Today’s post is from writer and mother of two Kim McDonald.
When my daughter was about 8 months old, we went to Gymboree Play & Music for a few classes. It was probably the best time she ever had as a baby. So when I heard that they offer parties for kids up to 5, it was a no-brainer to book one for my now-toddler.
There are two Gymboree locations in Calgary (in the SE and NW). We had Naomi’s party at the SE location because it’s closer to home.
Gymboree parties are for kids from age 1 – 5. They are perfect for this age range because they incorporate lots of active play, songs, and games – all of toddlers’ favourite things. Because the kids are so small, they ask for a 1:1 ratio of kids to adults.
Both locations in Calgary offer the same party packages. These prices are accurate at the time of writing, but please be sure to contact Gymboree Play & Music for the most up to date information!
- 90-minute party (non-member): $240 plus GST
- 90-minute party (member): $200 plus GST
- 2 hour party (non-member): $290 plus GST
- 2 hour party (member): $250 plus GST
But the BEST part is that you also get a Gymboree teacher for your hour of play! The Gymboree teachers are amazing. I attended a Play & Music class once, and the teacher knew the names of 15 babies by the end of the hour.
Gymboree teachers are also experts in early literacy and play. Their knowledge of kids’ songs, rhymes, and games rivals that of children’s librarians and kindergarten teachers.
At the end, everyone lifted the parachute into the air, it touched the ceiling, and Lea gathered it so quickly it really was like magic. Even the parents gasped.
During the games and songs, Naomi loved that she was often the centre of attention. Lea would incorporate her name into songs, and make sure she got a turn at every activity. This made Naomi feel extra special on her birthday.
I was really impressed. Any time you get 10 kids under 5 years old into a room together, there’s bound to be chaos – but Lea was amazing. She was able to gently guide the kids from activity to activity while keeping the chaos to a minimum.