Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. Our Bouncing Bears and Beyond movement education program provides children 12 months and older with a safe, fun, kid-oriented environment where we focus on the total well-being of each child. Held in the Kid Zone, our unique children’s gym, we often hear life-long friendships are made in Bouncing Bears classes.
The Kid Zone gym is full of challenges for growing muscles and minds. Equipment is set up to enhance gross motor skills and is effectively utilized to keep kids productive throughout their entire class. Through themed lesson plans, the students experience a variety of bouncing, tumbling, swinging, balancing, rhythm, and body awareness activities, with gymnastics skills developed along the way.
Meet new friends at this fun-filled gym class for toddlers and parents! Playtime in our Kid Zone will foster your child’s coordination and motor development in swinging, balancing, climbing, running, jumping, rolling and more. The class is set up with exploration time and circle time, which includes the incorporation of songs and weekly themes using a variety of props such as puppets, ribbons, instruments, parachutes, and more. This program has plenty of action, music, and fun, while both kids and parents meet new friends!
Your child will explore a wide variety of movement concepts and skills through the use of obstacle courses, skill stations, and a variety of games and activities! During our 45 minutes of fun, we will work on basic gymnastics skills (forward and backward roll) and progressions for more challenging skills (handstands and cartwheels), basic sequencing, staying with a group and following directions, as well as social interaction skills.
Our movement education program provides children with a safe, fun, kid-oriented environment where we focus on the total wellbeing of each child. Through themed lesson plans, the students experience a variety of bouncing, tumbling, swinging, balancing, rhythm, and body awareness activities, with gymnastics skills developed along the way.
Have your little one move and groove in this energy-filled 60-minute combination class! The first 30 minutes focus on building rhythm connections to a variety of music and dance styles; exploring creativity and using our imagination and self-expression to build confidence. Each class finishes with 30 minutes of gymnastics, where we build fundamental movement skills. All classes start in the Mind Body Studio and end in the Kid Zone.
This 90-minute class features two specialties in one class! Each class features 45 minutes of aerobic exercise incorporating a mix of fun dance styles, followed by 45 minutes of structured gymnastics. All classes start in the Mind Body Studio and end in the Kid Zone.
This one-hour combo class offers children the chance to build tumbling skills while also exploring tap movements as we work on rhythms and coordination. Tap Segment: 30 minutes of basic tap building to more complex moves (tap shoes required). Gymnastics Segment: 30 minutes of tumbling and gymnastics progressions.
Days & Hours:
Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesdays: 12:15-1:00 pm
Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Fridays: 11:30-12:15; 12:15-1:00 pm
Saturdays: 2:00-2:45 pm; 2:45-3:30 pm
*Open gym times are subject to change and will vary during vacation weeks.
Location: Kid Zone
Fee: Free with a Family Membership or when enrolled in a Bouncing Bears Gymnastics class | $20.00 for all others
Advance sign-up for Bouncing Bears Open Gym times is available online three days in advance through our membership portal.
Non-members and local Y reciprocity members must also purchase a day pass to participate in Bouncing Bears Open Gym.
Please note: For the safety of all, each Open Gym time is limited to 12 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are required to stay and supervise play. Please pick up an Open Gym pass at the Front Desk.
For additional information and any questions about Bouncing Bears Open Gym, contact Mason Capozza, Youth Program Associate, by email.
Missed classes due to illness may be made up in another class during the session, space permitting. Please schedule a make-up class in advance with your class instructor or by contacting Phil Prout at 203-920-1635 or by email. If a class is canceled by the Y due to inclement weather or an emergency, every effort will be made to offer a make-up class.
Please note: if a participant cannot attend the make-up class, no credit/refund will be issued.