When we moved over to Sapperton, I spent some time and checked out all the local shops on the “strip” along E. Columbia had to offer. Since then, we’ve said bon voyage to Pedagogy (soon to reopen down at River Market) and to Karmavore (now in spacious new digs on Columbia at 6th Street). I understand from local shopper Sheila that Opulence is the next to go – although, sadly, relocation is not what’s taking them out of the area – they are closing down. We’ve also said hello to Graze Market and fallen in love with their pulled pork, and are looking forward to what fills the space where Pedagogy and Karmavore were (one of the signs says it is “Puppets and Gore” – what the heck?).
The shop is pretty non-descript on the front – tucked into a storefront between a pizza joint and the always interesting Cadeaux, with security bars and a few bulletin boards chock full of notices in the windows. We walk past it often enough and when I walked by in the late fall last year, I noticed an ad for classes. They were 4 weeks long and offered at $45, and with an indecisive flip-flopper of a toddler who is in love with something one day and can’t bear the thought of it the next, I thought that 4 weeks was a great commitment level for us.
Natasha offers classes ranging in age from babies to age 8, varying in subjects from general rhythm to ballet, tap, hip-hop, or jazz, as well as parties for the younger set. The classes for the younger guys are a parent participation class. Check out the course descriptions and schedules for more info. The space is clean, bright, and very kid-friendly.
We chose a class called Rhythm Kids for kids ranging in age from 1.5-3. My son’s on the top end of that age range, but he’s never really taken classes before and since he’s not in daycare, I thought the social time with some other kids would be really beneficial. Natasha follows the same basic format for each class, and the consistency seems to pay off with the kids as they seem to follows her instructions remarkably well. The classes are well timed at 45 minutes long. The room is filled with lots of different props – drums, pinwheels, butterfly wings, ribbon sticks, and shakers among others and almost all classes include some free time on a huge range of instruments.
For most of the first two classes Kale really wasn’t happy. He hung off me and didn’t want to participate but didn’t want to leave when suggested it. But toward the end of the second class, something clicked and he was spinning, singing, clapping, banging on drums, and generally just exploring with all the other kids. By the end of class three, he was begging me to “do it again!” and on our way home from the final class he admitted, in the way that only sad toddlers can portray, he “missed Miss Natasha”. Because it had been November and December, a lot of the classes were holiday and winter themed.
I decided to sign up for the next session of classes because he’d enjoyed it so much, only this session is 10 classes long ($110). Because it’s longer and Christmas is over, we’re going to be exploring a new theme each week like bugs, things that move, animals, jungles, and other fun stuff. We’re at week three now, and Kale is so excited to see Miss Natasha when we arrive. We talk about it ALL day (before and after class), and longingly wish for the next class to come. He sings, he dances, he plays with all the props. He loves rhythm class, bunny ears and all.
Check out Kids in Motion at 465B E. Columbia Street in Sapperton. Call 604-970-7945 or check them out online at kids-inmotion.ca