UCLA Family Commons

January 28, 2010

Mishy and I took a free art class this Tuesday at the UCLA Family Commons located at 1221 2nd Street in Santa Monica, CA in between Arizona and Wilshire. It’s a new facility that has just opened up. They offer martial arts classes, yoga classes, art classes, and mindful parenting classes, among others.

This month, the art class is free so I checked in with Mishy – to see if that may be of interest. She is 23 months old and she loves to draw and paint so she was game. We made matching scarves and she painted a shoe bag with stencils, markers, and sponges as well as pouring the paint and finger painting. I let her explore with all the mediums because she’s 23 months old and who am I to tell her how to create.

Sonya was the art class teacher and she is super friendly, fun, and laid back. She mentioned after this month, the class would be $10/class.

Mishy and me with our matching scarves we made.

After art class, there was a yoga class in session. It’s for 2-4 years old. Because there was only 20 minutes left of the class, Mishy and I were able to participate for free as a trial. Harmony was the teacher. Unlike other Mommy and Me yoga classes Mia and I have participated in, this class was focused on yoga for children.

Mishy loved this class. She loves yoga and often finds it difficult to want to stay in a regular Mommy & Me Yoga class since it is so Mommy-centric and the children are expected to play with some toys either in the middle of the room or off to the side. Mishy learned how to be a frog yoga style and also how to climb her feet up the wall from the downward dog position. I learnt how to hold Mishy and do some yoga moves which would strengthen my arms and legs and still have it be enjoyable for her.

When we left, Mishy practiced the two Japanese words she picked up from our travels to Japan – thank you and good bye. We were both happily surprised when Harmony answered back in Japanese!

For more information about UCLA Family Commons Santa Monica, please visit their website at: http://www.uclacommons.com/

They will be having a launch party on February 4th, 2010 from 4-7PM. There will be entertainment, great local food, product demonstrations, and guest speakers. RSVP at 310-395-5650 or liz@uclacommons.com

Bonus photo: Another use for her scarf.


One Response to “UCLA Family Commons”

  1. oman Says:

    very cool.

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