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.
- 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).
- Wading Into Winter 8-week session
January 8 – March 2
We will start the year experiencing winter by enjoying snow, waddling like penguins, playing with polar bears, making lights and shadows, and learning about hibernation. We’ll also play with things big and little as we learn about size and celebrate friendship with our Valentine’s parties during this special session!
- Sunny Springtime 8-weeks session
March 5 - April 27
As the weather warms, the world comes alive. Join us as we grow gardens, splash in rain, dance with rainbows, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Children will explore the world of worms, turtles, bunnies, and frogs too!
- Marvelous May Mini-Session 4-week mini-session
April 30 - May 25
Meet us for our Marvelous May mini-session! We’ll move to the music and celebrate our magnificent mommies. We will also discover what happens when you give a mouse a cookie and go on a pretend picnic!
- Fun In The Sun Mini-Session 4-week mini-session
June 4 - June 29
June starts off with a trip to the beach! We will celebrate Father’s Day, have a pretend campsite, and finish with a 4 th of July celebration!
- Literary Friends Mini-Session 4-week mini-session
July 9 - August 3
This mini-session is full of favorite characters and authors. We will read and play with Pete the Cat, Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss and Elmer the Elephant.
- Fabulous Feelings and Fall 8-week session
August 20 - October 12
Join us as we learn all about feelings, friendship, and what makes us special. We will pretend to be doctors, build like construction workers, and ride the school bus! Finally, we will enjoy fall as we discover all about apples, and lovely leaves.
- Holiday Celebrations 8-week session
October 15 - December 14
Fall fun continues as we explore the world at night, scamper like squirrels, and wear our Halloween costumes for a party! Then we will take a pretend trip to the airport and have a Thanksgiving feast. Music with bells, batches of baking, and gingerbread fun complete our holiday celebrations. (There are no classes the week of Nov. 19-23 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.