The move and groove 45 minute class at the PCYC on Monaco Street in Broadbeach Waters was perfect for an energetic toddler who loves to run, jump, dance and bounce.
They run three classes a week for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years old - on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Friday's at 9:30am. it is $10 for a one off trial class, then you will need to join as a member and the class is then $8 each time. There are different member options such as adult individual which is $30, child individual which is $20 and a family membership which is $60 - the family membership is probably the best option.
It's not a class you leave them in, you stay with your toddler and run and jump around with them - who needs to go to the gym? I had a bit of a work out myself.
Because of the age range there isn't much of a structure to the class, as of course that wouldn't really work with around 15 toddlers, and parents too.
For the first 10 minutes you go into a smaller room with a padded floor and the toddlers get to race up and down, run around in a circle, jump in hoops and dance around to nursery rhymes and sing some classic Wiggles songs.
10 minutes was just enough time for there to be a little bit of structure - it was fascinating seeing her take direction and follow instructions.
Then they are free to use the main room for the remaining time - this includes loads of huge soft play mats, a trampoline and box, balance-beams, balls, tunnels and loads things to climb and play with.
My stepdaughter attends a gym class there on Saturday mornings and it's the same set up and equipment. Of course you need to watch them at all times, however I found it to be a very safe environment as much of the space is soft mats for the very little ones and some more advanced stuff for the older kids.
It's so important in this digital focused world for children to move, jump, run and climb - it helps to develop their sense of balance and physical skills, but it also builds confidence and social skills. The PCYC is committed to enhancing communities through youth development - I believe it is important for families to have safe place for kids to find their talents.
I cannot wait to take her again and watch her grow, learn and develop.
Located on Monaco Street underneath the Bermuda Street bridge - it is well signposted and there is plenty of parking on site.
The PCYC is an excellent venue with loads of classes for all the family at times to suit the busiest households. See their website for details on all the classes ranging from yoga to basketball and street dance to martial arts.