Gymboree Play & Music Announces Collaboration with DreamWorks Animation Series, Gabby’s Dollhouse

SAN MATEO, July 22, 2021 – Gymboree Play & Music recently announced a collaboration with DreamWorks Animation in support of the second season of Gabby’s Dollhouse, a live-action animated hybrid series about a girl named Gabby, her cats, and her magical dollhouse full of adventures. The new season premieres on Netflix August 10, 2021. 

The collaboration features two special events and an official sweepstakes. The two events, hosted at local franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and the UK, will feature a Disco Party with DJ Catnip and Gabby, and Full STEAM Ahead with MerCat.  These featured events will be offered in their locations throughout the months of August and September. Guests and members of Gymboree Play & Music will explore themes related to the show, including growth mindset, music, confidence-building, and STEAM.

Disco Party with DJ Catnip and Gabby runs throughout the month of August and is suitable for children ages 1-5. 

Full STEAM Ahead with MerCat runs throughout the month of September and is best for children ages 3-5, however, all ages 1-5 are invited. 

Events will feature exclusive, original programming created by Gymboree Play & Music child development experts.  Through this collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, attendees of these events will enjoy activities that will encourage children to use their imagination and bring the show to life.

This collaboration also includes official sweepstakes, and two special episodes on The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music featuring Teri Weiss, Executive Vice President of Television Development of DreamWorks Animation, and Traci Paige Johnson and Jennifer Twomey, the Creators and Executive Producers of Gabby’s Dollhouse. The two special episodes of The Parent Pod are set to air on July 28, 2021, and August 4, 2021. 

The sweepstakes officially opens to families in the United States and Canada on August 1, 2021. Prizes include one play kitchen set; one teepee snooze pod; one kid’s tablet; one cardboard playhouse; one paints, brushes, and crayons set; and one science experiment kit. The value of the prize package is $535 US dollars, and there is no purchase requirement to enter the sweepstakes.  

The sweepstakes entries will close August 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT.  


About Gymboree Play & Music 

Gymboree Play & Music is the global leader in classes for kids, and the founding member of the Gymboree family of brands. Since its creation in 1976, Gymboree Play & Music has created developmentally appropriate play, music and art classes for parents and children ages newborn to five. Based on a blend of early childhood development theories complemented by 45 years of hands-on experience, Gymboree Play & Music classes are now available in over 30 countries.  Parents can find a location near them by visiting  For a behind-the-scenes look at Gymboree Play & Music, follow them on Facebook at

About Gabby’s Dollhouse Season 2 

Gabby’s Dollhouse is back with more magical dollhouse deliveries with a surprise inside! Gabby, Pandy Paws and all their kitty friends embark on new adventures with creative crafts, cozy sleepovers, fun movie nights and a cat-tastic party for a very special birthday kitty! Anything is possible in the fantastical dollhouse where imperfection is celebrated and mistakes turn to growth, as Gabby and the meow-crew play, learn and discover new experiences every day! Gabby’s Dollhouse season one is now on Netflix with season two debuting August 10, 2021.

Holiday Letter from Gymboree Play & Music CEO

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December 21, 2018

Dear Friends,

I want to celebrate this holiday season by thanking all of you for being a part of our Play & Music family. You have trusted us with the development of your children, you’ve shared birthdays and holidays with us, and we’ve been able to play and learn alongside you and your children. For that we are so thankful.

Since Play & Music became a stand-alone company a few years ago, independent from the Gymboree Clothing company, we’ve opened new locations all over the world. Every week we play with more than 500,000 families in more than 45 countries. We love what we do and we plan to keep doing it for the next generation of children.

My family has been a part of Gymboree Play & Music for almost 30 years as members, teachers, franchise owners, and now CEO. A lot has changed over the years – clipboards turned into IPads, shoe boxes turned into computers, equipment was upgraded, newspaper ads turned into Facebook posts. But in the classroom, children still explore everything around them, parents learn alongside their babies, and play is still the best and most enjoyable way for children to learn.

What makes our programs special are the people who deliver them every day – our teachers. They come from all over the world, but they all share a love of helping children play, explore, socialize and meet adventure head-on. Children can always come into our classes and have fun with the playscapes but our teachers enhance the experience, and create opportunities that may not be obvious, but all of a sudden are right there. We celebrate these teachers and thank them for their devotion to all of our children.

2019 is shaping up to be another great year for Gymboree Play & Music. We’ll be opening more centers on virtually every continent, upgrading our technology so our families can schedule classes from an App, increasing the size and scope of our teacher training programs and making it easier for families to connect with one another.

On behalf of all of our teachers, franchise owners and corporate staff, I’m proud to say Gymboree Play & Music will be inspiring parents and children to play together this year, next year and for many years to come. Thank you for being part of our ever-growing community of people who care about giving children the very best of early childhood.

Let’s all have a great holiday with our families, celebrating our children and keeping them close to our hearts.

Danny Softness
CEO, North America
Gymboree Play & Music