With young kids it can be hard to find the right activities that will keep them occupied, burn their energy and also instill confidence – all while HAVING FUN!

The Little Gym does all of that and more. All three of my kids have spent countless hours at The Little Gym – on the infamous ‘big red mat’. 

I started taking my kids when they were two years old and it’s something they looked forward to every week. When we first enrolled, I was a little nervous that my two year old twins wouldn’t engage – but I was wrong! And the beauty in it all is that the teachers at The Little Gym encourage exploring, so it’s okay if kids veer away from the rest of the class for a bit. After all, that’s a good way to build independence! The set up of the room is completely safe (and the room is closed off so the kids don’t escape even when they are veering off!).

For kids who are 3 and older, the parents can watch from behind the glass (or grab a cup of coffee next door!). Kids under three have the parents participate in the classes with them. The teachers are friendly, knowledgable and attentive. They know every child’s name and greet them warmly!

You are also welcome to try a class for free to see what you think – call 608-291-5978 to get signed up. 

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Physical Development

At The Little Gym, children engage in a variety of physical activities that help build strength, coordination, and flexibility. The classes are tailored to different age groups and developmental stages. This structured physical activity not only promotes fitness but also helps children develop a love for exercise that can last a lifetime.

Cognitive Benefits

The Little Gym incorporates educational elements into its programs, fostering cognitive development alongside physical growth. The activities are designed to challenge children’s problem-solving skills and enhance their ability to follow instructions. By engaging in these structured yet fun activities, kids improve their concentration, memory, and critical thinking skills.

Social Skills

One of the standout features of The Little Gym is its focus on social development. Children participate in group activities that require teamwork, communication, and cooperation. These interactions help kids develop important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and empathizing with others. The positive and supportive environment encourages kids to form friendships and build confidence in social settings.

Emotional Growth

The Little Gym provides a nurturing atmosphere where children can explore and express their emotions. The instructors are trained to create a positive and encouraging environment, helping kids build self-esteem and resilience. The structured activities and the sense of achievement that comes from mastering new skills contribute to a child’s emotional well-being.

Creativity and Imagination

Programs at The Little Gym often include elements of creativity and imagination. The gymnastics classes incorporate playful themes and imaginative scenarios. This integration of creative play stimulates a child’s imagination and fosters a love for creative expression.

Parental Involvement

The Little Gym also emphasizes the importance of parental involvement. Many classes encourage parents to participate, especially in sessions for younger children. This involvement not only strengthens the parent-child bond but also allows parents to witness and support their child’s development firsthand.

A Safe and Structured Environment

Safety is a top priority at The Little Gym. The facilities are designed to be child-friendly, with equipment that is age-appropriate and regularly maintained. The structured class format provides a predictable routine, which is beneficial for children as they learn to navigate and understand the world around them.

A chance to meet other parents

When I first moved here, I didn’t have any ‘mom’ friends — or any friends for that matter! But The Little Gym is an awesome place to meet other moms – all of whom have kids the same age as yours! 

It’s FUN!!!

Need I say more?!?! The kids LOVE it! 

Every The Little Gym location is privately owned and operated – our review is based off our own experience at the Middleton location. They are now enrolling for summer sessions – here is the information you need to get enrolled!

1920 Cayuga St. – Middleton, WI
(608) 291-5978

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