It’s Zumba for the little ones — try Zumbini and get some exercise!

Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba designed for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. CONTRIBUTED

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Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba designed for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. CONTRIBUTED

Swing and sway, bang the drums and bop to upbeat original music with an adorable workout buddy by your side or in your arms – it’s Zumbini.

Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. The idea is to make early childhood education fun and engaging while creating a bonding experience for caregivers and children alike.

“The beauty of it is, while the kids are playing, they are developing their emotional, behavioral, cognitive and motor skills,” said Caiti Basler, a Zumbini master trainer. “And everyone has so much fun.”

While the learning might not be obvious at first glance, the fun definitely is as the kids giggle and twirl around with colorful scarves in hand.

Sound like fun? Local parents can give it a try as the Dayton Metro Library is hosting a series of free events to introduce families to the fun of Zumbini.

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Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba designed for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. CONTRIBUTED

Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba designed for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. CONTRIBUTED

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Zumbini is a program created by dance fitness industry mainstay Zumba designed for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. CONTRIBUTED

IN THE STUDIO

Classes start with dancing, singing and playing with instruments. While the beginning is high energy, parents will be happy to know that each 45-minute class wraps up with a soothing lullaby and Goodbye Song.

“We definitely wear them out,” Basler said. “That’s good for the parents,” she added with a smile.

Zumbini is typically offered in sessions lasting between 6-12 weeks, but varies by location.

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“Young kids need consistency and repetition,” Basler said. “When the kids get comfortable, they really get into it. I’ve seen the change from week 1 to week 8 and it’s really amazing.”

The little ones aren’t the only ones who are all smiles. Parents, grandparents and babysitters, alike, enjoy the engaging classes. While it’s not touted as an exercise class, caregivers definitely burn some calories, especially those who are dancing around with a child in their arms.

“Of course we want the kids to have a good time, but we definitely make sure we are reading both audiences,” Basler said. “If the caregivers don’t enjoy themselves, they’re not going to come back.”

ON THE AIR

Can’t make it to a class in person? No problem. Zumba teamed up with BabyFirst, a network dedicated to babies, toddlers and their parents, to broadcast an interactive TV show. “Zumbini Time” is a shorter, at-home version of a live class that airs on BabyFirst TV nationwide.

The televised classes use the same original music as well as a curriculum specially designed to keep kids energized and engaged. Families can get in on the fun from the comfort of their living room.

“The whole point of the show is to have engaging play at home,” Basler said.

For more information about Zumbini, visit www.zumbini.com or to learn more about the "Zumbini Time" televised program, visit www.babyfirsttv.com/.

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TRY ZUMBINI

What: Caregivers and their young children can participate in an interactive music and movement program. Caregiver participation is required.

Where: Dayton Metro Library branches

Registration: Required, visit www.daytonmetrolibrary.org for information and registration

Schedule/library branch:

Jan. 23 – Wilmington-Stroop, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Jan. 25 – Vandalia, 11 a.m.

Feb. 6 – Trotwood, 10 a.m.

Feb. 7 – West Carrollton, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 11 – Southeast, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 – Northwest, 11 a.m.

Feb. 27 – Brookville, 6:30 p.m.

March 12 – Main branch, 10 a.m.

April 7 – Burkhardt, 9:45 a.m.

April 20 – Miamisburg, 11 a.m.

April 20 – Northmont, 6:30 p.m.

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