Our Story

Who we are at

The Little Gym of Virginia Beach

The Little Gym of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are owned and operated Ann Sleigher Randy Garver, Betsy Williams.  Our passion for children and love of sports led our family to The Little Gym®.  Our research demonstrated that The Little Gym® was far superior in child development and skill building than any other program out there.  With Ann’s and Betsy’s extensive business background and Randy’s 20+ years experience in special education, we knew we could make our dream a reality.  We opened The Little Gym of Virginia Beach in February, 2005, and brought this outstanding program to Chesapeake with the opening of The Little Gym of Chesapeake in January, 2007.  We make it a priority to go above and beyond to help children grow skills, have fun and smile! We invite you to come and join our family and find your kid's happy place at The Little Gym!

Team Members

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Virginia Beach, 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

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 Virginia Beach 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 building experiences in “Let’s Build, Let’s Play” Parent/Child events, WonderKids Club, Awesome Birthday Bash parties, Camps and Parents’ Survival Nights!

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

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.