Our Story

Who we are at

The Little Gym of Rockville Centre

Owners

Ali’s introduction to The Little Gym started when she was a toddler. She attended a The Little Gym at the age of 3 (as a Funny Bug!) and continued on for some years. When her eldest daughter Lyla was an infant, she knew she had to sign her up. She had memories of attending classes, even with her younger sister, and knew it would be a great way to enhance the social and cognitive development of her daughter. Watching her learn new skills and interact with the great instructors at The Little Gym was such a joy for her. She was very happy with the program, and looked forward to classes each week to see what milestones Lyla would accomplish. Some years later, an opportunity came up to start her own The Little Gym with her husband, Miguel, and they jumped at the chance!

Miguel’s first job was working in an afterschool and summer program in a local community center. He was a tutor and camp counselor and always had a way of connecting with children and is genuinely happy interacting with them because he is just a big kid at heart. Being able to own his own business with his wife, do something they are passionate about, and provide a service to the community makes this a perfect fit for them. They now have a new addition to the family, Talia, who loves to "hang" out at the gym too!

Philosophy

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Rockville Centre, 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 strength, balance, flexibility, agility and coordination

Brain Boost

Brain Boost

Nurturing listening skills, imagination, concentration and decision-making

Citizen Kid

Citizen Kid

Promoting sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership

History
45 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-five years later, children at The Little Gym of Rockville Centre experience the benefits of Serious Fun.

Partners
We're proud of

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 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 is a philanthropic and sustainability initiative dedicated to positively impacting our communities to ensure all children, today and in the future, have a safe and healthy place to live and grow.