Perfect for under-fives, Corby Gymnastics Academy’s Gym Fun sessions offer a great time for all.
My daughter Ruby has not longed turned two and she adores her older brother and sister.
She can often be found copying their moves they learn from going to gymnastics at the Corby Gymnastics Academy (CGA).
So it was great when I heard that the CGA were launching new Gym Fun play sessions twice a week for children aged up to five years old.
The sessions take place on Mondays and Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
It’s just £3 per child which I think is really good value, especially as there is no time limit on your visit.
The oncoming bad weather also means it can be quite hard finding things to do indoors and coming here is ideal for escaping the rain.
The gym sessions use challenging and imaginative set-ups to help encourage the development of children’s co-ordination and social and motor skills.
The sessions themselves are very hands-on for parents, which is rewarding as you get to be the one who witnesses the sense of achievement on their face when they walk over a beam, balancing!
Ruby and I ventured along to a session on a Monday and as soon as we were inside, she was really excited and couldn’t wait to take her shoes and socks off! (This is a must for all children playing during the session).
We paid our £3 admission and as we were new here, I had to complete a short form with Ruby’s details. And then she was off!
The first thing that caught Ruby’s eye was all of the musical instruments on one of the mats.
There were lots of shakers, tambourines and xylophones to play with.
Near here was a little ball pit made up of different sized balls and after playing with the musical instruments, Ruby dived in (quite literally)!
She threw the balls out and then got out of the pit to put them back in!
Next on Ruby’s list (and yes, I didn’t have much choice in what she did as she eagerly grabbed my hand and took me to the next thing to play with!) was the inflatable slide.
Basically the children need to climb up one side, to then slide down the other side.
It’s not particularly high from an adult’s perspective, but it is if you’re a petite two-year-old as Ruby is!
But she loved it and ran off giggling.
There are lots of different activities set out so there is plenty to keep children entertained – from tunnels, tents, jigsaws, hula hoops, mini climbing apparatus and springboards.
For older children there are beams which help with balance and co-ordination and a runway marked out with springboard at the end to jump off.
All of which aims to build confidence and burn some energy too!
But the little ‘uns aren’t left out as there is also a mini beam, parallel bars (these are two parallel bars that are held parallel to, and elevated above, the floor by a metal supporting framework – think of male gymnasts competing and you’ll know what I mean!) and swing bars to practice on (think of three-time Olympian Beth Tweddle doing her routine on the bars).
There were plenty of children of all ages dropping in to the session but at the same time there was enough to keep them all entertained.
On site there are refreshments facilities should you fancy a cuppa after all that running around.
There are also toilets on site, along with baby changing facilities which is a must-have if you have little ones still in nappies.
All in all Ruby and I had a great time and I would definitely recommend it.
And who knows, Ruby could end up being the next Beth Tweddle!
Admission and session times
Sessions take place Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm and Fridays 9.30am to 12.30pm and are priced at £3 per child.
There is no time limit on your visit but all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Where to find them
The sessions take place at Corby Gymnastics Academy’s main training base, which is at 8 Fleming Road, Earlstrees Industrial Estate, Corby, NN17 4SW.
It’s tucked away on the right (opposite Alexander Court) so look out for the CGA sign.
For more information visit www.corbygymnastics.co.uk or call 01536 268943.
There is ample free parking right outside the venue.