Throw a Special Princess, Pirate or Superhero Birthday Celebration!

Make your child’s big day extra special with a Princess, Pirate or Superhero Awesome Birthday Adventure at The Little Gym!

 The Little Gym has created three new themed Awesome Birthday Bash Parties with specialized storylines, games, activities and party favors! The new themed parties include Princess, Pirate, and Superhero party offerings that are filled with imagination, adventure, and maximum fun!

 Whether your child wants a royal celebration fit for a princess, or to climb aboard a pirate ship for an ARGHHHmazing party at sea, or to save the day with a super awesome Superhero Birthday Adventure, The Little Gym has something for every birthday kid!

 Each themed party is 100% customizable meaning your child can choose their favorite princess, pirate or superhero to showcase the event! Many dates and times book up in advance so call today to book your child’s Awesome Birthday Adventure at The Little Gym! For more information visit www.thelittlegym.com 

 06/08/2015

Summer is an exciting time for families; the kids are out of school, vacations are planned and it’s finally nice enough to play outside. Before your child has the chance to say "I’m bored" this summer, check out these 5 fun activities to keep them moving, laughing & having fun:

1. Get outside for some serious summer fun! Embark on a nature scavenger hunt to find unique rocks, flowers & leaves or hold a family car wash and let the kids do the dirty work - it will be more fun as a family activity!

2. Have fun indoors with a dance party that includes your favorite The Little Gym tunes!

3. Encourage reading during the summer months by checking out The Olney Library for their summer reading program for kids of all ages!

4. Enroll in one of our Summer Camp programs. Our Super Kid’s Quest Summer Camp designed for 3-8 year and our Skill Thrill Summer Camp is designed for 6-12 year olds. Or our regular scheduled programs for children 0-12 years. We offer flexible scheduling so you can include The Little Gym in your child’s summer activities!

5. Cool off with homemade summer treats like these easy to make popsicles.

With these simple suggestions, you won’t hear "I’m bored" all summer long!

Calling all parents! Did you know? You pass more than genes down to your children – you pass down your habits too! Help your child develop healthy habits early on in life with these 5 tips from The Little Gym of Olney!

1. As a parent, you are your child’s greatest influence, if your children see you eating healthy and getting active, they are more likely to mimic those behaviors!

2. Show your child that being active as fun! Making physical activity a daily routine will help your child carry on these routines for years to come. Whether it is a nightly family walk or bike ride, it is important to begin these habits when your child is young!

3. Enroll your children in fun, engaging physical activities outside of the home, like The Little Gym of Olney!

4. Encourage your child to become involved in the planning & cooking of daily meals. Not only will this help your child understand that eating healthy is important, it will also allow you to spend quality time together planning, cooking, and eating meals!

5. With hectic family schedules, from school, to work, to kid’s activities, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and enjoy a meal together. But it doesn’t hurt to try – make a weekly goal of sitting down and eating together 5 times a week or more!

From getting active, to eating healthy, it is important for the whole family to develop a love for healthy habits!

 02/04/2015

At The Little Gym of Olney, we know that exercising provides serious benefits for kids of all ages. In fact, a study performed by The Journal of Pediatrics found that "promoting physical activity that involved aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development."

So how can you encourage your child to exercise? Get them involved in programs at The Little Gym of Olney! Our parent/child programs for children 4 months-3 years encourage little ones to explore, gain independence, and try new kills. In Pre-K and Kindergarten programs for 3- 6 year olds, children are learning to listen and follow directions, cooperate and work in a group. And in grade-school programs for 6-12 year olds, children are strengthening their bodies, and gaining a whole lot of confidence!

So if your child is not yet enrolled at The Little Gym of Olney, call today and speak with a team member. The benefits of being active will help improve your child’s academic performance, social skills, health, and much more. We can’t wait to see you on the big red mat!

At The Little Gym of Olney, we know that good manners go a long way.  But, good manners aren't something that naturally comes to kids. Good manners have to be taught and parents have to remind their children that good manners are important all the time. So whether your child is at home, school or on the playground, it's important to instill good manners.  Here are some of our favorite GOOD MANNERS at The Little Gym:
 
1.  "Thank You!"  We love hearing this!  Here at The Little Gym, there is nothing more rewarding than a child and parent coming up to you after class and thanking you for a great class! A simply Thank You goes a long way and can make someone's day!
 
2.  "Excuse Me."  We say this a lot at The Little Gym of Olney.  Especially in our preschool classes.  We are always reminding the kids to use their manners when they bump into a friend or are trying to get around someone.
 
3.  "Hello." and "Goodbye."  We instill this good manner in each class by singing a hello and goodbye song.  It is always polite to greet your friends and say goodbye when you are leaving.
 
4.  Kindness:  Showing KINDNESS to everyone!  Being kind is so important.  At The Little Gym of Olney, we make it a point to stress the importance of being nice to your friends, teachers and parents. 
 
When it comes to manners, practice makes perfect!  Let's work together to ensure that every Citizen Kid has great manners!

It may be cold outside but it’s nice and warm at The Little Gym of Olney! As the winter lingers along, so do the cold temperatures and shorter days, which offer much less time to spend outdoors. Researchers suggest that children burn half as many calories in the winter months than in the summer due to a decrease in activity.

Here at The Little Gym of Olney, it’s our main priority to encourage children to get and stay active no matter what the weather may be. How do we do it? By showing kids that getting active is FUN! Each week, we offer parents and kids, "homework", or as we call it "Personal Outside Practice" or POPS. The POPS are designed to bring The Little Gym home with your child each week to encourage healthy children to get active each day. So whether you are at home or at The Little Gym of Olney, it's important to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle every day of the week!

What can The Little Gym of Olney can do for your
child? The obvious is what we call Serious Fun!  Learning real gymnastics, dance and sport skills in a warm, clean and nurturing environment.  I could expound on all the obvious benefits. enhanced motor skills, improved balance, increased core strength, self-confidence and the belief that one
can accomplish anything.  Along with learning great social skills that will generalize to school and life.  But I won't.  Instead I would like to share a note that I recently received from a former member who brought her son to The Little Gym of Olney when we first opened.  When you read this,
you will realize that right now while your children participate they are having fun and learning all aspects of our 3-Dimensional Learning Model.
Lori's Letter:

Dear Dr. Brody,

About 10 years ago, my son, Noah, took the all boys gymnastics class at your The Little Gym.  I wanted to let you know that experience has born fruit in his life.  Noah is now 20 and is in college.  He is also working as a gymnastics teacher - teaching gymnastics to children.

He really likes his job and tells me that it is his first experience working with people who like their jobs.  He is passing on the skills he learned at The Little Gym.  I'm particularly pleased that he has a job that is helping him stay fit.  Noah was not that interested in sports as a child, but he enjoyed the classes he took at The Little Gym.  Now he is passing that joy on to another generation.  So thank you for your part in teaching Noah.

Sincerely,

Lori
 
Here are a couple other stories of how The Little Gym has more lifetime benefits than just fun! 

Story #1:  Berkley, the daughter of Ms. Lynne: 
As Lynne tells it, Berkley has a neighbor who she plays with in the back yard.  "B" started in our Bugs Program at 4 months old.  By two years of age as she ran down the hill in the backyard she would wipe out and get right back up.  Her friend, who never went to The Little Gym and who stayed home with sitters and grandparents would fall down and not get up.  Lynne always felt that The Little Gym gave Berkley the perseverance to fight through  anything, in this case the hill in the backyard.

Story #2:  Not to be the doting parent but, my daughter Julia started at The Little Gym as a Bird at 10 months when we opened in 2003.  She just recently aged out at 12 years.  I noticed one day when she was playing softball on her competitive travel team that half of the girls on her team had come to The Little Gym for at least 3-5 years.  And although I would tell you one of the benefits of gymnastics is core strength, I realized that day that the only reason these girls could hit Line drives, make the big throws (2nd to
home for example) and steal bases like they were doing was because they all had built a tremendous amount of core strength at The Little Gym.  This was all due to manipulating their own body weight in tumbling, around bars, over
beams and vaults.  Core strength they built through gymnastics at The Little Gym.  I realized then that gymnastics is the only full body exercise training program for kids. 
 
This holiday season, invest in your child's development by enrolling in The Little Gym!  Call today to schedule your Big Discovery Introductory Experience!
Want to give you kid a new perspective? Help her turn her world – and her body – upside down. Mastering a handstand does more than just instill pride and elicit giggles – it also has big physical benefits. “Being upside down is huge for coordination and body control, and it’s also great for developing upper body strength, which is the weakest area in kids” says Randy McCoy, Director of Curriculum for The Little Gym International, Inc. Have your kids follow Randy’s incremental plan, and they’ll be topsy-turvy in no time! 3 Steps to a Handstand • Start by building arm strength. In a clear space with a rug or mat, have your child stand with her back to a wall, bend down, reach out, and plant her hands on the ground two to three feet in front. Have her keep her arms straight and carefully walk her feet up the wall. 1. Donkey Kicks: Next, have her squat away from the wall with her feet slightly apart and hands on the floor. Keeping her gaze on her hands, she should kick up both feet at the same time. 2. Long Leg Kicks: With hands on the floor and one foot 12 inches in front of the other, have her kick up with her back leg, then quickly follow with the other into a mini handstand. 3. Do a Handstand! Have her stand with her feet as shown and reach her hands to the ground. When they touch, have her push off her front leg and kick up her back into a handstand. Spot her as she goes up to prevent her from toppling over. Support her legs and/or hips so that she’s stable once she’s up. "Hands-Down Fun." FamilyFun Magazine. August 2014: 38. Print.
Are you looking for a unique birthday adventure for your child?  Well, load up your backpack and head on over to The Little Gym!  Nickelodeon and The Little Gym have partnered to create "Dora the Explorer" themed birthday parties with a special storyline and music from the Emmy award-winning animated preschool series.
 
A Dora the Explorer Birthday Adventure at The Little Gym is the perfect way to make the big day extra special.  Your birthday child and their friends will have the entire facility to themselves to take part in a fun imaginative adventure with Dora and the whole explorer gang.  The birthday guests will help Dora overcome obstacles to find the Birthday Wands which they will use to fly to the top of Birthday Mountain!  During the adventure, they'll cross Crocodile Lake, jump and bounce through Isa's Flowery Garden, and more.  Along the way, the kids will encounter Tico the Squirrel, Swiper the Fox, and other friends from Dora's world.
 
In addition to leading the fun, The Little Gym team will handle everything from invitations to clean-up so you can rest easy and enjoy the fiesta!  Many dates and times are booked weeks in advance, so call today to reserve your celebration.  Let us help make this the most memorable milestone yet!
Each new year is a new opportunity to focus on making positive changes in your life.  While this is a great habit for everyone, it's especially important for parents.  Why?  Because the choices that you make not only benefit you, they have a direct effect on your child's health too!
 
Here are 3 parenting resolutions to consider in 2012:
 
1.  Instill a love for physical activity.  Physical activity provides coutless benefits.  So, it's important to help your child develop healthy habits at an early age.  In addition to gymnastics, The Little Gym has several physical activities for kids such as Sports Skills and Dance, which can help your child develop a love for an acitive lifestyle.
 
2.  Establish healthy eating habits.  Keep healthy, yummy snacks on hand and set an example for your child with your own food choices.  Plan low fat meals that follow the government's MyPlate guidelines and involve your children in meal planning and shopping.  This allows you to reinforce your child's healthy meal options and helps children discover new foods and flavors.
 
3.  Focus on your child's positive behaviors.  Like adults, children respond to favorable comments and adopt behaviors that gain them attention.  Try to get in the habit of catching yoru childre "at their best."  Providing encouragement for good behavior or for achievements in sports or other physical activities is a great way to motivate children to maintain good habits. 
 
While you help your children develop healthy habits, don't forget to make resolutions for your own health as well.  In fact, consider resolving to get some well-deserved "me" time this year.  Planning some time away from the kids should be considered a necessity rather than a luxury.  Plus, brief separations are beneficial for kids as well.  Time away helps foster a feeling of independence and builds bonds with other adults such as a grandma, favorite neighbor, or The Little Gym instructors.  And if you need a parents night out, our Parents' Survival Nights have got you covered!
 
As we start the New year, we're thrilled to have helped so many children in the Olney area develop an appreciation for fitness and fun with our kids gym classes.  We're still taking enrollments for students that want to join the second half of the 2011-2012 Season.  For more information, or to schedule a free introductory class, please contact Lynne or Keisha at 301-570-9310 today!
 11/01/2011
As I sit here at the front desk, I am listening to 3 veteran TLG parents talk to another parent who is visiting our facility for the 1st time...It's wonderful to actually here what they love about the program
 
It's a Funny Bugs class (3-4 yr olds)...
 
1.  They love that the instructors don't get stressed when the kids don't listen
2.  They love that it's ok if the kids wander, as long as they are safe
3.  They love that the instructors know how to handle different kids and different personalities
4.  They love that the instructors keep the kids engaged 100% of the time, there isn't any down time or waiting around!
5. They love that they are learning AND having fun!!