St Albans

St Albans

WERE REOPENING!

Monday 17th August 2020

Book your FREE trial today!

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans revised Timetable 2020

 

“FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR”  2020

“BEST PRE-SCHOOL CLASS”  2019

“BEST PARTY VENUE”  2019

“BEST FOR CREATIVE FUN”  2019

“YOUNG WOMAN IN FRANCHISING OF THE YEAR”  2018

Celebrating 40 years of Gymboree Play & Music

…40 year’s young and we’ve only just begun…

Here at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, we run award-winning and fun-filled classes for babies and children from 0-5 years, and are based in a gorgeous brand new site in the centre of St Albans. There is something for every child here at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans!

Gymboree is a fantastic way to have great fun with your child and encourage learning and development through play. Based around our custom designed equipment, our sessions use music, song, dance and imaginative play to create a wonderful learning experience for all your little ones. You’ll also find that we are more than just a toddler group! Our baby play and toddler classes are structured and you’ll find each activity to be specifically tailored to a developmental goal. All classes are led by highly-trained and enthusiastic teachers.

We offer a FREE TRIAL for any of our classes, call or email us NOW!

stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk  01727 831551

For regular updates and news of events happening at Gymboree in St Albans you can follow us on social media

 Gymboree St Albans Facebook Page

Gymboree St Albans Twitter Page

Gymboree St Albans Instagram Page

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans revised Timetable 2020

To book a FREE TRIAL, please call us on 01727 831 551 or at stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

*Please review and reserve a space in a class now to avoid disappointment*

Gymboree St Albans staff member

STEPH

Franchisee

Steph always knew she wanted to work with children so became a qualified Montessori Teacher specialising in child development from birth – seven years. She also has a degree in Theatre Direction.

Steph started working at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans part-time in 2012 when it opened and can’t believe how far she has come in just a short few years! In 2013 Steph was voted Semi-Finalist for “What’s on 4 little ones” prestigious award ‘Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the under 5’s (South)’. Steph took over the Franchise in December 2016 and In 2018 Steph made it to the final three of EWIF (encouraging women into franchising) for “Young woman in franchising of the year“.

Steph is also a certified Infant Massage instructor under the IAIM (International association of infant massage) and offers 5-week courses on-site or in your home/hired venue.

If you would like to contact Steph directly please email her on stephanie@gymboreeclasses.co.uk

ASLIHAN

Play & Music Teacher

Aslihan has a degree in Drama which has equipped her with the skills for leading workshops and exploring Lecoq’s concept that all theatre is essentially play.

Aslihan has developed a knowledge of sensory needs in the early years through working with puppets and projection during her degree.

Aslihan has also worked as a tutor, teaching Drama, Music and English lessons to children from KS1-4.

Fascinated by the impact that language has on early development, Aslihan is currently learning Turkish, Korean and British Sign Language.

WERONIKA

Play & Music Teacher

Weronika has always enjoyed working with children and has nannied from a young age. Growing up in Poland, she worked as a children’s party entertainer where one of her specialities was balloon animals!

This was a family run business with her two sisters who also entertained, and looked after children at weddings and other events!

Weronika made the move to England just under four years ago and has worked with many local families since arriving; Weronika knew she wanted to work more within the child development and education sector making Gymboree Play & Music the perfect job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY BABY PLAY (Newborn – 6 months)

Classes are offered to pre-mobile babies and are suitable from newborn to 6 months.  Each session is theme based and is full of exciting sensory exploration using a variety of props, musical instruments, fibre optic light shows, puppet dances, bubbles, parachute play, baby signing and more.Using Gymboree Play & Music’s specially designed apparatus, physical activities are incorporated to help develop balance, co-ordination, and neck and upper body strength.

Come bond with your baby today!  Why Sensory Baby Play at Gymboree Play & Music

Check out our latest blog on Why Sensory classes aren’t just for new-borns

We also offer IAIM Infant Massage courses on-site. Click on the tab for more information.

IAIM INFANT MASSAGE (newborn – 1 year)

iaim_logo

We are passionate about the importance of touch and bonding with your baby and massage is a great way to introduce this to you both! Research shows that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are highly influential on their life-long mental health, and we want to help you along that crucial journey. Our Baby Massage course consists of 5 sessions each lasting 1 hour in our beautiful studio.

We invite babies (under 1 year) and their parents along to learn all about the importance of touch and hope you will use this course as an opportunity to bond with your baby whilst learning and practicing the different massage strokes with our fully qualified IAIM instructor Steph.

Next course

Wednesday 2nd – 30th September 2020: 2-3pm 

Thursday 3rd September – 1st October 2020: 12:30-1:30pm 

 

PLAY & LEARN (6 months – 5 years)

Fun at Gymboree Classes Encourage learning and development with our unique apparatus-based classes, designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. Our fun and energetic Play & Learn classes are structured and curriculum-based, yet flexible enough to allow children to explore and express themselves fully. From imaginary play to games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind

Read our latest blog here: Play: A serious learning technique or just for fun?

Read our latest blog here: They’re called schemas

 

Play & Learn classes are split into developmental goals.

Level 2 Play & Learn (6 – 10 months)

Acting with purpose and intention 

Level 3 Play & Learn (10 – 16 months)

Becoming skills in back and forth communication 

Level 4 Play & Learn (16 – 22 months)

Figuring out how the world works 

Level 5 Play & Learn (22 – 28 months)

Imaginary play: Using words and symbols to express ideas 

Level 6 Play & Learn (28 – 42 months)

Imaginary play: Connecting ideas using concepts and vocabulary 

SING & LEARN (6 months – 5 years)

Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments.  Our Music classes are high energy and full of life, allowing children to express themselves freely and to move about when the mood strikes!  A new musical style is explored every three weeks – from African to Classical, Jazz and Disco, R&B to Asia – introducing children to a variety of new sounds and rhythms from all over the world, and from past to present!

Read our latest blog here: mamadoit: Gymboree Play & Music

Read our latest blog here: The importance of song and music in learning

 

CREATE & LEARN (18 months – 5 years)

Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, printing, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, our art classes encourage confidence and support artistic potential.  Take home two finished art masterpieces each week.

Read our latest blog here: How to do art in the Early Years without getting messy!

PARTIES

At Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, no two children – or Gymboree Play & Music parties are exactly the same. Allow us to turn your child’s passion into an unforgettable birthday party guaranteed to be a celebration of fun. Let us know your child’s favourite games, songs and activities and we’ll create a custom made party you can call your own.

Guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up!

Choose from a wide range of parties here: Gymboree Play & Music St Albans party brochure

Gymboree Play & Music parties are also suitable for those looking for wedding, christening, baby shower or corporate entertainment!

Sign up for Gymboree Play & Music communications
  1. By submitting your details you are consenting to our Privacy Policy.
 

GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC ST ALBANS EVENTS

Keep up-to-date with whats going on at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans by heading over to our Facebook page “GymboreeClassesStalbans”

  • Gymbo’s Garden

    1. August 2020

    Welcome to Gymbo’s Garden!

    We’re not open just yet, but we would love for you to join us outside!

    We are offering you a 30-minute Gymboree Play & Music session suitable for children aged 0-5 years – the session’s will be teacher-led, interactive and FUN!

    Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August 2020       

    Monday 10th – Friday 14th August 2020

    Please choose a day/time that suits you best:

    10:30

    11:30

    12:30

    2:30

    *You have to book a space*

    *You have to provide your own picnic blanket or similar*

    *You can book your friends in and if you were looking for a private session (example NCT group) then they will need to be held at 9:30am or 3:30pm each weekday!* 

    For those of you who have a virtual learning membership with us, these sessions will be free as a thank you for your continued support; For anyone else who would like to join us, your session will cost just £5 per family!

    Please note there is NO limit to how many classes you book into, as long as there is availability.

    If you have any questions about membership, our virtual learning programme or are wanting to book into Gymbo’s Garden (11 Hatfield road, AL1 3RR) contact us now!

    Spaces are limited due to social distancing guidelines so be quick!

    stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

     

  • 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.
    • There will be no free flow play, just structured classes.
    • 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!

    Thank you for your understanding 🙏❤

    stay healthy play healthy graphic

     

     

  • 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.

    Powex logo

    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
    image of child getting ready

    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

     

  • Gymbo’s Sports Day

    19. May 2020
    Gymbo's sports day

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

    Join us on our Facebook page on Friday 22nd May 2020 at 10:30am for sporty 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 and join in the fun by setting up your very own sports day in your home or garden, and get ready to play!  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 for our customers, bringing live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment. Gymbo’s Sports Day 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

  • Gymboreers around the world!

    6. May 2020

    One World, One Gymboree 🌍 We are so proud to be part of a global brand!

    Whilst our doors are shut you can join us for Gymbo @ Home – short, pre-recorded and live action interactive sessions delivered securely online.

    Sending love to all our families near & far ❤️

    #stayhealthy #playhealthy #gymboreeplayandmusic.

     

  • We ❤ Children’s Activities Family Quiz!

    27. April 2020

    image of familyWe’re thrilled to invite you to take part in the first ever “We ❤️ Children’s Activities” Family Quiz!

    It’s time for your little ones to get in on the online quiz experience with this fun, interactive, educational activity for parents and children.

    We have teamed up with the charity Caudwell Children and Children’s Activities Week for this exciting event.

    Taking place from 2pm on Tuesday 28th April it will feature questions for your little ones, provided by a host of children’s activity providers including us. You might want to have a little look around our website to find the answers 😉

    With two options offering age appropriate questions for children age 2-4 and 5-8, the “We ❤ Children’s Activities Family Quiz” has something for every family.

    There will be a certificate of achievement for every participant and surprise appearances from some of our celebrity friends to add to the excitement.

    As if that wasn’t enough, all entrants will be entered into a FREE prize draw to win signed David Walliams books!

    At just £1 per child to enter, all of the money raised will be donated to help disabled children and families during the COVID-19 crisis through Caudwell Children.

    Head over to the registration page to sign up and for more information, including a special message from Phil Gallagher (aka Mister Maker).

  • Gymbo’s Big Tea Party

    16. April 2020
    Gymbo's Big Tea Party picture

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

    Join us on Friday 24th April 2020 at 10:30am for what we hope will be the UK’s BIGGEST children’s tea party 🤞

    Our FREE, fun-filled session will be full of song and dance, puppetry, reading and movement games.  You can get creative and join in the fun by setting up your very own teddy bears’ picnic in your home or garden, and get ready to play!

    Gymboree Play & Music want this chance to say hello, and that 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 develop Gymbo @ Home for our customers, bringing live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment. Gymbo’s Big Tea Party is the perfect introduction!

    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 how many sandwiches to make, and we’ll see you very soon ❤

    Love, Gymbo x