Children occupied by constructive afterschool activities are less likely to buy BB guns or hang out with dogs that buy children BB guns. Keep tots gainfully at play with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a gymnastics package at Southlake Gymnastics Academy (a $104 value), which includes:
- A one-month class (an $80 value)
- A basic annual membership (a $24 value)
Southlake Gymnastics Academy fine-tunes the coordination, determination, and confidence of young students through 55-minute classes dedicated to honing Olympic-style skills. Enthusiastic instructors provide all necessary equipment and work with students of all ages, including those as young as two years old during Lil' Stars sessions, which safely introduce bars, rings, balance beams, and skyscraper scaling in order to instill comfort with basic gymnastics methods. Boys and girls develop fine and gross motor skills in classes that integrate vaults, uneven bars, balance beams, and floor exercises into week-to-week activities. During tumbling and trampoline classes, teachers unveil techniques including cartwheels, round-offs, and handsprings, and rhythmic gymnastics classes hone self-esteem, flexibility, and body awareness as students perform ribbon and hoop movements set to music or Shakespearean monologues.
Southlake Gymnastics Academy
At a time when most kids were learning to spell with the letters in their alphabet soup, Mark and Missy Seyler were learning gymnastics. What began as a fun extracurricular activity turned into a successful college career for both Mark and Missy at the University of Oklahoma, which led the siblings into the teaching profession. Their academy resembles an Olympic training facility with wall-to-wall mats and rows of gymnastics training equipment, such as balance beams and uneven bars. The center's in-ground trampolines, play mountains, and foam pits also help youngsters discover the fun in physical fitness. Mark and Missy lead an extensive gymnastics curriculum in classes for boys and girls, and students can attend the academy as soon as they enter preschool or learn to recite the alphabet backward. In addition to their standard classes, Mark and Missy lead regular events such as camps, Friday Nights Out, and birthday parties. As their skills progress, students can pit themselves against their peers in Southlake’s competitive programs.