Jul 192016
 
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As you know I am the mom of two very active little boys.  Well actually they are not so little anymore. They are going to be 9 & 12 next month and I honestly don’t know where the time went. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was changing diapers and doing midnight feedings, but alas my boys are definitely not babies anymore.

I want to take a second to emphasize something I said before, though.  I said that my boys were active, and on most days that would be an understatement. I strongly believe that a big part of why they are so active today is largely due in to the multiple mommy & me classes that I did with each of them at the Little Gym. I had originally heard about the Little Gym when my oldest son was about five months old and after doing a little research, I found out that they offered classes for children as young as 4 months old.

I called my local Little Gym (which at the time was in Raynham, MA) and set up a free introductory class.  The class was a combination of singing, open gym play, circle time and a basic gymnastic skill (which for the littles were things as simple as rolling over). My little guy had such a fun time in class, I signed him up for the whole 20 week “Bugs” class.

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Each week the classes were structured the same way.  We always started the class by sitting in a circle while the instructor sang a welcome song, always naming each child in the song. Then we would learn a new skill for the week (rolling, forward rolls, etc) and then it was time for free play. Each class ended back on the padded mat in a circle with a goodbye song. Miss Lisa was the teacher for all the classes that my boys took at the Little Gym (spanning about six years time) and I was always impressed that she knew every child’s name and always made it a point to compliment each child on their specific achievements during class as they left.

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Not only were the classes at the Little Gym a great way for the kids to burn off some energy indoors, I loved that I was free to let my kid (s) explore as they wanted the entire class. There was absolutely no pressure to have them sit and pay attention to the activities.  My little man didn’t like to sit still for the opening circle and liked to wander and that was not an issue at all.

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As a mom I really appreciated that the age ranges for the classes are small. It really allowed the teachers to be able to focus on the developmental abilities of the kids at that stage, rather than trying to teach to a wide range of abilities and ages all at once.

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What’s unique about the Little Gym is that they use their proprietary philosophy called Three-Dimensional Learning as the foundation for all their classes. They three key elements of their philosophy are:

Brain Boost!
Nurturing listening skills, concentration and decision-making that benefits your child well beyond the gym.

Citizen Kid
Promoting sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership through spending time with your kid’s friends and peers.

Get Moving
Developing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination through varied physical activities.

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They offer various classes for different age groups, but when my boys were small, I was specifically interested in the Parent/Child classes (4-36 months old). They are split into 3 groups by age:

Bugs (4-10 mo)
Birds (10-19 mo)
Beasts/Super Beasts (19 mo – 3 y)

I also wanted to mention that every time I went to class, the gym was always super clean and that they sanitize all materials used in class (balls, maracas, etc) after every class. Additionally, no shoes are allowed on the gym mat.  At all – not even by the babies in the Bugs classes.

This was my youngest son’s final class at the Little Gym.  The parents all wanted a photo of the class with the teacher, Miss Lisa.  I have a very special place in my heart for her – but as you can see, the photo didn’t work out so well.

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They also offer gymnastics, sports skills, dance, karate and music classes for the older kids. Plus, you can have your child’s birthday party there, too. My oldest son had his 5th birthday party there as a matter of fact. When the kids are older (above mommy & me class age), there is a large viewing window that you can see your kids from while they are in their class. That way you can watch them, but not be a distraction.

If you are looking for a safe, positive atmosphere for your child to learn, explore and be active, I highly recommend checking out a class at the Little Gym. The mommy & me classes were a great way for me to bond with my son (s). The Little Gym can be found in over 300 locations across the country, so find a location closest to you and give them a try today!  My two boys attended classes at the Little Gym for a total of about six years and I have nothing but happy memories of their time there.  We had wonderful experiences in all of the classes we did there.

Be sure to follow The Little Gym on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more information and updates.

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Before I leave you, I want to leave you with one more thing.  You may have noticed that there were only pictures of one of my kids here.  It’s my youngest son as his Super Beasts graduation. When my oldest was a member at the Little Gym, technology wasn’t what it is today & there was no such thing as Facebook, so all those photos are on CD’s (yes, CD’s) somewhere.

**This conversation was sponsored by my friends at the Little Gym, but all experiences and opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any ways.

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  99 Responses to “The Little Gym – A Gym For Kids”

  1. I take my grandchildren to a similar place here in the area and they love the “camp”! I like to have them burn energy and it’s too hot outside to hit the playgrounds.

  2. Fun! My boy had a party they went to at a gym similar to that in preschool. I miss those days!

  3. I have been to many friends kiddos bdays at the little gym. Its such a cute and fun place!

  4. My youngest still loves to do parties like this!! What a fun class, it can be hard to get kids out with kids their own ages to play with.

  5. This definitely sounds like a place I would have taken my children to if I’d had any. I don’t think they were around when my friends had little ones either. I have seen them aoind and often wondered about them. Now I will recommend them to any who are looking to find an indoor play/learning spot for their children.

  6. I took both of my kids to something very similar on a weekly basis. I think it’s fantastic for them to be active, do a little socializing and have fun! I also made friends with other moms. 🙂

    • The change of scenery is important for kids, but mommas too! It sounds like this is a great place for everyone to socialize & get some energy out.

  7. Ok, that is seriously cool. I want an adult one! Sometimes we all just want to swing from the bars!

  8. That’s awesome that they had such a great, active outlet for their energy! Looks like a fabulous place!

  9. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Little Gym from my friends with kids. They all love it!

  10. What a great place to bring your kids! I bet birthday parties here are amazing!

  11. I used to bring my 2 boys to the Little Gym when they were little. Always fun to be had for little kids!

  12. So fun to see your youngest when he was that little, so cute! What a great experience for you both.

  13. My daughter used to go to The Little Gym when she was 3! She absolutely loved it!

  14. That looks like such a fun place for kids to let loose and have some fun. I bet it was a great time!

  15. My son would love a class like this!! Looks like so much fun for the kids to take part in and have fun with other kids.

  16. Your little man looks like he had a blast! I can just imagine when you put him in the car! He must have gone straight to sleep!!

  17. My mother used to take me to a place like this when I was a toddler. It was where she met her best friend, and her son even became my best friend growing up!

  18. What a cutie! I love that stage of childhood. It looks like the Little Gym is perfect for little guys to have some fun and learn necessary skills.

  19. We used to love The Little Gym when mine were younger. We had many hours of fun and learning there 🙂

  20. Looks like it would be a great place to take my nieces and nephews!! So cute!

  21. We have one of these near us. I think activities like gymnastics is fun.

  22. I love the idea of a mommy and me classes and plan to take as many as I can when my little one arrives. They aren’t very common here in South Korea (at least not in English) so I might have a hard time finding one. Your boys looks like they are having so much fun!

  23. That is too cute! I love that the kids can be active and have fun but they’re keeping it super safe, too.

  24. I started my prince in classes when he was 3 and now at 5 he’s taking regular classes and it’s amazing what they can do!

  25. so cute! my daughter use to go in an indoor gym as well. its nice for kids to socialize she meet new friends every time we go and visit the gym

  26. I would’ve loved to take my son to this! When my son was the age for the little gym we did not have enough money to do it, but I always thought it looked really fun.

  27. I wish we had one of these close by!! OMG I think little man would just love it!!!

  28. My son is going to one gym for kids too. I think the name is “my gym” and he loves it.

  29. I love this idea! I’ll have to see if there’s something like this where I live, because my 4 year old would love this.

  30. The Little Gym has a location near us. My daughter has looked into classes there for her daughter.

  31. The Little Gym is awesome! I know a lot of my friends in MA have taken their kids there. Great programs.

  32. Those toddler pictures are so cute! This looks like a great way to keep the kids active, and out with friends!

  33. The Little Gym sounds like a great place. I wish they were around when my daughter was young.

  34. I so need something like this for my three year old. It is too hot to get outside, she isn’t a fan of the pool and has a ton of physical energy.

  35. Looks like a super fun way to have fun, explore and get some exercise!

  36. This brought back memories for me too. My kids were also at Little Gym and loved all the classes.

  37. This looks like a lot of fun. My son would have been up the wall though when he was smaller. My little ninja warrior.

  38. This sounds like such great fun! I’ll have to look into whether we have something similar locally for my daughter to attend. 🙂

  39. I loved the Little Gym. It is so awesome for Moms to get to know each other too. I loved the whole environment and so did my kids. 🙂

  40. Though I’ve never been, I’ve always heard great things about the Little Gym. With it being so hot these days it’s nice to have a place the kids can go and let loose.

  41. OMG, how cute is that? I remember having a gymnastics party for my daughter. The kids loved it. Who wouldn’t love to run and scream and fall down? 🙂

  42. We have tried out The Little Gym by us and it was a fun way to get out the house when the kids were small. Now that they are a bit older we have grown to official sports instead of general gym and movement classes.

  43. What a neat little place to take kids, glad you shared it. I Hope many others are able to experience this place for fun!

  44. Oh my God so adorable!! I’d love to go and just sit there watching those kids hahaha

  45. My sister has two kids and I know they frequent the Little Gym for bday parties. It looks like such a fun place to spend time with the kids.

  46. We did something similar for my daughter when she was little. It was a looong time ago, but I still remember it was so fun!

  47. My kids loved going to classes like this when they were younger! It is so much fun to watch them to interact with other kids their ages!

  48. This looks so fun! My husband just enrolled my 2 and 4 year-olds in gymnastics and they’re more than eager to go every week. This mini-gym experience looks like something they’d love. (Their current class is using full-sized equipment.)

  49. This place looks like it would be a lot of fun. My kids love going to indoor places like this, especially on rainy days.

  50. What a cute little gym for kids, adorable. Glad you shared this and were able to enjoy the location!

  51. Looks like your cute little man is enjoying the gym! Little gyms like this is a great way for kids to learn to socialize with other kids at their age. So fun!

  52. This is really cool. I love the idea of kids getting active and having fun at young ages.

  53. oh my god, we had something just like this in the UK. It was called tumble tots and the kids loved it.

  54. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this. I am looking to see if there is a Little Gym close to us because I would love to get my daughter involved in some play outside of the neighborhood. Love the Brain Boost, Citizen Kid, and GET MOVING! FUN!!

  55. I lived for play time like this when I was young. It really developed my skills of team work and sharing I used later in life for softball. I think this sounds like so much fun!

  56. Oh goodness look how tiny he was!!!! Time really flies us by so fast.. so happy you managed to capture most of them on film to reminisce at times like these 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  57. What a great idea! I love the idea of teaching kids fitness and the importance of staying fit from the get go! So many other lessons too

  58. Having a clean, sanitized place for kids is a must and although it’s expected, it’s always nice to hear when someone can attest to that with experience. Those three building blocks will surely help your kid learn and grow faster.

  59. This is the first time that I heard Gym for the kids. Glad you share this

  60. My son definitely excels at these gyms since he is very high energy and has a lot of excess energy that he needs to burn off!!

  61. It would be nice to take the kids here and just let them have fun. It’s an awesome experience and it’s going to keep them active. Perfect for developing social skills as well! Love the place!

  62. Oh my gosh! It is so cute to see your son so small! How adorable!

  63. Looks like your little guy is having so much fun. What a fun place, I know my little would love it too.

  64. Wow, I’m so glad that kids have a gym now. It’s perfect for their body

  65. I used to take my twins to Little Gym when they were little, it was the perfect place to let them run around and explore without me having to worry every 2 seconds about what they were getting in too.

  66. This is an amazing thing that your community offers! I wish mine offered something like this for all the mommies in the area!

  67. We love the Little Gym by where we live. The kids have been enjoying things there since they were toddlers and now at 5 & 7, there are still great things for them to enjoy there!

  68. How cool is this?! I love to be active with my kids and find it a very important aspect in their growth.

  69. That is something that this gym covers children as little as 4mths old.
    This looks like a healthy outlet for all children.

  70. This is a really great idea!! I wish that something like this was around when my kids were little.

  71. I wish that we had a little gym close to the house. It would be perfect for my youngest son. I like for him to be active. I need to enroll him in soccer now that he is old enough.

  72. We have one of these near us and I have always wanted to take my girls here. Now I’ll have to!

  73. What a great idea to get kids active early. Also it’s open to all sorts of movement – not specific like gymnastics for those who aren’t as flexible 😉

  74. That’s great that they have a gym for kids. My girls would love it there. It’s a great place for kids to get good exercise too!

  75. When my kids were little, they went to the Little Gym as well. They had the best time! Now I guess it’s Jump Jam for the older ones!

  76. Aw that is adorable! He looks like he’s having a lot of fun, and that’s so sweet. Very very adorable.

  77. Such a wonderful way to leave my kid when I’m at work. But it’s most fun when you are with them.

  78. Oh, he is so adorable and seems enjoyed his stay in this little gym. This is a perfect place for my son too!

  79. I love this! We had something similar when I was a nanny in Tucson. I wish there was one closer to us now. My littles would love it!

  80. Looks like such a fun time. I don’t think we have this place near us but my kids would love it.

  81. We used to have a Little Gym when my girls were little, but sadly, they went out of business here 🙁

  82. This is a nice gym for my son. He will surely love to play here and do some tricks!

  83. Oh good times. I remember when my mom took me and my sister to places like that. Its wonderful for the little ones.

  84. This is so much fun! I would love to bring my son to something like this, I saw the photos of my nephews and niece enjoying at a trampoline park.

  85. Oh, this is such a nice place. I remember when my son was little, he used to enjoy throwing himself in soft mats.

  86. That looks like it would be such a blast for the little ones! My youngest granddaughter is in a gymnastic tumblers class and would just love to play at a gym like that! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  87. I remember when my kids were younger and would have loved this. I’m sure a lot of t of mommies with younger kids would!

  88. Not only do these lil’ classes promote an active lifestyle and exploring new activities, but it also looks like kids have a chance to socialize at a young age. This looks like a lot of fun for the kiddies.

  89. We used to take our boys to a gym similar to Little Gym when they were little. They loved it – especially the swings.

  90. This is good to know because I am getting concerned over the little exercise many kids are getting these days

  91. I wish we had one of these close by. We went to a birthday party at something similar a while back and my kids had an absolute blast! 40 minute drive each way though – so not something I am going to do on a regular basis 🙂

  92. Look how tiny he was! He’s just about 1 year older than my son. I wish I can find a Little Gym (or something) similar for my daughter. She’s all over the place. This would be great for her.

  93. This looks like such an awesome place for little ones to learn and play. I love that they have classes for kids even as young as four months!

  94. We have a similar place in my town and I absolutely agree that it provides a great start for being active. My kids loved it so much they even ask if they can go back, even though they are now far too old to participate.

  95. This looks like such a great opportunity for little ones to bond with other children their age as well as the parents to get a lot out of the experience too! I have never heard of somewhere taking children as young as this.

  96. Awwwww I use to take my daughter to a similar kiddie gym here in WNY. She loved it.