Song & Dance Make Gymboree Play & Music Classes Fun!

Today we have a guest blog post from GymboFams Ambassador Allison!

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Allison started attending Gymboree Play & Music when son, Christopher, now 4 years old, was 16 months old. She also has a daughter Annie, now 2 years old.

Walking out of a Family Gym class, I often find myself humming Dance Gymbo Dance – its catchy. My kids sing it too. When we are stuck in traffic, mini-Gymbo goes “up and down” “side to side” and “peek-a-boo” in the backseat.

My favorite though, is my kids cleaning up their toys every night, singing/yelling, “Toys away, toys away, let’s put all our toys away.”

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(Annie is always ready to help clean up in class)

Gymboree Play & Music fosters learning in a play environment. Christopher’s first word was “bubble” – I certainly wasn’t blowing bubbles at home every week. Some credit lies with hisGymboree Play & Music teachers singing “bubbles for Christopher” and all the other student in class, every week. The first complete song Annie sang to me was “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” We would sing it every week under the parachute in level 4.

Annie makes requests in class. She asks her teachers for her favorite songs: “Put Your Finger On” and “Apple Tree.” Her first year of Gymboree Play & Music was attending Christopher’s classes in a baby carrier. Before she started participating in her own classes, she would have Christopher sing her the songs.

Their new favorite is “Slippery Fish” from Family Music. It has been added to our bedtime routine. Christopher and Annie know all the words, and all the moves. They have started adding sea creatures to make the song longer (and bedtime a few minutes later). “Slippery Fish” has also been added to our “Gymbo Music” playlist (a playlist I created on my phone with our favorite songs fromGymboree Play & Music classes).

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(Christopher singing about Hammerhead Shark in Family Music)

*Mom tip* Inevitably, there will be weeks when the kids get sick, or weather keeps you from getting to class, the Gymbo Music playlist is a lifesaver. Even when we cannot see our favorite teachers, or dance with Gymbo, we have his music to calm our bodies.

Follow Allison on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/typeawithtoddler/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Cherilyn

Aloha, I am Cherilyn Evangelista, I am, I guess, a retired Chef and now stay at home mom. I now have the challenge of cooking for the most pickiest toddler ever.

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I have been bringing Matthew to Gymboree Play & Music since he was 18 months. I wish I had brought him earlier. Matty will be 3 in January. Gymboree Play & Music has helped Matty with his speech delay and now sings all the Gymboree Play & Music songs.

Matty loves every one at GymboreePlay & Music especially Ms. Tori. He gives her at least 3 a day which is 3 more than I get. Ms. Erica, Ms. Tori, Mr. Jerrick, Ms. Diane and Ms. Jessica makes us feel like family. I still haven’t figured out how they remember everyone’s name.

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Lesley

Hello!  I’m Lesley Holland from Las Vegas! I have been taking my daughter Ashya to Gymboree Play & Music since she was a year old. We tried our free first class when she was a few months old but actually started going more often when she was a year.

Ashya absolutely loves going to GymboreePlay & Music. She is now 5 and I’m sad that she will be aging out! But little brother Hunter age will take her spot! He already loves it and when big sis is in school he will get to enjoy more mommy time!


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Meet GymboFams Ambassador Mia

Howdy from Texas!

Around one month of age we noticed Kali’s eyes would light up as soon as you read, sang, or moved her body rhythmically. After showing her father a few videos of what Gymboree Play and Music classes had to offer we immediately agreed to give the classes a try.

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Our first class was Gymboree Play & Music’s National Day of Play. Not only was the class packed but everyone was so kind. Our teacher took the time to allow each family to introduce themselves and their goals for their child. As new parents we definitely want Kali to socialize, but it is equally important that we feel comfortable with the adults involved as well. There is nothing worse than mommy and daddy cliques or uninterested teachers!

Even though we work full-time and are only able to attend classes on the weekend, we believe our investment is being returned twofold. We get to spend quality time with our daughter, in a fun, inclusive, friendly, environment; while supporting her overall development. Gymboree Play and Music classes are more than just a play date it is a community.

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Follow Mia on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/mami.miia/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Jeff

Hello! My name is Jeff Cronin and my wife is named, Krystle. We’ve been taking our son to Gymboree Play & Music for about 2 months now. He LOVES it! It’s been so great to see him progress in class from a 2 month old, to now a 4 month old. His favorite activities are the parachute, tummy time (we’ve never seen him love tummy time more than in class) and the Gymbo puppet song.

We first joined for a chance for my wife to get out of the house and we didn’t know anything about GymboreePlay & Music, but once we took the first class, we were hooked! We love having him around other babies his age and learning new songs with him. It’s also great to see how the other kids have progressed in class so we know what to expect. We can’t wait to get started as a GymboFam and meet other families.

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You can follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeff_thebabydude/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBabyDude/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Mia

A little bit about us
My name is Mia and I am mommy to my 4 month old daughter Noemi Max.
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We started attending Gymboree Play & Music just a couple months ago. After attending a breastfeeding support group I quickly realized that Noemi loved interacting with other babies. I began to search for mommy and me classes but unfortunately wasn’t having any luck finding something within her age group. That’s when we found Gymboree Play & Music.
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Noemi loves going to class from tummy time to bubbles and songs with Gymbo she always has a  blast. As a mom I love the fact that we have found a place where she can have fun and enhance her development.
Follow Mia on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/miamiar13/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Allison

Hi all. My name is Allison.

When my husband and I moved to Oregon, we knew we needed to find indoor activities to get through the rainy season (October to May). We started attending Gymboree Play & Music when our son, Christopher, now 4 years old, was 16 months old. He was an early walker, and non-stop mover. Gymboree Play & Music was the ideal environment to get his wiggles out (I only wish we had taken advantage of the unlimited open gym times).

Our daughter, Annie, now 2 years old, attended her big brother’s Gymboree Play & Music classes in the Ergo at 2 weeks. The teachers made it so easy to bring Annie, and Christopher’s schedule was unchanged – a big deal for a 2-year-old with a new sister. Annie started attending her own classes when she was 16 months old. She was a later walker than her brother, walking only a week prior to her first level 4 Gymboree Play & Music class.

This summer, we enrolled Christopher in Bubble Camp/Preschool Skills. With his enrollment, he also gets to attend Music, Art, and Family Gym. I cannot believe it took us two and a half years to discover these classes. Even though Christopher and Annie are at vastly different developmental stages, they are welcomed into these classes together and instructed at their individual levels.

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Gymboree Play & Music is my kids’ happy place, I can honestly say they love their teachers. For me it is so much more – more than I can express in words. As a SAHM, there are days I need to get out and talk with adults. I am a member of a local mom’s group, but their activities do not always work with our schedules.

What I can be sure of atGymboree Play & Music, is weekly conversations with parents who have kids in similar stages as mine. We share stories, and offer solutions to kid challenges. There have been so many days I’ve walked into Gymboree Play & Music defeated, and after a 50 minutes class, come out with a new set of tools to handle a toddler situation.

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Gymboree Play & Music is the best thing we have done as a family, my husband attends when his schedule allows. I am so excited to representGymboree Play & Music as a GymboFams Ambassador. I look forward to sharing our summer Gymbo experience.

Follow Allison on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/typeawithtoddler/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Christian

Hello Gymbo FAMS!!! My name is Christian Seda and I am a mom of two boys, I am a second grade teacher, and a world traveler living in Las Vegas! After having my first son and finally settling into the role of being a mom, I was on a mission to find the perfect play space where my son could learn, explore, and socialize with other children his age. After visiting several different kids gyms I fell in love with Gymboree Play & Music.

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Gymboree Play & Music offers an amazing environment that helps engage infants to toddlers while strengthening motor skills and expanding the imagination of little minds. From the bright colors, cleanliness, adventurous equipment, in depth lesson plans, and staff that immediately made us feel like family…we found our home! Gymboree is not only a place for littles one to explore the world around them, but it is also a great place for adults to put a pause to adulting and simply be a kid again!

We have been members since my son was 10 months old and he is now 3! We love Gymboree Play & Music so much we even visited the Gymboree Play & Music in Ireland!! Meet Hudson! He is a proud big brother, has an incredible imagination, and loves spending time with his best friend Amelia at Gymboree Play & Music! He loves creating in art class, dancing to Gymbo tunes, and becoming a scientist during STEM classes!

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Meet Hayes! He is only two months old, but he is anxiously waiting for the moment he can chase around his big brother at Gymboree Play & Music!

Follow Christian on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/overthemoonmom/

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Makenzie

Hello! It is so great to be a part of the Gymbofams family!

My name is Makenzie, and my daughter is Scarlett. She is 18 months old, and we’ve been going to Gymboree Play & Music since Scarlett was about 3 months old. We reside in sunny San Diego, CA! Our local class is the Poway location, and we love all of our teachers. We are so glad we found GymboreePlay & Music.

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As a full time working mama they make class schedules easy for us to go during the week, or weekends. It is so nice to have play time with my baby girl, where she is free to be herself!

Follow Makenzie on Instagram right here: @scarlettskips!

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Aliza

My name is Aliza, my husband is Asher and we are first time parents to Cody. We got married in December 2009 at the ripe age of 19. We decided to complete school and start our careers prior to starting a family. In August of 2017, we were blessed with our red-headed, blue-eyed love, Cody.

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As a labor and delivery nurse, I thought I knew almost everything it takes to care for a baby. Boy, was I wrong. Cody turned our life upside down. Married for 8 years, we had established our routine and who knew a hardly six pound little human could change it so much.

As a busybody, I needed something for Cody and I to do together to spend time so we don’t get sick of each other’s (cute) faces. That is where Gymboree Play & Music stepped in. From an early age, Cody had shown an interest in music (and has quite a rhythm). Therefore, the music class was a perfect match to enhance Cody’s love of music through singing, dancing, and movement.

Not only did it enhance both of our love for music, but it also promoted social skills as well. It was at the first class we attended that I realized that Cody is simply a human being (albeit small) who starves for social interaction. It allowed me to view Cody in a whole new light.

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In addition, I was lucky enough to meet new mothers in the same boat as me. I am not shy to admit that Gymboree Play & Music has been a lifesaver as a new mother!

Follow Aliza on Instagram right here: https://www.instagram.com/alizabiza/