Calories are like blank CDs—they're useful when they're burned and more energizing when they're consumed through the ear. Guide a child toward caloric dominance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four open-gym sessions at The Monkey Gym (a $40 value) in Henderson.
The Monkey Gym's founders—Kerry Cutler, a former YMCA gymnastics instructor, and Tony Cooper, a wrestling coach and teacher—opened their nonprofit, 6,500-square-foot rumpus room to provide healthy playing opportunities for children regardless of economic or ergonomic barriers. At twice-weekly open-gym sessions, kids can tumble, bounce, sprint, and gambol under the watchful eye of coaches trained in the arts of gymnastics, wrestling, and cheerleading. Junior gymnasts can imitate the facility's namesake simian by swinging from rings or by hurling themselves into the Monkey Pit, a playpen filled with hundreds of yellow foam cubes. Artistically inclined youngsters, meanwhile, can add to their oeuvre in the on-site studio, the walls of which are bedecked with student-made art and encrusted with Swarovski crystals that possess no magical powers.
The Monkey Gym maintains a charitable commitment to serving children from low-income families and those who have suffered traumatic events. Special programs are in place to serve this specific cause, including the half-off enrollment program. Reservations are required for all sessions, so be sure to call ahead or yell really loudly from a nearby, up-wind cliff.
The Green Valley Henderson View featured the Monkey Gym:
- Monkey Gym, 1999 Whitney Mesa Drive, Suite 130, opened Jan. 15 to address the needs of children by providing healthy outlets and activities. – Michael Lyle, Green Valley Henderson View
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1999 Whitney Mesa Dr.
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