THE LITTLE GYM
For over 30 years, The Little Gym has set the standard for progressive motor-skill development, by providing children with a foundation of confidence through non-competitive, gymnastics-based programs.
Our Parent/Child, Pre-K and Grade School classes are all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, which encourages children to develop at their own pace.
Gymnastics Class for 3 Year OldMy son went to The Little Gym on Atlantic Ave for the spring and loved it! They broke up the class into smaller groups and rotated between the equipment each day, and then had a little “routine” to show parents at the end of the semester. I felt like he got stronger during the semester (and his climbing skills at the park improved too) plus he just had a lot of fun. You can ask to do a trial class for $40 if you’re not sure you want to sign up for the whole semester.
Advice on tumble class for 18 mo olds?Our 19mo just started the "super beasts" class at the little gym in brooklyn heights. it's pricey and you have to commit to the full 6mo session (or a prorated rate, based on when you start in the session Jan-Jun or Jul-Dec) but the teachers are great and she loves it. it was also one of the few places offering classes for her age on weekends: http://www.tlgbrooklynheightsny.com/
In-person baby classes this fall?I also used The Lilttle Gym a few times which has nice baby classes. Not sure of locations near the slope, we went to the location on Atlantic Ave.
Class recs?We’ve just joined the little gym on Atlantic Avenue and were in the Birds class on Thursdays. There’s tons of room for them to roam and play with you or a caregiver and they have bubbles at the end of class! (September 2019)
Park Slope or Prospect Heights, birthday venues for 3 year oldsThe Little Gym on atlantic near Court St might work for you
Gymnastics class for 7 yr oldThe Little Gym of Brooklyn Heights (on Atlantic between Court and Smith) is pricy but really good.
Gymnastics class for 7 yr oldLittle Gym - This is on Atlantic Avenue so it takes about 30 minutes to get there by subway. The class is more expensive than the Y or the Brooklyn Gymnastics Center but a bit cheaper than Powerplay or NYC Elite. My daughter really likes this class because they are always kept busy. They only had one weekend offering for grade school kids, smack in the middle of the day Saturday which was hard but they have an extremely flexible makeup policy. They have now opened a Sunday class. Their acilities were surprisingly good. My only issue with it is that, like many recreational gymnastics classes, they don't really push the kids to try harder or get better.
Re: Gymnastics for 5yr oldMy daughter, who was 5 when she started, went to the Little Gym in Cobble Hill.
(no subject)we did my daughter's 1st birthday party at the little gym on atlantic avenue...we had kids ranging from 10 months to 6 years and they all had a BLAST. the staff there is awesome, they do the work for you..i highly recommend.
(no subject)My son is in the combined Beasts/Super Beasts class. He loves it. I urge you to do the free trial class and check it out for yourself. In brief, they have a music-circle time thing where they jump around to music (kind of a warm-up); then they go to the different pieces of gymnastics equipment/obstacle activities, etc.; then they put on the bubble machine and have the kids run around and pop the bubbles. It's cute, progresses nicely as the weeks go on in the class--they move from a low balance beam to a higher one, etc. They go from tumbling on a flat mat to tumbling on an inclined mat, etc. Let me know if you want to know more, but since you can take the free trial class, you'll be able to see it in action. It's a little pricey, but the sessions are many weeks long and there are open gym times, too. August 2012
(no subject)My 2.5 year old is in the "Super Beasts" class there this summer and I've really enjoyed it. He's taken other "tumbling" classes around Park Slope which have been okay, but it seems like Little Gym has much more "real gymnastics" skills. For example, this week they learned how to do somersaults on the balance beam...pretty good for a room of 2 year olds! Obviously the kids have varying degrees of skill and it's all about what they're comfortable with. Overall I've been very happy with the class. Not sure how different the beasts class is but I imagine it's very similar. As a caregiver I was fairly involved....only 1 teacher for about 10 kids so caregivers need to help make sure the kids are behaving safely. You should go to a trial class if you can... August 2012
2012 Birthday Party SurveyAddress: Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn LIKES: The space - the gym allowed the kids to run around and burn off a lot of energy. What you'd change: The staff was not helpful. We found their planning to be pretty poor and they didn't provide as much assistance as I expected. While they did the kids' "circle time" and supervised gym play, they did nothing outside of that. They didn't help serve any of the food for the kids, but did insist on cutting the extremely large cake I had into tiny pieces (so that I was forced to bring home more than 3/4 of the cake). We felt extremely rushed. I called them 3 weeks before the party to request an extra half hour's time at the end of the party. They told me that while they had no party booked after us, they had to hold the slot open until one week before our party and they couldn't extend our party at that time. So I called back one week before the party to again request an extra half hour's time. They told me that they had a party booked after us. How could they book a party 3 weeks in advance of a date? How do parents send out invitations and invite kids to a party that's 3 weeks later? I found their excuse to be lacking. On the day of our party, after we were completely rushed out, it took us about 20 minutes to load gifts, balloons and left over food into our car. I noticed at that point that they were closing the gym. When I asked the manager why they were closing if they had another party after us, she told me there was no party booked after us. I was furious. We were rushed through our party without having an opportunity to extend it for a half hour because they lied and said they had a party after us. After having spent approximately $600 on this party, I was really upset and felt taken advantage of. Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Do NOT Recommend
2012 Birthday Party SurveyLIKES: The staff was super supportive and engaged, and the activity was fun for the wide range of kids we had (2-9). They also took care of details like collecting gifts, serving food, and handing out goodie bags. What you'd change: Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Highly Recommend
2012 Birthday Party SurveyLIKES: Great staff, very helpful, so turnkey What you'd change: Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Highly Recommend
2012 Birthday Party SurveyName of Party: Space Theme Address: Atlantic Avenue LIKES: Helpfulness of staff Cleanliness and physical appeal of space What you'd change: Cheaper! Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Recommend
(no subject)My very active 3y/o has been at the little gym in Brooklyn heights since he was 19 months old and loves it. So great to have in the winter months. (July 2011)
Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010Age of Child 3 Reason for Choice: ease of planning Likes: He was having so much fun at the gym playing with his friends that he got very upset when they closed the gym so the kids could eat and sing happy birthday. He wanted to keep playing. Otherwise he had a ball and the other kids had a great time! Changes: It's a bit short. They give you 1 hour playtime and 30 minutes in the party room to eat and sing happy birthday. I would extend the gym time about 15 minutes and the party space eating time 10 to 15 minutes. People tend to show up a little late so the party gets going late and then before you know it. It's all over. I felt a little commoditized. Not included in the Party Package: food for kids, party bags, cake, Cost Per Child: $36-$40 DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) Recommend Other Info: All the kids had a really great time and the party was super low maintenance for the parents. Not only do they do all the set up and clean up, they also entertain all the kids so the parents don't have to do too much chasing. It's also perfect for kids
Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010Age of Child 3 Reason for Choice: Ease of planning, conveniently located Likes: My son and friends had a great time except that my son took some time to warm up to the coaches and the place. I liked the space and the convenient location. The coaches and staff were very friendly and experienced. Changes: I would have liked some more decorations in the private room. Or, they should have informed me that I could have brought decorations. The room was very plain with just a table cloth on the table. It would have been nice for them to at least tie some balloons on each chair for the child. Not included in the Party Package: food for kids, party bags, cake, Cost Per Child: $16-$20 DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) Recommend
review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010Age of Child 4 Reason for Choice: recommendation from friend, ease of planning Likes: loved it. Changes: have to make own goody bags... had to order pizza when we got there... Not included in the Party Package: Food for kids, party bags, cake, Cost Per Child: $21-$25 DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2010Age of Child 3 Reason for Choice: of special interest to my child Likes: Everything went smoothly. All the kids had fun (even a couple of crawling babies and older cousins). The staff helped with everything during the party and we could bring in the food we wanted to. Changes: Nothing. Our daughter had just become a big sister so we wanted something that was super fun and all about her for the day that we didn't have to worry about planning. Not included in the Party Package: food for kids, party bags, cake, Cost Per Child: $16-$20 DO you recommend? (Choices: Highly/Recommend/DoNot) Highly recommend