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ChIMES (Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles) is an SDYS program that highlights one of the most integral phases of child growth and development: the period of growth that takes place from birth to age 5.

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SDYS Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles!By the time a baby turns one year old, their brain will have grown to 70% of its adult size. By age three, the brain reaches 85% of its total growth. Creating music, and the human interaction that accompanies music-making, involves multi-sensory activities that grow and foster strong brain growth and healthy interaction between young children and their caregivers.

ChIMES classes are designed to enhance and further child development while building healthy attachment between the child and caregiver through hands-on play with instruments, singing, movement, rhythm activities, percussion, and more. The interactive classes develop children’s musical, motor and aural skills and help facilitate learning in other areas. The program is specifically designed to create pathways for children to participate in ensemble-based programs for youth. View ChIMES Flyer

“On the Go! Transportation” 2022 Winter Session

The ChIMES “On the Go! Transportation” session features songs and activities about cars, trucks, planes, trains and other things that move! This 8-week session will run from January 19 – March 12, with locations in Balboa Park (Marston House) and Liberty Station, and classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as bilingual options.

Outdoor classes are 45 minutes long, socially distanced, and limited to 14 children plus parent/caregiver(s).

Cost: $160 for one child/caregiver ($150 one-time discount rate for first-time ChIMES families)
Additional Sibling rate: +$85

Registration will open on December 13. 


WEDNESDAYS with Mr. Charlie (Jan 19 – March 9)

LIBERTY STATION (behind 2820 Roosevelt Road)

9:30 a.m. – Babies/Toddlers 

10:30 a.m. – Toddlers/Preschoolers 

THURSDAYS with Ms. Michelle (Jan 20 – March 10)

BALBOA PARK (Marston House* grounds)

9:30 a.m. – Babies/Toddlers 

10:30 a.m. – Toddlers/Preschoolers 

FRIDAYS with Ms. Michelle (Jan 21 – March 11)

BALBOA PARK (Marston House* grounds)

9:30 a.m. – Toddlers English/Spanish Bilingual 

10:30 a.m. – Mixed Ages English/Spanish Bilingual 

SATURDAYS with Ms. Kat (Jan 22 – March 12)

LIBERTY STATION (behind 2820 Roosevelt Road)

9:30 a.m. – Babies/Toddlers 

10:30 a.m. – Toddlers/Preschoolers

Age Recommendation:

“Babies/Toddlers” classes recommended for ages up to approximately 2.5 yrs old

“Toddlers/Preschoolers” classes recommended for ages approximately 2 – 4.5/5 yrs old

Mixed Age classes open to all ages birth to age 5

Special thanks to the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) for hosting ChIMES classes at the Marston House.

All enrolled families will also have access to the online ChIMES Video Library, songbook, supplemental materials, and curated playlists, which are a great way to continue the music at home in between classes!

Add-on options:
+$12 ChIMES Instrument kit (several instruments that are used frequently during class)
+$20 for two ChIMES Instrument kits


*Please note: Classes will adhere to all state and county-mandated COVID-19 protocols. Masks and distancing requirements subject to change per State and County decisions. Classes will be limited to 14 children plus parent/caregiver(s). Families can either purchase a ChIMES instrument kit, or bring their own instruments to use during class. A full list of health and safety policies and procedures will be sent to families prior to the start of the session.
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