Kids edition: Gymboree Play & Music

My wife and I took our 1 year old to Gymboree Play & Music in Orléans this week.

We really enjoyed bringing E there because there was lots of room for her to move freely and manipulate a variety of objects of different shapes and sizes. We took her to the free play session and she was allowed to move about and also interact with other chidlren.

We will be going again with their free class offer. We aren't sure if we are going to try a music or a play & learn class.

Here's what their website has to say about both classes:

Music Classes

Enhance your child's development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments.

Gymboree Play & Learn Classes

Our most popular class! Encourage development through play and learning with our seven-level program designed to support your child's growth at his or her own individual pace.

I find it very important that my daughter is exposed to a variety of activities and get her an active start.

According to Canadian Sport for Life: ''from ages 0-6 years, children need to be introduced to unstructured active play that incorporates a variety of body movements. Children this age need to develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.''

Those ABC's of movement are very important because they are the foundation to having a good physical literacy.

***Update: August 12, 2016***

Gymboree is offering one free class so we brought our daughter to a Gymboree Play & Learn lesson. Our daughter is 12 months old so she was part of the level 3 group.

Gymboree Play & Learn Level 3 allows us to explore two-way communication with our child. Play environments encourage discovery, balance and coordination as we learn to understand how our daughter  interacts and communicates with us and the world.

Here's what I enjoy about Gymboree:

1) Our instructor Jen was a very enthusiastic person and was able to control a group of 8 toddlers (wow!),

2) I enjoy the environment; E can crawl, climb and play in a safe environment. She is allowed to explore and play without hurting herself.

3) As previously mentioned, my daughter gets to improve her ABC's of movement. She also gets to watch other toddlers her age and I find that her development improves as she tries to copy them.