Left to their own devices, children will chew through dry wall, eat a four-course meal of crayons, and construct complex chromosome models using Legos. Keep kids healthily occupied and engaged with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get three days of kids’ summer camp at The Little Gym (a $105 value), valid at the Fort Worth (Southwest), Arlington/Mansfield, and Burleson locations. Camps run throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from June to mid-August; parents must sign up their children for summer camp by July 11.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and noncompetitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence from professionally developed, themed programs while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. A bevy of gymnastic and sports-skills activities will keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, while also boosting listening skills, attention spans, confidence, and a natural immunity to bogeymen. Camp programs vary by location; view schedules for Forth Worth, Arlington, and Burleson.
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.