Left to their own devices, children will chew through dry wall, eat a four-course meal of crayons, and construct complex chromosome models with Legos. Keep kids healthily occupied and engaged with today’s Groupon: for $54, you get four weekly children's classes, including the membership fee, at The Little Gym (up to a $119 value). Choose between the following locations: Charleston-Mount Pleasant or Summerville.
For more than 30 years, The Little Gym has created a safe, nurturing, and noncompetitive alternative for kids who reject the unrelenting pressure and tabloid scrutiny of the tee-ball circuit. A family membership gives tots, grade-schoolers, and tweens access to gymnastics, karate, sports, dance, and cheerleading classes professionally designed to help them keep fit, build confidence, and develop social skills. Fun themes, original music, and age-appropriate activities build flexibility, balance, and coordination while improving cooperation and listening skills, increasing attention spans, and teaching practical self-defense against boogeymen.
Professional, trained instructors lead each child toward individual triumph with a philosophy that inspires success one hop, skip, jump, and blindfolded back flip at a time. Teacher-to-student ratios are low, providing the most personal support possible. The Little Gym engages children's imaginations and fun glands within a bright, colorful, cheery, and clean facility, ideal for cultivating the talents and rainbow-lassoing abilities of growing stars. Class times vary for the Charleston-Mount Pleasant and Summerville locations and are scheduled throughout the day.
The Little Gym
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym 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 aged 4 months to 12 years 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 to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.