Our Story

Who we are atThe Little Gym of Olney

The Little Gym of Olney, MD opened its doors for the first time in May, 2003 by Dr. Evan and Andrea Brody with the goal of encouraging the physical, social and emotional well-being of children. In July, 2019 So and Alex Couloumbis took over the ownership of The Little Gym of Olney, sharing in the goal of instilling confidence in children of all ages. Their commitment is inspiring children to be their best in recognition that it is the cornerstone of developing a lifetime of happiness and success. So Couloumbis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Language and Linguistics as well as East Asian studies. So has 20 years work experience in International Program Management, Localization Services, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and is a certified Yoga instructor. Alex has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and over 25 years of experience in Management, Engineering Design, Sales, Business Development and Operations, mostly working with government agencies. So and Alex have 3 children and fell in love with The Little Gym concept when they enrolled their youngest son Leo in his first Bugs class in 2017. They both knew immediately they wanted to be part of this amazing organization. The rest is history.

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Philosophy

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Olney, our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called Three-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is a conduit for nurturing your whole child. The Three-Dimensional Learning approach to skill development means that every class we offer fosters growth in three holistic dimensions—Brain Boost!, Get Moving! and Citizen Kid!.  Read on to see how each dimension of learning helps your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted super kid.

Get Moving

Get Moving

Developing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination through varied physical activities

Brain Boost

Brain Boost

Nurturing listening skills, concentration and decision-making that benefits your child well beyond the gym

Citizen Kid

Citizen Kid

Promoting sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership through spending time with your kid’s friends and peers

History

40 Years of Serious Fun

An innovative educator, musician and kinesiologist, Robin Wes envisioned a nurturing place where children could explore their physical development, while also growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. He opened the first The Little Gym in 1976 in Bellevue, Washington and infused those early classes with the same positive, non-competitive spirit that characterizes us today. Forty years later, children at The Little Gym of Olney experience the benefits of Serious Fun.

Partners
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Our Partnerships

We’ve teamed up with some of the most respected names in children’s toys and entertainment to enrich the experience of classes, parties, camps and more at The Little Gym.

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The Little Gym is the exclusive childhood development center home to LEGO®-based activities. Look for special LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors® building experiences in “Let’s Build, Let’s Play” Parent/Child events, WonderKids Club, Awesome Birthday Bash parties, Camps and Parents’ Survival Nights!

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Peppa Pig

The Little Gym and Peppa Pig have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind Awesome Birthday Adventure for an oinktastic cause! On behalf of every party booked, The Little Gym will be making contributions to support The Muddy Puddles Project’s mission to end childhood cancer. Jump on over…It’s going to be a muddy good time!

Giving Back
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The Little Gym Big Hearts has partnered with SeriousFun Children's Network, a global community of camps and programs that serve children coping with serious illnesses and their families.

Toys & Music
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Toys & Music

The fun doesn't have to stop when class is over! Bring Serious Fun home with The Little Gym Active Toys & Music!

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