"Gymboree's 'follow the lead of the child approach' helps young children learn 'how to learn' and supports them in becoming confident, lifelong learners."
Gymboree Play & Learn Classes
Encourage learning and development with our unique apparatus-based classes designed to support your child's growth at his or her own individual pace. Our fun and energetic classes are structured and curriculum-based yet flexible enough to allow children to explore and express themselves fully. From imaginary play to games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind.
Gymboree Play & Learn 2 6 - 10 months
The Doer: Acting with Purpose and Intention
Babies are learning that they can make things happen by using gestures, facial expressions and sounds. In this level children are learning about cause and effect, and the ways they can have an impact on the world around them through their actions. Activities are designed to support the emerging mobility by developing strength, balance, co-ordination and self-confidence through play with ramps, slides and climbers. We also encourage language development though song and dance. These classes include a parent discussion time to learn about your child's development and expand your own support network as a parent.
Gymboree Play & Learn 3 10 - 16 months
The Communicator: Becoming Skilled in Back-and-Forth Interaction
At this age, children are becoming very skilled communicators. They "talk" using complex facial expressions, sounds and actions, and let us know how they perceive the world around them through these gestures. Our Level 3 programme is designed to encourage this two-way communication and develop key motor skills through movement games, equipment exploration and early parallel play. Children build physical skills such as balance, coordination and spatial awareness, as well as social skills through group activities that encourage them to communicate creatively. Parents develop a greater understanding of how their child interacts and communicates with them and the world.
Gymboree Play & Learn 4 16 - 22 months
The Problem Solver: Figuring Out How the World Works
At this stage of development, active toddlers are using their skills to become effective problem-solvers. They begin to understand patterns and can plan a series of actions to reach a goal. Our Level 4 programme promotes not only physical development, but also language, thinking and social skills to help your child figure out how the world works and become a competent problem solver. Classes are designed to explore more complex concept development, and guide children towards competency in understanding contrasting ideas that support future critical thinking. Each class is built around a binary theme (such as "in and out" or "loud and quiet" ). This active level has plenty of equipment exploration time to support gross motor development. Songs and games reinforce class themes and language acquisition.
Gymboree Play & Learn 5 22 - 30 months
The Emerging Creative Thinker: Using Words and Symbols to Express Ideas
This imaginative age group is rapidly developing their creative thinking skills, by using words and symbols to express thoughts and ideas. Through pretend play, children make sense of new feelings and concepts — essential to their social, emotional and intellectual growth. Special props are used to support this creative concept development. Our Level 5 classes use our equipment, movement exercises and a wide range of other creative, play-based activities to support creative thinking, language development and social interaction.
Gymboree Play & Learn 6 30 months - 5 years
The Logical Thinker and the Team Player
At this stage of development, children express their ideas and feelings in quite complex ways. They are beginning to make logical connections between ideas and can now create and act-out stories that make sense. Our Level 6 classes are developed around imaginary play themes that encourage cooperation and communication. Children learn to logically connect ideas through creative use of our equipment, storytelling, movement to music and more. Classes feature co-operative games and imaginary adventures designed to build self-confidence and promote the important personal and social skills needed for a successful transition into school.
Gymboree Family Class 10 months - 5 years
Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children.