Announcement:
Spring Break Camp Week
Next week is Spring Break Camp week!  We're getting so excited to have all of our campers here in the gym!  Spring Break Camp here at The Little Gym of Gainesville will run April 14 - April 18.  Monday-Friday Camps will be held 9 a.m. to Noon and Tuesday and Thursday camps will have a 1 to 4 p.m. with a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. full-day camp option on Tuesday and Thursday during Spring Break Week.
 
Spring Break Camp Themes
 
The Dragon's Lair Slumber Party!
What child doesn't love wearing their comfy pajamas!?  During morning camp (9 a.m. to Noon) the little ones will be able to wear their P.J.'s to the dragon slumber party!  Campers will go on an adventure in the gym that includes all sorts of games and challenges -- some even include some awesome Hip Hop Dance moves!   
 
Green Beard's Pirate Ship!
During our Tuesday and Thursday afternoon Spring Break camps, kids will enjoy a pirate quest in the gym!  Maybe they'll be walkin' the plank -- the balance beam -- or sailing to a new island to find adventure and fun!  Each day will bring a new adventure, new games and awesomely-fun challenges for your child to complete during Spring Break camp week!
 
Give us a call to learn more about our kids spring break camps or check it out online!
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101
 
We love when we find fun and creative ideas for you and  your little ones to play around the house -- we love it even more when the games are educational in addition to being a blast for your little ones!
 
We recently found an article on a blog titled, "Fantastic Fun and Learning" and we love the ideas they shared, so we're sharing them with you too!
 
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

April Fools Day is tomorrow, April 1! We decided to search the internet for a few good, family-friendly April Fools pranks to play on your family!

Don't forget, share with us on Facebook if you have any ideas that you think others may love!

Prank 1: Take a screen shot of your computer screen's desktop and set it as your computer's desktop background -- watch as members of your family try to use the computer, but none of the 'buttons' will work!

Prank 2: Food coloring in Milk. Add a few drops of food coloring to your little ones glass of milk or to their cereal in the morning -- watch as they look at their milk trying to figure out what happened to it!

Prank 3: Cover the remote control laser with a piece of electric tape -- watch as your spouse or one of your little ones tries to change the channel, with NO luck! :)

Prank 4: Stuff a small amount of toilette paper or tissues in the tips of your child's shoes; then convince them that they're feet must have grown over night!?

Prank 5: Switch your spouse or child's cell phone background to a photo of a cracked screen -- watch as it takes them a moment to realize that, no worries, their phone is safe and in tact!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

Spring is finally here... at least according to the calendar! A quick look at the upcoming weather forecast does show increasing sunny days and higher temperatures, so it looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Today, we thought it might be a fun idea to share with you a few ideas regarding fun outdoor activities to experience with your little ones! Below, we will share with you a list of five fun ways to get outdoors and get active with your little one!

1. Get Creative! Make a birdhouse or simply purchase one and make it a game to see the birds use their new home. You could even consider having your little one keep a log or journal about when the birds come to the house and what they do. Using binoculars, you're little one can get an inside peak at the 'secret' lives of little birdies!

2. Go on a hike and collect sticks. Hiking in itself is a blast and a great way to introduce your little one to the outdoors. Even if you're not able to break away into the thick woods of Northern Virginia, simply find a trail or bike path to take a stroll down! While you're on the stroll, pick up sticks and twigs along the way and when you get back from your hike, ask them to use the sticks to write letters or, simply just create fun designs/drawings with the sticks on the ground! It's a great way to get outside and explore nature with the little ones.

4. Here's a really fun and inexpensive idea. "Marble Launch." Take a long swim noodle and cut it in half. Then lay the two halves next to one another and race marbles down the center ring of the noodle! It's a blast and will have your little one outside for hours -- or if the weather turns, you're able to bring the fun inside!

5. Finally, work on their ball-handling skills through a fun game called "Bottle Bash Soccer." Set up empty water bottles and have your toddler kick the ball at the bottles to try to know them over. This is a blast and will start to develop their foot-eye coordination!

Getting kids active is of huge importance as our society offers more and more technology that leaves our little ones leading a more sedentary lifestyle. How do you get your child up and moving? Share it with us on Facebook.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

In the past we've discussed a few reasons why summer camp is important for your little one's development.  Today, we're going to share with you a more detailed article regarding the psychological benefits of your child enjoying time at Summer Camp.
 
According to an Education.com article, "Benefits of Camp," it was shown that outcomes such as self-identity, respect for others, self-esteem and self-respect were evident. These personal benefits are reflected in the four "C's" of the summer camp community: Compassion, Contribution, Commitment and Character! 
 
According to the article, "For years, campers' parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible. These are the qualities that will help build a successful nation and a civil society."
 
Camp helps to establish a child's confidence,  by empowering them to make decisions for themselves in a safe and structured environment.  It teaches them how to learn from their good decisions and their poor decisions.  Helping them to sharpen their decision-making capabilities in the future.
 
Camp is a great way to help your child develop into a happy and well-rounded adolescent and adult.  While they're learning values that they'll use for the rest of their lives, they are also having a blast, making new friends and learning new things in a fun and safe environment!
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101
 
* Camp enrollment is happening NOW!  Join us for camp this summer.  Our camp schedule is flexible and allows you to sign your little one up for one day or even a full week of camp -- whatever fits your family's schedule.

Due to inclement weather, the gym is on a delayed opening schedule, today, March 17, and won't be open until 4 p.m. If your regularly scheduled class is held before 4 p.m. your account will be credited with a make up. If your class is held after 4 p.m., please call the gym if you won't be able to make it to receive your make up class. Please check our Facebook page for more updates regarding delays and openings.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Gym-of-Gainesville/165325408439?ref=hl

Summer class enrollment: If you would like to reserve your space in summer class today, you still can! You can simply call the gym and leave a voice mail requesting to reserve your space and we will both reserve your space and honor today's special deal once the gym opens! (703) 753-9101.

INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the weather and current road conditions, we will not be open until 4 p.m. today, March 17. Any class with a start time at or after 4 p.m. WILL BE held, if you're unable to make it to class this evening, please give us a call to schedule a make up. If your class was held during a time that the gym was closed, please give us a call to schedule your make up class. (703) 753-9101.
Does your child have a Birthday coming up soon?  Birthday cake is a fantastic way to celebrate your child's big day, but maybe this year, you're looking for a healthier alternative to cake? 
 
Today, we're sharing with you a few awesome healthy cake ideas that we found online!  Have an idea of your own?  Please share it with us on our Facebook page!
 
Fruit Torte Cake!
This healthy and delicious cake is make up primarily fruit and some yogurt too (if you wish to add yogurt.)  When you arrange fresh fruits that are ripe and juicy, a fruit torte will taste as sweet and yummy as a sugar-filled version of cake. If you think your little one would enjoy a sweet topping try including your child’s favorite sugar-free yogurt on top -- YUMMY!
 
Pancake Cake!
If you use a wheat pancake mix or sugar-free mix, this cake option can actually serve as a fun, creative and healthy alternative to an actual cake.  Add some from and (maybe) sugar-free whipped cream and you're all set for birthday fun!
 
Crispie Cake!
Make rice crispie treats using an assortment of the sugar-free versions of cereal!  You can drizzle the crispies with some dark chocolate and even add a few sprinkles if you'd like!
 
Do you have any fun and creative alternatives to birthday cake?  Share with us on Facebook.
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

Your child has made some great accomplishments this Season! Let's keep the momentum, skills, smiles, and laughter going as they continue to progress.

As a currently enrolled Member, you will be able to secure your spot for the Summer Session before we open enrollment to the public.

In addition to getting 'first dibs' on classes, we're also offering you our Member Enrollment Specials:

Enroll on Monday, March 17 and receive one FREE spring break camp day (available for children 3-8,) $15 off summer enrollment and TEN raffle tickets.

Enroll between March 18 - 23 and you will receive $15 off summer enrollment AND TEN raffle tickets!

Enroll between March 24 - 30 and you'll receive $10 off summer enrollment and 5 raffle tickets!

What are the raffle tickets for... prizes, awesome, awesome prizes. Starting March 17, you can check out our raffle ticket tables to see what prizes you will win!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

Date night is a great way to get some time to yourselves without the little ones in tow. It gives you two time to discuss anything you need to without the little ones around and, it simply allows you that necessary alone time with each other.

Today, we thought we'd share a few fun and creative date night ideas for you to test out with your significant other!

Budget-Friendly Ideas:

This one sounds like so much fun! Try a "Waiter’s Night." Pick a night to “wait” on your spouse (or visversa.) You get the drinks, the snacks or prepare and serve a meal. Find his/her slippers, favorite game and spend an evening to yourselves.

Fake Tourist Date. We live in one of the coolest areas in America, take a look around our awesome city and do the things a tourist might do! This could be really fun!

Finally, try this one -- this is one of our favorite ideas! It could be so fun! Sit down and look through old photo albums together then, tell each other stories of your childhood and families. That's a great way to reflect for you and also gives your spouse a little extra insight on your childhood!

Of course, there is always the classic dinner and a movie. But, try this new spin. Go to a restaurant you've never been to or even a restaurant you'd never normally try -- branch out! See an old film instead of one of the new ones in the theatre -- mix it up!

Date night is great no matter what you do, as long as you're experiencing it with the one you love!

Just a reminder, Parents' Survival Night is held on the second Saturday of every month. Your child can enjoy 3 hours in the gym, while you test out one of these awesome date night ideas, or simply come up with your own unique twist! Children must be three and potty independent. (703) 753-9101.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Summer is just a few months away. Summer is a great time for kids to catch a little break from the stress of school work, but it’s also important to maintain a summertime schedule and daily routine in order to keep kids happy.

Routines help set expectations for both you and your little ones. Summertime can sometimes get away from routine, but today we’re going to share a few ways to keep some structure during the summer months.

Set a time for all morning activities to be completed. For example, some families find 10 a.m. to be a good time for kids to have brushed their teeth and hair, eaten breakfast and change into daytime clothes. Setting a time that these activities need to be done ensure that they day gets off to a productive start for both you and the kids!

Mid day activities such as pool time, summer camp, play time with friends or even chores can be scheduled throughout the week and, by keeping activities scheduled for about the same time every day, can help children maintain a sense of structure.

Finally, evening routine. Evenings can be filled with more low-key activities. Maybe during this time they can be allowed some time with electronics – perhaps some T.V. and computer time. This allows you to get any activities or chores or cooking you need done, while the kids are occupied.

Of course, all the times and activities can be reorganized based on your family’s general routines, but no matter how you choose to do it, keeping routine for your little ones in the summer months is very important.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

There are only a few days left to get in on this awesome summer camp deal! In case you haven’t been with us all week and you need a refresher of the deal, the summer camp deal is “Reserve your child’s space in three or more camp days and get a Spring Break Camp Day for free!”

Today we’re going to share with you our final two new Super Kid Quest Camp themes: The Five Wonders of Foxhole Forest and The Super Grown-Ups Summer Camp.

The Five Wonders of Foxhole Forest will be held August 18 -22. During this camp week your child will enjoy an adventure through Foxhole Forest. Each day the Super Kid campers will be presented with a quest to discover the wonders of Foxhole Forest and become honorary members on “The Fun Foxes” Group! The campers are going to have a blast in the gym during this week of camp!

The week of August 24-29, your child can enjoy meeting and learning about super grown-ups such as firemen and policemen during camp!

Give us a call at (703) 753-9101 to take advantage of this special camp deal!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

The kid's camp theme for the week of August 11 – 15 will be Hawaiian Hide & Seek! Who couldn’t use a Hawaiian vacation? During this week of summer camp, our Super Kid Campers will play a different game of hide & seek on a different Hawaiian Island! Your child will enjoy a game of hide & seek on an Hawaiian Volcano and maybe even travel to a secret waterfall – how about hiding with a sea of turtles on Turtle Beach – this week is full of adventure in the gym!

Give us a call at (703) 753-9101to learn how to reserve your child’s place in this camp week!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Sometimes Mother Nature just won’t work with us and we get showered with rain and snow that keeps everyone cooped up inside! Today, we’re going to share a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and happy during the days that going outside to play just doesn’t look like a good option thanks to the weather!

1. Pull out the board games! Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned board game? Find a game you and your kids haven’t played in a while and it will be like a brand new activity for the kids!

2. Two words. Puppet Show. This is a classic and it really never gets old! You can even have your little ones make puppets out of paper bags before putting on a show together! This will add an extra-fun element and makes the activity last longer.

3. Disney Movie Marathon. Pop some popcorn, pick out a few movies and snuggle up on the couch together and enjoy children’s classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast or newer favorites like Cars, Finding Nemo or Frozen!

4. Have a picnic… in the living room! Get a blanket, make some sandwiches and host an indoor picnic with your little ones!

5. Finally, cook or bake together! What is a better time to teach the kids how to crack an egg or roll out dough than on a day that your cooped up in the house! And who doesn’t love to eat yummy snacks after a hard day’s work of cooking and baking?!

Rainy and snowy days can turn out to be a blast!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Today, we’re going to share with you two camp themes – Cheerleading and a brand new theme “The Race to Outer Space!”

Cheerleading Camp is making its debut for the second year in a row here at The Little Gym of Gainesville. Cheer Camp was a hit last year as all our awesome campers enjoyed high-powered gymnastics, dancing, cheering and, of course, teamwork! Your child will even be introduced to fun, age-appropriate stunts to try out in the gym!

Cheerleading Summer Camp will be held the week of July 21-25.

The following week, July 28 – August 1 will bring in a brand new theme – “The Race to Outer Space!” Our Super Kid Quest campers will explore a different planet every day and their adventure will include dodging asteroids and flying with comets – of course, all this is happening here, safely on planet earth, in the gym!

Give us a call if Cheerleading or Space Week camp sounds like a good fit for your little one to enjoy! (703) 753-9101.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

The warm weather has finally arrived and it's time to start thinking about Summer Camps! What is the value of participating in a Summer Camp? At The Little Gym of Gainesville, it's important to not only have fun, but also promote and develop your child's well-being.

So, Why Summer Camp?

Unplug! Summer Camp enables your child to break away from the iPads, Laptops and T.V. screens and gets them active and develops the habit of staying active too!

Independence! Summer Camp -- whether it's a day or a week -- develop's your child's ability to separate from you, make some of their own decisions and participate in social activities without Mom or Dad!

Confidence! At Summer Camp your child is able to try new things in a positive and safe environment -- every time they try a new skill, social activity or game, they're building their confidence that will last long after camp fun is over.

Friendship! Of course, one of the best parts about Summer Camp is the friendships that are built and developed during the fun summer activities they participate in together.

Summer Camp Fun in the Gainesville area is Just around the Corner and we're offering you a special deal -- give us a call to learn how to receive a free Spring Break camp day when you reserve your child's space in 3 Summer Camp days! (703) 753-9101.

Throughout the past few days we’ve been offering you a very special inside peak at what  new Summer Camp themes will be available in summer of 2014.  Today, we’re continuing.

 

July 7-11, the theme will be “The Dragon’s Lair Slumber Party.”  During camp this week, our Super Kid Campers will be challenged to find the dragon’s lair! During this week, campers are invited to wear the pajama’s to camp!  Games, challenges and even some Hip Hop dance moves will be incorporated into this fun theme.

 

Sound like something your child would enjoy – give us a call at (703) 753-9101.

 

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Warmer weather is almost here and summer is just around the corner.  The kids will be off of school and pre-school and ready for some fun activities.  Summer camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville is a great way to introduce your child to new friends and enjoy games and activities. 
 
As we continue into our Special Summer Camp Deal week, we’re sharing with you an inside look at the different kid's summer camp themes that will be available for your little one.
 
The week of June 30 – July 3 kids will enjoy a pirate ship adventure in “Green Beard’s Pirate Ship!” camp theme!  During the week, our Super Kid Quest Campers will be on a pirate adventure in the gym!  Each day the little pirates will be ‘sailing’ to a new island, a new adventure and new treasures – what fun!
Give us a call at (703) 753-9101 to learn more about Summer Camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville.

The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

As we head into our first week of Summer Camp enrollment, we’re continuing to offer you an inside peak at our weekly camp themes. This week, we’re giving you an inside peak at what the camp theme for June 23-27 will hold for your little ones. The theme is “The Treasures of Magical Mountain.”

During this camp week, your little camper will follow a trail of clues left behind by Rudy Rabbit! The Super Kid Campers will work together to find the treasure of Magical Mountain. Using the gym equipment and a little imagination your little ones will be crawling through Crystal Rock Crater or swinging across the Rainbow pond. This week will be filled with adventure in the gym. The gym becomes a place of adventure at every turn – the balance beam, no longer just a balance beam, but a bridge they must cross in order to find the treasure of Magical Mountain! What fun!

Give us a call if you’d like to learn more or reserve your child's spot in Summer Camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville, (703) 753-9101.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Yesterday, we announced that we would offer you an inside peak of our new summer camp themes each day for the next few weeks. So, today, we are giving you an in side peak at our summer camp that will be held June 16 – 20; “Gerty, the Good Mannered Gorilla.”

If you guessed that a summer camp themed “Gerty, the Good Mannered Gorilla” was all about playing games that helped children remember manners and learn social skills all while having a blast in the gym, then you’d be right! This week’s camp theme will have the children go on a Quest to become honorary members of the Good Manners Club. The Super Kid Campers will not only fine-tune their manners, but they’ll enjoy learning new gymnastics skills, ball handling and cooperation skills too!

The Summer Camp Deal at The Little Gym of Gainesville will begin on Monday, February 17! When you reserve your child’s space in 3 camp days, your little one will enjoy one Spring Break Camp Day for FREE!

Give us a call if you have any questions: (703) 753-9101

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Summer camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville is a blast! Each week offers a unique theme and each day holds a whole new adventure for your little one. This year, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering all new camp themes!

Our new “Super Kids’ Quest” Summer Camp is an adventure-filled three hours. Each camp theme will feature fun and exciting missions or “Quests” that the kids are challenged to complete each day.

Starting on Monday, February 17, we will be holding a special summer camp deal. When you purchase three summer camp days, your little one will enjoy one FREE Spring Break camp day!

Camp is available for children 3 and potty independent. The three-hour summer camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville is a fantastic way to introduce your child to summer camp fun!

For the next two weeks, we’re going to give you an inside peak at each of our new summer camp themes! Check the blog and our The Little Gym of Gainesville Facebook page for our daily updates.

Today’s inside peak – “The Search for Rainbow Castle!”

“The Search for Rainbow Castle” will be held June 9 – 13. Each day during this camp week, your little one will float away on a lily pad, climb the twisted tree bridge and even spend the night in pine cove cave – of course, these fun adventures will all take place in the fun and safe gym environment during their three-hour camp day. Each of the activities will require physical, cooperative and imaginative challenges for campers to learn to work together to find the “Rainbow Castle.”

Don't forget to check back over the next few weeks to get the inside scoop on all the new summer camp themes!

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

This week is full of power and fun! In class we talked about how to create power through all different kinds of gymnastics skills.
 
Sometimes in gymnastics you'll need to use slow movements and that requires tight muscles and other movements that require more speed and power.  For example, a front handspring  will require more speed and power than a handstand, which requires slower movement with tight muscles.
 
Their POP's for this week is to do frog jumps every day at home.  Maybe do a frog jump when they go with you to get the mail or maybe when they are getting out of the car to go inside the house -- get creative and have fun with it!
 
How do frog jumps help in gymnastics?  Frog jumps build strength in their legs and their core muscles! Gymnastics is full of fun activities for the little ones and it helps to build their confidence too -- when our awesome gymnastics friends try a new skill they receive plenty of high-fives and smiles from their classmates.
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

This week we have kicked off the Learning Unit "Imagination Alphabet" and this week's theme is "'F' is for Friend."

Kids have been exploring the gym, learning about letters, letter sounds and words -- all while having a blast in the gym! We are teaching all these important lessons through movement, music, games and activities in the gym.

Who knew you could learn letters and letter sounds through music and movement -- we did! The kids have been acting out letter shapes with their bodies, performed activities and movements associated with certain letters and they even worked together to create letter 'blends' with their classmates.

Just a reminder, the kid's POP's for this week is to identify sounds within a word. Doing this helps you child learn to "sound out" words when reading. When chatting with your child, randomly challenge your child to guess what word you are suggesting by giving them the sound of the first letter of the word! For example, you might say "Okay, it's getting late, please get ready for "Beh -- "Beh" yes, that's right -- Bed! Then ask your child if they know what letter makes that sound.

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 751-5700

How can LEGO DUPLO Blocks build your child's cognitive and fine motor skills development?

1. Sort the different colored blocks. Sorting the different colored LEGO blocks is a fun and easy way for your little ones to recognize colors and use their fine motor skills to place the blocks in there respective color piles.

2. Replicate structures. This one works best with your older toddlers. Show your little one an object and have them use the blocks to build a similar object with the blocks. This helps to develop their problem solving skill ability.

3. Finally, blow bubbles and have your little one use the LEGO DUPLO blocks to pop the bubbles. This will enable your little one to develop their hand/eye and tracking abilities.

Building healthy bodies and minds is already a part of The Little Gym experience. Now our currently enrolled members can enjoy our complimentary Let's Build, Let's Play program on the 2nd Monday and 4th Friday of every month.

You and your child can also enjoy building with LEGO® DUPLO® preschool building toys! Children ages 19 months through 3 years old will have an opportunity to build upon their problem solving, imagination and socialization skills through new, exclusive activities and programs.

Contact us for more details!

The Little Gym of Gainesville, (703) 753-9101

Convenience foods make packing lunch for children easy -- but, the question on many parents' minds is, is it a healthy meal? Today, we're sharing with you a few ideas for packing a healthy meal for lunch for your little ones!
 
1. A healthy (and fun) twist to spice up Traditional Sandwiches. Here are a few of the recipes we found that looked healthy and tasty too!
 
Traditional Turkey -- try this fun, but still healthy twist! Smoked Turkey Sandwich With Paprika Mayonnaise A touch of paprika gives this sandwich an extra kick. Slices of Manchego cheese are a welcome change from the usual Swiss or cheddar!
 
Traditional Tuna -- try this! Pickled Tuna-Salad Sandwiches Tuna sandwich again? Try this twist on the usual tuna sandwich by adding a spoonful of sweet or dill pickle relish to the mix. This last healthy option looks so delicious!
 
Try this unusual, but tasty looking option: Cheddar and Apple Sandwich Fruit and cheese are a natural pair, so why not put it in a sandwich!? Little ones will love the combination of sweet and salty in this simple yet delicious sandwich.
 
2. Mix it up! Fruit and yogurt? Yes, please! Kids will love this healthy and yummy mix as a tasty treat in their lunch box! A Fruit and yogurt parfait. Try Greek yogurt with sliced fruit, maybe even some slivered almonds, and a drizzle of raw honey -- it'll be sure to make your little one's taste buds happy!
 
3. Finally, a small Tupperware container filled with a yummy dip and carrots (or other veggie) can work great for older children!
 
 
Have any healthy option tips to share? Tell us! Visit our Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Gym-of-Gainesville/165325408439?ref=hl
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

Looking for a way to get the kids active this year? Whether you're looking for a gymnastics, dance, parent/child, sports skills or even Karate, we'll help your little ones 'get active' while having a blast and making new friends!

Join us for an Open House!

When: Saturday, January 18

Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Where: The Little Gym of Gainesville (7364 Atlas Walk Way)

Give us a call if you have any questions (703) 753-9101. We hope to see you at the Free Open House for an evening filled with Fun!

The Little Gym of Gainesville * 7364 Atlas Walk Way * Gainesville, VA 20155 * (703) 753-9101.

Like most Northern Virginia families, daily life is consumed by working late, commuting and juggling kids schedules, for the Mussmon’s (Chad, Tiffany, Noah 16, Grace 14, Jeremiah 12, Graham 9, Vaughn 8) that is compounded with owning and operating six The Little Gym franchises in Northern Virginia and a few more sport games on any given week night. “We go non-stop, self-consuming, unintentionally forgetting about the world around us.” Luckily, we were able to get a wakeup call through a charity program call, “Soles4Souls.”

The Little Gym’s of Nothern VA partnered with Soles4Soles and with the help of The Little Gym members and our surrounding communities we were able to collect over 10,000 pairs shoes and travel to Haiti for an experience of a lifetime. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.

Our customers at The Little Gym, young children, were, for the first time, able to understand poverty. I was able to have meaningful conversations with children at The Little Gym about the people in the world who do not have the basic necessity of shoes. They could contribute by bringing in their outgrown used shoes. They understood the impact of just one donation of a pair of shoes and were excited for the opportunity to be able to make a difference in another child’s life.

When I saw the impact it was having on my family and how it forced us to slow down a little and look around at the needs to others in the world, I knew we needed to travel with Soles4Souls to help distribute shoes, serve and experience another culture. That’s where the adventure began.

All seven of us embarked, for the first time, out of the country. Traveling with five minor children to a third world country may be deemed a little insane, but it changed our life and bonded us stronger than ever. The country of Haiti is beautiful, but poverty and tragedy scar the land. However, people are people, and as we fitted children with shoes, washed their feet, exchanged smiles, played and laughed, it became apparent that the children of Haiti were giving my family more than we could ever give them materially. From orphanages to schools each experience poured out the same results.

Each day we grew closer as a family. Each day we observed more poverty. We were somewhat scared in a few situations. Exiting the airport into a crowd that wanted to carry your bag for a dollar (this could feed their family for a day). A fight broke out on the street near us, the driving was dangerous and treacherous (beltway traffic seems mild now.) We had to ride in the back of a dump truck when the clutch went out on our van through the streets of Port Au Prince. Motorcycles with three riders; usually a including a small child or baby, would zoom past us. We witnessed tent cities that were packed with people and found others who called very simple dwellings their home. The common denominator, however, was smiles and gratitude. And that is what stuck with us, not the poverty, but the joy among the obvious struggle.

This world and the needs of this world are huge. It is important for us in Loudoun County to push our kids for the best grades, to be over achievers and succeed, but I am doing a disservice to my children if that learning process does not include love, service, humility and a strong understanding of the world outside of Northern Virginia. I know this experience has shaped their lives and my family’s future. We will travel again, I cannot imagine life without more experiences like this and I encourage others to take a risk, enjoy service and embark on a life-changing adventure.

Find out more at http://mussmonadventures.com

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Many of us in the Northern Virginia area travel for the holidays. While it can be exciting and fun, it can also be a little bit stressful-- especially when the children are in tow!

If your travel plans include a long road trip with the kids, then we have a few tips and games to ensure a smooth trip to Grandma's house.

Here is a game that not only teaches counting, but is also fun and simple! The game is called "Race to 20." Here are the instructions: Two players take turns counting to twenty. On each turn, a player can say one or two numbers. (If the first says "One," the second might say "Two, three.") Try to force your opponent to reach twenty first.

Who can resist the classic game of "I Spy?!" In case you need a little refresher on how to play here at the instructions for this fun (and easy) road trip game for the kids! Someone says that they 'spy' a certain color. Whoever guesses the item the 'spier' is referring to gets to go next. You could limit the items to what's in the area. Or you could get tricky and play I Spied, selecting items that you've already passed.

If your little ones start to get 'gamed out' then be sure to have a back-up plan. Maybe a coloring book or even a travel DVD player so they can watch movies until your arrival!

Have other travel games or tips to share? Share it with us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Gym-of-Gainesville/165325408439?ref=hl

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Gymnastics is not only a fun way to release the extra energy that young girls have, but it also serves as an outlet for developing balance, coordination, social skills and gets kids active!

The CDC has labeled this generation as the most inactive generation in history, due to the growth in the technology and popularity of video games, computers, social media sites and more. The CDC also has released a statement regarding childhood obesity as a serious problem. By encouraging young girls to get involved in physical activity at a young age helps to promote healthy lifestyles into their teenage and adult years. So, here are a couple reasons why Girls Gymnastics is such a great activity for your child to get involved with:

1. IT’S FUN!

2. Develop your young child’s strength, flexibility, coordination and balance

3. Develop your child’s social skills and provides social interaction with other children their age.

4. Girls gymnastics allows your child to be surrounded by a positive environment. Especially at The Little Gym of Gainesville, where our girls gymnastics program is a non competitive program that works to simply develop your child’s skills in a positive and safe environment!

5. Gymnastics skills help to advance your child’s overall athletic ability to help them as they try other sports too! Looking for an inside look at a girls gymnastics program?

Check out our The Little Gym of Gainesville Girls Gymnastics video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5ZoX_exwjk

The Little Gym of Gainesville

7364 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

Picking out and balancing activities for your toddler can be a difficult task.  But, the benefits of including extracurricular activities in your child’s agenda, specifically toddler gymnastics, are many.

Toddler Gymnastics classes offer numerous benefits and, today, we’re going to outline a few of them.

1.     Overall physical health and development.  As you know, toddlers are growing and are full of energy.  Through gymnastics your child can develop healthy active-lifestyle habits.  In fact, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that they “encourage moderate and vigorous physical activity among youth is important as the habits learned as a child are often carried into adulthood.”

2.     Toddler Gymnastics also promotes a developing toddler’s social skills!  Getting involved in gymnastics is a great way to help children learn how to interact with their peers – from taking turns to sharing to learning how to encourage and support one another!

3.     Toddler gymnastics also progresses your child’s strength, coordination and balance which are skills needed for any type of physical activity!

4.     Lastly, it’s fun!  Gymnastics is not only a great tool for developing physical skills, it’s also a fun way to grow and meet new people!

Looking to check out an inside look at a Toddler Gymnastics class right here at The Little Gym of Gainesville?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RriDnx9QgXw

The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

Mommy and Me Classes, also known as “Parent and Child Classes,” is a great way to create a lasting bond between parent and child, but mommy and me classes also have many other benefits:

 

1.      Mommy and me gym classes can help your child boost not only their physical development, but also their cognitive and social development as well.   At The Little Gym of Gainesville, our Mommy and me classes are structured to incorporate music, colors and class themes that teach little ones to take turns and share with their peers all while they have a blast in the gym.

2.      Mommy and me classes boost your child’s physical development.  Through structured and age-appropriate activities, your child will have the opportunity to develop their balance and coordination in a safe, padded gym environment. 

3.      It’s not just social for baby – it’s social for you too!  Because Mommy and me or Parent and Child classes incorporate Moms and Dads in the class, you’re able to meet knew people and create new friendships with parents who have children your child’s age!

4.      Finally, mommy and me classes can help your child prepared for school.  Because classes are structured and it’s not just “Free Play,” it introduces your child to structured activities, similar to how pre-school and Kindergarten classes will be set up.  It not only introduces them to structure, it also teaches them how to follow directions and interact appropriately with classmates.

 

At The Little Gym of Gainesville, when we say we take fun seriously, we really mean it!  Our Mommy and Me (Parent/Child classes) are full of fun in the gym, but the curriculum and structure of our classes are meant to help your child develop both physically, mentally and socially into a happy, healthy active child!

 

 

Looking to get an inside look at a Mommy and Me class?  Check out our video – The Little Gym of Gainesville Mommy and Me Class!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkozRxIH2Hg

It's starting to get colder here in the Gainesville area and while that can mean cozy nights with hot chocolate snuggled on the couch, it also means (unfortunately!) that cold and flu Season is almost upon us.
 
It starts with a sniffle -- next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. Before long, the common cold, or worse, seasonal flu, is upon you. According to the CDC, up to 20% of the population gets the flu each year.
 
The Mayo Clinic cites the common cold as the number one culprit of stay-home-sick-from-school days in children. While you can't completely germ-proof your child, you can separate fact from fiction to keep your family healthier, and save time, money, and frustration. Start by putting some of the more common myths and misunderstandings to rest by reading about the top 3 cold and flu related myths.
 
Myth #1: The flu vaccine causes the flu Truth: Getting a flu shot may cause symptoms that feel like the flu, but the viruses contained in the flu shots have been killed, or "inactivated." which means they can't cause infection. While there may be some achy side effects that can sometimes follow the flu shot, it just means your immune system is responding and processing the vaccine.
 
Myth #2: You're more likely to get sick if you're cold Truth: Despite mom's warnings that you should bundle up, being cold does not cause a cold. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, infections prevail in winter months because they are spread when more people stay indoors for longer periods of time and are in closer contact with each other.
 
Myth #3: Hugging and kissing are great ways to spread cold and flu germs. Truth: Cold and flu viruses like to enter the body through the nose or eyes, so a hug or a peck on the cheek isn't likely to be dangerous. Don't be afraid to give your sick child plenty of affection, and don't worry that a kiss or hug will spread your germs to him (or vice- versa).
 
Many parents recognize The Little Gym of Gainesville as safe and clean gyms for children. We work hard to ensure each and every visit lives up to your expectations. Daily and weekly cleaning and sanitation helps keep our environment sparkly and keeps the germs away.
 
Here’s where you can help. As with any other illness, we ask that you do not come to class if your child is coughing, sneezing, or has had a fever within the last 24 hours. Our make-up policy allows you to attend a make-up class by simply calling us prior to the absence. (703) 753-9101.
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101
Meaningful learning is about the journey, not the destination. This year, that journey will be even clearer with The Little Gym’s new Victory Skill Growth Tracker! The Victory Skill Growth Tracker allows instructors to document your child’s progress throughout the Season. As your child conquers new challenges and gains new levels of confidence at The Little Gym of Gainesville, we’ll keep you informed so we can celebrate all of their victories together! At the end of each Learning Unit, you will receive an email detailing what your child has learned. We’re excited to share: • The areas of focus for the most recent Learning Unit • The skills your child worked on and their personal victories From “Continental Cartwheels” to “Cooperation Station,” each themed, multi-week Learning Unit will lead to a natural progression of skills, helping your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted super kid! Whether it’s your preschooler’s first unassisted forward roll or the first time your grade-schooler demonstrates teamwork, each one is a victory worth celebrating. And we can’t wait to celebrate with you every step of the way! The new Season starts soon! Call today to enroll! The Little Gym of Gainesville 7364 Atlas Walk Way Gainesville, VA 20155 -- (703) 753-9101

Deciding what type of extracurricular activity is the right fit for your baby, toddler, or preschooler can be a difficult and daunting task.   Figuring out not only what activity is the right fit for your child, but also how many activities and how often your child should participate can also be a hard decision.

Starting at a young age, babies can benefit from extracurricular and group activities.  In addition to the physical benefit children receive from extracurricular activities, they’ll also progress both their social skills their mental development.  

For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, incorporating music into lessons and activities help to increase a child’s engagement with the lesson and encourage them to participate in the activities.

Enjoying playgroups is a great way for your child to have fun and meet other children their age, but it’s also important to incorporate structured activities into their lives.  Structured and repetitive physical activities can improve a child’s processing speed, working memory, self-control and strategic decision-making ability.

The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155

(703) 753-9101

 
It's Summer Camp time here in Gainesville!  At The Little Gym of Gainesville we're having a blast!  This week's camp theme was "Crazy Carnival" and next week our Kid's Camp theme is "Cars, Planes Trucks and Trains!"
 
Check out one of our campers, below, beginning to make his lion mask craft!
 
 
One of our campers trying out their balance beam skills during one of the camp activities!
 
 
Just 'hainging around' at Kid's Camp!
 
If you are looking for summer camp in  Gainesville then don't forget that The Little Gym of Gainesville offer summer camps every week over the summer!
 
All of our summer camps are gymnastics based, but each week is themed differently and each day focuses on different games and activities within that camp week's theme!  This week's camp theme was "The Little Gym Crazy Carnival" and we had a blast!
 
Next week we will be holding our "Cars, Planes, Trucks and Trains" theme next week!  If you're ready for summer camp fun, then give us a call to come join us for just a day, a few days or the whole week -- whatever fits your family's summer camp schedule!
 
For a full listing of our summer camps visit us online at http://www.thelittlegym.com/GainesvilleVA/Pages/camp-schedules.aspx
 
The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101
Summer camp is a blast for kids and it's a great way to not only keep them occupied during the summer months, but also allows them to meet new people, learn new skills and grow mentally, socially and physically.
 
One of the common questions that parents ask regarding summer camp is what does my child really get out of summer camp?
 
We found some great statistics that the American Camp Association shared regarding summer camp:
 
- 96% of campers say they make new friends at camp.

- 92% said camp help them feel good about themselves.

- 74% said they did things at camp they were afraid to do at first.

The Statistics show that Parents agreed:
- 70% said their child gained self-confidence at camp.

- 63% said their child continued to participate in activities learned at camp.

- 69% said their child remained in contact with friends made at camp.
 
If you're looking for Summer Day Camps in the Gainesville area, give us a call!  Each of our camps are themed differently every week and our flexible scheduling allows you to choose a day, a week or even multiple weeks -- whatever fits your family's schedule.
We're excited to let everyone know that this summer we're going to be offering Cheerleading Summer Camp at The Little Gym of Gainesville!
 
Get ready for FUN!  From cheers, to chants to flashy moves your little ones will have a blast in our Cheerleading Summer.  The camp runs from July 22nd through until July 26th -- but at The Little Gym of Gainesville you can just buy one camp day, a few days or the whole week!  Whatever fits your family's busy summer schedule!
 
Our Cheerleading Summer Camp also includes fun, age-appropriate stunts for our little Cheer Team to try out! 
 
In addition to our cheerleading summer camps, we also have Crazy Carnival, X-treme Sports of ALL Sorts, Superheroes!, The Little Gym Olympics, Hip Hop Karate Chop and much more!
 
Visit us online to check out our entire Summer Camp list. And don't forget, when you mention this blog post (from now until May 31, you'll receive $25 off when you reserve your child's spot in one week of camp!)
 
The warm weather has finally arrived and it's time to start thinking about Summer Camps! What is the value of participating in a Summer Camp? At The Little Gym of Gainesville, it's important to not only have fun, but also promote and develop your child's well-being.

So, Why Summer Camp?

Unplug! Summer Camp enables your child to break away from the iPads, Laptops and T.V. screens and gets them active and develops the habit of staying active too!

Independence! Summer Camp -- whether it's a day or a week -- develop's your child's ability to separate from you, make some of their own decisions and participate in social activities without Mom or Dad!
 
Confidence! At Summer Camp your child is able to try new things in a positive and safe environment -- every time they try a new skill, social activity or game, they're building their confidence that will last long after camp fun is over.
 

Friendship! Of course, one of the best parts about Summer Camp is the friendships that are built and developed during the fun summer activities they participate in together.
 

Summer Camp Fun in the Gainesville area is Just around the Corner and we're offering you a special deal!
 

Mention this blog post & you'll receive $25 off of camp when you reserve three or more camp days at The Little Gym of Gainesville!
 

Whether you're looking for just a day, multiple days or even weeks, we have Summer Camps that are sure to make your little one smile!
 

Our Summer Camp Themes Include:
The Little Gym Crazy Carnival
Cars, Planes, Trucks and Trains!
X-Treme Sports
Superheroes!
Legends, Fables and Folklore!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Cheerleading
My Animal Planet
The Little Gym Olympics
Hip-Hop Karate Chop!
Sky Rangers

Special deal is valid from April 10 until May 1, 2013.

 Over the past several months The Little Gym of Gainesville and Soles4Souls have turned to the people of Gainesville and nearby Northern Virginia communities to help collect shoes for children in need.  The shoes were shipped last week and a whopping 8,250 shoes were collected locally!

The Little Gym of Gainesville franchise owner, Chad Mussmon, his family and local community members, packaged, box-up and loaded the truck with the donated shoes.  Mr. Mussmon then delivered the truck filled with shoes to New Jersey, where Soles4Souls leaders were waiting to collect the shoes and distribute the donated shoes across the world to people in need!

The Little Gym of Gainesville owner, Chad Mussmon was quoted saying, “It’s not only great to see how many people have come out to donate shoes over the past few months, but it’s really awesome to see the children helping package and transport the shoes – they really get an understanding of why donating to others is so important.”

The Little Gym International and Soles4Souls teamed up nationwide.  The total number of shoes collected across the nation was a little over 42,000 pairs of shoes.  The collected shoes will protect children from harsh conditions, disease and enable them to attend school as well.

Thanks to the community members who donated shoes or helped box and ship them to the children in need!

We just wanted to share a quick reminder to all that our Summer Classes will begin on June 10th! We're so excited for our Summer Classes and cannot wait to begin! We are currently enrolling students in our Pre-K and Grade School Gymnastics, Karate, Dance and our Parent/Child Classes!
 
Now until March 24th we are offering you $10 off your Summer Class enrollment and FIVE raffle tickets for a chance to win an Awesome Birthday Bash, a free second Summer Class, a week of Summer Camp or a Parents' Survival Night!
We hope to see you over the Summer! Give us a call to take advantage of the $10 savings before it's too late!
 
703-753-9101

Are you ready to skip the bug spray this summer and just enjoy fun physical activities in the gym, crafts, games and even welcome special visitors -- from Firefighters to superheroes to puppies -- each day your little one joins us for an awesome camp will be a new and exciting experience!

Summer camp can be a big step for the little ones in our lives, that's why The Little Gym of Gainesville offers half day and day camps that you can take for the day, multiple days or even the week! We have a variety of camp themes that will put huge smiles on everyone's face!

Whether you are looking for a fun carnival theme, visits from firefighters, policemen and even the occasional puppy, turtle or snake, then check out our summer camp schedule online or give us a call at 703-753-9101.

You hear it on the news, friends are talking about it -- it's flu season. At The Little Gym of Gainesville we're looking to help keep you and your little ones prepared and protected from "The Bug!"
 
- Make snacks and meals with wholes grains, dark and leafy greens and berries!
- Tea is a great disease fighter as well! Serve it hot with a little honey and your kids will stay healthy with a yummy treat.
- Sleep! When we sleep our bodies are able to recover and fight against any disease. For toddlers, experts recommend around 12 hours of sleep and 10 hours for pre-school and school-aged children!
- Teach kids not to share their food and drinks with other children. Disease is spread the quickest amoungst the little ones when they share food and drinks.
 
Staying active and eating healthy are simple and effective ways of staying healthy during the flu season! Don't forget that we offer make-up classes for any class you miss throughout the season, so if your child isn't feeling well, keep them home, let them rest and then when they're feeling better come on in for your make-up class at The Little Gym!
At The Little Gym we offer everything from grade-school gymnastics to karate to toddler and parent/child classes.  We were honored when DCMetroMom.com wrote not only a wonderful article about our Birds Program (10 months - 19 months,) but we were also so impressed with how insightful the article is regarding the curriculum and core values of each class we offer and we wanted to share it with everyone.
 
The article is from a parent's perspective on why our programs are more than just a fun place for your child to burn off some energy. 
 
Research suggests that starting creative physical activity at a young age may be the key in fostering confident, healthy and successful children. A new white paper published by The Little Gym International, shows that what was once thought of as fitness skills can now directly translate into classroom and work skills.
 
Mommy and Me Parent/Child classes at The Little Gym start working with your child at four months of age. Introducing your little one to new physical movements that help them reach their developmental milestones.
 
"Raising Future Well-Adjusted Adults" is prepared from research compiled by Dr. Cheryl Olsen, a former Harvard Medical School faculty member who specializes in child development and health behaviors. Some of the research in her report is listed below:
 
- Children make judgements about their motor skill abilities at an early age, which may affect their willingness to take on new physcial challenges as they get older.
 
- Structured and repetitive physical activities can improve a child's processing speed, working memory, self-control and strategic decision-making ability.
 
- Early participation in structured group activities that allow children to cultivate skill such as initiative, teamwork, and emotional regulation, can help children more effectively take on leadership roles in the future.
 
Mommy and Me Parent/Child Classes at The Little Gym have a structured and three dimensional learning approach, with three core tenents: "Get Moving" to foster flexibilty and strength, "Brain Boost" to foster listening skills, concentration and decesion-making and finally, "Citizen Kid" to cultivate sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities. The research in Dr. Cheryl Olsen's study support this approach as an effective and benficial tool in your child's development.
Does your child love coming to their gymnastics, karate, dance or parent/child class? Why not share that news and get rewarded for it?
 
When you refer-a-friend to The Little Gym you'll receive a $25 Visa Gift Card, $25 off an Awesome Birthday Bash and your child can pick from our prize board that's hanging in the lobby! Don't worry, we didn't forget about your friend either! They'll recieve $20 off their first month of class and their little one can pick from the prize board too!
 
Give us a call or stop by the front desk for more information!

From infant to toddler, our Parent and Child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical first three years. Weekly Mommy and Me classes will help your child achieve new milestones and prepare for more advanced challenges during each stage of growth. And since youʼre along for the ride, youʼll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and the occasional adult-sized giggle.

Get Moving! Increased physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination, balance

Brain Boost! Spatial and perceptual awareness, introduction to colors, language development and self-expression, knowledge of numbers and letters, initial problem solving

Citizen Kid! Developing independence and feeling comfortable away from parents, early socialization, sharing and taking turns, accepting new environments, following directions and cooperating.


We offer four fun Mommy and Me classes for our youngest members and their parents:

Bugs: infants 4 -- 10 months

Birds: infants/toddlers 10 -- 19 months

Beasts: toddlers 19 months -- 2 1/2 years

Super Beasts: toddlers 2 1/2 -- 3 years

For more information on Mommy and Me class visit http://www.thelittlegym.com/GainesvilleVA/Pages/parent-child.aspx

The Little Gym of Gainesville
7364 Atlas Walkway
Gainesville, VA 20155
(703) 753-9101

Check out our video that gives you a sneak peak inside our Parent/Child Classes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woJTnL2a6RY

 

 
Dancing -- It's More than Just a Toe-tapping Good Time!

 
Does your little one love to move, wiggle or shake?  Then maybe a dance class is the right fit for them! 
 
Dancing isn't just a fun time, it's also good for you! At The Little Gym, we love to see smiles on our members' faces, but we also love knowing that the skills we are teaching them are growing their confidence, coordination and balance!

A few things that make our youth dance classes so unique are the creatively themed classes and the complimentary gymnastics time to help emphasize your child's balance and coordination.

Dancing is fun and it helps to increase a child's self-confidence, flexibility, balance and coordination! We'd love to have your little one join our The Little Gym Dance Family! Give us a call at 703-753-9101.
Check out Mr. & Mrs. Barber, Matthew and Kiran, our "Get Moving" family of the week!  Mr. and Mrs. Barber worked on their balance and body control today when they bounced on the air track in the Mini-Flips class today!  Way to go guys -- balance and coordination are key elements to ensuring a healthy lifestyle!
At The Little Gym we not only focus on flexibility, strength, listening and leadership skills -- we also focus on safety! Understanding how to perform gymnatistics skills properly and safely is an important part of the learning process. With Halloween on its way, we wanted to share some safety tips! We want this Halloween to be safe! Here are some quick tips to help protect your little ghosts and goblins: Choose brightly colored costumes so your child is more visible in the dark Add reflective tape or stickers to your child’s costume and goodie bag Make sure the hats, masks and wigs don’t interfere with your their ability to see clearly Give your child a flashlight with new batteries to carry with them Avoid oversized costumes which can be a tripping hazard or can catch fire by brushing against a lit jack-o-lantern Make sure your child has identification just in case you should get separated Leave bikes, skateboards and in-line skates at home Remind your child to walk, never run while trick-or-treating and at street corners to stop and look before proceeding For younger children, avoid candy corn, caramels, gummy bears, jelly beans and other small candies that are a choking hazard Know a tip we forgot? Share it with us on our Facebook Page.
 
Congratulations to our awesome Student of the Week, Gabe! Gabe has been working on his flexibilty and coordination in his Karate class here at The Little Gym.  Coordination is so important in karate and we're so proud of all is hard work! Way to go Gabe!

Planning a birthday party for your little one can be stressful. Children’s birthday parties at The Little Gym take away your stress! We take care of the set up and the clean up so you can enjoy your child’s birthday party as much as they do! Every birthday at The Little Gym of Gainesville is filled with gymnastics, moon bounces, obstacle courses, games and more!

Check out more information for our Awesome Birthday Bash at http://www.thelittlegym.com/GainesvilleVA/Pages/kids-birthday.aspx

Also, when you reserve your child’s birthday party before Oct. 31, 2012, you can receive $25 off your child’s party! Give us a call today for more information or schedule your date – 703-753-9101.

 10/08/2012
As we make our way into October and cooler weather is upon us, we all seem to be spending a little more time indoors. Today we want to share with you some awesome fall craft ideas we have found!

This first craft idea comes from All Kids Network. The name of the craft is Paper Bag Scarecrow and it's a cute and simple way for you and your child to get into the spirit of fall!
 
What You'll Need:
Brown paper lunch bag
Newspaper
Yellow, brown, orange, black, blue, and red construction paper
2 googly eyes
Glue
Scissors
Tape
 
How to make your Paper Bag Scarecrow Craft:
Use the newspaper to stuff your brown paper lunch bag. Be careful not to stuff it too full! Tape the top of the bag closed.
Print out our template above.
 
Cut out the shapes and trace them on construction paper. The smile is black, the hat is brown, the hat ribbon and bow are blue, the nose is orange, and the leaf is red. Cut out all of the pieces.

Cut a few one inch wide strips of yellow construction paper.
Glue the bow onto the bag towards the bottom. Glue the tiny yellow square in the middle of the bow.

Glue the smile on above the bow. Then glue on the googly eyes so they are at the same height as the top of the smile. Then glue the nose in the middle.

Cut the yellow construction paper strips to various lengths and glue along the top of the bag as hair.
 
To make the hat, glue the blue strip to the tall rounded portion of the hat. Then glue the brim of the hat on so that it leaves a bit of the blue strip exposed, but not all of it exposed. Glue the red leaf on the side of the hat. Glue that hat onto your scarecrow.
 
 
If you're looking for something that only requires a few supplies than Martha Stewart's "Hanging Leaves" is the project for you and your little one! All that is needed is some leaves,a stick, glue and string!
 
How to Create the Hanging Leaves Craft:

Glue the string to that back of the leaves and wrap the string around the stick and then hang the stick from a window and you have just made your very own "dream catcher" out of leaves and string!

There are all sorts of fun fall craft ideas -- share with us some of your favorites at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Gym-of-Gainesville/165325408439?ref=hl
The Internet is a wonderful resource for kids. But like all tools, you need to teach your children how to use it wisely. Consider setting some basic ground rules to help protect your children. Some simple rules such as how long they can be on the computer and what types of sites they can visit can help keep your child safe as they surf the web. Another easy safety tip is to keep the computer in a public part of your home, instead of a bedroom, so that you can more easily keep an eye on what’s going on. It may also be helpful to determine whether your children's friends have the same type of rules at their house as you do at yours.

Here are a few internet safety tips that we recommend discussing with your children:
· Never give out your personal information online such as name, home address, school name, or telephone number.
· Tell Mom & Dad right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
· Only communicate with people you know personally; people online may not be who they say they are.
· Do not meet anyone in person that you have met online or have them visit without your Mom or Dad’s permission.
· Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
· If you get a message that is mean or threatening in any way, tell your Mom or Dad immediately.
 
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Enjoying some time splashing in the water is a great way to beat the summer heat! The pool and beach offer hours of entertainment for kids of all ages!
 
While you're enjoying the water, be sure to take the appropriate steps to keep your child safe this summer. Every day, two children die from accidental drowning -- which is the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14.
 
Follow these simple guidelines when your child is near the water:
 
1. Never leave your child unsupervised when he or she is near any water; this includes lakes, pools, bathtubs, hot tubs and even shallow pools of water.
 
2. Empty all buckets immediately after use and store them upside-down and out of reach of your child.
 
3. Teach your child to swim -- get them started with age-appropriate swim classes in your community.
 
4. Never rely on flotation devices alone to keep your child safe in the water.
 
5. Small children should be accompanied by an adult when swimming.
 
6. Teach your child to use the buddy system and instruct them to never go near water alone.
 
7. Adults and kids over the age of 13 should learn infant and child CPR.
Don't forget to have a fun and safe summer!
 
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Anytime Spring Break

Kids Camp®

 

April 2, 2012 - April 6, 2012

 

For Ages 3-8 years

 (must be POTTY INDEPENDENT)

 

 

 

  

 

 

Monday-Friday

9:00am- 12:00pm

 

Theme: Superheroes!

Look up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No – it’s your Superhero child flying, dashing and speeding around The Little Gym “saving the day” with their super powers!  The kids will have fun pretending to be their favorite superhero during this Marvel-ous week of camp!  We’ll even have some visits throughout the week by our REAL-LIFE superheroes – police officers, firefighters and paramedics!

 

Tuesday & Thursday

1:00pm- 4:00pm

 

Theme: TLG’s Crazy Carnival

Carnival rides and games in The Little Gym?  Crazy, right?  Well that’s exactly what we have planned for our “campers” this week!  Using our safe equipment, music and imagination we will create all of this and more.

We are super excited to have brand new themes this year!  Registration starts Monday, February 6th, and for every 3 day camp purchased before February 18th, get a free day of Spring Break camp!*

 

Call or email for more information!

 

*Three days purchased must be within the same week theme

 

June 11th – 15th 

TLG’s Crazy Carnival!

Carnival rides and games in The Little Gym?  Crazy, right?  Well that’s exactly what we have planned for our “campers” this week!  Using our safe equipment, music and imagination we will create all of this and more.  Oh, and don’t forget about the carnival “Talent Show” on the last day!  “Come one, come all to TLG’s Crazy Carnival”!

 

June 18th – 22nd

Cars, Planes, Trucks & Trains

Is your child crazy bout “Trucks”? “Trains”?  Do they dream of flying, or speeding across the finish line in their racecar?!  Each day this camp offers fun activities, music and games about one of these modes of transportation; an exciting week of Transportation Fascination!

 

June 25th –29th

X-treme Sports of ALL Sorts

Tired of the regular old sports?  How about challenging yourself with some X-treme Sports – TLG Style?!  The kids will have a BLAST taking part in some creatively-modified X-treme sports activities such as “Base Jumping”, “Cliff-Diving”, “Surfing” and even “Zorbing” – riding INSIDE our donut!  All of these safe activities are sure to Thrill!

 

July 2nd - 3rd  & 5th – 6th  

Superheroes!

Look up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No – it’s your Superhero child flying, dashing and speeding around The Little Gym “saving the day” with their super powers!  The kids will have fun pretending to be their favorite superhero during this Marvel-ous week of camp!  We’ll even have some visits throughout the week by our REAL-LIFE superheroes – police officers, firefighters and paramedics! 

 

July 9th -13th

Legends, Fables & Folklore

Wonder and fascination will be brought to life during this week of Legends, Fables and Folklore!  Has your child ever pretended to be a Unicorn, Dragon or Mermaid?  Do they love the stories of “Robin Hood” or “Cinderella”?  The kids will get to bring these and other characters and stories to life this week – and get some great exercise at the same time!

 

July 16th – 20th

Lights, Camera, Action!

Who knows how many of our TLG campers of today just might be the Movie Stars or Broadway actors of tomorrow?  What we DO know is that each child will have many fun-filled creative movement, role-playing and even acting experiences this week!  By the end of the week we just might even have a “World Premier Movie” – starring all of our campers – to show the parents!  

 

July 23rd – 27th

Cheerleading!

“Give me an ‘F – U – N!’  What’s that spell?  “FUN!”  Get ready for some fun cheers, chants and flashy moves during Cheerleader Week!  The kids will enjoy cheering, dancing, high-powered gymnastics and TEAMWORK.  We will even introduce some fun, age-appropriate stunts for our little Cheer Team to try!  Come find out why Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports! 

August 6th – 10th

The Little Gym Olympics

The Summer Olympics are back once again in 2012!  We will celebrate by having our own The Little Gym Olympics during this week of camp – complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and of course the Grand Awards Presentation!  Each day will offer fun-filled sports activities.  But be forewarned!  Along with familiar sports, we might try some fun Whacky Sports that have never been done before!

August 13th -17th

Hip-Hop Karate Chop!

As the theme suggests, this week will be an incredible action-packed combination of karate and hip-hop dance skills!  Whether your child is already a “dancer in the making”, an aspiring “ninja” – or just a curious little “mover”, this camp will be an energetic, rhythmic adventure like no other! 

August 20rd - 24th

Sky Rangers!

“Please fasten your seatbelts and know that your Imagination may be used as a floatation device!”  The children’s imaginations will truly SOAR this week as they pretend to fly in helicopters, zeppelins, flying saucers, jetpacks – and more!  “How will they do this?” – you may ask!  Leave that to us!  Providing creative, fun-filled adventures is our specialty! 

What has motherhood brought to your life? This article on Time.com breaks down why it’s so great to be a mom. Plus, I thought they provided a wonderfully accurate description of how I generally feel watching my kids grow and develop at The Little Gym.
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