Our Story

Who we are atThe Little Gym of Lake Charles

My name is Nichole Berza. My husband, Chris, and I are owners of The Little Gym of Lake Charles, La. We were introduced to The Little Gym in 2013. Our son attended the gym in Lafayette, La and we fell in love with the people there as well as the concept of The Little Gym. It was always a goal of mine to open a Little Gym in Lake Charles so that the children in this area could experience a fun and safe environment to build confidence that leads to a lifetime of success! We purchased the franchise in May 2017 and open our doors in January 2018!

Children are very close to my heart! I enjoyed babysitting starting at an early age and have enjoyed being around children ever since. I took a position as preschool director at a church in our community in 2014 and have enjoyed seeing children grow and also having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

My husband and I are very excited and enthusiastic about children, families and The Little Gym itself.  I invite you to give me a call or stop by at any time to discuss how The Little Gym can greatly influence your child's future and lifetime success!



Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Lake Charles, 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 Lake Charles 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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