Learning a new skill, language, or sport is an awesome way to hang out with your children while doing something that benefits you both.
Back to school isn’t just for the kidlets—the latest “co-” trend in parenting is co-learning. Many parents no longer view extracurricular classes as a chance to steal 45 minutes alone at a coffee shop, or just glue themselves to the bleachers on the sidelines. Now, they’re being inspired by, and getting involved in, their kids’ after-school interests. And why not: Education doesn’t have to stop once you hit a certain age, and sharing in a new skill, language, or sport is an awesome way to hang out with your children while doing something that benefits you both.
With a growing number of classes geared towards kids and grown-ups, learning together is super easy and super fun. Sign up for adult/child art classes at the AGO’s Side by Side Little Kids Studio Course (317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6608) and discover new ways to get creative with your child. Learn a language at one of Multilingual Kids’ classes (various locations, 416-223-3382)—choose from French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, or Portuguese. Or wax on, wax off with your wee ones at a family karate class at Karate College for Kids (2788 Bathurst St., 416-787-3077). No matter what class you decide to take, sharing new activities is a surefire way to strengthen your family’s bond.