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Musical Instrument Museum: Mini Music Makers Class

Before we had kids our weekends consisted of morning workouts, brunch, movie dates, maybe a walk around the city (we lived in NYC during our pre-kids days) and lots of lounging (and chores). Now that we’ve got kids, we’re still able to do these things, just not all in the same weekend and probably not so much lounging, ha. Our walks around the city have turned into family adventures and outings  with the kids, exploring all of the family-friendly fun Phoenix has to offer.  Our latest took us to the Musical Instrument Museum for the MIMkids Mini Music Makers class!

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Both Rhyan and Logan had a blast — there were drums, songs that demonstrated the shift from high to low notes, the parachute made an appearance, and more! We’ve been to three classes and can really notice how much Logan is learning each week. He now hits the drums with gusto during class, and when he’s home he’ll push two of the kitchen island stools together and use those like he would the drums at class. Of course, it’s also stimulating for Rhy girl. Even though she can’t really participate yet, she’s listening and watching.

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The MIMkids Mini Music Makers is such a fun and relaxing way to start our Saturday. I love the Musical Instrument Museum because the space is so airy and it’s never too crowded when we go. Each four-week session explores a different musical culture — the focus of the sessions we’ve attended has been African music.

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Things to note:

* MIMkids Mini Music Makers classes take place Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

* Times vary based on age group.

WEDNESDAYS: 0-18 months (9:30am to 10am)

18 months – 3 years (10:15am to 10:50am)

3-5 years (11:00am to 11:45am)

THURSDAYS: 1-4 years (11:00am to 11:45am)

3-5 years (1pm to 1:45pm)

SATURDAYS: 0-18 months (9:30am to 10am)

18 months – 3 years (10:15am to 10:50am)

3-5 years (11:00am to 11:45am)

* Reservations are required, so be sure to check out the events calendar for booking. Tickets are $12 each.

* Due to space limitations you do have to register any siblings also attending whose ages fall within one year of the suggested age range. The instructor is great at engaging with all different age groups in attendance.

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* While the site says only one child and one adult can participate per ticket, all the classes we’ve attended had instances with two parents per one child — the second parent would sit with his/her family, just slightly off to the side and not in the main circle.

* There’s a roomy bathroom with a changing table, in addition to a separate nursing room. The space also has long comfy couches, which is usual where I nurse Rhyan after class before we head home.

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* If you want a bite after there’s Café Allegro, located directly across from the Mini Music Makers room. The ever-changing menu offers delicious foods prepared using fresh, local ingredients. There’s also a kid’s menu with favorites like cheese pizza, chicken nuggets, and PB and J. And for parents, there’s also wine. Lunch is currently being served Monday through Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

* Just down the hall is the Experience Gallery where kids (and adults!) can play and interact even further with different musical instruments from around the world. Logan loved the gong, harp, and of course drums!

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The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050.

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By Ravelle, August 18, 2016
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