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 story lines, 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!
The Little Gym of Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
Summer is right around the corner!
...Yet, it can still seem pretty far away when you're trying to create your child's summer schedule. But, at the gym, we understand and we have you covered!
You can reserve your child's space in camp with a 10 day camp Flex-Pass... BUT, instead of having to pick your days NOW, you can pick your days or camp weeks later -- a lot later if you'd prefer! This way, your child can enjoy camp, but you don't have to worry about making a commitment to any certain day or week of camp until you know what your summer schedule will look like -- Not-to-mention, a flex pass will save you over $100!
Members and Nonmembers of The Little Gym are welcome to join in on camp fun this summer.
A 10-day flex pass is just $295 for members and $330 for nonmembers. You can also purchase camp days by the day - whatever fits your schedule!
At the gym, camp themes change every week and each day of camp brings an awesome new adventure in the gym. This year's summer camp also includes LEGO Build Activities too!
Awesome members -- please do not forget that May 9th is our Members Only Priority Enrollment. Not only do you get first dibs on Fall Classes, you'll also receive:
• $25 tuition savings
• 15 Raffle Tickets
• PRIZE WHEEL
• FIRST 50 PEOPLE GET A SPECIAL GIFT!
Of course it's not just the savings and awesome prizes -- your little one will enjoy games and fun in the gym too!
If you cannot make it to the party on May 9th, but would still like to participate in the savings and raffles, please visit us at the front desk so we can give you a special form to fill out before May 9!
Ready for summer? Summer camp at The Little Gym is enrolling now! Not sure what summer camp you'd like to try -- check out the schedule below -- flexible scheduling allows you to pick different days, full weeks or just one day!
Weekly Camp Themes:
June 15th-19th: The Search for Rainbow Castle
June 22nd-26th: Mid-Summer Night's Garden Party
June 29th- July 3rd: The Treasures of Magical Mountain
July 6th-10th: Green Beard's Pirate Ship!
July 13th-17th: The Dragon's Lair Slumber Party
July 20th -24th: The Neat Ninja League!
July 27th -31st: Cheerleading!
August 3rd-7th: The Race to Outer Space!
August 10th-14th : The Secret Clue to the Baby Animal Zoo
August 17th-21st : Hawaiian Hide & Seek!
August 24th-28th: The Five Wonders of Foxhole
August 31st -September 4th: The Super Grown-Ups
Give us a call at (703) 723-0011 to reserve your child's space in the fun this summer!
Members: Don't forget to take advantage of Summer Class Priority Enrollment. As a member, you not only receive "first dibs" on class, but you can also take advantage of savings and get chances to win some really AWESOME prizes!
Check out the Priority Enrollment Schedule below:
Enroll in Summer Class on Monday, March 16th:
• $20 Tuition Savings
• 10 raffle tickets
• Free Spring Break Day (ages 3-8)
Enroll in Summer Class between Tuesday, March 17th and Sunday, March 22nd and receive:
• $15 Tuition Savings
Finally, your last chance at discounts and raffle tickets will be held Monday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 29th and you will receive:
• $10 Tuition Savings
• 5 raffle tickets
Join us on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23, from 9 a.m. to Noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or an all day camp option of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
Children 3 and potty independent to 8 years old are welcome to attend. Give us a call or visit us at the front desk to reserve your child's space in the fun! (703) 723-0011.
Ashburn, VA 20147
Ready to shop on Black Friday without the little ones in tow?
Get your holiday shopping kicked off on Black Friday, while the little ones have a blast in the gym! From 9 a.m. to Noon, we will host our Black Friday Parents' Survival "Night!" Give us a call to reserve your child's space in the fun! (703) 723-0011.
*Children must be 3 and potty independent to 8 years old to participate. Members and nonmembers welcome to attend.
Many people ask us here at The Little Gym what Parents’ Survival Night is all about. The answer is simple -- it’s all about you and your little one!
Parents’ Survival Night gives you the opportunity to enjoy three hours to yourself on a Saturday night – whether you need to run a few errands, enjoy a date night or even just have a relaxing, stress-free evening; it’s your time to do whatever you have been needing to do without the little ones in tow!
And, while you’re having a blast, your kids will be too – in a fun, safe gym environment! They will enjoy games in the gym and create a craft to take home with them and, don't forget, they will enjoy yummy pizza too!
Parents’ Survival Night at The Little Gym of Ashburn is held on the first Saturday of every month. November's Parents’ Survival Night is Saturday, November 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Space is limited each month, so please call ahead to reserve your child’s space in the fun!
Please keep in mind, that in order to participate in The Little Gym’s Parents’ Survival Night your child must be between three (and potty independent) to eight years old. Member and Nonmembers are welcome to attend these events!
Ready for the fun?!
WOW! School is back in session. Where did the summer go?!
Time sure does fly! We are sad to see summer end, but SO excited to see everyone back in the gym this 2014-2015 Season!
We are thrilled to share that the 2014-2015 Class schedule is available online and open to enrollment at this time!
The 2014-2015 Season schedule offers classes for children 4 months to 12 years old. The Little Gym of Ashburn classes range from Parent/Child to Pre-K gymnastics, dance, karate and sports skills to Grade School gymnastics and dance programs!
Not sure if there will be time in your schedule? Daytime, evening and weekend classes are all available to fit your family's busy fall schedule! But, don't worry -- if you cannot make it to class one week, we have a make up promise that allows you to make up the class you missed in any other age-appropriate program!
Please do not wait to call and reserve your child’s space as all classes are beginning to fill at this time, especially the evening and weekend classes. All classes have begun this week, however, our open enrollment allows you to enroll at anytime!
Check out the full schedule online or give us a call at (703) 723-0011 with any questions or to save your child's space in the fun!
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!
43330 Junction Plaza, STE 180
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.
43330 Junction Plaza, Suite 180
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.
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) 723-0011.
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!
43330 Junction Plaza, STW 180
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!
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 first 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) 723-0011.
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.
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) 723-0011 to take advantage of this special camp deal!
The Little Gym of Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza, Set 180
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) 723-0011 to learn how to reserve your child’s place in this camp week!
43330 Junction Plaza, Ste 180
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! Have any indoor activity ideas to share with us? Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Gym-of-Ashburn-Virginia/120968578540?ref=hl and let us know!
Cheerleading Camp is making its debut for the second year in a row here at The Little Gym of Ashburn. 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) 723-0011.
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 Ashburn, 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 Ashburn 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) 723-0011.
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) 723-0011.
The Little Gym of Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
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 Ashburn, (703) 723-0011.
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 Ashburn 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) 723-0011
Summer camp at The Little Gym of Ashburn 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 Ashburn 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 Ashburn 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!
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.
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 Wednesday 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 Ashburn, (703) 723-0011
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: Friday, January 17
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: The Little Gym of Ashburn (43330 Junction Plaza)
Give us a call if you have any questions (703) 723-0011. We hope to see you at the Free Open House for an evening filled with Fun!
The Little Gym of Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
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 Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
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-Ashburn-Virginia/120968578540
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 Ashburn, 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 Alexandria at Van Dorn Girls Gymnastics video!
The Little Gym of Ashburn
43330 Junction Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
The Little Gym of Ashburn local franchise owners Chad and Tiffany Mussmon along with their 5 children will be embarking on a trip in December to Haiti with Soles4Souls to size, distribute and give shoes to children in need. Thanks to the Ashburn community, The Little Gym collected over 10,000 pairs of shoes. Families from Purcellville to Fairfax to Leesburg dropped off shoes at The Little Gym from January to May totaling this amazing collection number.
“My young children and our kids at The Little Gym could not believe that some kids in the world do not even have the basic necessity of shoes. When we told them that number is over 300 million worldwide, even I could not comprehend it. Collecting shoes was a simple way to teach children about poverty and the value of giving to others. When they brought their outgrown shoes to The Little Gym, the little ones were proud to donate them. They got involved and now we get the opportunity to travel and give the shoes to children.” Mussmon said.
The reality of life for many individuals in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. It is not uncommon for children to grow up in these areas without ever having had a pair of shoes at all. The number of barefoot-orphaned children, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, is estimated to be above 20 million. Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. Shoes are very often considered a required part of the school uniform in developing countries, and without shoes, many children are unable to attend school.
Our goal is to give each child a gift when they get a pair of shoes. Between now and December 1st if you Stop by your local The Little Gym and bring in a new bottle of finger nail polish or sponsor a ball ($7.00) we will give you a gift certificate to The Little Gym for $20.00.
For more information, check out the "Mussmon Adventures" Blog at http://mussmonadventures.com/
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 Ashburn?
The Little Gym of Ashburn43330 Junction Plaza#180Ashburn, VA 20147(703) 723-0011
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 Ashburn, 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 Ashburn, 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 Ashburn Mommy and Me Class!
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 Ashburn43330 Junction Plaza #180Ashburn, VA 20147
Over the past several months The Little Gym of Ashburn and Soles4Souls have turned to the people of Ashburn 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 Ashburn 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 Ashburn 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!
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 Ashburn 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 703-723-0011.
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:
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Anytime Spring Break
April 2, 2012 - April 6, 2012
For Ages 3-8 years
(must be POTTY INDEPENDENT)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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
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
“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
“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!
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