Kensington

Kensington

We are now open! Please make sure you pre-book your class to avoid disappointment!

Making sure our Members and staff are safe in a post Covid-19 world is the most important part of the re-opening process for us and as such we’ve had to make some changes. To see what you can expect please click here

 

Gymboree Kensington re-opened its doors on January 14th 2020!

Gymboree Play and Music classes are uniquely and intentionally designed for early childhood development. Your child is challenged physically, socially and cognitively, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning.

Our expert leaders support you through 45 minutes of uninterrupted learning time. Our custom designed curriculum challenges your child as they grow, with changing gym equipment and themes every three weeks.

 

Find us up-stairs in the main hall at St Philp’s Church, Earls Ct Rd Kensington London W8 6QH

 

How to find us

We are located at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Stratford Road, London W8 6QH

St Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court Rd, London, W8 6QH

Buses: 74, 328 or C1.

Underground: Earl’s Court.Take the Earl’s Court Road exit.  Cross over the street and turn left (north).  Cross the A4 Cromwell Road and continue north on the Earl’s Court Road. St Philip’s is ahead of you on the right-hand side, its clock clearly visible.

 

About the team 

We are a very kind, professional and friendly team working to make sure you and you little ones have the best possible experience at every stage of your Gymboree Journey. We will maintain exceptional levels of cleanliness & kindly ask you not to bring poorly little ones to class, we offer catch up session up to a month after classes you miss.

 

What you can find at our venue

As per our updated play policies, changes have been made to make us a Covid secure venue. For further information click here.

  • Toilet & baby changing facilities available upstairs in the Playroom
  • Small kitchen with bottle warming facilities if needed
  • Please note we have no car parking available at the church
  • You are welcome to bring buggies; they will be left downstairs inside the church in a designated Buggy Zone at the owner’s risk and we kindly encourage you to bring your valuables up to your session.
  • All children MUST be bare foot when on the play floor & all adults must wear socks

 

We are very excited to introduce you to the latest Gymboree experience at Gymboree Kensington, find out more about what to expect from your sessions here All about the sessions

Please note all class ages are a guide and we know each little one develops at their own pace, we will work with you to make sure they are in the perfect session for them . We are offering the following 

Babies 0-8mths 

Crawlers 6-14mths 

Walkers 10-18mths

Runners 16-24mths

Explorers 22-28mths 

Explorers Advance 28-36mths 

Family Play & Learn – 6mths-5yrs

 

 

Gymboree Play & Music Kensington would like to invite you & your little ones for FREE trial class. Please download our

Kensington Timetable 2020

  • Browse our time-table
  • Choose a session that matches your little one
  • Please fill in the form below

free trial class today!

 

 

 

 

 

Parties 

These are under reviews due to pandemic. Bubble bookings are available, please see timetable. 

 

 

 

  • Help us to keep you safe

    30. September 2020
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    With all of our centres finally open (hooray!), we want to thank you again for your support over Lockdown and now.  It’s been a very difficult time, and will continue to be for a while to come, so we’re extremely grateful to have many of you back in class.

    We just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the new Play Policies put in place to keep our teams and members safe.  We have only been allowed to open by the powers-that-be because we’ve put these policies in place, ensuring a Covid-secure environment for your classes.  Therefore it’s vital that everyone follows the rules and allows our teams the time and space to manage the increased admin and cleaning. Please help us to keep you safe.

    We know it feels a little bit different in class at the moment, we know some of you would rather not wear face coverings, and we know you miss Gymbo stamps and kisses, and seeing your little ones play closely with their friends; but to keep us all safe this is the way it must be for the time being. In order to keep your classes running in our Covid-secure venues you may also see an increase in your membership price.

    Most importantly please can we remind you not to come to class if you or your little one are unwell or have any of the main symptoms:

    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

    We have a generous make-up policy and you’ll be able to come back to class when you’re both better.

    Of course, if you’d rather not come back to class right now with these policies in place, that is also fine.  We will welcome you back with open arms when you feel ready.

    Thank you again for helping us to keep you safe!

  • We’re in the Finals!

    10. September 2020

    We’re thrilled to be in the finals of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!In the finals of What's On 4 Kids Awards 2020 logo

    Thanks to your votes we’ve made it through to the finals in the following categories:

    • Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity, Franchisor or Independent with 20+ Leaders
    • Most Loved Baby Activity, Franchisor or Independent with 6 – 30 Leaders

    And Aaron from Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick has made it through to the finals of:

    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, London

    Congratulations Aaron, you deserve it! 🥳🎉👏

    We’re so grateful for all your votes, we understand thousands of you voted and many categories were really close!

    So thank you so much for all your support in 2020, it’s been such a difficult year for us all and we’re thrilled to know you’ve enjoyed your face-to-face and online classes.  We loved producing Gymbo @ Home for you during Lockdown, but we must admit, it’s great to be back on the playfloor 😍

    Hip hip hooray!!

    #WhatsOn4KidsAwards

  • The latest Government announcement

    10. September 2020

    Hello Gymboree Play & Music families,

    We just wanted to reassure you that following the latest Government announcement regarding the rules around ‘social gatherings’ in England changing from Monday, your Gymboree Play & Music classes will still be going ahead.

    • Gymboree Play & Music is a work setting providing educational classes for pre-school children in our ‘Covid-secure’ venues.
    • Our Play Policies have been updated to keep everyone safe whilst they enjoy their Gymboree Play & Music classes.
    • The safety of you, our members; your little ones, and our staff, continues to be our number one priority.

    Please contact your local centre if you have any questions; or book a free trial today!

    We thank you for choosing Gymboree Play & Music, and we look forward to seeing you and your little ones at your next class.

    Love all at Gymboree Play & Music

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  • We’re Back!

    14. August 2020

    It’s been such a long time, but after what seems like months and months, we’re back!  But we’re coming back slowly and carefully.Infection control training certificate

    Each of our centres has been going through a very thorough process of risk assessments, training, rearranging, planning, cleaning, and general hoop-jumping to get ready for this very exciting time. We were not going to re-open until we were sure we could keep our members and teams safe whilst still providing you with the classes that you love.

    As a result, we have redesigned our Play Policies to make sure our centres are ‘covid-secure’ so expect to see one-way systems, thermometers, hand sanitiser, face coverings, smaller classes, fewer props, ‘bubbled’ classes, and lots of cleaning!

    Furthermore all of our centre owners have completed Infection Control for Children’s Activities Providers training designed by the Children’s Activities Association and Mini First Aid Feel free to ask to see their certificate!

    But we’re finally here!  A few of our centres have re-opened already and many more will be opening in the coming weeks.

    Whether you’re already a member or new to the Gymboree Play & Music family, get in touch with your local centre now to find out when they’re opening, and book your place.

    We’d love to see you very soon 🥰🙏

  • Please vote! What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2020

    10. August 2020
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    Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!

    The What’s On 4 Kids Awards are very special to us because they’re voted for by you, our customers and friends, so we love it when our efforts are recognised 😍

    This year we’re thrilled to be nominated in the following categories:

    • Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity – Franchisor or Independent, Taught by 20+ Leaders
    • Most Loved Baby Activity – Franchisor or Independent, Taught by 6 to 29 Leaders
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, London
      • Aaron Barriscale, Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick
      • Lucy Gill, Gymboree Play & Music Kensington
    • Most Loved Activity Leader or Business Manager, South East England
      • Lucy Gill, Gymboree Play & Music Tunbridge Wells
    Gymbos Tea Party pic Gymbos Sports Day pic Gymbo on Holiday pic Gymbo Fest pic

    We know 2020 hasn’t been a normal year, and you haven’t been able to come to see Gymbo in our centres as much as we would all have loved.  We’ve had so much fun delivering Gymbo @ Home for you to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home, and we hope it’s helped you, even just a little bit, during these very testing times.

    You haven’t got long, voting closes this Friday 14th August at 12 noon, so please do it now!

    Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020!

    Thank you for your continued support, we are so very grateful 🙏

  • Our new normal

    29. July 2020
    picture of girl getting the venue ready

    As some of our branches get the final nod to open their doors we need to outline what the ‘new normal’ will look like at Gymboree Play & Music.

    Making sure our customers and staff are safe in a post Covid-19 world is the most important part of this process for us and as such we’ve had to make some changes.  Specifics may change slightly depending on which Gymboree Play & Music you visit, but these new Play Policies will be followed by all.

    • We may have to adapt the timetable to allow for fewer classes and more time in between. Check with your local Gymboree Play & Music for class times.
    • We have reduced the sizes of all classes.
    • We ask you to stick with the same class/es each week for the foreseeable future so we can limit the interaction of households.
    • Please wait outside whilst previous members leave and cleaning is completed. You will need to respect social distancing rules whilst you queue.
    • There will be a one way system in and out of the venue.
    • Everyone will have their temperature taken when they arrive.  Anyone with a high temperature will not be allowed in to class and will have to follow the Government guidance for self isolation.
    • All children and adults will have to wash their hands on arrival and at the end of class.
    • All adults must wear clean socks.
    • No mobile phone use in class to ensure you can commit to social distancing.
    • All adults will need to wear face coverings, our teachers will wear appropriate PPE.
    • Social distancing rules must be adhered to during the class, it is your responsibility to keep your child within an arm’s reach at all times.
    • There will be a longer than usual 30 minute slot between all classes to allow for increased cleaning measures during which time you will not be allowed inside.
    • We will be singing less in class and will use quiet recorded music instead to ensure no raised voices.
    • You will not be able to share toys between households, they will be allocated on arrival.
    • You will need to commit to the same class/es each week to allow us to maintain class bubbles as much as possible.
    • We will adapt all classes to exclude:
      • Gymbo stamps
      • Gymbo kisses
      • Some toys and props
      • Blowing bubbles by mouth

    We hope you understand the need for a ‘new normal’ in these times and we assure you our classes will still be lots of fun with social, cognitive and physical development goals at their heart! Have a look at the video on our homepage to see how it will all look.

    Thank you for your understanding 🙏❤

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  • Win a Joe Wicks and Gymbo Bundle!

    20. July 2020
    Gymbo with Wean in 15 book

    We are super excited to announce that we have teamed up with everyone’s favourite PE teacher Mr Joe Wicks to celebrate the launch of his book Wean in 15!  The best bit? We’re offering you the chance to win a signed copy and £100 worth of Gymboree Play & Music vouchers!*

    To enter, hop over to Instagram!

    In the meantime here’s a yummy recipe for Joe’s Very Green Curry to get the juices flowing!

    Life is so much easier when one meal can be shared by the whole family. This is a great one for batch cooking and enjoying together.

    MAKES 2 ADULT AND 1 BABY PORTIONS 10-12MONTHS+

    • 3 kaffir lime leavesvery green curry
    • 2 large handfuls of spinach
    • 25g bunch of coriander, including stems
    • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
    • 4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin pieces
    • 1 large courgette, cut into bite-sized chunks
    • 6 baby sweetcorn, cut into small rounds
    • 200g frozen peas cooked jasmine rice, to serve
    1. Strip out the stems from the lime leaves and discard.
    2. Add the leaves to a blender along with the spinach, coriander leaves and stems, spring onions, ginger, garlic and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
    3. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan set over a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry for 3 minutes until cooked through. Check by slicing into one of the larger pieces to make sure the meat is white all the way through, with no raw pink bits left. Add the courgette and corn and cook for a further 3 minutes.
    4. Pour the green sauce into the frying pan along with the peas and heat through for about 5 minutes or until the peas are defrosted and the vegetables have softened a little. Serve with jasmine rice.

    Keeps for 2 days covered in the fridge.

    If you’re not the lucky winner you can still buy Joe Wicks’ Wean in 15 from Amazon 🙂

    *T&Cs apply, hop over to Instagram for details. Gymboree Play & Music vouchers can be spent on classes or merchandise and can be gifted.

    #weanin15

    #joewicks

    #competition

    #gymboreeplayandmusic

    #pewithjoe

  • Gymbo Fest

    26. June 2020
    Gymbo at a festival

    It’s festival time!  Join us all day on Facebook on Thursday 2nd July at 10am for Gymbo Fest, a collection of fun and informative sessions for you and your little ones 0-5 years old!  We’ve asked our friends from the worlds of health, sleep, fitness, cakes, first aid, and storytelling to come along and entertain and inform you.

    Time Session
    10:00 Welcome to Gymbo Fest with Lucy
    10:05 Gymbo Fest Fun with Steph
    10:45 Festival Fitness with Yes Jess Fitness
    11:30 Preventing Choking in Little Ones with Kate from Mini First Aid
    12:00 Powex 3 Bodyweight Exercises for All Levels with Melissa
    13:00 Let’s Talk about Sleep with Kate from Sleep Time Baby
    14:15 Cake Decorating for LIttle Ones with Piped Blooms
    14:45 Helping Mums get Stronger in Mind, Body & Soul with Heather Keats
    15:30 Pilates for All with Sasha Dance & Pilates
    16:30 Gymbo’s Festival Rave with Steph
    17:00 Storytime with Warrior Worrier

    It’s a free event, just pop along to the Facebook event, and join in throughout the day!

    Yes Jess logo

    Yes Jess Fitness – I am a Personal Trainer based in St. Albans. My mission is to help you, by making exercise a fun & exciting habit. I’m very focused & will prepare a programme that guides you through coaching sessions with me, but also motivates you for those additional workout days where you train on your own. Let’s face it – You’ll see great results if you are prepared to step out of your comfort zone.

    Mni First Aid logo

    Mini First Aid are delighted to be supporting Gymbo Fest with a short first aid talk on preventing choking in little ones.  Choking is such an emotive subject for parents of little ones.  Mini First Aid train 1000s of families each week in essential first aid and have been saving lives through this teaching for the last 6 years.  Join Kate, mum of 6 (!) for this informative live session.

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    Powex – I am Melissa, a personal trainer with a difference.  I aim to work in a holistic way, considering both physical and mental wellbeing that will work for you.  I do not encourage extreme or drastic changes as they do not last long term.  I have years of experience in supporting people within the mental health sector in making changes.  I aim to use my psychology and nursing background, CBT and DBT techniques with fitness principles to support you in your journey to finding a balanced life.

    Sleep Time Baby – Top Tips and tricks to get your little one sleeping better (between 0-6yrs!)Sleep Time Baby logo

     

     

     

    Piped Blooms logo

    At Piped Blooms we have combined our obsession with cupcakes and flowers to bring you cupcake bouquets and boxes decorated with our trademark buttercream floral designs. Imagine a bouquet that you can actually eat! Our bouquets and boxes are perfect for gifts and special events or as a little treat for yourself. 

     

    Heather Keats logo

    Heather Keats, founder of Heather Keats Health & Fitness for Mums , is an ex-maternity nurse turned Personal Trainer with a mission to support mums to take time out from their busy lives in the pursuit of health and happiness. Heather takes a nurturing, holistic approach to health and fitness and in the free 30 minute live session she’ll be taking you through a short guided workout, focusing on core strength & flexibility, suitable for all levels. Plus she’ll end with some much needed relaxation. There will also be the opportunity to get access to a free 5 day Healthy Mum Meal Plan.

    Sasha logo

    Sasha Dance & Pilates – Come and join me and Gymbo for this 30 mins class which is suitable for everyone! It will leave you feeling energised and ready to face the day and weekend ahead! You can do this with your children or find some important ‘me time’ to stretch, relax and focus the mind. We hope you enjoy! Warrior Worrier pic

    Warrior Worrier – Gather your own little Warrior’s and join local author Katy Sumption at 5pm as she reads through her uplifting mental health picture book live. Let’s encourage all of our little ones to talk openly.

    Big Gymbo thank yous to all our presenters!

    Don’t worry if you miss any of the sessions, you’ll be able to catch up as they’ll all be available to view afterwards.

    Enjoy! 🎪🎭🧘‍♀️🤹‍♀️🤸‍♀️🍰👶

     

  • We’re getting ready to re-open!

    15. June 2020
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    UPDATE: Further to Boris’ announcement on 23rd June, we are still waiting for a date to open.  No Gymboree Play & Music sites will open on the 4th July and we will provide further information about opening as soon as we can.

    We hope you and your families have been keeping well during these difficult times. At Gymboree Play & Music, we are obviously concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and have been watching the Government and industry guidance closely. For over 43 years, we have been providing world class programmes for children, and your continued trust in our brand is a priority. As such, following current Government guidelines, we are working on opening some of our sites from 4th July 2020, however this is subject to change.

    We have upgraded our cleaning procedures in all of our locations beyond our already stringent practices. We ask you to help us by:

    • washing you and your little ones’ hands before and after class
    • staying home if sick or not feeling well
    • monitoring anything that has been placed in your child’s mouth
    • respecting social distancing
    • wearing a face covering during class (adults only)

    Further to these increased hygiene policies, we’re also changing our teaching activities;

    • we’ve removed some props from the classroom
    • instrument exploration, tactile table, play dough and other direct contact activities have been removed
    • we are spraying down our crayons with alcohol
    • no Gymbo kisses or Gymbo stamps.

    While we can’t eliminate all potential exposures, we can keep our sites clean and limit your exposure while enjoying our classes. Our families have trusted us for decades for our cleaning standards and excellent programming and we are continuing this legacy of trust.

    We want to make sure that your children have a proper allotted time for physical, emotional and cognitive growth all year round, and as such we have a flexible make up policy so please can we ask that you only attend class when you and your children are healthy.

    At Gymboree Play & Music, we want our families to STAY HEALTHY and PLAY HEALTHY now and throughout the year!

    Please do get in touch with your local branch to discuss their re-opening plans and reserve a space in their classes.

     

  • Gymbo on Holiday

    12. June 2020
    pic of Gymbo on holiday

    Dads, this one’s for you!  (Or anyone else who fancies joining in the fun on Fathers’ Day!)

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you with Gymbo on Holiday, a LIVE and INTERACTIVE session straight from the comfort and safety of your home!

    Join us on our Facebook page on Father’s Day, Sunday 21st June 2020 at 10:00am for lots of fun for all babies and children 0-5 years old 🏖.

    Our FREE, fun-filled session will be full of song and dance, puppetry, reading and movement games.  You can get creative by setting up your very own beach scene in your home or garden, and get ready to join in the fun!  Watch out for updates online to get ready to play.

    Gymboree Play & Music want this chance to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s been joining us online. We miss you all very much!  As a network of small family-run businesses your support at this time is vital, and greatly appreciated. We have been working hard to bring Gymbo @ Home to our customers, bringing live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment. Gymbo on Holiday is the perfect introduction if you haven’t already joined us!

    Contact your local centre if you have any questions about your membership or want to access Gymbo @ Home where you can keep in touch with the team and your fellow Gymboree Play & Music families.

    Click ‘going’ so we know if you’re coming, and we’ll see you very soon ❤

    Love, Gymbo x

    #gymboathome