Our hearts go out to all the families affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires and particularly to the Thousand Oaks community. Our Gymboree Play & Music locations in Thousand Oaks, Encino and Westside Pavilion (Los Angeles) are open and are supporting families in the area by providing Free Open Gym play.
Please check our website for times. If you’d like help provide relief, you can donate to this local Ventura Country organization: https://vccf.org/ #CaliforniaFires #TOStrong
A – Alone: That means no blankets, toys, pillow or parents in the bed with baby. Pacifiers are okay, but only if they’re plain with no attachments.
Riley experts say the clips that attach to baby’s shirts or stuffed animals attached to a pacifier can cause accidental suffocation. So, it’s best to just have a plain one with your baby.
While they recommend parents not sleep with baby, they do say the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, room sharing decreased the risk of SIDS by nearly 50%.
B – Back: They recommend laying baby on his or her back when they go to sleep. Statistics show infants have a higher risk of dying from SIDS if they sleep on their stomachs.
C – Crib: Your baby should be sleeping on a flat surface. They recommend a crib, bassinet or pack and play.
Riley and the Ronald McDonald House want to make sure no parent loses their child because of unsafe sleep, so they’re holding a safe sleep class to educate parents. – You can read about safe sleep here.
“There are a lot of things that parents may have questions about,” says Casie Smith with Gymboree Play & Music in Greenwood. “As a new parent, nobody really tells you all of these things, so you’re learning all of these things all at once which is terrifying.”
Gymboree Play & Music, Greenwood is all about community and support and we hope we can be that for you and your family. Through events like this, we hope to partner more with the community so parents have access to resources they need to be the best parents possible.
It’s the season of thanks and the whole family will love making a “Thankful Jar”! Have kids create thankful notes by drawing a small picture of what they are thankful for. Older kids can use a word or two in addition to drawing.
The week of Thanksgiving pull the notes out of the jar and share with the whole family!
Hi! My name is Tihon and I’m mom to two amazing kids. My oldest is 9 and I wish I had found Gymboree Play & Music when she was younger. I’ve been taking my youngest since he was 7 months old and we’ve loved it since day one!
Little Donnie loves playing and exploring. I love having a fun and kid-friendly place to bring him where he gets to interact with other children and develop amazing social skills. Donnie has made friends and we absolutely adore Ms. Nathaly and the rest of the Gymboree Play & Music staff. Donnie is now walking at just 11 months old and our Gymbo Fam has been there to see it all!
Hello! My name is Tess Kossow, my husband’s name is Dan, and our son’s name is Ferris. He is our one and only child, as he is a rainbow baby conceived via IVF. Ferris is my every heartbeat, and I want him involved and to explore the world every chance he can get. Ferris and I joined Gymboree Play & Music Baby Lab when he was 8 weeks old, and we have been going to classes, now at two different locations, ever since.
I love to see how Ferris progresses week by week with all the different activities and socialization skills that come into play through the different experiences at Gymboree Play & Music . The interaction with other caretakers and babies is what makes this time so special for the two of us (three when Dan or Grandma can make it). We even have several of theGymboree Play & Music toys (and bubbles) at home in Ferris’ playroom to keep the fun going even after class is over!
Seeing my son smile and bond with others makes me smile but having the one-on-one time doing 45 minutes of play and music geared around his wants and needs is a time that I absolutely cherish. I look forward to sharing these moments with others and encouraging families of all sizes and stories to highly considerGymboree Play & Music for their little one.
My name is Maritza, I am the mother of a 1-year-old baby named Nicholas. Nicholas is an only child and the only baby on both sides of the family. He has no cousins so unfortunately, he doesn’t have much interaction with other children. We were afraid of him becoming anti-social in the future and we wanted him to break out of his shell as he tends to be very shy around others.
We were looking for an environment were Nicholas could have fun as well as develop new skills. We are so glad we found Gymboree Play & Music. In such a short time, we can already see his development. He now waves hello to others and claps when he hears the music being played in class. We cannot wait to see how much more he will develop while attending Gymboree Play & Music. We are excited to become a part of GymboFams and spread the word about this amazing place.
This is a great experience for both babies and their parents, I wish more people would take the time to check it out. It is a great investment for our children, I wish we had discovered Gymboree Play & Music sooner.
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.”
(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).
(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.
The 3 one hour sessions with Gymbo were completely sold out! In addition to lots of play time on our playscape, our young guests enjoyed painting a mural in our Art Room.
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These young artists also entered a Live Gymbo Crayon Raffle, where they colored a Gymbo page for a chance to win a Private Play Date here at Gymboree with 10 of their favorite friends!
Square Baby Food, a new organic baby food company based in Orinda, was on site passing out free samples and tote bags for all our guests. Our families were thrilled to see Gymbo dancing, blowing bubbles, and waving our famous parachute in the air! It was a morning to remember — thank you for visiting Lafayette, Gymbo!!
Last Summer the Gymboree Play & Music, Long Beach closed but we are thrilled to announce that they have relocated to Cypress, CA. The new location will be called Gymboree Play & Music, Cypress and they will have a grand re-opening celebration the weekend of September 29th & 30th.
Gymboree Play & Music, Cypress will be located in Cypress Center West which is a 111,246 square foot shopping center anchored by Ralph’s and Rite Aid. The shopping center has a lot of restaurants, cafés and other family friendly services. The entire complex is located on the intersections of Bloomfield Avenue, Ball Road and Via Largo.
Gymboree Play & Music, Cypress is on the end-cap and near the cross section of Ball Road and Via Largo.
Stop by the Gymboree Play & Music, Cypress, CA Facebook page for updated information about their Grand Opening event: