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 $40, you get four children's classes at The Little Gym (up to a $95 value). Choose from the following locations: San Jose, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, and the brand new Stevens Creek location, with a grand opening on 11/14/11. Please consult each location's website for schedule information.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters can glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed programs. Tots age 4 months–12 years enjoy a four-class foray into "three-dimensional learning" ($95 at the San Jose, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, and Stevens Creek locations; $82 at the Morgan Hill location), with a focus on physical strength and motor-skill development, knowledge and awareness, independence and socialization, and parent-child yodeling for mountaintop communication. A complimentary intro class helps children settle into The Little Gym's teaching style and the four remaining classes must be used in consecutive weeks thereafter. If students continue classes, they will receive 50% off their first year's membership.
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.