St Albans

St Albans

VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE

More information here: Virtual Learning Programme 

 

“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

“BEST KID’S CLUB, GROUP OR CLASS”  2017

“BEST TOY” 2016, 2015

 “BEST NATIONAL PRE-SCHOOLER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY” 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009.

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!

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

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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 stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE

More information here: Virtual Learning Programme 

 

Gymboree St Albans staff member

STEPH

Director

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!

 

 

 

 

JEMIMA

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.

 

 

 

MOYA

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Moya is originally from Shropshire and moved to Hertfordshire to study at university.

Moya is very interested in languages and is currently practicing French, Dutch and Polish.

She has been playing piano from the age of 7 and studied fine art, Theatre and photography at A-Level.

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)

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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 

12:30pm-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!

MULTI-LEVEL CLASSES

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)

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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 12:30pm

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

Tuesday: 12:30pm Wednesday 3pm Thursday 12:30pm 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 stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or call 01727 831 551

FAQ:

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

 

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!

 

OFFER

Book your little ones party before 30th April 2020 and receive a 20% discount!

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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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 Sports Day

    19. May 2020
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    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
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    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

  • We’re here for you!

    15. April 2020
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    Have you seen our new video? We wanted to let you all know that we are here for you right now!

    Whether you’re currently joining us for Gymbo @ Home or waiting for our doors to re-open, we can’t wait to see you all soon.

    We started our classes back in 1976 and many of our favourite activities are still going strong today.  We are proud to deliver our classes in over 40 countries, we have 10,000 members here in the UK, and an amazing 1.5m members globally.

    All of us at Gymboree Play & Music UK want this chance to say hello, and we miss you all very much.  We’re a network of small family-run businesses so your support at this time is vital, and greatly appreciated. Thank you very much 🙏.  We’re here for you now with Gymbo @ Home: short, live action and pre-recorded interactive sessions for you and your little one.  When the time comes, we will welcome you all back to our centres with 3 big Gymbo cheers, and ooodles of bubbles!

    We wish you and your families happiness and well wishes.

    Hip hip hooray!!

     

  • Gymbo @ Home – live now!

    24. March 2020
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    Gymbo @ Home – live in a Facebook Group near you!

    We know you can’t come to us right now, but we can come to you 🏚.  Many of our Gymboree Play & Music centres are offering Gymbo @ Home, a combination of short live-action and pre-recorded interactive videos delivered via closed Facebook Groups.

    Click on the link below of your nearest Gymboree Play & Music centre and register for their Gymbo @ Home Group now to continue the fun at home!  If you’re not sure which is your nearest centre check out the map here.

    Gymboree Play & Music Bearsden & Milngavie

    Gymboree Play & Music Bristol

    Gymboree Play & Music Chiswick

    Gymboree Play & Music Docklands

    Gymboree Play & Music East Dulwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Edinburgh

    Gymboree Play & Music Glasgow

    Gymboree Play & Music Hackney & Islington

    Gymboree Play & Music Hampstead

    Gymboree Play & Music Kensington

    Gymboree Play & Music Norwich

    Gymboree Play & Music Putney

    Gymboree Play & Music Sevenoaks

    Gymboree Play & Music Solihull

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    Gymboree Play & Music Tunbridge Wells

    Gymboree Play & Music Wandsworth

    Gymboree Play & Music Warwick

    Gymboree Play & Music Watford

    Gymboree Play & Music Wimbledon

    #gymboathome

     

     

  • Virtual Learning

    19. March 2020

    Virtual Learning with Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

    We are offering you a unique virtual Gymboree Play & Music experience that you can explore from the comfort of your homes. We have created a private Facebook group for paying customers only where we will provide daily interactive classes, games, live streams and more which will be suitable for all ages from 0-5 years!

    We will also be supporting our viewers mental health and physical well-being with support from other local “baby business” companies who have agreed to offer their knowledge, work out routines, dance workshops, first aid tips, sleep techniques and more!

    We will be posting videos daily each lasting between 10-30 minutes each – the perfect length to get your little ones focused physically, socially and cognitively!

    Each session will be full of song and dance, puppetry, reading and movement games – you may even join in the fun by grabbing your little one a prop from your cupboard; a colourful scarf may be a blanket or muslin – let’s get imaginative!

    Our Virtual Learning access price will cost you just £15 per month – cancel anytime!

    Here’s the link to set up your payment plan: Virtual Learning Online Set Up

    Once you’re all set up, please go to Facebook and search “Gymboree Play & Music St Albans” in groups to become part of our Virtual Learning journey!

    For more information, or to ask any questions please contact Steph on stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

     

     

     

  • Closed, for now

    19. March 2020

    Further to our update on Wednesday, and the subsequent instructions from the Government, we have taken the very sad decision to close all our centres (those not already closed) from the end of play on Friday 20th March.  We’d like to thank all of you who’ve contacted our teams with such kind and supportive comments, it has made a difficult decision slightly more bearable 💔

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    We have been working hard to develop Gymbo at Home for our customers which will bring live action and pre-recorded class activities to you via a secure online environment.  This will be available for new and existing customers. Keep an eye out for an announcement on this very soon 👀

    Gymboree Play & Music is a network of small family-run businesses so this closure will hit us very hard.  If you’re able to continue with your membership, switching to Gymbo at Home, we would be eternally grateful 🙏

    If you have any questions about your membership, want to access Gymbo at Home, or freeze your membership, please get in contact with your local Gymboree Play & Music.  Also if you’re a customer, look out for closed Facebook groups for your local centre where you can keep in touch with the team and fellow Gymboree families.

    Finally, although our doors are closed you can still buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers online which will be honoured for at least 12 months, allowing you to further support Gymboree Play & Music, and give the gift of (virtual or delayed) play!

    For more information on Covid-19 (coronavirus) and how to keep yourselves safe you can read the Public Heath England or Health Protection Scotland websites.

    Once again, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you ‘at Home‘.

    Gymbo x

  • FINALIST “Franchisee of the Year” 2020

    5. March 2020
    A big congratulations to Steph at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans who has made the final for “Franchisee of the year” Club Hub UK Award 2020!
    1019 applications were made representing 388 businesses and Steph made the final 6! The awards are independently judged by a panel of experts, most of whom are children’s activity professionals or specialists in their field. The judges will be selecting award winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do.
    We wish her all the very best at the awards ceremony on Saturday 16th May 2020!

     

  • 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.