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. If you arrive by train we’re about 4 minutes walk from Canonbury train station.

Parking…

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.

Music…

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.

Art…

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.

 

 

Charity…

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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  • Children in Need at your local Gymboree Play & Music!

    12. November 2019

    It’s not long until Children in Need this Friday and we are proud to say that many of our branches are taking part throughout the week to raise money for their amazing good causes.

    Children in Need want every child in the UK to have a childhood which is safe, happy, secure, and allows them the chance to reach their potential.  They provide grants to over 3000 local charities and projects all around the UK which focus on children who are disadvantaged.

    We at so lucky at Gymboree Play & Music to be able to enhance little ones’ lives through play, and see the joy on their faces when they spend quality time with their parents and carers.  These opportunities are sadly not accessible for everyone, therefore we are asking you, our members, to donate whatever you can to this amazing charity!

    We wanted to have as much fun as possible whilst raising money so we will be throwing a pyjama party at many of our branches across the UK this week.  So you can come dressed in your PJs, bring your little ones in their pyjamas, and you’ll even find some of us in ours!

    Check out what your local branch is doing and get involved, or just feel free to donate if you can’t make it to one of our special events 🙏😍

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

    Children in Need at Gymboree Play & Music

     

  • Gift vouchers – 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 😍

  • 50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!

    50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!27. August 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music September sale – 50% off your first month!

    New term, new activity – all this week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership* in our September sale.

    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 4.8/5 and 97% 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.

    The September sale ends at close of business on Friday 6th September so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 2nd Sept 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • 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

  • 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.