Monday, September 28, 2009

Evie Discovers Parent/Child Classes

Evie has had a busy week at different parent/child classes, and can't wait to share her newest adventure with you!

First, she visited

The Little Gym has classes for ages 4 months through 12 years. Evie was really excited to find a place that allows kids to attend so early! After speaking with one of the instructors, Evie learned that the programs have been designed to build motor skills, but they also put an emphasis on fostering social skills. They offer parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance, as well as sports skill development.

The facility has a glass wall so parents of the older children can watch the classes. Since Evie was in a younger class, her mommy got to participate with her. She even learned how to do a somersault!

Parents can register their kids for a full semester, which would allow you to attend one class per week. The best part is that they offer one free visit on their website. If you visit The Little Gym Website you can sign up for your free introductory class online. They will email you a confirmation, and even have your paperwork ready when you arrive! The instructor said, "This must be Evie" as we walked in the door! What a welcome!!

Evie's next class was the same afternoon so she had to catch a quick nap in the car to make sure she would have enough energy! Unfortunately, her mommy woke her up by taking pictures!!

Evie's next investigation took place at

It's a division of the Gymboree clothing store.

Gymboree Play and Music has classes for 0 - 5 years old! The youngest class is a Play and Learn for 0-6 months which focuses on tummy time, flashlight play, songs and parent discussion time to learn about the child's development. As the children get older, there are different classes you can choose from: older Learn and Play, Music, and Sports.

During Evie's Play and Learn class, the teacher brought out a large parachute. Everyone sat on top while the teacher walked around blowing bubbles for the kids to catch. Later in the activity, the parents pulled the parachute over their heads to create a tent for the kids!

Gymboree's registration is also set up per semester which allows you to attend one class per week. And guess what?! They offer a free introductory class too! Just go to Gymboree Classes Website, and find the location closest to your house! You can register online for your free class, and they will email you a confirmation.

Even if you aren't ready to commit to an entire semester at The Little Gym or Gymboree, it's a great one day adventure for your kids! And it's free!!

Both The Little Gym and Gymboree can host birthday parties. Another great service they offer is a parent's night out. The Little Gym calls them "Parent Survival Nights" and Gymboree calls them "Pajama Parties". Here are some of the details for each:
  • The Little Gym - 3-8 years old (children must be potty trained); select Friday or Saturday nights
  • Gymboree - 18 months - 5 years old; 7pm-10pm once a month on a Saturday night; $25 for one child and $42.50 for siblings
*The day of the week and times of the Parent's Night Out classes change depending on your location so be sure to check the website!

Here's a video of another activity at Gymboree's Play and Learn class. The kids helped push the toy back and forth. It's such a simple activity, but they all loved it! The only negative was that the children enjoyed it so much that they didn't want to give other kids a turn.

And now for the winners from the Indoor Play Zone Giveaway!!

For the 2 pack of passes to Jungle Java in Round Rock, Texas...the winner is entry #3 = Amelia!

For the 5 pack of passes to Jump N Jungle in Pearland/Webster, Texas...the winner is Barrett and Hunter! (Evie had one entry for Jump N Jungle so she didn't need to generate a random number)

Congratulations Amelia, Barrett, and Hunter!! Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary Pat! This is Sarah, Jenny May's sister-in-law. I found your blogs through her blog and enjoy them so much at work (shh, don't tell)! Jenny mentioned tonight that you might be interested in having me take some pictures of Evie and I would love to do that. I'm hoping to eventually put together a website but in the meantime, you can see some of my stuff at Jenny can give you my number or email and we'll make a plan. I'm looking forward to it - Evie is so photogenic :-)