For every stage of your child’s development—from four months to 12 years—The Little Gym of Merrick offers a diverse line-up of Core Season and Summer Session programs filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. From week to week and from year to year, our age-appropriate curriculum is designed to facilitate ongoing skill development and maximum fun. Children progress at their own pace, developing their confidence as they develop their skills.
Get Moving! Physical activities to burn that boundless energy, plus build flexibility and strength, develop balance and coordination, and encourage agility, rhythm and overall fitness to launch a lifetime of healthy habits.
Brain Boost! Designed to expand the mind and develop a love of learning, these exercises foster sustained concentration and decision making, prepare for or reinforce school lessons, and nurture problem-solving ability and creative expression.
Citizen Kid! These activities teach life skills like sharing, working in a group, listening and leadership—all skills that translate to a well-adjusted, well-rounded superkid.
Parent / Child Classes (Ages 4 months to 3 years)
From infant to toddler, our Parent and Child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years. Weekly classes will help your child achieve new milestones and prepare for more advanced challenges during each stage of growth. And since you’re along for the ride, you’ll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and the occasional adult-sized giggle.
Gymnastics (3 to 6 years)
Practically overnight, your little one changes from an unsteady toddler into a rambunctious child. At The Little Gym of Merrick, our gymnastics program for preschoolers and kindergarteners has been specially designed to help your child channel all that energy and reach developmental milestones. Independent enough to attend classes without parents, children in this age group still learn best in a structured environment where gymnastics activities are combined with a healthy dose of fun.
Gymnastics (6 to 12 years)
Kids of this age are still growing like crazy, but now each is developing at a unique pace. That’s why our gymnastics program for grade school boys and girls is a little different than that of our younger members. Classes have been segmented to allow for gender-specific disciplines and varying developmental abilities, giving students the chance to tackle new challenges at their own skill level. Celebrated with cheers and high-fives, each new achievement leads to newfound confidence, determination and a desire to continue improving.
Sports Skills (3 to 6 years)
Whether your child grows up to become an active team player, a weekend athlete or an enthusiastic fan, Sports Skills Development classes pave the way for a lifetime of positive sports experiences by offering a solid grounding in the expertise, rules and strategies of team sports. Throughout the Core Season and Summer Session, our trained coaches run drills and simulated games for many popular sports including soccer, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and golf. Through fun and creative lesson plans, your child will also gain an understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship. And that’s a home run in any parent’s playbook.
Karate (4 to 12 years)
The most important self-defense technique is self-confidence—and that’s exactly what your child will gain through The Little Gym of Merrick’s Karate Classes for kids. Students learn fundamental karate blocks, punches and kicks in a positive, noncompetitive environment, with the addition of gymnastics techniques for a fun twist on the ancient martial art. Obstacle courses, high energy music, skill-based activities and games create fun learning opportunities to help kids gain the focus needed to excel in the gym, in the classroom and everywhere else they go in life.
Dance (3 to 12 years)
For living room leapers, bedroom ballerinas, and front yard frolickers, The Little Gym of Merrick offers the perfect program to harness all that toe-tapping energy. Our Dance program introduces children to ballet, tap, and hip-hop techniques, while allowing them to express themselves through creative movement. Children spend a good part of class time refining their techniques in the studio space. Adding a unique twist to the program, dancers also spend part of each class working on complementary gymnastics skills in the gym in order to emphasize poise and balance. What’s the best part? Each new burst of confidence will have you on your toes too--with a proud standing ovation.
Awesome Birthday Bash (Ages 1 – 12 years)
Fantabulous. Splendiforous. There just aren’t enough synonyms to describe how awesome an Awesome Birthday Bash truly is. So, let’s see if this sums it up: Parents magazine named The Little Gym the #1 place to host children’s birthday parties.
Your group will have the whole place to yourselves with games, music and fun activities created especially for your birthday kid. Our trained instructors will lead all the fun and The Little Gym team will handle everything from setup to cleanup, which means you get to go home to a clean, quiet house when all the fun is done. It’s no surprise that many parents tell us an Awesome Birthday Bash is a big wish come true for them, too.
Are you ready for a fiesta? The Little Gym has partnered with Nickelodeon to create special Dora the Explorer themed Birthday Adventures! Birthday children ages 2-6 and their friends will take part in a fun imaginative adventure with Dora and the whole explorer gang. Load up your backpack and head on over for your child’s next celebration.
Anytime Summertime Kids’ Camp (Ages 3 – 8 years)
Forget the bug spray and the week-long commitment. Day camp for kids at The Little Gym is as great as you’d imagine. Held during vacation times when school’s not in session, our seasonal camps provide kids with giggle-filled relief from the winter doldrums or summer heat. The Little Gym of Merrick’s camps combine physical activity and games with arts, crafts and special events. Each week offers an interactive learning theme and each day brings a different, creative lesson plan. Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign up for several weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time. Sound like fun? Of course it is! This is The Little Gym of Merrick, after all.