Hackney & Islington

Hackney & Islington

About Us…

If you are on the lookout for an amazing place which offers fun, high quality and educational classes for your children you need to look no further. You cannot do better than Gymboree Play & Music’s award-winning sessions (4 times winner of best pre-school activity in the last 5 years) delivered by our fantastic Islington team. Come to visit us, we can’t wait to welcome you and your little ones!

Our site located at 60 Highbury New Park really is amazing. Your little ones will love it! We have a separate baby feeding area with comfortable couches, baby changing facilities and a bottle warmer.

Book your free trial today by emailing us at islington@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or calling 07818153700.

Our Location…

Our site is located at 60 Highbury New Park between Highbury & Islington roundabout and Newington Green. The building is located inside the estate, so it can be easily be reached from both adjacent roads – either Highbury New Park or Grosvenor Road. To reach us look out for 31 on Highbury New Park (postcode N5 2EN) and we are just opposite. If you arrive by train we’re about 4 minutes walk from Canonbury train station.


If you arrive by car there are multiple Pay-and-Display bays nearby. If you live in Islington and have a local parking permit you might be able to park for free in the local resident parking bays during the designated times.

Sock Policy…

Please remember to bring your socks! We want our site to be the cleanest children’s activity site in the area. It is our policy that adults must wear socks at Gymboree Play & Music. If you forget to bring them along there will be a pair on sale for £1, half of which we will donate to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

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*Sensory Baby Play * Play & Learn * Music * Art * Theatre Arts * School Skills * Gymboree On The Go *

Double click on the following link to download the latest timetable, pricing and membership policies. Our Play & Learn classes are on the first page, please scroll down to find our other classes!

Gymboree Play & Music Hackney and Islington – Timetable, Pricing and Policies


Newborn babies through to children up to age 5 can enjoy a wide range of classes at Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington. Introduce your baby to the world of play at our cosy Sensory Baby Play class, then watch as they progress and work all the way up to imaginative play! (Level 5 and 6)

Sensory Baby Play (0-6 months)…

Our Sensory Baby Play classes focus on developing your baby’s interest in the world through sensory exploration. Stimulating age-appropriate activities such as tummy time, scarf play and auditory exploration help to build trust and security and emotional connections with others. Parent discussion time helps you to connect with other parents in the group and learn more about your child’s development.

Play & Learn Level 2 (6-10 months)…

At this level children learn how they can make things happen as they explore cause and effect and work on strength building activities by using our ramps, slides, climbers and tunnels. The songs and movement of our ‘baby boogies’ are a fun way to encourage social awareness and stimulate early brain development. Introducing your child to new sights, sounds, and movements helps build confidence.

Play & Learn Level 3 (10-16 months)…

Two way communication has started!  Children are gaining skills that allow them to show you what they want, think and feel as they participate in a range of developmental activities on our range of exciting equipment playscapes. You can experience, observe and guide your child’s new sense of balance, co-ordination and strength and observe how your child interacts and plays with other children as their learning style begins to emerge.

Play & Learn Level 4 (16-22 months)…

Motor planning is key for our children at this phase of development. We explore patterns, sequences of action and cooperative play using our equipment as a tool for physical, cognitive and social development. Early vocabulary is introduced (e.g. in/out; up/down) and parents help children learn to be competent problem solvers: from how to get in and out of the tunnel, to taking turns, to sharing and more.

Play & Learn Level 5 (22-28 months)…

Imaginary themes and creative play support the development of “symbolic thinking” in these classes. We transform our slides, tunnels and climbers into doghouses, fire engines and more. We use special props and games to encourage language development and social skill development at an age when many children begin pre-school and can benefit from learning these important skills.

Play & Learn Level 6 (28 months – 5 years)…

Through more advanced imaginary play, storybooks, equipment play, group and independent play, our Level 6 children learn critical listening and language skills that support their Pre-School readiness. Our activities also focus on co-operative play, building your child’s imagination and thinking skills.


Our Music classes are a fabulous way to start exploring rhythm and movement with your child, and are set to a different genre of music every two to three weeks.

Music I (6-16 months)…

Children are very receptive to musical learning at this age. Research has shown that infants can have memory for songs heard while in mum’s tummy, and babies as young as 5 months can remember musical sequences and detect changes in pitch, melody and rhythm! Participating in Music I impacts all areas of your baby’s development. You’ll learn songs that boost memory and language and explore music elements like beat and rhythm through age-appropriate instruments and playful movement activities. Learn lullabies from around the world to help to build those important connections between you and your child and support their emotional development.

Music II (16 months – 2 1/2 years)…

Our active approach to musical learning introduces your child to 16 different musical styles. Through singing, dancing, movement games and instruments, your child learns important musical “building blocks” like rhythm, beat, tempo and melody and builds a foundation of musical skills to grow on. These activities provide powerful tools that impact your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development too.

Music III (2 1/2 to 5 years)…

Your child’s ability to express musical rules, structures and elements dramatically increases. Cognitive and physical growth leads to more complex and accurate responses in singing, critical listening, moving and instrument play. Our playfully structured activities encourage interaction with peers and support group cooperation through music making.


Budding artists will love our Art classes! Get messy and creative with activities involving playdough, paints and plenty of glue and glitter. Then, take home your masterpiece to show off to the rest of the family.

Art 1 (17-24 months) Art II (24-36 months) Family Art (17 months-5 years)

Art provides skills for learning and self- expression at any age. That’s why a Gymboree Play & Music Art class is an essential introduction to a world of colour, form and texture that shape a foundation of creative possibility for your child. Our imagination building activities will invite exploration of a collage wall, tactile station, painting, song, story-time and gentle movement to inspire the littlest of artists.

Nothing inspires the imagination quite like art. An Art class sends your child home with far more than a finished project. Children leave our class with an enhanced creative spirit and a positive means for self-expression. Unleash your child’s imagination in a world of hands-on discovery with painting, sculpting, drawing, collage, song, dress-up and other imaginative activities.

Theatre Arts (3-5 years)…

Your little one will sing, dance, paint and create with the opportunity to perform to friends and family at the end of each term. This new programme will promote confidence, self expression, peer interaction and task completion through a variety of creative art forms such as drama, text work, singing, dancing and set and costume making. At the end of each course you have the opportunity to watch your child in a live performance!  In both Key Stages 1 and 2 of the UK National Curriculum music, dance and drama are seen as ways for developing control, co­-ordination, poise and expression of feelings, mood and ideas. The Theatre Arts programme develops all of these important skills and in doing so promotes independence and school readiness in a fun and exciting way!

School Skills (3-5 years)…

This class will equip your little ones with key social, emotional and intellectual skills needed for school and life. This programme will encourage curiosity and build self confidence in your Pre-Schooler using art, science exploration, play and more. Activities help develop confidence, communication, perseverance and co-­operation, giving your child a solid foundation for future learning environments. Teachers also read books that explore and nurture key social and emotional skills, and encourage communication with peers.

This School Skills class includes both independent and group learning activities to promote the important personal and social skills your child will need for a successful transition into school.


We offer tailor made birthday parties on Saturday and Sundays – the whole site to yourself, as well as Parties on the Go – meaning we can come to your home or hired venue.  Let’s get planning tat Jungle Safari or trip Under the Sea!

Gymboree Play & Music Birthday Parties

There is no better place for your little one’s party than our amazing site.



Summer News 2019…

Gymboree Music in the Park…


This year we are sponsoring the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which seeks to support families with terminally ill children through support workers. Keep an eye out for all our charity events coming up this year! In 2018 we managed to raise an amazing £1280.70 for them through our Halloween and Winter Wonderland parties so let’s aim high in 2019 and see if we can do even better!

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  • 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

  • 50% off in our Spring Sale, 29th April – 3rd May!

    25. April 2019

    Now that spring is well and truly here (sunshine one minute, rain the next) why not join Gymboree Play & Music!

    Because we all know you can’t rely on the British weather, we’ve a very special offer to ensure you always have that indoor option for playtime with your little ones.  All next week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership*.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development programmes because

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.78/5 and 96% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

    So if you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    But if you haven’t, just fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    This offer ends at close of business on Friday 3rd May so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 29th April 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • January Sale – 50% off!

    January Sale – 50% off!2. January 2019

    If you’ve been wondering whether to sign up to any of our classes, now’s the time, it’s our January sale!

    To celebrate the new year we have a very special offer starting on Monday 7th January 2019; we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership*.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development and we would love to show you why!  With classes for babies and children from newborn to age 5 we have something for everyone.

    • Sensory Baby Play- 0 – 6 months
    • Play & Learn – 6 months – 5 years
    • Gymboree Music – 6 months – 5 years
    • Gymboree Art -18 months – 5 years
    • Baby Massage courses -0 – 12 months
    • Makaton Signing for Babies courses -3 – 12 months

    (Not all branches offer all classes and courses)

    If you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    If you haven’t, just fill in the free trial enquiry form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    Offer ends at close of business on Friday 11th January so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month




    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 7th – 11th January 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • Amy’s Top 6 Favourite Things at Gymboree Play & Music

    7. December 2017
    1. Playing with glitter and sparkles in my Friday art classes!
    2. Seeing what is new with our babies in the mirror
    3. Playing Airlog freeze with our Level 4s
    4. Blowing our Bubble Oodles at parachute time
    5. And all our wonderful teachers here at Gymboree Play & Music: Hackney & Islington
    6. The prospect of being able to lead an Art Party – whether you want to sparkle with glitter at a princess party or get green and slimy for a monster party, book in for a art party today and let your creative kids make masterpieces!


  • Halloween Party 2017

    23. November 2017

    We are very excited to say that our Halloween Party that happened here on October 28th was a massive success. There were some amazing costumes ranging from little dinosaurs to a fantastic Wednesday Addams and we loved seeing them all! Lots of fun was had on the Playfloor for both groups partaking in some spooky Halloween activities. Our 0-16 month olds also got their groove on in a music session becoming little Ghostbusters and dancing along to Time Warp. Our 17 months-5 year olds got creative in messy art with some amazing bats and pumpkins being made.

    Overall we are thrilled to announce that we made a massive £848.00 which has all gone to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity! Thank you so much to everyone involved. We hope you had a lovely time as the staff team definitely did!

    We aim to raise the same amount (or even more!) through our Winter Wonderland party happening here on December 16th at 2pm. Tickets are £15 and can be booked over the phone on 07818 153700 or in person at the front desk.

  • Attachment Styles and Adults’ Role

    6. November 2017

    Written by our wonderful staff member Luca, here is a post that shows just how important it is to have both little ones and adults present in our classes:

    Here at Gymboree Play & Music, we find the adults’ presence in the class very important. The first reason for that is that grown-ups serve as role models for their little ones. Children learn and develop through their experiences and use their adults as a reference point for understanding how they should think and feel about the world. Therefore children learn a lot by imitating their adults’ actions. They are more likely to perform a task if they have previously seen an adult performing it. The reason for this is that by watching adults, children know that the task is safe to perform, and when seen with a smile, fun!  It helps them develop doing things purposefully and with intention, and they learn about the cause-and-effect relationship (for example; ‘if I kick a ball it will roll away’).

    Secondly, adults play a large role in providing a secure base and safe haven for their little ones. This means providing children with reassurance and support in case of worry, or uncertainty (i.e. a safe haven).  At the same time they offer a secure ground from which children can explore activities and challenges and then go back to the adult for reassurance (i.e. secure base).

    The Circle of Security is part of children’s attachment relationship with the adult, which is observable from 6 months of life.  Attachment relates to a reciprocal, enduring, affective bond between a child and important others. There are two main types, which are secure and insecure attachment, and while secure attachment means a healthy and nurturing relationship, insecure relationship lacks nurturance and adults’ responsiveness to the child’s needs. At Gymboree Play & Music, we strive to assist parents in achieving the development of secure relationships with their child.  Therefore as teachers we strive to involve grown-ups in supporting and being with their child in the class.  Adults’ presence and involvement provides not only security and reassurance, but also motivation and encouragement for the child to try new challenges out on the Play Floor and show their adult how good they can perform (i.e., ‘Look at me how well I can do this!’).

    Of course, there are other reasons, but these are some of the most important reasons why adults’ presence is crucial in Gymboree Play & Music classes.





  • Gymboree Play & Music and Piccolo Team Up!

    Gymboree Play & Music and Piccolo Team Up!20. October 2017

    Big News!!! We are very excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Piccolo, the organic, Mediterranean, baby food brand that has taken babies taste buds by storm.

    We all know that a healthy baby needs the very best nourishment, as well as plenty of cognitive developing and confidence inspiring activities. Get that balance right, plus plenty of love and you’re well on your way to give your little one a golden start in life. With healthy yummy food and plenty of Gymboree Play and Music activities, it’s a match made in heaven – help your little one refuel with a nutritious Piccolo pouch, whether it’s before or after playtime. That’s why we are partnering with Piccolo to give parents an extra treat when they come to your centres and classes.

    Across the UK and Europe, award-winning company, Piccolo, is shaking up the baby food world with its delicious Mediterranean inspired family recipes and 100% organic ingredients. Launched in 2016, Piccolo is the fastest growing baby food company in the UK.  They are passionate about children enjoying the healthiest and most nutritious food from the very start of their weaning journey, and so have created an unrivaled range to help encourage baby’s taste buds to learn flavour from natural means and promote a lifetime of healthy eating. So, it is very exciting that Piccolo will be providing plenty of samples at every single Gymboree class!

    To find out more about Piccolo, check out their website: www.mylittlepiccolo.com

    Stay tuned for more exciting things to come from Piccolo and Gymboree Play and Music!

  • Gymboree classes win the Little London Awards 2017!

    Gymboree classes win the Little London Awards 2017!19. October 2017

    Gymboree Play & Music UK were delighted to win the “Best Kids’ Club, Group or Class” category at the Little London Awards last night. We were also delighted to be runner-up in the  Best Children’s Toy category with our world famous Gymboree Bubble Ooodles. The awards are voted for by parents, and we’d like to thank all the parents that voted for us.

    The Little London Awards were created to champion excellence in pregnancy, baby and children’s brands. Now in their third year, the Awards have swiftly become the most respected and relevant Awards in the industry. For more information about the awards visit Little London Awards


  • Annual Conference 2017, Bristol

    Annual Conference 2017, Bristol7. October 2017

    Gymboree Play & Music franchisee gathered together this year in Bristol to reflect, learn, re-focus, recognise success and leave re-energised. It was a wonderful day that recognised franchisees from Edinburgh, Warwick and East Dulwich with Star Awards and saw Docklands, Kensington & Chelsea, East Dulwich, Sevenoaks, Islington, St Albans, Surbiton, Wimbledon and Jersey being recognised for their contribution to the Gymboree Play & Music family.

Ts & Cs…

GYMBOSUMMERART and GYMBOSUMMERMUSIC codes are valid for new members to those programmes. If you are a new member to Gymboree Play & Music you can use this when signing up. If you are a current member in a different programme then you can use this when adding a class onto your profile.

The codes are valid for signups up until (and including) August 31st 2019.

You get £25 off your first month in Art and/or Music.

for new members our regular policies apply (e.g. minimum 3 months, pay regular joining fee to become members etc.)

Not redeemable for cash/class credit.