As children grow up, they must learn that money doesn't grow on trees, dinner doesn't make itself, and real dogs are awful at basketball. Let kids be kids with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $59 for a kids' five-day summer fitness camp June 17–21 (a $125 value)
- $79 for a kids' five-day summer fitness camp July 15–19 (a $125 value)
- $69 for a kids' five-day summer fitness camp August 19–23 (a $125 value)
The June camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day; for the July or August camps, parents may choose between sessions from 9 a.m. to noon or 1–4 p.m. Throughout the camps, youngsters will engage in a mix of fitness and playtime designed to foster physical growth and creativity. Each day will follow a different theme, but kids can expect to participate in activities such as noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, and musical and fitness games. Snacks will be provided, and parents can choose to add lunchtime to the daily sessions.
The primary inspiration behind My Gym, a children's activity center with outposts in more than 30 countries, was to combat childhood obesity. This led to the development of a full curriculum of fitness and play classes for kids and invisible friend dinosaurs ages 6 weeks to 13 years. But the physical activity is just part of the process. As each child accomplishes the tasks set forth for their age group—which might include anything from sing-alongs to introductions to sports—kids experience cognitive and emotional benefits as well. The group environment helps students socialize while they learn to share and take turns, and the attention and support from instructors boost their confidence and sense of independence. For kids 2.5 years and older, progress is tracked through the Building Blocks program, a system that recognizes and awards children as they display their new skills at periodic acknowledgment ceremonies.
Jeremy and Janine Hanewinckel, a husband and wife team with varied but complementary backgrounds, own the Yorba Linda My Gym location. Jeremy—or Mr. Jeremy, as the kids call him—received a degree in child and adolescent studies at Cal State Fullerton, and Miss Janine is a certified teacher who, when not at My Gym, interacts with kids through her job at Disneyland. In addition to classes organized by age, their full schedule also includes year-round day camps and customized birthday parties.