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MAKING MUSIC AT THE LITTLE GYM

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Did you know that for over 40 years The Little Gym International has written and recorded music for all of our programmes?! Each age group for each week of the season has a unique playlist with directive music focusing on physical, cognitive, social and emotional learning and background music making classes fun and stimulating.
The directive music is recorded in English so children also benefit from foreign language learning at The Little Gym if English is not their mother language.
Overall The Little Gym music stimulates imagination, movement and learning in every child.

Change to Practice Time (5-12y)

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The Practice Time session on Wednesday for 5 to 12 year-olds has become so popular that we need to split the group by age and create another practice-time session for the safety and benefit of the children.

Therefore, starting this coming week, Practice Time on Wednesday will now only be for 5, 6 and 7 year-olds and a new Practice Time session will be opened on Tuesday at 4pm for 8 to 12 year-olds.

Places each week still need to be booked the day before, or on the day by text or email and we will only respond if the session is full and no spaces are available.


Growing the team at The Little Gym!

New Instructors

As The Little Gym Krakow continues to grow and expand its range of classes for children of all ages between 4 months and 12 years, we are delighted to introduce two new instructors to your TLG team. Cecilia and Dorota.

Cecilia is already regularly part of the weekend team assisting in Pre-K classes and at Birthday Parties and Dorota is currently undertaking training in Pre-K and Grade School programmes.

The reason why we have so many instructors at The Little Gym is because we run classes with a maximum student to teacher ratio of 1:6 in Pre-K classes, 1:7 in Grade School classes and 1:10 at Practice Time.

Please join us in welcoming Cecilia and Dorota to your child’s Team.


THE SAFETY AND BAHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN IN THE LOBBY

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Dear Parents,

One of our foremost goals is for all families to enjoy a safe, fun and completely fulfilling experience every time they visit The Little Gym Krakow. 

To achieve this we must rely on parents to oversee the safety and behaviour of children in the lobby while they are waiting for a class to start, or waiting for a sibling to finish their class. 

We understand how difficult it can be to keep children positively engaged so here are some suggestions that may help:

  • Encourage the children to use the magnetic white board to expand their creativity, numeracy and literacy. We have magnetic shapes, numbers and letters available at front desk.

  • Bring colouring books, homework, construction kits etc to engage the children positively

  • Read to your child or bring their favourite book for them to read, or load an appropriate audio book on your phone.

  • Enjoy a snack time together

  • Play games together - number games, memory games, OXO, word games, song games, board games etc.

Finally, please do not let your child use the coffee or water machines unsupervised as they are likely to endanger themselves/others and make a tremendous mess in the lobby.

Thank you for your help in keeping The Little Gym Krakow a very safe and positive environment for all.


A new Season of Serious Fun at The Little Gym Krakow!

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It's September, a new Season of classes is starting at The Little Gym Krakow and we've expanded our schedule this year to make more places available.

Contact us using this LINK to find out more about our Serious Fun developmental programmes for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and schoolkids up to the age of 12 and we look forward to welcoming you soon to The Little Gym Krakow.

It is so lovely to have all our members back! Thank you to everyone who allows us to help in your child's development and understands the importance of our programmes. A MOVING CHILD IS INDEED A LEARNING CHILD!


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A new Season of classes is now starting at The Little Gym Krakow. Let's get moving! Classes delivered in English and Polish.

The BIG Benefits of Physical Activities for Kids

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Children are busy, busy little people! Physical activity does so much more than provide children with an outlet for burning their endless supply of energy. Over the years, various studies on child development have been conducted to prove that physical activities for kids helps to increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and also helps children perform better in a classroom setting and life in general. Healthy kids benefit emotionally, physically, and cognitively when they’re active and having a good time.

The key to encouraging children to get active is to make it fun! Adults might spend more time being active if we took this advice! When children are riding their bike, swimming in a pool, or getting active and playing fitness games at their local The Little Gym, they aren’t seeing it as a workout. They’re seeing the activity as an opportunity to play with their friends and have fun. Cardiovascular exercises, strength exercises, and stretching exercises together will help your child build a strong body and mind. Keep reading for more information about how you can incorporate workouts for kids into your family’s weekly routine.

1. Cardiovascular exercises

Biking, swimming, and running around a soccer field or basketball court are great for strengthening the heart and building endurance. The CDC recommends that children engage in 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous aerobic exercises 3 times a week. Fit this into your family’s schedule with a family soccer game, a Saturday morning bike ride, and a nice long Sunday swim! Even if finding spare time is tough, incorporate ‘sprints’ like racing to the fountain at the park or jumping rope in the yard.

2. Strength exercises

Swinging on the monkey bars at the local park, or fitness games like learning how to do a handstand at The Little Gym, not only strengthens muscles and increases bone density, it also can help with preventing future sports or non-sports related injuries. If you’re struggling with your own workout plan and making the time, invite your children to do pushups or sit ups with you!

3. Stretching exercises

Stretching is equally as important as strength and cardiovascular activities. Regular stretching helps to increase flexibility, helping children work on (or master) their splits, cartwheels, and reduces the risk of injury. Have fun with stretching by asking your child to stretch like an animal of their choice – like a cheetah stretching out after a long day running around the jungle!

Finding activities for kids and fitness games is easy! Trying these physical activities for kids can be a fun way to spend time together as a family! Healthy kids are happy kids. If you’re looking for some fun, physical activities for children 4 months through 12 years, check out The Little Gym! To find a The Little Gym location near you, click here.


Practice Time at The Little Gym 2017/18

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This season we are running four Practice Time sessions each week where children of all age groups (and parents) can benefit from an extra opportunity to GET MOVING with our instructors and to practice the skills from regular classes the week before. The sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays (1600 – 1630) are for Beasts and Super Beasts with a parent, the session on Wednesday (1600 – 1645) is for 5-12 year-olds and the session on Friday (1600 – 1645) is for 3 and 4 year-olds.

Practice Time starts this week so to reserve a place please contact us the day before, or on the day of the class, and spaces will be allocated in order.

We look forward to welcoming members to these extra, free sessions and to giving your child an extra learning boost!


Ready for the New Season?

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Woo Hoo!!!! The new Season at The Little Gym Krakow is starting.

We can't wait for you to experience the new curriculum developments introduced by The Little Gym for the New Season, for you to enjoy the changes in our facility that happened over the summer and, most of all, we can't wait to welcome you each week.

Contact us HERE to arrange your visit.


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A few changes for Summer at The Little Gym

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Building works are progressing well at The Little Gym and we will be re-opening as planned on Monday 10th July for Summer Camps for 3-10 year-olds and Parent-child classes for the under 3’s.  Check out our Summer schedule HERE.

Spaces are being taken daily so please email us at krakow@thelittlegym.eu or use the CONTACT FORM to book places in advance. (Members who received summer classes or camps with Priority Enrolment also need to book spaces in advance)

The theme for the first week of camps is ‘Hip-Hop-Karate-Chop’ and the kids will be learning some cool Hip-Hop moves and Karate skills as well as enjoying a different adventure each day combining gymnastics, games, arts and crafts together with our expert team of instructors.

We can’t wait to see you and to show you the building changes at The Little Gym.


SUMMER'S COMING!

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Summer is nearly here! In just a few weeks the schools will be breaking up for summer. Here at the gym we're ready for you to start booking your classes and camps over the summer break so your little (or big) one can continue their Serious Fun at The Little Gym!

We have parent-child classes and lots of camps! Below are the links for both so you're able to find all the information you're looking for. As ever, if you have any questions or would like more information, call us on 12 264 9401 or 501 879 724 or email krakow@thelittlegym.eu and we'll be happy to help!

IF YOU BOOK THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE WE'RE OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT ON BOTH CLASSES AND CAMPS

You can download our Summer Schedule HERE and pick which days and times work best for you. You can also find more information (including prices) for Summer Camps HERE and for Parent-Child Classes HERE.

SUPER KIDS QUEST CAMPS 3-10 YEARS (4 hours)

Super Kids can join us on specially planned adventures combining lots of activity inside our purpose-built gym with arts and crafts. Children will be sailing Green Beards Pirate Ship, learning how to Hip-Hop Karate Chop, joining the Neat Ninja League and more. We provide a snack during the camp and children will be placed into age appropriate groups for the time in the gym. Why are TLG Camps so great for kids? Find out HERE.

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN 4 MONTHS - 3 YEARS

We have a few select Parent-Child classes running over the summer; especially for those not constrained to taking their annual holiday then and for those families wanting to continue their Serious Fun in July and August!


Why your kid needs Summer Camp

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Parents want their kids to have the best experiences possible. They want their children to be happy, healthy, and to find success. While there are many activities for kids to help your children achieve these life goals, enrolling them in summer camp programs can help. Summer camps for kids offer children a fun, nurturing environment where they are given opportunities to interact with positive role models, work together with their peers, develop creative skills, build independence and so much more. Check out these 5 benefits of summer camps for kids:

  1. Unplug from technology: Studies show that children spend a whopping 7.5 hours on average, per day engaging with technology. Camps provide children with technology-free hours where they are able to rediscover their creativity and engage with their peers.
  2. Promotes independence: Camps give children the opportunity to grow more independent, whether for a few hours, a day, or a week at a time. The separation from parents allows children to learn to rely on themselves, their peers, and others in a safe and secure environment.
  3. Engage in more physical activity: Kids spend so much time sitting at desks, on the couch, or at the kitchen table; summer camps provide children with physical activities for kids, a chance to have fun and get moving with their peers through running, jumping, climbing and more.
  4. Learn teamwork: Camps provide children with the unique opportunity to work together for a common goal; whether during a game or activity, kids are communicating, learning, and benefitting from one another.
  5. Builds self-confidence: By removing competitive activities and tasks, children are given the opportunity to gain new skills and accomplish tasks and experience success. This type of success is directly correlated to gaining self-esteem and self-confidence. 

Summer camps are a great way to provide children with the opportunities to gain important life skills to become happy, healthy and successful adults. To learn more about The Little Gym’s Summer Camp programs for kids 3-10 years visit HERE.


Staying connected..at The Little Gym!

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Feel free to connect to our NEW, FASTER Guest WiFi service whenever you are at the gym...and maybe give us a thumbs up on our Facebook page at the same time? :). Happy Surfing!

PRIORITY ENROLMENT 2017/18 SEASON

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Priority Enrolment 2017/18 Season

August 21st 2017 - July 1st 2018 (44 Weeks)

We've been having a fantastic time at The Little Gym Krakow, seeing over 500 children progress in confidence and skills over our 2016/17 Season. It has been amazing to be a part of their childhood journey and we would love to see each child continue to grow next Season.

We will be starting Priority Enrolment on Monday 22nd May 2017 - Sunday 11th June 2017, which gives existing members a once-a-year opportunity to book your favourite class for next Season and take advantage of incredible early enrolment discounts.

As demand for places in the most popular classes has increased significantly this year, only current members of The Little Gym Krakow will be eligible to participate in Priority Enrolment before 11th June. Between 12th June and 18th June, we also invite past members to enroll and to grab any remaining places before we open the enrolment to new families. A booking fee of 100 zł is all that is required now to reserve a place for your child, with no further payment required until September.

We are currently working on the detailed schedule of classes for next Season, which will include some brand new programmes, and will be sharing this in the coming week, so watch this space.

Meanwhile, please see below the Priority Enrolment flexible payment options we are able to offer.

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Single Payment - 25% Discount on Season Price

2-Instalment Plan - 20% Discount on Season Price

10-Instalment Plan - 15% Discount on Season Price

Additional 20% and 40% discounts are available for siblings

Booking Fee: 100 zł per child



SHOW WEEK CELEBRATION 2016/17

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To celebrate the achievements of the children we are holding this year’s SHOW WEEK between 5th-11th June (please put it in your diary!).

We have already started preparing the children for the SHOW classes, which will be filled with fun and celebrating the children’s achievements.

Each child will receive a special The Little Gym medal and certificate for their hard work in classes this Season and will have the opportunity to show parents some skills and routines they have been learning.

Please try to attend your regular class as often as possible between now and SHOW WEEK so that the children can benefit from working on the skills and routines with their regular classmates and regular instructors.


It’s the last opportunity to join classes at The Little Gym this Season!

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It’s the last opportunity to join classes at The Little Gym this Season!

Priority Enrolment for our 2017/18 Season, with guaranteed places and incredible discounts for existing members, starts on Monday May 22. Take advantage and join a class TODAY!


The Team is Celebrating!

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The team is celebrating 500 children enrolled in regular classes so far this Season!


New Sticker Card gifts at The Little Gym Krakow

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We hope the children will love the new sticker card gifts! Please see a member of the team as soon as your child completes their card so that we can celebrate their effort and give their self-confidence an extra boost!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW INSTRUCTOR KASIA

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We are delighted to introduce our new instructor Kasia, who is currently training in our Pre-K and Grade School programmes. Kasia has fallen in love with The Little Gym and is looking forward to getting to know all of you in the coming weeks.


Aiding 'Whole-Child' Education at The Little Gym Krakow

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Every class at The Little Gym has a completely new gym setup, using different equipment each week and a curriculum developed by child-development experts to deliver new, age-appropriate learning experiences for your child every week.

Here are just a few areas where The Little Gym assists children between 4 months and 12 years, helping to give them the best possible start in life:

  • Sensory integration
  • Gross/fine motor-skills
  • Listening and following skills
  • Sequencing skills
  • Confidence in a group setting
  • Sense of independence, self-confidence and personal safety
  • Socialisation, communication and relationship skills
  • Appreciation of rhythm and music
  • Language development
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • General knowledge
  • Co-operating in a team
  • Enjoyment of physical activity and sense of wellbeing
  • Appreciation of effort leading to success, however small, leading to inner motivation
  • Building gymnastics skills whilst developing focus, control, determination, flexibility, strength, balance and co-ordination

Why a Birthday Party at The Little Gym Krakow is…..AWESOME!

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  • Exclusive use of our entire facility including free parking area, lobby & purpose-built Gym.

  • A bright, colourful party area with settings for each child and helium balloons and themed decorations.

  • A minimum of 2 qualified instructors to lead your party and assist with the setting up and cleaning up.

  • Juice and fresh fruit salad for the children and complimentary tea, coffee and water for parents and guests, who are able to observe the fun from a comfortable spacious lobby

  • PLUS The Little Gym invitations.

  • PLUS a TLG gift for the birthday child.

  • PLUS fantastic party themes (Dora & Diego, TLG Pirates, TLG Princesses, TLG Superheroes and the Awesome Birthday Bash).

Celebrate their birthday in style this year at The Little Gym Krakow! – Named Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine.


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Build up your child’s GRIT with The Little Gym Krakow

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Parenthood used to be all about nurturing your child’s talents. And, of course, there is no parent in the world who would not describe his or her child as somehow gifted. Not only does it fill us with the sense of pride, but also makes us confident that our daughter or son will grow up to be a successful adult who might, perhaps, accomplish something important.

The problem is that an increasing number of scientific studies show that there is no significant correlation between talent and success in adult life.

In her recently published book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a renowned American psychologist Angela Duckworth points to a single character trait that is a much better indicator of a child’s future success. It is grit, which is a combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals.

Why The Little Gym Krakow is a good place to develop GRIT?

It is because, even before that buzzword gained popularity, the very same concept had been part of the The Little Gym philosophy. The playful gymnastics activities we organize for children are designed to boost their self-confidence and resilience, but also to help them understand that a failure is okay – provided that you try again. Our enthusiastic and committed instructors will always be there for your child – motivating and tutoring until your child builds up the determination to accomplish his or her goal. At The Little Gym Krakow we do not just make kids fitter – we give them tools to be successful as teenagers and adults.

Please visit our The Little Gym in Krakow and see what we can do to install some GRIT in your child.


Let's 'GET MOVING!'

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It’s a New Year - let’s ‘GET MOVING’, benefit from a ‘BRAIN BOOST’ and learn some valuable ‘LIFE SKILLS’ all at the same time!

No other children’s programme provides this combination of learning in such a fun, nurturing and non-competetive environment. Over 400 children have enrolled this season, however, we do still have some spaces.

Book a FREE Introductory Class NOW!


Come & Meet St. Nicholas at The Little Gym

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This year Christmas is coming early to The Little Gym Krakow!

Starting on Friday 16th December and finishing on Thursday 22nd December all regular classes will have a magical Christmas theme, and we have invited a very special guest to join us for the fun.

It will be lovely to see as many children as possible joining The Little Gym Team in Christmassy costumes for these classes.

Send a message if you have any questions: Click Here


An Early Xmas Gift!

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FREE CLASSES FOR THE WHOLE OF DECEMBER when joining The Little Gym and enrolling for the remainder of our 2016/17 Season. Come and enjoy the Serious Fun this Christmas!

The Little Gym has over 40 years of experience providing gymnastics-based developmental programs for children aged between 4 months and 12 years.

Promotion code: XMAS@TLGK


Parent Involvement Activities

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It's not just the parents of children under 3 who get to have the fun inside the gym! Every few weeks The Little Gym programmes include Parent Involvement Activities in Pre-K and Grade School classes, where you can sample and enjoy some of the Serious Fun yourself.