Our Story

Who we are atThe Little Gym of Smithfield

After many years of working in corporate America, Lynn Grissom and Susan Bucci were ready to do something exciting and fun. Lynn and Susan are sisters who are equipped with business savvy and a love for children’s fitness; being both career women and mothers, they decided to combine the two aspects of their life. They both fell in love with The Little Gym concept of positively impacting children’s lives. Lynn and Susan combined their extensive marketing and business experience along with their love of children to open the first The Little Gym in Rhode Island in January 2005. The Little Gym of Cranston received the franchisor's prestigious President's Circle Award for three consecutive years. Lynn and Susan are excited to bring The Little Gym to Smithfield! Our philosophy is to treat children with dignity and respect, to build their confidence and self-esteem, and to help each child grow as an individual. The Little Gym’s non-competitive, curriculum-based gymnastics program provides an outstanding foundation. Our Gym Director, Elena Donahue, and our Assistant Program Director, Kaylie DeGrange are loving, energetic and committed to making your child’s experience comfortable and fun. Elena and Kaylie and our awesome instructors look forward to meeting you and providing your children with a fun, warm, and exciting experience for years to come! Please give us a call to learn more about us and to schedule your introductory trial visit today!

Team Members

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Smithfield, 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


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 Smithfield experience the benefits of Serious Fun.

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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.


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!

Giving Back

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
The Little Gym Active

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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