I first stumbled across Gymbaroo whilst looking for activities to entertain and engage my hyper-active six month old. Six months later, we are both still loving the fun, social and educational sessions at our local Gymbaroo each week.
If you have heard of Gymbaroo but have never been along to check it out, you may have a completely different idea of what they are all about. Whilst they do have a very cool 'gym' for the kiddies to explore and you do get to teach them forward rolls and other neat manoeuvres, the principles behind the classes are much more than this.
Gymbaroo's primary focus is on early childhood development which is encouraged through play. A combination of singing, dancing, new experiences, touch and interaction with other children gives a rich and fun learning environment that the little ones soak-up like a sponge.
Gymbaroo teaches you new ways to play with your child based on their current developmental level and encourages learning through words, toys, body awareness and music. Some of my favourite aspects of the class include new concepts to teach your child such as 'off' and 'on', instrument time where each child gets to play with a new musical instrument each week, the magic bag which is filled with a new object for the children to learn and experience each week and free play in the fantastic kiddies' gym, filled with obstacles and toys galore - the perfect place to practice different physical activities such as rolling, crawling through tunnels and bouncing on trampolines.
Classes are based on developmental levels as well as age, so if your little one is rolling, crawling, walking or running they will be placed in a class filled with activities that are both mentally and physically suitable for their level. All Gymbaroo teachers are tertiary qualified so they have a great understanding of neuro physiological development and can teach parents about different aspects of their child's own development such as balance, posture and motor skills.
All kids aged from 6 weeks to 5 years are able to take part in these fun and educational sessions. Parents are required to participate in the classes as they have just as much to learn about what they can do at home with their child to further encourage their child's mental and physical growth.
Gymbaroo centres are located all across Australia - contact details and more information about the sessions are available on their website www.gymbaroo.com.au
NSW: Albury/Wadonga, Balmain, Bathurst, Belrose, Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, Cambelltown, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Central Coast, Collaroy, Concord, Daceyville, Glebe, Illawarra, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Maitland, Manly, Marrickville, Mosman, Mt Pritchard, Newcastle, Orange, Pennant Hills, Penrith, Pymble, Rouse Hill, Ryde, Taren Point, Warners Bay, Warriewood, Willoughby
QLD: Atherton, Cairns, Innisfail, Mareeba, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Townsville
SA: Gepps Cross, Hawthorn
TAS: Sandy Bay
VIC: Albert Park, Ashburton, Aspendale Gardens, Bentleigh, Berwick, Blackburn, Surrey Hills, Brighton, Brimbank, Caroline Springs, Cheltenham, Cranbourne, Diamond Valley, Doncaster East, Essendon, Geelong, Glen Waverley, Ivanhoe, Kew, Knox, Malvern, Mill Park, Mitcham, Mooroolbark, Mornington, Mt Eliza, Narre Warren, Sale, Taralgon, Werribee, Williamstown