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 $40, you get a yearlong membership and one month of classes at The Little Gym (a $158 value). Choose from the following locations: Fairfield, Stamford, Darien, Westport or Ridgefield.
An international franchise with more than 300 locations worldwide, The Little Gym employs a three-pronged method of physical activity, brain-feeding, and good citizenship to engage children age 4 months–12 years. The schedule brims with classes such as the high-flying grade-school gymnastics for kids 6–12 and parent-and-me sessions for toddlers, infants, and reverse-aging nonagenarians. Karate classes impart confidence and coordination, as do the dance classes that introduce little leapers to ballet and tap moves along with complementary gymnastics maneuvers. Progressively structured, the classes are conducted at a comfortable pace to develop the physical fitness and cognitive skills needed to succeed on sports teams, in the classroom, and beyond.
The Little Gym
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.