Classes For Parents & Kids

Our Vision

Matka is a place where parents and children can grow, experience meaningful moments together and create memories. In our home, we provide a variety of fun and educational activities to be enjoyed together on weekday mornings.

We currently offer two types of activities to strengthen the bond between parents and their child.

Weekly music, dance and movement classes for children from 6 months- 4 years, which can be joined at your convenience and are all covered by our Membership card. And 4/5 week courses where we aim to create a continuous group dynamic to encourage and stimulate learning and participation.

The Music Box

(ages 6 months -2 years)

The beauty of music is that it affects multiple senses, inspires creativity and benefits the mind and body. In this class, children are invited to hear, feel, see and sense live music and explore different materials that create sound. Together with your child you’ll learn about sonic qualities through touch-using your whole body as an instrument and letting your movements create different sounds. And we will examine how we can use it to further our connections with our little ones while making beautiful music together.

Join us and experience a music class accompanied by live music on the viola or other musical instruments. We will use music to emphasize the textures and dynamics that make interactions playful and fun!

The classes will be taught by cellist and music educator, Karen Chisholm, and music teacher, Maya Felixbrodt.

This class takes place every Thursday from 10:00- 10:45 am

Karen will teach the class on 12/03, 26/03

Maya will teach on 19/03

Come feel your heartbeat (ages 2-4 years)

 

Moving and dancing with your child can be a great way to have fun together, connect and learn new things about each other. Join our movement classes, where you will be guided to explore together through fun tasks and creative movement with the support of music, props and imagination. Parents are invited to move with their child and find new ways to support and connect with them.

The classes are taught by dancer and child psychologist, Athina from Memotion and movement therapist and dancer, Simone.

Athina’s classes aim is to strengthen the relationship between the parent and child by moving, dancing, and being engaged together. Read more about Athina‘s work here.

Simone teaches classes that help stimulate the contact between parents and their child, self-confidence & self-expression, trust and feeling comfortable in your own body and, of course, the pleasures in dance and movement. Read more about the Simone Heijloo here

Classes take place on Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45 am

Simone will teach on 18/03, 25/03

Explore The World Of Sounds (ages 1-4 years)

Want to try different musical instruments?  Sing a well known song and a new one as well?

Then join our music classes. It has been shown that moving and making music together is not only fun but also beneficial for a child’s overall development.

We hope to inspire parents to make music and sing with their children at home.

Classes take place on Mondays from 10:00- 10:45 am 

 

Messy Play Amsterdam

Messy play Amsterdam sessions provide a safe environment for children to play with various kinds of foods and tastes.

Messy play is designed for children from 6 months old. During this activity children will get the chance to explore both edible as and non-edible materials for stimulation of all the senses.

All messy play sessions are a free exploratory sessions giving children an opportunity to explore at their own pace. There is no “right” way for children to do messy play. No limitations, just pure play and fun!

The Messy Play sessions will take place on Saturday from 10:30-11:30

On the following dates: 14/03, 11/04,  09/05, 30/05,  20/06 and 04/07

 

Story Time

It’s a lot more than just a story.

Books have great value for us parents and for our childrenA child’s imagination, concentration and vocabulary hugely benefits from sharing stories and reading together.

Peggy, an experienced pre-school teacher, knows just how to capture a child’s attention with picture books. On Wednesday mornings she will bring her favourite stories to life by using homemade creations.

For children it will be fun and the parents will learn how to make the most of reading a story and enrich the child’s world.

Storytime takes place every second Wednesday from 11:00- 11:30 am

 

Bonding Bodies (Course)

Movement experience sessions for parents and children (2-4 years)

Teacher, Mercedes, has combined her experience as a teacher, dancer and therapist and added a mommy touch, to create a shared space where movement, creativity and play allow adults and children to grow and learn together.

These double oriented sessions aim to provide tools to observe and recognize movement patterns as a way of understanding child development and to use sensory play to stimulate children’s senses. Expect a dynamic and flexible session, full of music, rhythm and play where parents will become active participants.

Costs: € 17 for a single session or € 76 for the full course

The classes will take place from 11-11:45 am on the following dates:

26/03, 02/04, 09/04, 16/04 and 23/04

Sign up here

 

Playful parent and child yoga (Course)

Practising yoga in a playful way with your toddler (2-4 yrs) is a great way to connect and unwind.

This class aims to teach the joys of yoga through storytelling and offers a combination of active and relaxing yoga exercises, music, sensory activities and massage. After each class, we’ll get creative with some fun age-appropriate craft activities based on the theme of the lesson.

Not only is children’s yoga lots of fun- it’s beneficial too! It helps children improve their balance and coordination, creativity, self-confidence, focus and body awareness. 

The classes will take place from 11-11:45 am on the following dates

30/03, 06/04, 13/04 and 20/04

Caregivers are of course welcome too!

Cost:  50  (yoga lesson+ crafts materials) or  15 for a single class

Sign up via our schedule 

 

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What Our Families are Saying

 

I really loved the messy play experience!! It’s the perfect opportunity for little ones to interact with other little ones and get messy in a safe environment while parents can take a small break.

My little boy had messy play for his 1st birthday and it was great! The kids ranged from 1 – 3 years and all had such a fun time playing in the gooey gunky stuff plus Leanne was super quick and efficient at cleaning up all the mess after. Highly recommend for any kids birthday.

This is a great setup for kids and parents. There’s just enough chaos for kids to love it, but little enough that we parents can still have a good chat with our tea/coffee. My 16-month-old has a great time, and our cleanup is just a splash on his hands and a quick change of his clothes. Highly recommended.

I highly recommend Messy play!!! My daughter had her birthday party there and her and her 13 friends loved everything about it!! Brilliant activities all hand made by the organiser and something totally different. Brilliant work messy play