My Gym Children’s Fitness Center- “Friendly and welcoming!”
I recently had the pleasure of taking my daughter, Harper, to her first organized toddler activity class at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Exton. I’ve been looking forward to doing this since Harper was born because I used to take the little boy I cared for and we had a total blast. This particular company was new to me but it didn’t disappoint!
From the moment we walked in, the staff was very friendly and welcoming (to everyone, not just us), so much so that my sometimes stranger shy child starting playing peek a boo with them right away. They knew the names of the kids who are regulars and quickly committed the new kids’ names to memory, at least for the duration of the class. There is one main teacher who leads the class and then a couple of assistant teachers who help set up and make sure the kids are being safe and facilitating other activities when the class splits up. I really liked this because sometimes when there is only one teacher leading the class, the kids don’t get quite as much attention and, for as much as these class’ cost, I think personal attention is important.
The class started with circle time, introductions, a hello song, a song about different body parts, and then instruction on how to do a little back flip with our child, which I thought was different and fun! Then we split up and they brought our different types of equipment for the kids to practice balancing and climbing on- swings, a zipline, hoops. Of course, my child was glued to the slide pretty much the entire time, but I could see the other kids had a blast, especially on the zipline!
The facility itself is nothing too fancy but has a plethora of different climbing equipment for the kids to crawl over, climb, jump on, and balance on. Even if they hadn’t brought out the extra equipment, there would have been plenty for the kids to do with the things that are permanently in the room. Everything was very clean and well taken care of.
What I really liked about this particular type of class is that, even at such a young age, they really work on motor skills like picking up large objects, balancing, jumping, etc… it’s not just a free-for-all play gym. They offer 9 different classes for ages 6 weeks through 8 years old, including a siblings class, a ninja class (so cool!), and a preschool prep class. They also offer birthday parties, as well as camps and Parents’ Night Out events! So, in short, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a toddler who loves to climb and be physical (so pretty much all of the kids, ever) or if you just need to get out of the house and tire them out (Harper was out like a light within minutes of being in the car) or if you have an older child that is interested in gymnastics and fitness! This is definitely the place for them!
I am a theatre teacher, director, choreographer, performer, yoga teacher, wifey to Jer, and Mama to Harper.