Gymboree Play and Music indoor kid gyms are the place to be this winter! Quinn, my 2 year old has been attending Gymboree in Carmel for a few months now, and I can’t believe that I didn’t sign up sooner with all of my other kiddos. South side families can enroll at the Gymboree in Greenwood for the same benefits.
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Gymboree Play and Learn Classes
Every week, Quinn and I drop big brother off at preschool and go spend one hour of quality time together at “Gymbo.” Gymbo is the lovable clown character pictured in Gymboree Play & Music promotional materials, but he also makes a weekly visit to dance and sing and hug the kiddos during closing song times. Quinn adores him and so all of our Thursdays are now called Gymbo days.
When we arrive, we take off our shoes and heavy coats and hang them up or put them in to a cubby and then she breaks loose out in to the children’s gym area. She climbs, slides, swings, crawls, runs, jumps (so.much.jumping) until everyone from our class gathers together for a story and quick lesson. Who am I kidding, she’s usually exploring the gym during this time too.
All of the little preschool aged kiddos in our class and their parents spend one hour exploring new ideas, learning how things work and practicing our social skills — all of this through playing and music. Currently, we are enrolled in the Logical Thinkers Group, created for children 30 months – 5 years old.
Our whole morning is made up of imaginary play themes that are coordinated with the story we read, the songs we sing and the pretend adventures we go on. I love when we walk in and see the way the gym is set up and organized for the day. I always try to figure out what the theme will be based on how the equipment is arranged (I’m never right). Our Thursday mornings quickly turn in to our own hands on Magic School Bus-like adventure and it’s such a rewarding way to spend time with my little one.
Winter weather keeps us inside our house a lot, but I’ve made every effort to keep our Thursday morning Quinn and mommy dates so we can find positive ways to direct our energy, learn something new and practice our sharing and communication with other children.
Gymboree Open Play Gym
Our gym offers open gym almost every day. This is a fantastic time to get out and play with other children, enjoy our favorite pieces of equipment and toys at Gymboree, explore this indoor play place and run and jump in ways we can’t at home. Plus, Open Gym at Gymboree and the use of the indoor playground like space is a free benefit included with our monthly Gymboree Play & Learn membership!