A 30-minute gymnastics class divided by age (ones, twos, threes) including stretching, movement, songs, and a circuit of skills stations (bar, beam, slide, handstand, cartwheel, rolls, trampoline).
15 for 4 classes (3.75/class)
Henderson Multigenerational Center (also available at other rec centers)
250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Parking is often more time-consuming at the Multigenerational Center. Plan extra time. The parking on the north side of the building is for the outdoor pool, so if you are going inside park on the south side of the building. You can access the entrance from the pool lot, but it is farther and there are stairs. The parking spots in the middle section of the south lot and closer to the entrance are only 12-minute parking (look for the signs). If you can’t find a spot, park in the additional lot to the east.
We arrive and take off our shoes and explore the room a little. The room has several gymnastics apparatuses for small children like a low balance beam and a bar and some wedge-shaped pads and mats, etc. When class begins everyone sits on a colored dot and the instructor leads the group through some stretching and warmup exercises with some singing. After warmup the instructor explains what to do at each station and the kids make a few laps of the room going around the circuit. The stations are always the same, but the exercises sometimes change. For example, the balance beam is always there. The first week we walk forward, then sideways the next week, then backwards the next week. After everyone has gone around the room and tried everything several times, we meet back on the dots to sing a silly song and get stamps.
WHAT TO TAKE
Wear comfortable clothes for free movement (adults too). There are no specific requirements about socks or no socks.
I easily take my stroller into the Multigenerational Center. For this class I usually skip the baby carrier and let Baby (10 mos.) crawl around and play in the middle while I do gymnastics with Kyler (2).
Kyler loves this class. We did the class for ones last summer and are doing twos this summer. The only hard part is getting him to get off the toys for the parts of the class that require sitting in a circle. Someday he will learn (I hope).
WHAT WE LIKED
I really credit starting these types of classes early (at one year old) for Scooter’s highly developed gross motor skills. He loves this stuff. I like that he can run and jump and climb and somersault and handstand in a safe environment (better than on my couch) and that there is also a little bit of structure involved.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
When he was one, there was TOO much circle time. I felt that it could have been shorter because I could not get him to sit still for as long as it took to sing all the songs. That first class we did at one was 80% warmup and songs and 20% free play gymnastics and that was hard. The twos class this summer has not been like that and we like it better.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
Absolutely. It’s one of our favorites, and also the cheapest rec class we have done to date. It’s a deal that can’t be beat.