Off we headed to Gymboree for yet another trial class to figure out what kind of class would actually interest the bub. Gymboree only has 1 outlet at Tanglin Mall and they offer two types of trials -
$60 a session which can be waived if a package is signed up
$80 for two sessions which cannot be waived if package is signed up
We headed for the two session trial which can be used for both the gym and music classes. Plus! Both parents were allowed for the trial too, which is a huge brownie point for me.
Play area was huge enough and C was kicking in excitement way before he was placed down and a poonami happened. What the poof.
Anyhow lesson plan goes
- Introduction with some songs
- The lesson was all about ramps so the babies and toddlers were allowed to roam within the stipulated activity area for 10 minutes
- Over the course of the lesson they explored climbing ramps of different difficulty levels and also the slides if they could and also walking on an inflatable float
- Rocking horses and boats followed suit and what looked like a miniature wall climbing exercise
- Bubbles and the same exercise as Kindermusik where the babies were placed in the middle of this flimsy and flouncy colourful sheet with parents moving them all over
- Farewell and goodbye
The second lesson was all about rocking and movement
- The layout of the class was same same but different, they probably configured the slides and ramps differently this time
- Instead of a rocking horse, there was a rocking ramp and gigantic inflated tube
- Bubbles and parachute was also used again
What I loved
Premise was large enough and surprise-surprise, C was actually taking on the steps like a pro though we do not allow him near any at home.
His first easter egg hunting done, at Gymboree no less! He was all tears when we had to pry the laminated egg from him...whoever gives up chocolate for laminated eggs?
What I didn't
I found ramps a tad too advanced and he was barely following through the activities that well as compared to the older babies. The fact that the age group of the class extends from 9 months to way over a year old does mean the abilities of the children are also very varied. The 10 month old twins we saw were definitely more agile and curious about slides.
We discovered his fear for clowns, the parachute and inflated huge tube - hmm.
The instructor was generally encouraging but was not as engaging as the Mygym ones. (The ratio for that class was 2 to 5 children) but here we saw 1 to at least 10.
Would I enrol?
We are on the fence about this somehow since he seemed less interested the second lesson as compared to the first.