,My plan for the winter was to enroll Colin in a Gym class to help with the 'cabin fever', but the only ones I knew of were smack dab in the middle of nap time. While we were at the Kids Fun House I overheard one of the other moms say something about MyGym so I looked it up and found one not too far from us, with a class early enough in the morning that I could get Colin home by nap time. As an added bonus they have parking (although it isn't free parking but it is in a garage so there is no driving around to find a spot). Thanks to a late February snowstorm our free trail class was canceled so we didn't start until March, when a special promotion waived the lifetime membership fee (saving me $75!) We are nearly done with our 8 week session so I thought I would post some thoughts and pictures before it was over. I took pictures on two different days trying to get good pictures. He moves so much while we are there that it is difficult to get good pictures.
Colin really enjoys the ball pit. I'm a little creeped out by the germ potential of this thing (because how often can they realistically clean all those balls?!) but I try to remember that challenging his immune system is a good thing. We have been a bit sicker since starting MyGym, but this time of year is always sickly for me. The season change gets me every time.
Flashing a smile while he bounces a ball off my head. In this picture you can see the rock climbing wall in the background. Colin is way too young for this but it shows the potential for the gym to become more challenging for older children.
Colin could not jump. Now he is a pro, thanks to all the jumping toys he has played with at MyGym. This is the smaller of two trampolines. Some days it has a mirror and some days it doesn't but I think watching himself jump with the assistance of the bar really helped him understand the concept.
Here is the larger of the trampolines. Colin's favorite thing to do is "jump jump jump boom" where he throws his feet out and bounces on his butt. I caught him doing this on my bed this morning. Be careful what you wish for I guess!
This is the view of the entire room. It isn't a huge place, (this is NYC afterall) but I don't think it needs to be. They use the space very well.
Colin paused to flash me a 'cheese' face. On this day we were doing a make-up because our recent trip caused us to miss our normal class. However the make-up class allowed Sean to go with us (he took an extra day off since we got in so late at night). Colin thought it was so much fun to have Daddy there with us. He kept dragging him around to show him everything. It was very sweet. It also allowed me to take more pictures since I didn't have to monitor and photograph at the same time.
- circle time during which (among other things) we learn a 'practice skill' which is something that can be done at home
- an adventure (a novel set up for the kids to explore together e.g. car wash was hanging tube mats and pom poms that they drove toy vehicles through while a teacher filled the place with bubbles),
- 'a big deal' activity- Something each child gets one turn at and is a very desirable activity, once it was riding a swing down the zip line, another time it was riding a pool raft into the ball bit.
- a gymnastic type activity- shown here, there are two different activities going on at the same time, one with each teacher.
Colin demonstrates his ramp technique. He loves to walk up and then slide back down on his belly.
Overall, our experience with MyGym has been very positive! Colin absolutely loves it and asks about it all the time. It isn't cheep but I think we've gotten a lot out of it. Colin really needs extra exposure to different situations because of his slow-to-warm temperament and this really was great for him. About every other week they have "separation time" where parents/caregivers go into the lobby area (still in view of the kids) while the kids all play together with a bunch of toys. Other than one time when I didn't prep him properly before I walked away and then ended up out of his eyesight for a minute, he has done VERY well with separation time. He isn't ready for one of their 'drop off' periods yet but I'm very encouraged by his progress.