ChIMES, Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles! (formerly Baby and Me Music, BAMM) 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.  

Did you know?

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.

Studies show that children who are exposed to music have better mental and physical health, literacy skills, numeracy skills, success in school, and improved relationships. 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, percussion, and more.


ChIMES (formally called BAMM): open to all families with children 0-4 years old. Singing, movement, dancing, and a variety of percussion instruments to engage, stimulate, model, and replicate.

ChIMES Second Movement: open to all families with children 2-4 years old and who have participated in at least 1 ChIMES (or BAMM) class. A continuation of the singing, movement, dancing, and percussion instruments from before, but taken to a deeper level.

October/November Classes

Session Length: 7 weeks plus FREE Holiday class!
Location: Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Building room 204
Dates & Times Offered: Fridays October 5 – November 16 (plus Holiday class on November 30)

  • ChIMES: 9:45am (recommended for ages up to 24 months)
  • ChIMES: 10:45am (recommended for ages 2-4 years)

Cost:  $105 per child/caregiver pair. $165 for 2 children/family. No additional cost for extra adult family members. $75 SDYS Families (Opus & Conservatory) and Balboa Park Employees

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