Our Story

Who we are at

The Little Gym of Kalamazoo

Welcome to The Little Gym of Kalamazoo! I am so excited to provide amazing developmental programs that your children will love. My name is Melissa Housner and I am the owner and director of The Little Gym of Kalamazoo. I was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. After earning my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University, I moved to North Carolina to begin my teaching career. I discovered The Little Gym while living in North Carolina. At four months old my daughter began taking parent/child classes at The Little Gym of Fayetteville. Instantly I fell in love with the program and she continued classes until she was four years old. After relocating to Portage, Michigan I realized that The Little Gym would be a perfect fit for the Kalamazoo/Portage area. I look forward to creating a wonderful and vibrant environment for young kids to develop and achieve.

Team Members

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Kalamazoo, 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 Kalamazoo experience the benefits of Serious Fun.

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.


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.