Discover the POWER OF PLAYGYM!
Research shows sensory activities are the best ways for young children to learn. All PlayGym classes are designed to include multi-sensory stimulation. PlayGym themes provide an excellent opportunity for young children to learn new vocabulary as they experience play like never before!
PlayGym is a carefully designed program that encourages the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills, and self-confidence. Fun-filled, age appropriate activities using colorful gym equipment and sensory stimulation provide a wealth of "food" for the brain. Parents and children make friends, share special time together, enjoy new experiences, and have fun!
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Classes can fill up quickly and we cannot always accomodate walk-ins. To make sure that a class still has spots available, call Nancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040 to register your child. Creative Discovery Museum reserves the right to change, add, or combine classes based upon changes in class enrollment. Payment due upon registration. No refunds. Makeup classes available.
The Stages of PlayGym
(Times marked through are not available for at this time.)
BabyGym - 4 to 14 months
Tues. 9:30 A.M., Thurs. 10:30 A.M.
Babies engage in a carefully-planned program that addresses all important areas of early development. Baby sign language, music, movement, socialization, and language development are included in each class. Keepsake art is created every week, giving lots of opportunities for sharing baby's milestones with the family.
Little Ones - 12 to 24 months
Mon. 10:30 A.M., Tue. 10:30 A.M. & Fri. 10:30 A.M.
Parents and children enjoy activities based on age-appropriate themes that change weekly. Baby sign language gives children communication skills that transfer to the home setting. All classes include seesaw time, choo-choo, bubbles, rhythm band, and process art.
2 Much Fun - 24 to 36 months
Thurs. 9:30 A.M. or Fri. 11:30 A.M.
Similar to the Little Ones class, each Two Much Fun class includes process art, seesaw and choo-choo time, parachutes, bubbles, and rhythm band. In addition, our fun weekly themes provide multi-sensory ways to play and build vocabulary. Children also practice social skills as they learn to share, take turns, and enjoy playing in a group setting.
Preschool Enrichment - 3 years to 4 years
Tues. 11:30 A.M., Fri. 9:30 A.M.
Children experience sensory-filled activities based on rich early childhood literature. Activities such as making ice cream in a ball, planting seeds, and baking pies provide rich connections to delightful literature. This class features some of PlayGym’s favorite components such as seesaws and rhythm band.
Research shows sensory activities are the best ways for young children to learn. All PlayGym classes are designed to include multi-sensory stimulation. PlayGym themes provide an excellent opportunity for young children to learn new vocabulary as they experience play like never before! Reservations are required and fill on a "first come, first served" basis. To check availability and make a reservation, call Nancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040.
- Wonderous Winter 8-week session
January 9 – March 3
Jump into the new year experiencing the wonders of winter. We will touch the snow, waddle like penguins, learn about hibernation, and explore with our senses. We’ll also imagine with our friends at the castle and celebrate friendship with our Valentine’s parties during this special session!
- Springtime Surprise 8-week session
March 6 - April 28
Spring is full of fun animals and weather. We will blow in the wind, play in the rain, and watch the flowers grow. Children will enjoy learning about sheep, ducks, butterflies, and bugs too!
- May Marvels 4-week mini-session
May 1 - May 26
This mini-session will be marvelous from top to bottom! We will start off exploring space and finish by investigating with our feet. In between, we will celebrate our mommies and pretend to be cowboys and cowgirls
- Joyous June 4-weeks mini-session
June 5 - June 30
June starts off splashing in the water with the fish. We will celebrate Father’s Day, taste ice cream, and finish with a 4th of July celebration.
- Summertime Fun 4-week mini-session
July 10-August 4
This mini-session is full of summertime fun as we play with boats and bask in the sun. We will also learn about bees and take a trip to the zoo!
- Exciting Explorations 8-weeks session
August 21- October 13
We will start this session as scientists learning about blocks, ramps, colors, and shapes. Then we will play at the farmer’s market, pretend to be veterinarians and learn about firefighters!
- Hooray for Holidays 8-week session
October 16- December 15
We will start this session exploring the leaves and spiders we see around us this time of year. Then we will wear our costumes for our Halloween parties and prepare a pretend feast for Thanksgiving! We will finish with holiday fun, playing with trains, cooking in the bakery, and learning about gingerbread.
(There are no classes the week of Nov. 20-24, 2017 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday).
About our PlayGym Instructors
Erin Townley, Early Childhood Manager, earned her M.Ed. in human development and Ed.S.in school psychology from Lehigh University. She has experience working with young children and their caregivers in many settings. Erin has participated in PlayGym with her own children and is excited to share this experience with others. You can reach Erin at (423) 648-6041 or email@example.com.
Ginnie Smith, Early Childhood Assistant Manager and PlayGym Instructor, graduated from the University of Alabama with an Early Childhood Development and Child Life Specialist degree. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Certified Georgia Educator. Previously, Ginnie worked as the lead Pre-K Teacher in an inclusive classroom for children with and without disabilities. She has worked with children and their caregivers in hospital and classroom settings. Ginnie can be reached at (423) 648-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.