To ward off adults attempting to steal their candy, kids must muscle up by lifting weights or learn how to project when yelling "I've seen this man on a flier in the post office." Give tots the candy-defending tools they need with today's Groupon: for $36, you get one month of classes at The Little Gym of Mason or The Little Gym of Liberty Township (a $72 value).
Little Gym's varied classes, which have low teacher-to-student ratios, encourage 4-month-olds to 12-year-olds to kick, jump, and cheer their way to athletic adroitness under the supervision of expertly trained instructors. Gymnastics classes help preschoolers and grade-schoolers develop flexibility and somersaulting prowess while fostering friendships. Noncontact karate classes for kids ages 4 and older promote steely concentration, guaranteeing the upper hand in future confrontations with wood boards and double issues of Sports Illustrated, and cheerleading classes for ages 3 and older bestow students with boundless energy and the ability to spell words in rhythm.
Classes are conducted in clean, bright studios with vividly hued walls and an abundance of floor mats. Original music, composed by Little Gym tunesmiths, fills the space with ebullient melodies and motivates toes to tap with tuneful enthusiasm. Check the Mason or Liberty Township websites for the most up-to-date class schedules.
The Little Gym
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. Enter Kevin and Page Helmick. Kevin and Page's passion for working with children stirred the duo to open their own Little Gym locations in Liberty Township and Mason. Parents of two young boys, Kevin and Page captain a talented staff of childcare professionals and instructors that is as passionate about childhood development as they are. The programs and classes they teach aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session. The gym's classes, camps, and childcare programs have earned this location the Best Children's Play award from Cincinnati Family Magazine.