Gymnastics

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Gymnastics lessons are a great way for all kids to get active and blow off some of that energy they always seem to be bursting with. Remember how flexible your little baby was, sticking their toes in their mouths? Kids lose a lot of that natural flexibility as they grow up if they don’t work to keep it, so get them working on it!

FOREST CITY GYMNASTICS CLUB

Forest City Gymnastics Club is London’s only non-profit, parent-run gym that offers gymnastics at a reasonable cost. They offer both recreational and competitive programs for children. Lessons begin with Parent and Tots, then KinderGym and up from there. FCGC is located in east London, on First Street.

GYMWORLD

Gymworld begins with Baby & Me classes for little ones ages 12 to 28 months, Parent & Tot classes for 18mos to 3 years, Kindergym for 3-4 year olds, and then lessons for all ages from there. Gymworld is located in northwest London on Fanshawe Park Road. Registration for spring session is currently happening. Spring session begins in April.

LONDON BEJE GYMNASTICS

London BEJE Gymnastics has classes beginning with Parents & Tots at 18 months, classes for JK kids, SK kids, and classes advance from there. Their spring session begins the first week of May. They have many boys-only and girls-only classes, as well as adult/open gym time. Visit them at their new location in west London off Hyde Park and Gainsborough.

LONDON GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

The London Gymnastics Academy (LGA) has recreational and competitive programs that begin Parent & Tot and progress from there. Their spring session begins at the end of April, registration is on now. LGA is located in southwest London on Wonderland Road South.

THE LITTLE GYM

The Little Gym has lessons for your wee ones as young as 4 months old! Parents and Child classes are scheduled for 4mos-3years, and then they can start lessons on their own from 3 to 12. The Little Gym is located in northwest London at the Sherwood Forest Mall.

 

 

Get in Shape: Gyms in London

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Was it your New Year’s Resolution (again) to get in shape? Start working out? Lose some weight? You’re definitely not alone there. Whether it’s to be healthier, for a hobby or to lose that baby weight, hitting the gym is a popular option for many women. Now is a great time to get started at a new gym – the rates are fantastic as they try to lure in the New Year’s hopefuls. Here are the big places in London:

Goodlife Fitness

Did you know that the very first Goodlife was opened here in London in 1979?  Now there are over 300 coast to coast and with eight clubs in London, there is likely going to be a Goodlife near you.  They offer both co-ed and women’s-only facilities, as well as many 24/7 locations which means you can get in your workout whenever your kids decide to let you leave the house! Don’t like working out with the night-owls? No problem, bring the kids along and drop them off in the child-minding section. Amenities also include: pools, chiropractor, group cycling, hot yoga, locker rentals, massage therapy, personal training, sauna, tanning, towel service, TRX, boot camp, free-weights, cardio machines… Whew! Check in with your nearest location to see what is offered there.

Movati Athletic

Never heard of Movati? It’s the new name for the Athletic Club! Same club, new name. Movati keeps it simple with two clubs: one north, one south, but both on the west end. They have women-only sections of the gym for your comfort, as well as co-ed. They also offer child-minding for the little ones and a Kids Club for the older ones to get active. Their amenities include yoga, group fitness, training solutions, cardio machines, free-weight and strength training area, cycling classes, aquafitness, squash courts, massage therapy, sauna’s and more. They are currently offering 50% off enrollment for the month of January.

YMCA

The YMCA has three locations in London – east, downtown, and north, as well as locations in Komoka, Strathroy, and St. Thomas. The Y offers memberships for you or your whole family! They are so much more than just a place to work out (although they are that, too!). Full gymnasiums, pools, aerobic studios, free-weights, cardio machines… and then there are the kid activities! Not just child minding, your children could be having their own gym time, craft classes, pool fun and more. A family membership comes with the perks of recreational swims, parent and tot swims, open gym times, one session of swimming lessons per session (per person), and access to unlimited drop-in programs. They have a great Buddy Up promotion on now – find someone you know who is a member and let them take you there. You’ll get two weeks for free, they’ll have a chance at winning a free membership!

Fitness Forum

The Fitness Forum is located in south London and features cardio equipment, weights and strength training equipment, a pool, squash and racquetball, personal training, indoor running track, and 75 fitness classes per week. They also offer child-minding, for a fee. Start with your free 7-Day pass and go from there!

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Guide: Passes

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We have one more non-toy Gift Guide for you Mamas tired of contending with the pile of post-holiday ‘stuff’. This one is for Passes. Passes and memberships can be a great option for kids who love to do sports or go to fun recreational places that cost money. Kids don’t always understand that taking them to these fun places costs you money – sometimes LOTS of money. Not only are buying passes usually the economical way to go, they also allow you to say ‘Yes!’ more often. Here are some great places to buy passes for:

Swimming

Not just for the summer! London has a number of indoor pools to splash around in, including the newly renovated Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and the three YMCA’s. Multi-swim passes make each visit cheaper than the regular drop-in rate.

Skating

Get a skating pass for the indoor arenas and get on the ice with your kids! You’re in Canada, if you haven’t built your backyard rink yet, then this is pretty much not optional ;)

Skiing/Snowboarding

Boler Mountain is the closest place to get on the slopes, but if you’re willing to travel, you can make day trips out further.

Movies

There are two options here, you can either get the pass (ahem, from Costco) that includes the child’s admission and snack or you could go the very economical way and get a $10 gift card which would give them 4 of the Family Favourite movies on Saturday’s at Silver City… or use on regular movie admission if you want to see newer movies, but don’t want the popcorn and candy.

Children’s Museum

Do you know they have a Grandparent Membership at the Children’s Museum? Two grandparents and unlimited grandchildren can drop in at the museum anytime. No grandparents in town? Not a problem, there are also memberships for families and groups.

Storybook Gardens

Storybook Gardens isn’t just for the summer! Members get in all spring/summer/fall for the warm weather Storybook fun and all winter for the skating trail.

Kidscape

Those grouchy, blah days with the kids always seem to strike when the money tree is a little picked over, don’t they? With a membership you can stop in at this Indoor Playground anytime. A short play, a long play, it doesn’t matter! Anytime you need to get out of the house and they need to burn off some energy, drop on in and play.

Adventures on Wonderland

For those of you at the other end of the city, the same benefits apply to AOW. They don’t have memberships, but you can get a gift certificate to be applied to their admission whenever you need to get out of the house.

Community Centres

London has some great community centres that have memberships and passes available for drop-in programs like open gym and rollerskating.