Our Story

Who we are atThe Little Gym of Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown

Owned and operated by local families, The Little Gym of Germantown strives to be not only a fun place for your kids but a great place for you to do business. Husband and wife team Richard and Kristin Swick first opened The Little Gym of Germantown in 2002. In 2005, Melissa Evans joined their crew at a 2nd franchise location and took on the role as Gym Director. Together, they own the Germantown and Gaithersburg locations. The times have changed but the philosophy stays the same: be a positive learning environment for kids and a great place for parents to bring them.

Ally, Gym Director, has been working for The Little Gym for over 10 years! She began as a part-time assistant in her teenage years and then continued to take on more responsibilies over time. Ally is passionate about building kids' confidence and making sure that our programs are taught to high standards. Additionally, she runs the day-to-day operations for our location in Germantown, MD too.

Jackie, Assistant Program Director, has been working for The Little Gym for over 4 years. She is trained to teach many different programs and has a blast leading Grade School skill nights and Hip Hop classes. She is currently a college student with an interest in social work. 

Victoria, Birthday Coordinator, is an energetic teacher who loves working with young kids. Her caring nature pairs well with her major in social work. When planning your child's party, Victoria makes sure to take care of all the details so parents can relax and enjoy their child's big day.

Together, they are a dynamic team who will provide you with excellent customer service, fun conversation, and great skill-building. Additionally, they love to make your child's birthday party the best ever so give them a call to get started!

Team Members

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown, 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 Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown 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 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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