In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym program 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 4 months to 12 years old 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 earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: The Little Gym is the leading learning and child physical development center for kids ages 4 months?12 yrs.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Non-competitive gymnastics classes.
Recommended Age Group: Kids
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein kiddies ages 3–12 can exercise their brains as well as their bodies. The summer-camp sessions let youngsters rev their indefatigable energy motors with myriad physical activities and hoot-a-minute games. Arts-and-crafts classes emphasize various hands-on activities that facilitate bonding, boost the ability to listen, and calibrate motor skills to achieve more accurate high-fives. Each week features an interactive learning theme, with unique lesson plans highlighted daily. The summer-camp schedule lets parents sign up for multiple days in a row or even one session at a time, mimicking the flexibility of a double-jointed Gumby.
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