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“BEST TOY” 2016, 2015


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! We have a full timetable of Classes and Open Gyms (free-play), with varied options so that you and your little one can make us part of your busy schedule.

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!  01727 831551

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Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Timetable 2020

To book a FREE TRIAL, please call us on 01727 831 551 or at 

Gymboree St Albans staff member



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



Head Teacher

Rachel is a classically trained musician (having learnt flute from a young age and later on piano).

She went on to study Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University, later realising she could combine her love of music with working with children and adults to help them discover the joys of music too.

From the age of 14 Rachel volunteered with local Rainbow and Brownie units so she could experience what it was like to run sessions for children, and is working on expanding her knowledge to include even younger years too.


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.


Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Jemima has always had a passion for working with children and has been involved with a Theatre group for 7 years.

Jemima is still studying and wants to work with the early years making this the perfect place for her to expand her knowledge and love for teaching.

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans is the perfect place for Jemima to grow into the teacher she hopes to be in the future.


Play & Music Teacher

Coming soon…


Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Coming soon…

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)


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

Tuesday 21st April – Tuesday 19th May 2020 


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!


playing with scarvesBring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun learning activities created for groups of siblings and friends. With classes devoted to supporting multi-aged learning, children 0-5 years are encouraged to socially interact and learn from each other. Activities provide fun new challenges for every developmental stage.

We offer Multi-Level classes in:

Play & Learn

Sing & Learn

Create & Learn

DROP-OFF THEATRE ARTS (3-6 years only)


We are pleased to offer Drop off Theatre Arts Workshops this EASTER for children aged 3 to 6 years.

Our 4-day workshops, based on a chosen theme, help develop confidence, self-expression, concentration and interaction with others by using Drama, Music, Art and Dancing!

Plus, you get to enjoy watching your child in a short performance at the end of the week!

Monday 6th – Thursday 9th April 2020: ZOG

Monday 3:30pm Tuesday 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm Thursday 3:30pm

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April 2020 : The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Tuesday: 12:30pm Wednesday 3pm Thursday 3pm Friday 12:30pm

In both Key Stages 1 and 2 of the UK Schools’ National Curriculum, music, dance and drama are seen as a way to develop control, coordination, poise, expression of feelings, expression of moods, expression of ideas and response to music. Our Drop-Off Theatre Arts programme develops all of these important skills and in doing so promotes independence and school readiness.

4 -day workshop costs just £65 

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

For more information or to book your place email or call 01727 831 551


How long does each class last?

Each class is one hour thirty minutes long and the course lasts for 4 days.

What’s included in the price?

Each class offers Create, Play and Sing & Learn – We also provide squash and water for each child as well as free play. You also have the opportunity to stay for TWO open gyms during the week. Don’t forget you get to keep all their artwork and they will receive a certificate at the end of the week along with a balloon too!

What should my little one wear?

Anything they are comfortable in. Please note we will also be using paint and other materials during the sessions so please dress appropriately.

How long does the show last and can more than one person come to watch it?

Our performance’s last around 15/20 minutes. We only have limited seating so can offer up to 4 seats per child.

Can i take photo’s?

With prior permission from other parents/carers of course you can.

We don’t know which themed week to choose?

Choose them all! – it really doesn’t matter too much, over the 4 days your little one will become extremely familiar with the theme, a professional in it – and yes, they will have lines to learn!

How do i book?

Drop us an email, give us a call or pop in to reserve your little one a space. The courses fill up quite quickly and spaces are limited!



RELAXED PLAY & LEARN (suitable for children with additional needs)

An environment that may be overwhelming for some is completely transformed into a sensory haven for little ones where they are free to Play & Learn.

During the class your little one will develop their physical, cognitive and social-emotional skills through the use of bubbles, parachute time, singing, dancing and use of our bespoke equipment. Our Gymboree Play & Music teachers will support both you and your little one during the class – Lights off or dimmed, music lowered and the whole class will be taken at a quieter and slower pace to ensure comfort for all.

Classes are designed for children aged 0-5 years. Each class is suitable for children of any physical or cognitive ability. Gymboree Play & Music St Albans asks that adults/carers are within arm’s reach of children at all times during the class.

For more information, please click here: RELAXED Play & Learn (SEN Sessions) Information Booklet



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!

Wisteria Lane Baking Co.

Based in Hertfordshire, Wisteria Lane Baking Co. offers bespoke buttercream cake creations and matching personalised cookies that make the perfect addition to your Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Party Package!

Using the unique code provided once your Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Party is confirmed, you will receive an exclusive 15% discount on one of Wisteria Lane Baking Co. Sprinkles or Themed Cake Packages.

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The annual St Albans Pancake Festival is celebrating by a pancake flipping race!

Organised and run by Hertfordshire Business Independent Magazine and raising money for Home Start Hertfordshire.

This is your opportunity to take part in a fun community activity and raise a bit of awareness for your own business at the same time.

Join Gymbo the clown from 11am on Tuesday 25th February 2020 outside the Town Hall!


  • Discounted tickets for The Baby Show!

    19. February 2020

    Use code GYM for discounted tickets for The Baby Show* and come and meet us!

    We’ll be on stand B05, the Baby & Toddler Play stand, doing class demos and giving out information.  Whether you already have a little one or are still waiting, it’s never too early to think about what fun things you’ll do together.  We have branches all over London and the South East so come and say hello 🙋‍♀️  You’ll also be able to pick up a free Piccolo pouch if you’re quick!

    quote GYM for discount tickets for The Baby Show

    Discounted tickets for The Baby Show

    Our classes utilise 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.

    The UK’s largest event for parents, parents to be and babies, The Baby Show is a unique, family-friendly shopping event, full of experiential features where you’ll find everything for pregnancy, bump, baby and you. Save money and time with leading baby brands all under one roof, plus boutique, not on the high street products and exclusive show offers to take advantage of.

    If you can’t make it to the show you can still experience our classes; book a free trial today!

    *Discounted tickets for The Baby Show – saving is based on the standard on-the-door ticket price of £22.50pp. To book by phone call 0871 231 0844. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Advance Box Office closes midnight 27/02/20. £2.20 transaction fee applies per booking.

  • New Decade January Sale – 50% off!

    New Decade January Sale – 50% off!3. January 2020

    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, and the new decade, we have a very special offer starting on Monday 6th January 2020; 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)

    Check out what our existing customers think of our classes at, they’ve given us 4.78 out of 5!

    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 10th January so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 6th January 2020. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • The Gift of Play!

    3. December 2019

    By 2050, the plastic in our landfills will reach 12 billion metric tons. This plastic inevitably ends up in our environment; either by leaching chemicals into our soil or our oceans. As a society we have moved away from the ‘make do and mend’ era and into a more consumerist extreme; ‘use once and throw away’.

    90% of the toys that are manufactured each year are made from plastic because it is cheap to produce and lightweight.  Even toys that aren’t made primarily from plastic are packaged in a multitude of single use plastic packaging, which once used for its initial purpose (housing the product) usually cannot be recycled or re-purposed for anything else. Since manufacturers have moved away from responsibly and ethically creating new toys, the responsibility has fallen onto the consumer. But what can we do if we don’t want our little ones to miss out?

    Buy an experience! Experiences can offer so much more that a plastic present: they allow us to build intellect, will, imagination, memory and perception.  They create lasting memories of positive experiences and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In addition they improve your little one’s physical capability as they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through climbing, sliding, crawling and singing (your vocal chords are a muscle too!).

    An experience like the Gift of Play here at Gymboree Play & Music could help fast track their development by stimulating them through play. In our classes you will also be building your little one’s social life (and yours!) as they make new friends and bond with their classmates week after week. By learning through play and building lasting memories together you will be strengthening your bond with each other and fostering their learning in a safe and fun environment. With our unlimited open gyms, you can practice outside of classes as well; watching them grow and progress week by week.

    Finally, if you are a grandparent looking for an environment that’s fun, safe and educational and somewhere you can bond with your grand-children, then The Gift of Play is perfect for you too!

    Buy your little one the Gift of Play with a Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher!

    Written by Aslihan Gulen, Play & Music Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans.


  • Why do toddlers become Fussy Eaters?

    27. November 2019

    Written by Jacqueline, a Children’s Occupational Therapist and Principal of Magnificent Munchers, Therapy for Fussy Eaters.

    As parents the first thing we often do is blame ourselves for things that we think are not quite right and involve our children. However, it is very unlikely that a parent has caused their child to become a fussy eater.

    When toddlers are around 18 -24 months, they become more independent and inquisitive about their environment. They are moving around more freely and exploring their world. We have evolved as humans to have some built in mechanisms to help protect us from harm at this stage of development. One of them is not to eat food which doesn’t look familiar. We don’t want to be eating everything we see and certainly not picking up and eating plants which may be poisonous, so nature has inbuilt a system to protect us from harm.

    The Neophobic Stage

    This stage of being wary of changes in food is called the Neophobia stage. During this normal stage of development tots become weary of new and different foods.

    During the Neophobic stage my son would refuse biscuits if they were broken; no matter how much I tried to convince him it was the same biscuit. I tried telling him he was lucky as the broken biscuit meant he now had 2 biscuits, one for each hand but he would refuse to eat the broken biscuit! It didn’t look like his “picture” of a biscuit and therefore he didn’t recognise it as a biscuit.

    The Neophobia stage is not the first time we become wary of change. At around 9 months babies suddenly become upset when passed to a stranger or may even refuse to go to familiar adults if something about them has changed e.g. a favourite uncle as he has grown a beard. They cry and become clingy because they are fearful of the change. The child is not being naughty they are learning to be wary of change. This is the same for food.

    Often the food which is refused the most is those with a mixed texture and homemade dishes which can be incredibly frustrating. When you mix foods together or make them from scratch they are very rarely going to look exactly the same each time they are presented. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean you have to offer pre made food!

    Some children have a more neophobic response than others just like adults; some will eat any food they are faced with and some will be hesitant to try new foods.


    Exploring New Food

    As adults, when presented with a new and unfamiliar food it is seldom we eat it straight away. We tend to look at it and try to categorise it with a food we already know drawing on all our knowledge of foods that we are familiar with. The bigger our range of food knowledge the better stocked our food knowledge “library” is. We are likely to prod the new food with our cutlery and might pick it up and look at it from different angles. We might smell it, cut it and explore the inside. If we are feeling brave, we may give it a little lick. We do this all at our own pace and are more likely to eat it if we see others eat it as we know it is safe.

    Toddlers don’t have the experience we have as adults so their understanding of food is limited which is why changes in food can be distressing for them. They are unable to generalise their food knowledge at this stage e.g. crumpets, croissants, waffles may all be different types of breads to adults but to a toddler bread may be a specific colour and type e.g.sliced white bread.

    Allowing your child to play with their foods enables them to become familiar with all aspects of the food; the look, feel, smell and taste. They can use all their senses to explore the food and get to know the detail of it. Through playing and becoming more familiar they will feel safer with the food and are then more likely to eat it.

    What you can do to help Your Fussy Eater Toddler

    Remember this is a normal stage of development so don’t panic!

    Follow these top tips:

    • Let them get messy with food
    • Give new foods separately, don’t overload the plate
    • Eat with your child and show them the food is safe to eat
    • Let them taste food off your plate
    • Show positive body language when offering new food (smile)!
    • Encourage your child to eat with other children
    • Encourage your child to play with their food so they learn the details of it.
    • Establish good eating routines
    • Never hide new food in favourite foods this may put them off their favourite food
    • Don’t bribe
    • Offer a new food several times over days/weeks.
    • Look at your child’s food intake over a week not meal by meal

    When to seek help:

    If your child displays some of the following, then seeking further advice would be beneficial:

    Becomes very upset or anxious at meal times

    Becomes very distressed when messy especially around hands and face

    Only eats a limited amount of textures

    Appears very distressed by smells of food

    Turns their head or blocks their mouths when a new food is seen or offered

    Accepted foods are decreasing

    At Magnificent Munchers we believe in early intervention so children can learn to enjoy a range of foods and have enjoyable sensory experiences with food. Our Mini Munchers food therapy programme is aimed at 2-4-year old’s and provides parents with weekly tips to use at mealtimes at home. The hands-on sessions encourage lots of food exploration with toddlers using all their senses.

    Mini Munchers Food Therapy

  • 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 – Give the 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!

    Buy now!





  • “What if my baby falls asleep during class?”

    22. October 2019

    Written by Stephanie Gross, Director Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    “What if my baby falls asleep during class?”

    🙋🏼‍♀️ Answer = With many babies attending from just a few weeks old, this naturally happens. However please don’t worry that they aren’t learning from the activities, they still process 60% of their surroundings whilst asleep! 🎉

    👂🏻 They will hear the different types of music we play, helping communicate thoughts and emotions in ways that no other stimulus can.

    🎶 Music can also help with pain and stress management. It also contributes unequivocally to the positive brain development. Babies can feel the different textures we offer each week, which also stimulates new brain cell connections. 🧠

    🙌🏻The flip side is that you will learn developmental information for the coming months and tips for sensory play at home. Social interactions are also vitally important for your health too!! 👫

    So please never worry! 😴👶🏻

  • WINNER “Best pre-school class” 2019

    18. October 2019

    WE DID IT!

    Winner “Best Pre-School Class”

    Finalist “Best Party Venue”

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we are thrilled!

    Don’t forget, if you haven’t booked a free trial with us yet – do it now!

    To celebrate our success, we are offering 20% off all party packages*


    Offer ends on 31st December 2019

    Party can be for anytime in 2020 only

    Non-refundable deposit required to secure the date

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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 😍

  • Raring2go! Awards 2019

    24. September 2019


    We are so excited to tell you that we made the final three in TWO categories!

    Best Pre-school club or class” and “Best Party Place

    We would like to thank all of you who nominated us and would love for you to vote for us to win!

    Voting closes on 30th September and winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Wednesday 16th October


    Click here to vote