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Re: Fun gym for 13-month-old
The gym class at UC Berkeley Village is great and affordable, much more reasonably priced than Gymboree. anon
Re: Low-cost tumbling class for 3-year-old
Albany Village has very affordable gymnastic classes w/ classes for ages 18 months to 4 years. We just signed up for the first time so I can't tell you first hand what they're like, but others have given me rave reviews. I hear they fill up quickly so call to see what's available.
We got our younger daughter in their gym classes three months ago, when she was 18 months, and we were extremely happy we did. It gave her physical confidence, made her more agile, gave her a lot of fun, and started her socialization with other kids.
They spend about half an hour on the various (very basic) apparatus, then get together for circle time.
I _highly_ recommend these classes to anyone with toddlers. We've now signed our daughter up for classes 3 days a week this session, she (and we) loved it so much! Seriously, this is one of the things we feel best about that we've done for her.
Cost is about $4 a class, less than the $6 (?) a class for Kindergym at the Albany YMCA (we tried that for one class only, when the Village program was closed for vacation; we were very dissappointed in the YMCA program, which we felt was poorly supervised and dangerous, and had lots of older siblings shoving their way in).
Phone number to call is 524-4926. University Village is off of San Pablo Ave just north of Berkeley (turn left onto Monroe after McDonalds, turn left again at the end of Monroe).
At the moment, they still have room in all of their classes, I think... but it goes fast.
Best to all, Bruce
Our daughter, now 18 months, has attended two sessions of this program and loves it. It is structured in two parts - open time for children to play on different equipment (ladders, tunnels, beams, slides, rings, mats, etc) and circle time with songs.
She responds differently every time - sometimes she is very outgoing and eager to try out all the equipment, other times she seems just to want to observe the other children. But whatever her mood, there is no doubt of her enjoyment. In fact, everytime we walk past the recreation hall these days, she calls out excitedly and wants to go in. I think it has helped her physical agility. Her caregiver has commented that she is much more confident about climbing and running than other children her age. But honestly, we go for the fun rather than it's developmental importance!
I think they allow one free trial session - give them a call and see. The inquiries number is 524-4926.
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