Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Unfortunately we’ve had to suspend our classes because of the coronavirus, we hope this won’t be for too long! Keep an eye out for updates on our new initiative to bring Gymboree Play & Music to you at home 👀

Hello and Welcome to Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh – Edinburgh’s number one choice for baby and toddler development classes.

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Playfloor

At Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh we have fantastic play & learn, sensory baby play and Pre-School classes for children aged from New-born to 5 years and we are open every day at our brilliant location in the south west of Edinburgh in the Slateford/Gorgie area.

We offer a full timetable of baby and toddler classes and Open Gym sessions which all our members enjoy access to daily. We have wonderful teachers, plenty of free parking and a snack room equipped with tables and highchairs so you can eve stay for lunch!

There is something for every baby and toddler here at Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh and with so many varied options you and your little one can hopefully make us part of your busy schedule. Check out the Class timetable tab on this page for more details.

As the global leaders of developmentally appropriate physical and cognitive fun, we help to grow your little one’s body and mind! Our classes utilise a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

We offer a range of award-winning classes throughout the week for New-born babies and up to children of 5 years! Please download our current timetable here:

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Class Timetable 2020

Classes Offered:

Baby Massage: We are passionate about the importance of touch and bonding with your baby and massage is a great way to introduce this to you both! Research shows that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are highly influential on their life-long mental health, and we want to help you along that crucial journey. Our Baby Massage course consists of 5 sessions each lasting 2 hours. We invite babies (under 1 year) and their parents along to learn all about the importance of touch and hope you will use this course as an opportunity to bond with your baby whilst learning and practising the different massage strokes with our fully qualified IAIM instructors, Nicole and Laura.

To learn more about Infant massage please follow this link!

Sensory Baby Play:  Developed just for babies from New-born to six months, in Sensory Baby Play we help you to find joy in playing with your new baby. Never overwhelming, always just right for your child, we sing, play, move and introduce new sensory experiences that will help your baby become calm, attentive and interested in play.

Play and Learn: Gymboree Play & Learn classes take place on our play floor with our specially designed equipment. The classes focus on motor skill development (both gross and fine) and also have plenty of music-based activities. We change our equipment set-up and the lesson plans every 2 weeks. This way, children have a chance to learn through repetition but are challenged with something new every 2 weeks. Play & Learn classes include family classes for adults with 1 or more children. Our hard and soft equipment is designed to be developmentally challenging to help little ones become confident through play.

Family Play and Learn: Bring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun, physical and cognitive learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends. With classes devoted to supporting multi-aged learning, children 0-5 years are encouraged to socially interact and learn from each other. Activities provide fun new challenges for every developmental stage!

Make up Classes: We have a ‘catch-up’ policy – any missed class can be made-up with an extra class to be taken within a month!

Open Gym: Once you sign up to a class you automatically become a member of Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh which entitles you to unlimited use of our Open Gym Sessions, free of charge, on the days we are open.

Turn your child’s special day into an unforgettable birthday celebration!

fun birthday parties for babies and toddlers

Here at Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh we run fun-filled bespoke parties every weekend. Our parties include venue hire, two members of staff to help with your day, party food and a structured play and music session. Our dedicated teachers will create a unique and fun-filled party for you and your guests. Your magical party will include music and dancing, stories and adventures, bubbles and singing, and parents and children will have a fantastic time playing together at our beautiful site. For more details and for price information please see the link below and let us help you have a stress-free, wonderful day to remember!

Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh Birthday Party Information

If you would like to know more then have a read at this lovely Blog written by a Mummy who recently enjoyed a party with us and check out some of our tesimonals below:

The most stress-free Birthday Party ever at Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh!!

 

We’ve been to a fair few birthday parties here (all amazing) and just had our son’s 1st birthday party here which was also completely amazing! Nicole’s energy and talent for children’s classes and entertainment is second to none! We had 4 month old kids to 3.5 year olds at the party and every single one of them had a brilliant time. Can’t wait for our next visit!’

‘Thanks again for the AMAZING party you hosted this morning. Everyone had such a brilliant time and tonight there is one very happy little boy in this house. All the activities were great fun and everyone was made to feel very welcome and helped and encouraged to join in. We felt that the whole event ran very smoothly, there was plenty of time for everything. We could not have asked for a better party.’

‘Thank you for a fantastic birthday party at Gymboree play and music yesterday! Our Son absolutely loved every minute as did all of his friends – it really was brilliant and exactly what we had hoped for! Thank you!’

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  • Gymbo @ Home – live now!

    24. March 2020
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    Gymbo @ Home – live in a Facebook Group near you!

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you 🏚.  Many of our Gymboree Play & Music centres are offering Gymbo @ Home, a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.

    Click on the link below of your nearest Gymboree Play & Music centre and register for their Gymbo @ Home Group now to continue the fun at home!  If you’re not sure which is your nearest centre check out the map here.

    Gymboree Play & Music Bearsden & Milngavie

    Gymboree Play & Music Bristol

    Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick

    Gymboree Play & Music Docklands

    Gymboree Play & Music East Dulwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh

    Gymboree Play & Music Glasgow

    Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington

    Gymboree Play & Music Hampstead

    Gymboree Play & Music Kensington

    Gymboree Play & Music Norwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Putney

    Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks

    Gymboree Play & Music Solihull

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    Gymboree Play & Music Tunbridge Wells

    Gymboree Play & Music Wandsworth

    Gymboree Play & Music Warwick

    Gymboree Play & Music Watford

    Gymboree Play & Music Wimbledon

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  • Closed, for now

    19. March 2020

    Further to our update on Wednesday, and the subsequent instructions from the Government, we have taken the very sad decision to close all our centres (those not already closed) from the end of play on Friday 20th March.  We’d like to thank all of you who’ve contacted our teams with such kind and supportive comments, it has made a difficult decision slightly more bearable 💔

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    We have been working hard to develop Gymbo at Home for our customers which will bring live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment.  This will be available for new and existing customers. Keep an eye out for an announcement on this very soon 👀

    Gymboree Play & Music is a network of small family-run businesses so this closure will hit us very hard.  If you’re able to continue with your membership, switching to Gymbo at Home, we would be eternally grateful 🙏

    If you have any questions about your membership, want to access Gymbo at Home, or freeze your membership, please get in contact with your local Gymboree Play & Music.  Also if you’re a customer, look out for closed Facebook groups for your local centre where you can keep in touch with the team and fellow Gymboree families.

    Finally, although our doors are closed you can still buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers online which will be honoured for at least 12 months, allowing you to further support Gymboree Play & Music, and give the gift of (virtual or delayed) play!

    For more information on Covid-19 (coronavirus) and how to keep yourselves safe you can read the Public Heath England or Health Protection Scotland websites.

    Once again, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you ‘at Home‘.

    Gymbo x

  • Covid-19 update

    18. March 2020

    We at Gymboree Play & Music care about the safety and wellbeing of our customers and their families; and we hope you are managing to stay as stress free as possible in these difficult times.  As such we are monitoring the Government Covid-19 guidelines by the hour to make sure we are making the right decisions for you and our teams.

    please support Gymboree Play & Music

    please support Gymboree Play & Music

    In the light of the most recent announcements some of our sites have decided to close, either because their venue has closed, or because they cannot staff their site.  As of 11am on Thursday 18th March the following sites are closed:

    • Edinburgh
    • Glasgow South
    • Kensington
    • Solihull
    • Tunbridge Wells
    • Watford
    • Wimbledon

    All other sites are open, but it’s probably best to double-check with your site before you leave home if you’re coming to classes.

    Gymboree Play & Music are a network of small family run businesses and these are scary times for our franchisees and their teams.  We are trying to provide our classes for as long as possible to avoid disruption for you and your families, and maintain the livelihoods of our teams.  We have however made some changes to our classes, where running, to take even greater care of health and hygiene:

    • Hands to be washed before and after class
    • No Gymbo kisses – we are bringing Gymbo out but not physically giving kisses
    • No Gymbo stamps on hands or feet, but we can stamp your child’s Gymbo sticker 
    • We are only using necessary props and ensuring everything is cleaned with antibacterial cleaner including surfaces and toys are every use.
    • We are using a bubble fan rather than the bubble blower.

    Furthermore we are working on an exciting project to bring Gymboree Play & Music classes to our customers in their homes for when the time comes to close completely.  Please watch out for news on this and if you can possibly continue to support your local Gymboree Play & Music in the weeks and months to come we would be so very grateful ❤🙏

    For more information on Covid-19 (coronavirus) and how to keep yourselves safe you can read the Public Heath England or Health Protection Scotland websites.

    Keep safe,

    Gymbo x

  • The Gift of Play!

    3. December 2019

    By 2050, the plastic in our landfills will reach 12 billion metric tons. This plastic inevitably ends up in our environment; either by leaching chemicals into our soil or our oceans. As a society we have moved away from the ‘make do and mend’ era and into a more consumerist extreme; ‘use once and throw away’.

    90% of the toys that are manufactured each year are made from plastic because it is cheap to produce and lightweight.  Even toys that aren’t made primarily from plastic are packaged in a multitude of single use plastic packaging, which once used for its initial purpose (housing the product) usually cannot be recycled or re-purposed for anything else. Since manufacturers have moved away from responsibly and ethically creating new toys, the responsibility has fallen onto the consumer. But what can we do if we don’t want our little ones to miss out?

    Buy an experience! Experiences can offer so much more that a plastic present: they allow us to build intellect, will, imagination, memory and perception.  They create lasting memories of positive experiences and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In addition they improve your little one’s physical capability as they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through climbing, sliding, crawling and singing (your vocal chords are a muscle too!).

    An experience like the Gift of Play here at Gymboree Play & Music could help fast track their development by stimulating them through play. In our classes you will also be building your little one’s social life (and yours!) as they make new friends and bond with their classmates week after week. By learning through play and building lasting memories together you will be strengthening your bond with each other and fostering their learning in a safe and fun environment. With our unlimited open gyms, you can practice outside of classes as well; watching them grow and progress week by week.

    Finally, if you are a grandparent looking for an environment that’s fun, safe and educational and somewhere you can bond with your grand-children, then The Gift of Play is perfect for you too!

    Buy your little one the Gift of Play with a Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher!

    Written by Aslihan Gulen, Play & Music Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans.

     

  • Gift vouchers – Give the gift of play week after week!

    29. October 2019

    Are you wondering what to give as a gift to a new parent, child or grandchild?

    Are you keen to give a greener, ethical gift, and reduce the amount of single use plastics in the world?

    Why not give Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers which can be used towards any of our classes or parties at any of our sites across the UK?

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    In our classes we use a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

    Our gift vouchers are available in various denominations allowing you to cover the cost of classes for one or more months, or even to pay for a birthday party at your local Gymboree Play & Music.

    Buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers today to give the gift of play, week after week!

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  • What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!15. October 2019

    So this happened at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 on Friday.

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music was awarded Highly Commended in ‘Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity – Franchisor or Independent with 10 to 29 Leaders’ at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    Millions of parents have trusted What’s On 4 Kids for information and inspiration on children’s activities in the UK since 2006.  Their Awards recognise the most loved children’s activities, clubs and classes across the whole of the UK, as voted for by parents.

    We were also finalists in the Most Loved Baby Activity and Most Loved Party Activity categories, so we’re feeling very pleased with ourselves!

    We’re so grateful to all of our lovely customers for voting for us as it’s your opinion that matters the most.

    If you want to come for a free trial to see what all the fuss is about just fill in the form here.

    Thank you 😍

  • We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!31. July 2019

    We’re super excited to announce that Gymboree Play & Music are finalists in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 in the following categories.

    These awards have been voted for by you; mums, dads, and grandparents of the UK, so they mean a lot to us.  What’s On 4 Kids will announce the winners on Friday 11th October at a ceremony in London.  So we’re crossing all our fingers and toes!

    Picture of girl announcing What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for #gymboreeplayandmusic 😘

  • Piccolo’s new look and new launches!

    Piccolo’s new look and new launches!28. May 2019

    Continuing their mission of making 100% organic, balanced and nutritious food inspired by the Mediterranean, Piccolo’s new products are designed with busy families in mind.

    The stylish new pouch packaging design launching this month accentuates the ingredients within and clearly communicates the brand’s ethos of helping families enjoy life’s adventures to the full. The ingredients, dietary information and nutritionals are even more clearly labelled and the new packs are the first UK baby food to include a QR code, linking through to more detailed information on the Piccolo website – so parents can find out exactly where those delicious, organic ingredients come from.

    But that’s not all; Piccolo are also launching several new ranges – including a new cooking at home range featuring stock cubes and stir-in sauces, specially developed for little ones. They are low in sugar and salt, and the stir in sauces are one of your babys’ 5 a day; meaning one less thing to worry about.

    That’s not all – there’s also snacks – Piccolo’s new snacking range includes Italian inspired breadsticks and tasty teething wafer Squares handily packed in on-the-go packets.  

    Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo says: “At Piccolo we are always looking at new ways to help families enjoy nutritious meals and snacks without the worry or hassle. Our new pouch meals, healthy snacks and cooking range aim to take away the stress of finding food that’s delicious and convenient for cooking at home or when you are on the go – leaving you with more time for what really matters.”

    “With balance and variety absolutely key to babies’ health and development, we’re excited to offer growing families an even wider range of ingredients, flavours and textures for their little ones to try developed by our in house infant nutritional therapist Alice Fotheringham.”

    picture of Piccolo's new design pouches

    Piccolo’s new design pouches

  • Vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards!

    Vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards!21. May 2019

    We’re super excited to be nominated in the following categories for the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019! 🎉

    • Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity, Franchisor or Independent Taught by 10 to 29 Leaders
    • Most Loved Baby Activity, Franchisor or Independent Taught by 10 to 29 Leaders
    • Most Loved Party Activity, with 10 to 39 Leaders
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, in South East – Colette Beard, Sevenoaks
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, in South East – Lucy Gill, Tunbridge Wells
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, in Scotland and Northern Ireland – Nicole Bald, Edinburgh

    Please take a moment to vote for us 😍👶🏆🙏

    https://whatson4kids.co.uk/awards/vote

    Big thanks x

  • Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 2019

    Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 20198. May 2019

    Once again the Children’s Activities Association is working together with Caudwell Children’s charity on Children’s Activities Week to promote the crucial benefits of children’s activities, clubs and classes; as well as raise funds for both organisations. Caudwell Children transform the lives of children with autism throughout the UK by acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. An estimated 2.5 million people are directly affected by autism every day in the UK.

    Gymboree Play & Music members will be seeing how many bubbles they can catch in 1 minute to raise funds and win prizes!

    With your help we can provide the support children need to reach their full potential, please donate anything you can.  Thank you ❤

    https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GymboreePlayandMusicUK

    #CAW2019

    #WatchMeFly

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Nicole- Franchisee

Nicole always knew she wanted to work with Children so after gaining her diploma in Musical Theatre she started her search for her dream job – a place where she could sing and have fun while growing young minds! Her search didn’t take long because she found Gymboree Classes and fell in love with the ethos, principles and foundations of what Gymboree Classes offer. Nicole bought her franchise in 2012 and Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh opened its doors in March 2013. Since then Nicole has had the pleasure to be part of hundreds of little people’s lives and takes great pride in getting to know each child and their families personally. Nicole is now also a fully qualified IAIM infant massage instructor and has trained in Makaton Signing for babies.

 

 

 

Laura – Play and Music Teacher

Laura is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher who joined the Gymboree Play and Music team in 2017 after the birth of her second child. Laura has a strong love for the Edinburgh site as she is Nicole’s older sister and therefore has been a helping hand since the very beginning. Laura’s eldest child attended classes from 1 week old until her 5th birthday so Laura has an understanding of classes from both a parent and a teachers’ perspective. Laura qualified as a IAIM infant massage instructor in 2019 and says she loves everything about her job, but she especially loves seeing so many smiling faces every day when she comes to work.

 

 

 

 

Heather – Play and Music Teacher 

Heather has been part of the team since 2018 and is loved by all the members and their children. Heather is trained in acting and performing and these skills are evident in each and every one of her classes as she takes little one’s on some incredible imaginative adventures. Heather loves getting to know all our families and loves that she has found a place where she can help to grow the minds of so many little people while doing something she really enjoys.

 

 

 

 

 

Bethan – Play and Music Teacher

Bethan is our newest teacher, joining the team in 2019 after graduating with a degree in Music. Bethan has a very nurturing energy in her classes and always encourages every child to try something new and to reach their goals with confidence. A fan favourite with all the children, Bethan loves delivering every class and says she has found her dream job combining her music skills with her love for children, something which is clear in all of her classes.

Ella – Party Assistant

Ella joined the team at the end of 2019 and is loving getting to be part of so may fun filled Birthday parties every weekend. Ella is always more than happy to help parents in any way she can on their little one’s special day and loves getting to encourage the children to try new and exciting things with every party.

We are located just off of Slateford Road, right next door to the Royal Mail delivery depot. We are a 5 minute walk from Slateford train station and we are on many major bus routes including the 4, 44, 34, 300 and 35. We are also a short walk from Gorgie road where you can also access many more bus routes.

Found at our site:

  • Ample FREE parking
  • Toilets
  • A clean baby changing room (with spare nappies and wipes)
  • A toilet seat if your child is potty training
  • A snack room with highchairs
  • A microwave, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities
  • A large buggy store room so you don’t need to leave your buggy outside
  • A lounge area with comfy sofas

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Here are just a few of the wonderful things people say about Gymboree Play and Music Edinburgh!

‘Great age appropriate classes and amazing staff. The staff make such an effort to get to know each individual child. I love that the children are free to explore the equipment and directed to specific tasks. Having a focus for a few week is great for developing their skills in lots of different areas. I also love the structure of the class and having certain things the little ones do every week. My little girl always looks forward to a freeze on the airlog and getting her bubbles.’

‘I’ve been taking my 4yr old daughter to Gymboree for nearly three years. She loves it and it’s been great for her development and social skills. The Edinburgh team are fantastic, super friendly, great with the kids and the parents. My favourite class by far.’

‘I started taking my daughter to Gymboree when she was 9 months old and have loved watching her confidence grow each week. She wasn’t even crawling when we first started but now (17 months old) she is trying to climb on all the equipment and importantly, has learned the safe way to climb down from things. The staff are so friendly and always share in your delight when the children manage to do something that they maybe couldn’t do the previous week. The equipment is clean and really good condition, and the lunch room is brilliant for satisfying hungry tums before or after class and getting to know the other parents. I hope to keep taking my daughter as she moves up through all the levels as she gets older – we love Gymbo!’

‘Best toddler class ever. My daughter enjoys the imaginative and physical elements of the class, and look forward to her class each week.’

‘Been taking my daughter since she was about 6 months old. She’s 2.5 now and still loves it! The classes are fun and energetic. It’s by far the best class we do and we’ve tried a few! It’s brilliant having the snack room too so that we can socialise after the class. It’s become the highlight of our week.’

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All your questions answered here!

What is ‘Play and Learn’?

Play and Learn is Gymboree’s signature, equipment-focused, physical and cognitive, child development programme; offering a wide range of classes for little ones aged 0 – 5 years. Each class is structured and teacher-led, with themes designed to support the growth of children throughout those early developmental stages.

Each theme is developmentally appropriate according to that age group, with each class an exciting fun-filled adventure, and all of this with the help of our amazing purpose-built equipment and props. Fun to be had by all!

How does membership work?

Everyone is entitled to one free trial, to see how you get on in the session and whether its right for you and your little one – There is absolutely no obligation to then join a class after.

Should you wish to join us after your free trial, you will be asked to sign our Gymboree agreement which states that we ask you to sign up for a minimum of 2 months, with a 1 month cancellation policy; notifying us of your request to cancel your membership in writing.

How do I pay for classes?

Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh works on a monthly direct debit as we are open all year round!

Membership is on a rolling contract of either £35.00 per month. This allows you one teacher-led class per week and unlimited access to Open Gym sessions, which are completely free of charge. We offer lots of discounts for siblings and multiple classes so please do get in touch if you have any further questions regarding pricing.

What is a ‘Freeze’ of membership?

A freeze of membership allows you to take a break from Gymboree for one month without loosing your class space. With one month’s notice a freeze of membership suspends your payments and classes for one month.

What is a ‘Makeup’ Class’?

When your little one has missed a class you are entitled to book a makeup class; this class can be booked into any class (age appropriate) with space.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we offer a number of discounts for twins/siblings and second or third classes – please check our timetable or call us on 07910 188 713 for more information.

What is Open Gym?

As members, you will have unlimited access to Open Gym sessions at various times throughout each week; allowing you free play with the use of our specialised props and patented apparatus. There is no obligation to attend these sessions nor is there any extra charge, should you attend. Its an added bonus to being a member with us – You can do as many or as little as you wish, every week.

Do you have parking?

Yes. We have our own private car park which has 15 car parking spaces in it including a disabled access space. We are also only a short walk form other car parks and on the street paking is available on Slateford Road.

Why do I need socks but my child is bare foot?

We kindly ask that adults are in socks during classes for hygiene reasons, we then ask that children have bare feet due to health and safety.

What do I do with my buggy?

We have lots of space inside for buggies in the form of a ‘Buggy Room’.

What do I need to do if I want to book a free trial?

There lots of ways to get in touch with us! You can fill out a form at the top of this page, you can call us on 07910 188 713 or drop us an email Edinburgh@gymboreeclasses.co.uk you can even pop in and say hello!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us