Originally Posted by N8'sMom
Too cool....how old do they have to be? My 20 month old would love that. He is a big "jumper" or "bouncer"! haha
It starts at 18 months according to their website. My son started when we moved here, at 23 months.
They have both preschool classes and a Mother's Day Out program. I imagine the preschool classes are cool - we haven't tried them yet. However, the MDO program isn't the best in my opinion. My son loves going to the gym, but I'm not thrilled with some of the aspects of the MDO program. If I could find something I liked better, I would probably switch my son to going to Bart's MDO one day a week and another MDO or preschool 2 days a week. I haven't found anything else yet. :?
The things I don't like:
1) They serve lunch. They don't make you bring a lunch - but they have fast food instead. It's pizza one day, McDonald's another day and Chick-Fil-A the third day. (The program is only 3 days a week, Tu-Th.) blech. And they didn't even request toddler toys the last time. My 2 year old has no need for Bionicles with small pieces.
2) One day I was sitting there while my son got warmed up to the place for the day. The kids were watching TV. bleh. Even worse was the fact that the assistant was telling the kids that they had to come back to the mat. I guess they aren't ALLOWED to do anything else when the TV is on. I didn't ask about this - maybe there is an explanation, but what I saw doesn't sit well with me.
I'm not happy with how they are handling potty learning with my son either. I've got to run now, but I will explain more later if anyone is interested.
Overall, I would recommend Bart's Gym for an active kid and many other kids as well. They don't do traditional "gymnastics" per se in the MDO program. They have a "foam pit" like a ball pit with foam blocks. They have trampolines and other fun things that they do. My son likes it.
It's certainly not perfect though. :? I imagine most people wouldn't have any problem with the classes - preschool or for older kids - though. We are planning to let our 7 year old daughter take gymnastics lessons soon. They won't be feeding her, letting her watch TV or taking her to the potty, so I don't expect any problems there.
(Btw, the parent has to be there for some of the younger preschool classes. I don't know the details though.)http://www.bartconnergymnastics.com/...s/mothers.html