Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks

Do you live in Sevenoaks? Otford? Riverhead? Dunton Green? Kemsing? Hildenborough? Tonbridge? Sundridge? Westerham? Halstead? If you are a mum, dad, grandparent, nanny or childminder, and you want to have a fun-filled time with your baby or toddler, then we’d love to see you at our classes.

We run award-winning and fun-filled classes for babies and children 0-5 years, and are based in Dunton Green in Sevenoaks, Kent

Here at Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks we have a full timetable of Classes and Open Play, with varied options so that you and your little one can make us part of your busy schedule.

We offer a FREE TRIAL for our classes. As the global leaders on developmentally appropriate physical and cognitive fun, we help to grow your little one’s body and mind!

The Importance of Play

Government guidelines highlight the importance of physical activity and play in young children’s early development. A recent report outlined the vital role of PLAY and MOVEMENT in early childhood, putting emphasis on encouraging children, particularly those that aren’t walking, to crawl, roll and play – physical activity is now  encouraged from birth, ‘particularly through floor-based play…in safe environments’. Meanwhile, children that are up on their feet are now recommended to have at least 3 hours of activity, spread throughout a day with periods of rest in-between.

As stated in the report, these kind of movements are ‘…provide valuable opportunities to build social and emotional bonds with parents, siblings and other children.’

Gymboree Play & Music have been encouraging Play, Movement and Fun in all of their classes for 40 years – so why not book in your FREE Trial class today!

Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks

18 London Road,

Sevenoaks,

Kent.

TN13 2UE

https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/gymboree-play-sevenoaks

 

Registered office: 7 Bethel Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 3UE
VAT Registration No. 112 0100 11

Sevenoaks Timetable November 17

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Play & Learn Level 1- Sensory Baby Play Classes
Play & Learn Levels 2-7
Family Play & Learn (mixed ages, siblings welcome)

Trial classes must be pre-booked.

Join on the day of your free trial and receive £10 off of your joining fee (£25 reduced to £15).

IAIM Baby Massage courses are also offered. Please contact us for course dates and availability (please note, trial classes are not available in Baby Massage)

SPECIAL OFFER!

Sign up to our Level 1 Baby Play class with your newborn (up to 6 months old), and receive 30% off of your monthly fees!

Discount is reduced to 15% once you and your baby have moved up to Level 2 (6-10 months), then full price by Level 3 (10-16  months)

PLEASE REMEMBER:

Adults must wear socks to class for hygiene reasons and children should have bare feet for better grip on the equipment.

Non-member siblings may only attend Gymboree Play & Music as a spectator; if they are young enough to be in a car seat or infant carrier or old enough that they can sit quietly at the side of the room throughout the class.

If you are going to miss a class, you must notify us within 1 hour of your class start time in order to be able to make the session up. Notified missed classes can be made up in any available class, and you have 3 months within an active membership in which to use these up.  Make up classes MUST be booked ahead of schedule.

OPEN GYM: Open Gym is offered free to all members (currently enrolled in classes), or £4 per child per session for non-members and siblings of members. Participation is on a first-come-first-served basis, with a maximum of 14 children per session (must be accompanied by an adult).

 

 

Let us bring the magic of Gymboree Play & Music to your child’s party!

A typical 2 hour Gymboree Play & Music On-Site Party includes:

1 hour of Gymboree Play & Music activities on our equipment

30 minutes for cake and finger food*

30 minutes for free play

Two enthusiastic Gymboree Play & Music teachers

Up to 14 children plus at least one adult per child

Parachute time and Bubble time

£275 per party

50% non-refundable deposit at time of booking

*Please note, due to limited space at the site, finger food must be strictly limited. Please speak to a member of staff for full details

A Gymboree Play & Music On-the-Go Party includes:

45 minutes of party time & fun

An enthusiastic Gymboree Play & Music teacher

A selection of Gymboree Play & Music activities

Up to 20 children (further children are allowed at extra cost)

Parachute time and Bubble time

£150 per party

50% non-refundable deposit at time of booking

 

We can also now provide party bags for your guests. Ask a member of staff for more details and to get a quote.

Here's what our party goers think of our parties:

I just wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you to all of the staff at Gymboree Play & Music for helping to organise my son Noah's second birthday party on Saturday 14th January. It was absolutely brilliant and he really had a fantastic time. Everyone that I have spoken to since has commented on how excellent it was. I know my sister in law has signed up for classes with her 3 month old and I am to book a class for Noah too. (Jennifer, mum of Noah, January 2017)

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Avril and Caroline for making Alice's first birthday amazing. The whole session was perfectly planned and included some of Alice's favourite activities. There was so much energy put in to everything we did and really made Alice and her friends feel very special. I have received so many thank you texts and emails from our friends and family saying what a great party it was. When it came to the lunch break they both took control and handed out all the children's food and made sure the adults had drinks too. Avril even helped cutting the cake for my goody bags. I didn't have to worry about anything so I got to join in with the activities and enjoy the party as the ladies took care of everything for us. Over all the party was a great success and just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone. I'm sure we will be having a Gymboree Play & Music party for the 2nd birthday. (Juliet, mum of Alice, December 2016)

We wanted to thank you for hosting Holly's 2nd birthday party. You did a fantastic job, everyone enjoyed it so much, especially the children and there were so many compliments about how amazing you were. So from all of us, a huge thank you! (Susie, mum of Holly, April 2016)

Thank you so much for giving Max such a brilliant 2nd birthday party. We really enjoyed it, and thank you for making it so special. Max and all his friends had a great time. (Hollie, mum of Max, March 2016)

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a special first birthday for Kadence. She had the best time and so did all her little friends. Colette thank you for all your effort into making it such a fun day and making it so easy for me. For once I actually got to enjoy one of my baby's birthday parties instead of running around sorting everything out. Thank you so much again. (Sharon, mum of Kadence, February 2016)

Thank you so much for hosting my daughters' Gymboree Play & Music party for her second birthday. Everybody had a great time. It was wonderful to be able to arrive on the day with everything ready to go, without any stress. The games were great and the children were really engaged for the whole party. Special thanks to Colette for your energy and enthusiasm. You accommodated us at very late notice too, which I am very thankful for. I would happily recommend a Gymboree party to anyone with preschool kids. (Mary, mum of Jessica, January 2016)

Gymboree Play & Music is my daughter's favourite activity after school, so we didn't hesitate to organise her birthday party there. The price was very reasonable and I hadn't to worry about anything other than bringing the food as the party bags were also offered by them. The two hours ran so quickly as the activities are organised in a very dynamic manner. The place is so cozy that enables everyone to participate in such a fun way. The party girls were so helpful and they quickly designed the playing activities according to the average age of the attendants. Gymboree Play & Music is such a lovely place, and all our guests agreed!! Nia was the happiest little girl and after 3 months she is still remembering her big day. (Erika, mum of Nia, January 2016)

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for Austin's 2nd birthday party, it was fantastic! I am thrilled that I decided to have the party on site (very little organisation required from mummy!) Everyone loved the fun vehicle themed activities and Austin's face was a picture when he got to ride on the dumper truck! Having Caroline and Colette there was like having two extra friends at the party! (Lisa, mum of Austin, September 2015)

Hi Ladies, just a quick note to say a belated thank you for doing such a great job at Hanna's party on Sunday 21st. We all really enjoyed the Teddy Bear's picnic - Hanna is already asking when 'her ladies' can come back! Michelle, mum of Hanna (June 2015)

Hi ladies just wanted to send you a massive thank you for our party on Saturday, was amazing and all the tots really loved it! It was really special for us mums (& dad's!) to see them all playing, climbing, dancing together and having so much fun! Julie, mum of Evie & Freya (June 2015)

HUGE thank you to Caroline and Gymboree Play & Music for Tommy's 1st birthday party. It was all amazing and wouldn't have been half the fun without you. All the children really enjoyed themselves and some very happy parents as all the children went to bed early! One word for Caroline - Legend! Highly recommend a Gymboree Play & Music party. Emma, mum of Tommy (January 2015)

We would just like to thank you both for Caleb's wonderful 3rd birthday party. The vehicle theme, which you cleverly introduced for him, was a big hit and the set up was great and the perfect size for a lovely party. Caleb had a blast. The range of activities was brilliant with bubbles, songs, dancing, the parachute and all the climbing apparatus too and your enthusiasm and energy topped it all off. I have received so many lovely comments and thank yous from all who attended. Everyone had a fabulous time!
Thank you both so much for going out of your way to ensure it all ran smoothly and for all your help with setting up and clearing away. It made the whole thing stress-free and enjoyable! Jemma, mum of Caleb (January 2015)

A huge thank you to Gymboree Play & Music for entertaining 62 (probably more) children and 50 adults at the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Twins and Triplets Club Christmas Party. Wow. Organised chaos has never been a more appropriate term! You kept them all happy and everyone had a great time. It was fabulous. Such positive comments from parents. Thank you. Joanna, TWTTTC (December 2014)

We booked Gymboree Play & Music to entertain at our son's second birthday party and we would highly recommend it.   The children were entertained for an hour with songs and activities that they could participate in and they all really enjoyed themselves. Sarah, mum of Joshua (April 2014)

Anne had a wonderful time! The children all played happily and really enjoyed the story, Caroline and Sinéad did a great job, and I wish I could have videoed Anne triumphantly flinging her arms out at the end saying Best Birthday Ever! Fiona, mum of Anne (October 2013)

I just wanted to drop you a note to say a very big thank you for Lexie and Amber-Lily's party.  It was a huge success.  The girls loved it and we had lots of feedback to say the guests had had a great time.  Best of all it felt stress-free - which quite frankly was a big factor in our decision to choose you and which did not disappoint!  The environment worked really well, the games were fun and all your helpful touches made a real difference.  I am certain we made the right choice and would be happy to recommend you.  Alison, mum of Lexie (September 2013)

Just wanted to say a big thank you for providing the fabulous entertainment for my son Elliot's 1st birthday party. You did a sterling job keeping 21 babies engaged. They all had a fabulous fun time. I was also very impressed that Colette managed to remember all the children's name's as well. Would recommend Gymboree Play & Music for parties and will definitely use you again in the future. Tania, mum of Elliot (August 2013)

Thanks to Gymboree Play & Music for throwing a lovely first birthday party. Having the party run by such experts took loads of the pressure off, and we all really enjoyed it. Serine, mum of Gemma, (June 2013)

Thank you so much to the Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks team for hosting our son, Kasten's, second birthday. He and his friends had a wonderful time and were thoroughly entertained! Thanks again! Francisca, mum of Kasten (January 2013)

Thank you so much for organising a brilliant 2nd birthday party for Tommy and Martin in early January. They both loved it as did their friends. Jessica and Colette were their usual enthusiastic selves and worked tirelessly to make the event a success. What impressed me most is how effortlessly they managed to get all the children to join in and have a great time - both those who had previously been to Gymboree Play & Music and those who had not. The birthday kids were made to feel very special, and their favourite activities and party theme were reflected in the setup. Putting the preparation of the event in the capable hands of the Gymboree Play & Music team made organising the party a breeze. We had lots of compliments from other parents and would certainly consider having another Gymboree Play & Music party in the future. Thank you again. Barbara, mum of Thomas & Martin (January 2013)

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Jessica for yesterday, she did a fantastic job, the kids had a great time. Steph, mum of Freddie (September 2012)

Thanks so much for giving the kids such an amazing time at the party on Saturday! All our guests were raving about how good you were, so you might have some referrals soon when other birthdays come around! Carrie, mum of Elsie (September 2012)

 

INFANT MASSAGE CLASSES

We are excited to be able to confirm the launch of our Infant Massage courses to be held at Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks on Thursdays 12:45-2pm.

The 5-week course is designed to equip parents and carers with the skills to help calm, soothe and bond with baby through positive, nurturing touch and will be led by a fully qualified IAIM instructor.

At the end of the course you will be invited to continue your Gymboree Play & Music journey by booking a FREE Level 1 class, and if you then sign up to a regular membership with us, you will get the full cost of your massage course reimbursed as course credit!

Contact us for more information on course dates and to book. 

SKYDIVE FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Colette in her Skydive in October. It was an amazing experience and raised over £800! Added to the total raised by Emily & Louisa from Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick, we raised approximately £2000 in total!

NEW LEVEL 7 CLASS

We now have two Level 7 (3-5 years) classes available for your pre-schooler.

In our Level 7 classes, we cover pre-school skills such as letter and number recognition, following instructions, cooperative games and working independently as well as together as a team.

Classes run on Mondays 3:45pm and Thursday 9:30am.

Parking

Street parking is available around Gymboree Play & Music, but this is very limited so we strongly recommend you park in Tesco and then make the short walk over to us using the zebra crossings. Please do not park in the Majestic/Bath Store car park as this is reserved for their customers only.

Sibling Policy Amendment

Please note that following feedback from members, we have made a minor adjustment to our sibling policy. The full policy can be found below:

OLDER SIBLINGS

Older siblings are welcome to come to their younger brother or sister’s class as….

An Observer: Children may sit in the waiting area watching, or with games/activities to keep them occupied

A Helper: If you feel your child will not tolerate sitting throughout the class, they may be allowed in as a helper during parachute time. The main rule is no climbing; keep feet on the ground, and this is solely at your teacher’s discretion. Please do not feel offended if we ask your child to sit at the side of the class, our priority is with the children actually enrolled so as not to hinder their Gymboree Play & Music experience.

A Participant: If your older child falls under the 5 year maximum age limit, why not bring both children along to a Families class? The Families classes are specifically designed for a mixture of ages and encourage siblings to play together. We have various time slots throughout the week you can book into (must be booked ahead of schedule) and you can book them as:

A make-up class

If your enrolled child has classes to make-up, your older child is welcome to use these at a Families class. Please note that you must book ahead of schedule and this is limited to 3 times in a 3 month period.

As a Pay-As-You-Go class*

You can pay per Families class for siblings of an enrolled member at £10 per session. Please note that you must book ahead of schedule and this is limited to 3 times in a 3 month period.

A Fun Pass class*

We are extending our Fun Pass scheme to include siblings. A Fun Pass is a card of 5 classes which can be used within a 3 month period at a cost of £50 (£10 per class). For siblings of enrolled members, we are offering 20% off of the price of the pass (£40), and extending the expiry to 6 months. If you feel you may like to bring your older child along to classes more than 3 times in a 3 month period, this may be the solution for you.

*If you want to take advantage of the Pay-As-You-Go or Fun Pass systems, you must have paid a joining fee for both children. Please speak to a staff member for prices.

 

YOUNGER SIBLINGS

Younger siblings are welcome to come to their older brother or sister’s class as….

An Observer: Small babies may watch the class from a car seat or bouncy chair positioned off of the play mats, or carried by you in a sling or papoose. You MUST, be able to focus on your older child and have your arms free in order to keep them safe whilst playing. Pre-mobile babies may be allowed to join in with parachute time (at your teacher’s discretion), but it is your responsibility to keep your child safe from older children moving around the parachute.

A Participant: Once your younger child is mobile, we cannot allow them to join in with parachute time for safety reasons, so perhaps you might like to look into enrolling them into their own class, or enrol both children in a Families class so they can play together? We offer a 20% discount on 2 siblings enrolled at the same time (not necessarily in the same class), so please speak to us to see if we can find something suitable for you.

  • 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.

  • Jumping Gymbo raising money for The Rainbow Trust!

    1. October 2017

    On Saturday 14 October 2017 Gymbo will take to the skies as Colette from Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks and Emily and Louisa from Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick battle their fear of heights and skydive to raise funds for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity (registered charity no. 1070532).

    Swapping their usual parachute for a different kind they will jump from a plane at over 10,000 feet, reaching speeds of up to 120mph!

    The girls say: “It might sound like madness but we wanted to do something big that represented a huge personal challenge to contribute to all the life-changing work that Rainbow Trust does. Having worked with young children and families for so many years we know how devastating it can be when a child becomes ill and a family has to face a life-threatening or terminal diagnosis.”

    To donate and support Gymbo’s latest adventure please visit our Just Giving page:

  • Scribblings of a Sleep Deprived Mama

    Scribblings of a Sleep Deprived Mama6. July 2017

    We loved this blog post from Scribblings of a Sleep Deprived Mama.

  • Little London Awards 2017

    Little London Awards 201728. June 2017

    We are totally delighted to have been nominated for the Little London 2017 awards once again!

    This year we are in ‘Best Children’s Toy’ with our amazing Bubble Ooodles and ‘Best Kids Club, Group or Class’. Anyone that has attended a Gymboree class or has bought the bubbles will know how special these are…..

    Unlike other bubbles, these amazing oodles float slowly and last for hours if not days without popping. They are educational and fun …. think hand-eye coordination, tracking and hours of laughter.

    We really need your vote so if you think we deserve it please follow this link and vote ….

     

     

  • How to survive your child’s Birthday Party: Planning, Celebrating and Beyond

    How to survive your child’s Birthday Party: Planning, Celebrating and Beyond21. June 2017

    By Lucy Gill, Business Development Manager, Gymboree Play & Music UK

    The special day has finally arrived after what seems like months and month of planning and preparation. The three tiered ‘Pepper Pig’ cake is in the fridge, the ‘Paw Patrol’ balloons are filled with helium and the entertainer is armed with all three verses of your little one’s favorite ‘Mr. Tumble’ song.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Shock, horror, it’s the morning of the party and your darling child tells you that; Pepper Pig is no longer cool, they now hate Paw Patrol and have apparently never heard of Mr Tumble! In fact, they now want a Superhero party just like Sally had last week!

    How do you react?

    Full on panic and a crazy dash to the supermarket? A last minute Amazon Prime Now order to try and make sure your little one has everything they could possibly want? Or take a breath, smile and think ‘actually, none of that really matters’.

    Yes you’ve spent a small fortune to make this party ‘the best one yet’ but remember, with all your friends and family in one place, your child surrounded by presents, cake, food, balloons and a day dedicated just to them; this is definitely more than enough love, fuss and attention they need.

    Having worked as a Gymboree party leader for many years, I am going to give you my top tips on how to survive your child’s birthday party.

    • Send out your invitations in plenty of time. The competition for that Saturday afternoon slot can be tough; don’t risk leaving it to late and being disappointed.
    • Consider sharing the day with a friend. Birthday parties can be expensive and lots of planning, why not share the load?
    • Don’t focus too strongly on one theme. Children tend to change their minds very quickly. Think of a theme that can be easily adapted, example’s are Jungle Safari, Football, Pirates & Princess or Under the Sea!
  • Play: A Serious learning technique or just for fun?

    Play: A Serious learning technique or just for fun?21. June 2017

    By Katie Johnson, Manager, Gymboree Play & Music Surbiton

    It’s no secret that Gymboree Play & Music places a lot of importance in ‘Play’ as a major learning process and here’s why:

    When we play, in many cases, we place our undivided attention in our actions. For example: An actor is trained to be present, most famously a ‘Method’ Actor is trained to be nothing but their character. Of course, they understand that what they are ‘playing’ isn’t the truth, but that doesn’t detract from their dedication to the process of ‘Play’ in this instance.

    From one perspective, this is how children live their everyday life, very rarely preoccupied with thoughts just in the present, forever reacting to the information around them.

    If you place yourselves in a child’s shoes we can begin to understand why Maria Montessori states that ‘Play is the work of the Child’, as “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” (Fred Rogers)

    Unfortunately, when we look at the definition of Play it seems to paint a different picture:

    Play: (verb) To engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

    To someone that works with or has children this definition is just crazy. Yes, playing is fun, but that doesn’t take away from its importance in our development and how we learn and understand the world.

    Play has purpose!

    • Ball games teach cause & effect, problem solving and even conversation skills where turn taking is involved.
    • Peek – a – boo teaches object permanence and develops confidence and trust.
    • Even just singing nursery rhymes builds our little ones’ memory. We have all seen how easy children pick up nursery rhymes due to repetition – this literally teaches your little one to learn new skills through practicing, a process that they will use their entire life to master new skills.

    But play isn’t just about learning new skills, it’s also a great way to understand the world around us. When children engage in role play games such as ‘mummies & daddies’ or ‘doctors & nurses’ they are exploring the world by mirroring experiences they may have had or heard of. They understand that it isn’t the truth, but much like the Method Actor it doesn’t detract from their dedication to the game.

    Playing is never a waste of time so try your best to invest in a little bit of play every day. Dedicate some time have some purposeful fun and teach your little one how the world works – after all you are their favourite play mate!

  • We’ve partnered with All by Mama

    We’ve partnered with All by Mama21. June 2017

    We wanted to share some exciting news…
    We’ve partnered with All by Mama to bring you offers, competitions and exclusives – watch this space!

    All by Mama are offering 10% off their range at

    allbymama.com with the code GYMBOREE!