Today’s parents are wild about creative camps, classes and innovative programs. You love your kids loving their dance, music, sports, camps and more, and your comments exude enthusiasm and zeal for these terrific spots, where children combine fun and learning.
Winner: Seattle Gymnastics Academy
From that first tumble down a slide to the United States Junior Olympics, Seattle Gymnastics Academy has a place for your little tumbler. Their recreational class curriculum covers over 300 progressive skills, each level building on the last. SGA also offers three programs for students interested in competing on a team. In addition to the teams and classes offered at four Seattle locations, SGA offers special events like birthday parties, and staffs a preschool at the Lake City location. Many of you commented on the quality of the staff: “Excellent teachers, amazing equipment, and fun atmosphere.”
Gymnastics East USA in Issaquah and Bellevue offer Tiny Tot Fitness, GymFITnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling, Middle and High School programs and competitive teams. It’s a “wonderful environment!” readers tell us, and “my kids have learned a lot through it.”
The Little Gym impresses because they present “gymnastics not just as a set of physical skills but really as a medium for social, emotional, and cognitive development — kids are learning how to get along, how to solve problems, executive-function skills and on and on, and the coaches understand this; it's built into the program.”
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center is a national franchise with locations in Kent and Bellevue. They tout the benefits of “intensive physiological, psychological and sociological research, along with decades of hands-on experience by hundreds of My Gym child and fitness experts. ” You tout the benefits of “great staff, good structure” and “the upbeat vibe with two teachers per class!”
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