We all know that kids love to play. As parents, we are always looking for new and creative ways to provide that outlet for our kids.
Here at Twin Cities Kids Club, we would like to suggest gymnastics as a way to expand your child’s horizons. There are many gyms that offer toddler gymnastics near you and all around the Twin Cities
The benefits of gymnastics for toddlers are great. Some of the best ones are social and physical development, confidence, and brain stimulation.
The perks are present for parents as well! While your child is learning and having fun, you can have some fun of your own. Make new friends who have children around the same age as your children.
Plus, the emotional rewards can be even more fulfilling. You will experience the joy of knowing your child is learning lasting lessons and having fun doing it.
We would recommend leaving your phone in your pocket and purse and be there with your child. Watch your child learn something now. You are investing in their future, one class at a time.
For more info on all the benefits of gymnastics for your toddler, check out this previous post from our blog.
Now that we are all on the same page regarding gymnastics for toddlers let’s look at some of the best places you can transform this idea into action.
Gleason’s Gymnastic School
2,3 and 4-year-old classes
Offers birthday parties, open guys, parent’s night out, day camps, and field trips
Founded in 1996, Gleason’s believes in using gymnastics to strengthen children’s minds and bodies. They create a warm, inviting atmosphere to allow the children a safe place to learn and explore.
They offer parent-participation, co-ed, and boy or girl-only classes to best suit the needs of your unique child.
They also offer discounted rates on field trips for preschool daycare groups.
Preschool Program- 18 months- 5 years
Offers birthday parties, kids camps, parent’s night out
Offers parent portal
The mission of Flips Gym is to instill the importance of fun in physical activity. Additionally, they try to cultivate positive and healthy habits and to teach kids to reach for attainable goals.
Safety is vital at Flips, and it shows.
Ninja Zone classes are offered as well.
Walking to 4-year-old classes
Offer a parent portal
TAGS was founded in 1977 with just 50 students. They currently have two locations, in Apple Valley and Eden Prairie.
By starting with the basics, students at TAGS Gymnastics will be sufficiently challenged, and you will see the progression week to week. They offer parent participation classes for three and under students; as well as a three and 4-year-old level without the parents.
The website is easy to traverse, and information is easy to find.
Twin City Twisters
Preschool program- 18 month-7 years
Offers movie night, preschool parties, a spring show, open gym, and group events
Offer a parent portal
This gym is unique. It offers ninja gymnastics. With the rise in popularity of shows like American Ninja Warrior, ninja gymnastics has become a trend. Your child will learn skills that the competitors on those shows use in the obstacle courses they must complete.
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Mini-Hopper Program- 6 months-5 years
Offers open gym, free trial class, field trips, birthday parties, camps, academic preschool
Offer a parent portal
We like this gym because they cater to special needs families as a part of their Adaptive Gymnastics Program.
They also offer Academic Preschool from 2-5 days a week. The program is interactive and incorporates play time with cognitive development to foster your child’s creativity and interest in learning.
Preschool Classes- 18 months-5 years
Offer free trial class, birthday parties, field trips, 10% discount for second child signed up
Offer parent portal
The toddler and preschool classes at midwest are non-competitive. These classes are designed to prepare the kids for not only gymnastics but all other physical activities and sports.
The classes are gender-specific and focus on all the traditional gymnastics events.
Classes are kept small, no more than a 6 to 1 ratio of students to teachers.
Kenwood Gymnastics Center
Preschool Program- 2-5 years
Offers parent’s night out, birthday parties, open gym
Each week at Kenwood is a different theme and obstacle course. The focus is on gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, body awareness, and the understanding of gymnastic concepts.
The preschool gym is separate from the main gym and is outfitted with equipment designed for smaller, toddler bodies.
The preschool gym also features a separate parent lobby.
Traditional gymnastics are fun, but there are other options out there. Let’s take a look at a few of them now:
Circus and Aerial Aerobics
Classes for 2,3,4 and 5-year-olds
Offers parent portal
Circus Juventas is an all-inclusive program. They believe that there is a spot for everyone, no matter their appearance or skill level. Everyone has a place in the circus.
Your kids will learn things like juggling, acrobatics, balance, aerial, and expression. If your child enjoys learning at Circus Juventas, he or she can continue with the course and become adept at any number of traditional circus acts.
Xelias Aerial Art School
Class for 3-5-year-olds
Have you ever thought about the aerial arts? Xelias might be the perfect place for you and your child.
As your child progresses through the course, he or she will move through several different apparatus, learning new and exciting skills along the way.
The Cellar Gym
Lil’ Ninja Program- 3-5-year-olds
Martial arts are a great workout. At The Cellar Gym, the classes will help your child learn to control both their emotions and bodies and focus on the task at hand.
For toddlers, The Cellar Gym offers practices in Muay Thai and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
Running Tiger Academy
Early Kenpo Kids Program- 3-4-year-olds
Offers free trial
The instructors at The Running Tiger Academy understand the development stages of early childhood. They know that kids during this critical time have active imaginations, and the classes are structured around this notion.
The classes at Running Tiger are geared towards kids of all fitness and development levels.
Physical activity and peer interaction are vital for child development. Gymnastics is a great way to get your child involved. You can be sure that they will have fun doing it!
Visit us at Twin Cities Kids Club and join the club for more ideas on getting your kids involved. We care about your family.