Ever since I first saw the sun-drenched dance studio on a sleepy side street, I was eager to find a class there for my kids. Philly PACK is exactly what’s it acronymous name stands for: a performing art center for kids. With the exception of one creative movement class, all classes are for kids ages 4-13, but mostly over the age of 5, which made it hard for my toddler and preschooler to enroll. Then, I heard about Mister John’s music class, an introduction to music education and movement for children from birth to 10 years old, held Thursday thru Saturday at Philly PACK.
I attended a recent Open House for Mister John’s music class with my 22 month old and 4 year old and while it is challenging to find something that captures both of their attention, Mister John was able to do so within minutes of walking in. Quickly noting a Frozen t-shirt on my son, he burst into an acoustic version of “Let it Go” and my son’s eyes nearly popped out seeing someone other than Elsa or his classmates belting out those famous lyrics. As the class continued to fill up, there was drumming, marching, and bubbles set to show tunes, popular music, and children’s classics. The class was as fun for the adults as the kids though, since the hokey songs typically sung at children’s music classes were kept to a minimum and when done, included twists like signing in Spanish.
While we did not sign up for a class yet, I intend to work one into our schedule this year. Fall session 1 begins 9/3 and Fall session 2 starts 10/29. I would love to start teaching my littlest one music appreciation and hopefully cancel out the genetic lack of rhythm and tone that I passed along!
FYI: Mister John also does kids parties ($175/30 mins or $225/50 mins) and Philly PACK rents their space for $100/hr with a 2 hour minimum.
[I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. I have no affiliation with Philly PACK or Mister John. I am not responsible for the quality of your experience with these vendors.]