Our Story

Who we are atThe Little Gym of Waco

My name is Melissa McNeil.  I'm married to a great guy named Matt and have a 5 year old, crazy boy named Connor.  Let me start off by saying that I’m a 20 year old girl trapped in a 50 year old woman’s body!  I love being silly, playful and just having fun!  For quite some time now, I have wanted to own my own business but just never quite knew what I wanted to do.

For 26 years, I have worked in the medical field.  The past 10 years have been in a Pediatric ICU.  While there are many success stories and MIRACLES that happen within the walls of a hospital every day, there are also the tragic stories that no one wants to be a part of.  Three Summers ago, I was witness to SEVEN tragedies within EIGHT shifts at which point... I had HAD ENOUGH!  I asked God to guide me into a different career path … I wanted to do something FUN with CHILDREN.  YOUR CHILDREN!!  And here I am! 

For years, I struggled with fertility issues but at the age of 45, through that same Grace of God, my own MIRACLE child was born.  When Connor was 18 months old, we began attending The Little Gym classes and he LOVED it.  I watched him grow physically and socially with his teachers and other students.  He would swing from the parallel bars and do his flips with pride.  And, he was always looking over his shoulder to see if I was watching.  I could see the confidence that he gained from week to week.  He couldn’t wait to go to the gym, learn something new and see the friends that he had made!

So…in June of 2018, my NEW dream will come true.  I will own my OWN The Little Gym and I can’t wait to meet your happy, healthy children and help develop their confidence, social skills, and tumbling abilities. 

Team Members

Our Philosophy of Three Dimensional Learning

The Little Gym of Waco, 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 Waco 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!

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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