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 $60, you get annual registration and one month of classes at Southlake Gymnastics Academy in Southlake (a $128 value).
The experienced, friendly, and uncommonly lithe staff at Southlake Gymnastics Academy help local girls and boys become dexterous flippers in the state-of-the-art studio. During classes, junior gymnasts develop fine and gross motor skills as they put inner springs to work on the floor exercises, trampoline, and vault. A gamut of gender-specific events let girls glide along the balance beam and uneven bars, and boy imps hang monkey-style from still rings, parallel bars, and the high bar before saddling up to the pommel horse.
Classes are divided by experience level, allowing fledging gymnasts to master core skills before moving on to more complex maneuvers. Check the schedule for current class times. Makeup classes are available for students who miss lessons.
Southlake Gymnastics Academy
At a time when most kids were learning to spell with the letters in their alphabet soup, Mark and Missy Seyler were learning gymnastics. What began as a fun extracurricular activity turned into a successful college career for both Mark and Missy at the University of Oklahoma, which led the couple into the teaching profession. Their academy resembles an Olympic training facility with wall-to-wall mats and rows of gymnastics training equipment, such as balance beams and uneven bars. The center's in-ground trampolines, play mountains, and foam pits also help youngsters discover the fun in physical fitness. Mark and Missy lead an extensive gymnastics curriculum in classes for boys and girls, and students can attend the academy as soon as they enter preschool or learn to recite the alphabet backward. In addition to their standard classes, Mark and Missy lead regular events such as camps, Friday Nights Out, and birthday parties. As their skills progress, students can pit themselves against their peers in Southlake’s competitive programs.