What it is: Little Gym is a gym and activity center offering classes and camps for babies, toddlers, and kids located in Durham. It's got classes for toddlers and babies that involve movement, music, and teaching physical skills. The Little Gym also teaches gymnastics, dance, and karate for older children. They have a ton of equipment including mats, bars, beams, balls, parachutes, bouncy mats, and more. They also host parties and other events for kids.
What we like: The classes are a great way for kids to be introduced to physical skills. At the classes my toddler is getting the opportunity to work on running, hanging, jumping, and rolling. The skills taught vary with the ages of the kids. The classes all have a large component of free play time so the kids can explore all the equipment at their own pace and not feel pressured to do anything. It's a great place for kids with lots of energy that like to move.
What we would change: In comparison to some of the other classes offered in the area for kids this age, Little Gym can be a big pricey. It's a long semester and a bit commitment monetarily. In addition, some of the kids can feel a bit overwhelmed because of the number of kids in each class. Although they limit the number of kids in each class, visitors and kids from other sessions can quicky swell the numbers in a class and make it feel fairly crowded. I would also love to have some free-gym times when my child could just come in and run around, but they do not offer those.
Directions and Website: Little Gym is located at the intersection of University Drive and 15-501 in Durham.
Address and Phone Number:
The Little Gym of Durham/Chapel Hill
2501 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707