The Little Gym of Charlottesville has been serving families in Central Virginia since 1994. Locally owned and operated, our The Little Gym prides itself on being a fun and friendly place for families to spend years growing and learning. Our directors work daily to ensure that everyone who walks through the door feels welcome and appreciated. All staff are trained using The Little Gym curriculum and teaching tools, and our dedicated leadership team has over 20 years of The Little Gym experience!
The Little Gym International has been providing premier motor skill development classes around the world for over 30 years! You can find The Little Gym in most states and 21 different countries. We are the best choice when it comes to creating life skills while developing motor skills in a fun, safe, non-competitive environment - and we love what we do! Please come on by and let us be a part of your family!
Building Self-Confidence, One Humongous Grin at a Time
The best way to encourage children to try their best is with a smile. Thatʼs why, surprisingly, our teaching philosophy is quite different from others. We challenge children to strive for success in a positive, nurturing environment. Each new accomplishment promotes confidence and each successful experience motivates them to try for the next. Our coaching style is noncompetitive, which means children are encouraged to strive for their personal best.
We're not the only ones who see the value of this approach. Major studies note the myriad benefits of early childhood physical development:
- Children with a high level of physical activity tend to remain highly active throughout adolescence. Starting early lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
- Physically active pre-school children perform better in kindergarten and grade school. With age-appropriate exercises and group activities, The Little Gym provides a different context for learning.
- Children with more developed motor coordination have a lower incidence of social and educational problems. By combining physical development with activities that promote sharing, listening and friendship, The Little Gym sets the stage for critical life skills.
- Positive feedback tends to increase children's intrinsic motivation, having long-term benefits on their self-confidence and willingness to embrace challenges. Our positive, noncompetitive environment triggers childrenʼs natural drive to discover their own potential.
With locations across the globe, The Little Gym has helped millions of children experience the benefits of this positive approach since our inception in 1976. Our programs have helped kids across the planet become more confident, readying them for new challenges with proud smiles on their faces. We see it every day. And soon, you will, too.
Serious Fun for Kids
With more than 300 locations across the globe, The Little Gym is the worldʼs premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids ages four months through 12 years. Each week, progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear.
At The Little Gym, our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. For more than 35 years, our trained instructors have nurtured happy, confident kids through a range of programs including parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance and sports skills development, plus enjoyable extras like camps, Parentsʼ Survival Nights and Awesome Birthday Bashes. In all of our programs, physical activity is a conduit for Three-Dimensional Learning. In every dimension, self-confidence and a proud smile are evident outcomes.
Get Moving! Physical activities to burn that boundless energy, plus build flexibility and strength, develop balance and coordination, and encourage agility, rhythm and overall fitness to launch a lifetime of healthy habits.
Brain Boost! Designed to expand the mind and develop a love of learning, these exercises foster sustained concentration and decision making, prepare for or reinforce school lessons, and nurture problem-solving ability and creative expression.
Citizen Kid! These activities teach life skills like sharing, working in a group, listening and leadership—all skills that translate to a well-adjusted, well-rounded superkid.
As each success builds off the last, you will see noticeable improvements in your childʼs abilities and self-confidence. Your child will simply see The Little Gym as a place to play, laugh and make new friends. And quite frankly, thatʼs fine by us.