Mommy Connections Mississauga’s Guide of Virtual Things to Do While Physical Distancing

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Mommy Connections Mississauga’s Guide of Virtual Things to Do While Physical Distancing

March 19, 2020

~ Last Updated April 1, 2020

Physical distancing. Self isolation. Quarantine. This is our current reality as families around the world adhere to new guidelines in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (#flattenthecurve!).

It’s a challenging time for everyone. And especially for moms and dads with babies and small children home from daycare and school, who suddenly find themselves at a loss for how to keep the kids busy while still craving those social connections.

The fact is we’re in this new reality for weeks, minimum. But it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of your favourite activities, or do it alone.

Here at Mommy Connections Mississauga we’re all about helping keep you CONNECTED. Connected to your community. Connected to other parents. Connected to resources. And, connected with your children. It’s our mission, it’s what we love to do.

We’ve compiled the definitive list of virtual things to do while physical distancing. We’ll continue to keep it updated as new offerings are added to the mix.

Online program you love and don’t see it below? Drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you at jennifere@mommyconnections.ca.

 

MUSIC

Little Rebels – Little Rebels classes are carefully crafted and specifically designed baby and kids classes to encourage cognitive learning and muscle development through music and movement. Most of the songs are adaptations of, or inspired by musicals, which is fun for babies and grownups. Private Instagram Live classes are available for Spring Session families.

TipToe Music – Run by the marvellous E-J, TipToe Music’s “Music Together” classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Baby and Mixed Ages music classes provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should they choose to when older, all while having fun. Current, past and future families are invited to join online music making over the next few weeks via a private TipToe Music Families Facebook group. You can request access here – it’s free and available for all TipToe Music families.

Rainbow Songs – Rainbow Songs are known in Toronto for their music classes for babies, toddlers, and 2-4 year-olds. Curriculum includes sign language, repeat after me songs, fine motor and gross motor actions, tickling tunes and more. They’re offering free live streaming Instagram family singalongs, every weekday at 10 a.m.

Amici School of Music – Amici offers Music Together classes for infants up to 5 years old in Streetsville and across the GTA. All spring classes have been moved online with fun programming that includes three mini videos each week, special Spotify playlists and more. Use promo code MCM10 for $10 off registration.

FITNESS

Fitness by the Lake – The GTA’s only fitness and yoga studio dedicated to expecting moms, new moms and families, has switched all studio offerings to online. Virtual 30-minute, minimum to no equipment required classes including mom & baby yoga, bootcamp, barre and core, plus prenatal yoga & fitness. Online personal training sessions are also available, in 30- or 60-minute sessions. Sign up via Mindbody app. Existing members can apply class passes. Use promo code MOMMYCONNECTIONS for 15% off any Mom & Baby package.

Virtual Mama Moves, presented by Mommy Connections Burlington – Mama Moves is a fitness class designed for your postpartum body. It’s a safe and fun way to get moving post-pregnancy – with babe in tow (of course)! Burlington Director and physiotherapist, Katelin, leads short, informal and free workouts to try from the comfort of your home. Minimal equipment required, open to all fitness levels.

Yoga – Creative Soul Yoga is live streaming six classes per week, including yoga, mindfulness, meditation, HIIT, and Kundalini yoga. Mississauga-based instructor, Stephanie Crocker, is also offering Monday night prenatal yoga at 7 p.m. via Fitness by the Lake, and Wednesday night prenatal yoga at 7:45 p.m. via Creative Soul Yoga.

Virtual Fit Club – Diamond Beachbody Coach, Jennifer Hill, has launched a free 14-day Virtual Fit Club for Mississauga moms, including daily at-home workouts via ZOOM, meal ideas, mindset focus, habit tracker, morning routine guide and kids activities and worksheets.

Revive Pilates & Yoga – Pilates fans are in luck—Mississauga’s Revive studio has taken their mat classes online, with multiple classes offered six days a week.

DANCE

Salsa Babies – Salsa Babies is for moms who love to dance, from prenatal Salsa Bellies to postnatal Salsa Babies, Tots, and Kids. Their spring session will be exclusively online. Participate from the comfort of your home, stay active, safely socialize via a private Facebook group, and have access to a recording of the live class.

Family Groove – Family Groove is out now on Body Groove On-Demand. Led by Toronto-based instructor, Michelle Hillier, this interactive and playful dance workout is fun for the whole family. There is a 30 day free trial for all Body Groove On-Demand content.

ZumbiniCreated by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun. Lauren Shepherd runs parent and baby classes out of KidzKove on Tomken Road as well as her new location of Liberty Junction Theatre on Dunwim Drive. Lauren has been running vitual classes during March Break. Watch this space if they continue. Mommy Connections mamas get a 15% discount using code MISSMOMMY.

First Position Dance Academy – This boutique Mississauga-based dance studio has created a series of online dance classes for budding ballet dancers, including Pre-Level (ages 3-6) content, Junior (7-12) and Senior (13+). Free for current students and PWYC donation for unlimited access to videos for the rest of April.

The School of Creative Arts – Port Credit dance, theatre and music studio, The School, will be launching a YouTube channel where they will be posting videos, live classes and more. Check their website or Instagram for more info.

SPORTS

Little Kickers Toronto – The Toronto team of Little Kickers has been posting daily videos with at home soccer tips on their Instagram account. Check out https://www.instagram.com/littlekickerstoronto/.

ART

4Cats Art Studio – 4Cats is running free online sculpting tutorials where kids can watch or create along, with themes such as sloths, unicorns, dinosaurs, bugs and more. Purchase oven-bake clay kits in advance (free shipping) or use what you have at home.

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