Scientists agree that children are our future, which is why most children are sealed in time capsules with a flashlight and a stack of magazines. Give a child something he or she will really dig with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four weeks of children's classes at Olympic Start Elite Gymnastics Academy (a $50 value).
Olympic Start's staff of experienced gymnastics instructors and childcare providers coach young tumblers in basic Olympic-standard gymnastics during the course of four one-hour courses. Using the USA Gymnastics team's curriculum, coaches train boys and girls in second grade or above in the arts of floor acrobatics, trampoline, bars, beams, and vaults in classes categorized by the student's experience level and understanding of Newton's laws of physics. Girls embark on entry-level exercises in gymnastics skills, theory, and basic body shapes in Bronze class, before building upon those same skills with strength and flexibility training in Silver class. In Titanium sessions, beginner-level boys dart through seven events such as pommel horse, parallel bars, and rings without the heckling they receive at home from Olympic-trained stuffed animals. Young athletes flip and frolic on colorful, child-size equipment above safe, padded floors in a modern gym, with class sizes capped at eight students to allow for thorough instruction.