Preschool Open Gym at Gleason’s Gymnastic School


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Attention all parents of preschoolers who are, due to the recent bone-chilling temps, using your couches as trampolines: I’ve got a MUCH better spot in mind for them to let out that pent-up energy. A place with REAL trampolines those little monkeys are actually encouraged to bounce on. Not to mention the bars, ropes and flying trapeze to swing from. And, perhaps best of all, the sea of foam blocks your tireless tyke can hurtle him or herself into until they are all but begging to take a nap. (Oh, that really got your attention, there, didn’t it?)

This place, this godsend in the winter months, is called Gleason’s Gymnastic School and they host a wonderful Preschool Open Gym program twice a week at their Eagan location. (There is also a branch in Maple Grove that hosts three days a week, but I have yet to get up there.) As I am now down to one preschooler at home, we aren’t as faithful to the gym as when I had three kids under five years bouncing off my walls (plus, at $10 per family, I got some major bang for my buck back then!) but we’ll still head over a few times a year when the couch needs a break.


Gleason’s Gymnastic School locations & hours:

Eagan
2015 Silver Bell Rd. Suite 180
Eagan, MN 55122

Preschool Open Gym hours:
Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30-11:30am
Fridays only, 12pm – 2pm

Maple Grove
9775 85th Ave N. Suite 500
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Preschool Open Gym hours:
Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30-11:30am
Thursdays, 1-3pm

Cost: $8 per child or $10 per family
Ages: Infant to kindergarten age only, please. School-aged kids (1st grade to 13 yrs.) are invited to attend Open Gym on Fridays from 4:30-7pm. For a complete list of Open Gym times, click here.

More details: Most of the Open Gym is unstructured play time for kids to bounce, navigate obstacle courses, and explore much of the gymnastic school equipment. A group “circle time” is held each session for simple stretches and games. Professional staff are on hand to assist and play with the kids, but parents are required to supervise their children while in the gym, and a waiver must be filled out once per school year before the kids are allowed to participate. You can download the waiver at http://www.gleasons.com/.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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