With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged 4 months to 3 years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers and kindergarteners to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes divided by ability, not age, and dance classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway.
In her more than 30 years as a USA Gymnastics member and instructor, Janine Bissonnette has earned a slew of certifications?including training in First Aid and CPR and membership to the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges. Since 1977, she's put these skills to the test as the owner of Baldy View Gymnastics. The studio builds self-confidence and physical ability in beginner- through advanced-level gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline classes suited to children as young as aged 2, as well as adults.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Spring floors, tumble track, foam pit
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Please come 15?20 minutes prior to your first class. Have your child come in form-fitting attire.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as seven months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The Chino Hills location offers one-hour programs for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, for six- to eight-year-olds to master sports and gymnastics skills. Tadpoles aged seven to 13 years learn to be fitness frogs in the Cardio Kids class, which works specific bits of brawn through a four-station circuit training course; instructors also stress the importance of nutrition and frown on the consumption of swamp insects.
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.