the trail’s various branches, natural values, and 100 cultural objects. On their website you can find the trails with additional information and coordinates.
Swimming – one of most knows pools is Reval, because they have best facilities for the toddlers and babies – extra separated area, baby seats and swimming equipment. For those who want more privacy and closer to the nature, we would recommend Laulasmaa SPA
Winterfun – interesting winter activities you may found in Valgehobusemägi, where you can find cross-country ski trails, snowboarding and tubing and ice skating. They provide babysitting services for infants and toddlers on weekends. There is also a skate rental at the skating rink on Harju street, at the skating rink in Pirita Sports Centre and in Nõmme Sports Centre.
Extra information – there are some web pages where you can find information about places and events to visit with children – http://www.kuhuminnalastega.ee/ and http://www.kuhuminna.ee/pere/. Unfortunately information there is only in Estonian.
Also there are several interesting family centers away from Tallinn – Lotte Village is a theme park with over 100 attractions, theme houses, wonderful food experiences, souvenir shops and a beach waiting to be discovered, Vembutembumaa with outdoor pools, waterslides, go-karts and a sauna. We will provide a seasonal overview of different evens in our blog.
In conlcusion, Estonia offers many possibilities for the families, don’t isolate yourself from the new culture and feel free to discover new places and get some new experiences. Estonia is a safe and child-friendly country and waiting for you to discover it!