Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting?it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children?s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
STEP Preschool's teachers don't just shape kids cognitively?they also develop them physically. That's because the state-licensed preschool employs multitalented staffers who lead clinics in soccer, gymnastics, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor fields and other sports to help refine the motor skills and kinesthetic learning of children aged 2?5. Physical education boasts as integral a role in the curriculum as reading and writing, math, technology, and other academic areas that prepare kids for kindergarten.
Baby Chic NY gives local and visiting parents access to quality rental gear, such as Bugaboo and Bob Revolution strollers, car seats, and scooters, offer parents short-term modes of transportation while their regular strollers are in the shop for a transmission overhaul. The store also offers a concierge service, which provides necessities such as diapers, wipes, and bottles.
At Thinkertots, playing and learning intertwine effortlessly during interactive sessions for youngsters from infancy through kindergarten. The educational emporium unfurls a slate of classes?each holding no more than 12 children?full of games, art projects, songs, and movements to instill the principles of reasoning, social interaction, and the math skills. Distraction-free classrooms help bulk up kids' attention spans, and warm, patient instructors help even the shyest learn the kind of language skills important to communication and problem solving. Parents attend class alongside the youngest learners, but even once kids have graduated to drop-off programs, they'll get take-home learning pages to help continue the lesson at home.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for young ones ranging from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule), and you will receive a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 purchase.