St Albans

St Albans

WE ARE CLOSED ON MONDAY 26th AUGUST 2019

HAVE A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY!

 

“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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CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE, FRIENDSHIP…IT ALL STARTS AT GYMBOREE

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Timetable 2019

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

20% OFF BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Book your little ones bespoke birthday party in August 2019 (for anytime in 2019) and receive 20% off

T&Cs:

  • Party deposit of £50 required to secure the date
  •  Party needs to be booked between 1st – 31st august 2019 to recieve 20% discount
  •  Party needs to be in 2019 to recieve 20% discount

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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

Rachel

RACHEL

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.

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.

CATHERINE

Play & Music Teacher/ Party Leader

Catherine is studying for a Masters in Music Therapy with Nordoff Robbins.

When she is not at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans, Catherine works in a primary school as a music therapist – Catherine plays Violin, Piano and loves to sing.

Catherine loves working with children, and helped set up a Mother & Toddler group in her local community in Enfield.

She is thrilled to have recently become an auntie and loves to dote on her little niece, Evie.

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.

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!

Check out this great blog on our Sensory Baby Play classes by Mama says… Gymboree “Our Favourite class”

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.

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Check out our latest blog Baby massage from a mum’s perspective

Course dates:

Tuesday 24th September – Tuesday 22nd October 2019

12:30pm -1:30pm

Please contact us now to register your interest stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

 PLAY & LEARN (6 months – 5 years)

Our Gymboree Play & Learn classes are developmentally appropriate classes featuring lots of fun activities, fantastic equipment, songs, bubbles, parachute play and much more.These classes are 45 minutes in length and will help your child build strength, balance, co-ordination, social and early language skills.

Check out our latest blog on Play A Serious learning technique or just for fun?

Check out our latest blog on play-based activities: They’re called Schemas

Classes are split into various levels to help with your little ones developmental needs.

Play & Learn, Level 2: 6 – 10 months

Acting with purpose and attention

Play & Learn, Level 3: 10 – 16 months

Becoming skilled in back and forth communication

Play & Learn, Level 4 – 16 – 22 months

Figuring out how the world works

Play & Learn, Level 5 22 – 28 months

Imaginary play: Using words and symbols to express ideas

Play & Learn, Level 6 28 – 36 months

Imaginary play: Connecting ideas using concepts and vocabulary

 RELAXED PLAY & LEARN (SEN sessions)

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans is the leading brand for children’s development classes and is offering children with special educational needs and disabilities a chance to play in a fun, safe and educational environment.

During the class your little one will develop their physical, cognitive and social-emotional skills through the use of bubbles, parachute play, singing, dancing and use of our bespoke equipment.

An environment that may be overwhelming for some is completely transformed into a sensory haven for little ones where they are free to play and learn. Our Gymboree Play & Music teachers will support both you and your little one during your class, the lights will be off, 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.

Thursday 11:30am (one hour class followed by one hour free play)

Book your FREE Relaxed Play and Learn trial today!

01727 831 551 stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk 

RELAXED Play & Learn information booklet

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 two 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, from past to present!

Check out our latest blog on musical behaviour in young children: Receptive Vs Expressive learning

Check out our latest blog written by Mama Do It  Family Music at Gymboree Play & Music

SENSORY CREATE & LEARN (6 months – 18 months)

Our 5-week Sensory Create & Learn course will introduce your little one to all of the senses through a mixture of homemade, edible, non-toxic and hypoallergenic products.

Our Sensory Create & Learn course is stress free for you and there’s NO clean up – plus, you even get to take home a pressed painting of your little ones creation’s each week.

 

 

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 art masterpieces each week!

Read our blog on surviving an art class with your little one:How to do Art in the early years

 

 

 

Multi-Level (6 months – 5 years)

Bring all your children to the same class and enjoy fun, physical and cognitive 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!

Check out our latest blog on Attachment styles and the Adult’s role

We offer family classes in:

  • Play & Learn
  • Sing & Learn
  • Create & Learn

Turn your child’s special day into an unforgettable birthday celebration… Come and join the fun at Gymboree St Albans!

 

photo-class-birthdayOur dedicated teachers will create a unique and fun-filled party for you and your guests. Your magical party will include music and dancing, stories and adventures, bubbles and singing, and parents and children will have a fantastic time playing together at our beautiful site.

Let us help you have a stress-free and wonderful day to remember. You bring the food (finger food & drinks) while we provide everything from invitations, to paper plates, cups and napkins, to balloons and party bags.

We also run parties On-The-Go meaning we can come to your house or hired venue and provide 45-minute age appropriate, themed Art, Music or  Play & Learn for all to enjoy!

 Parties ON-SITE are held on Saturdays and Sundays

 

**We also offer Christenings, Christmas, Baby Showers and corporate events**

 

20% OFF BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Book your little ones bespoke birthday party in August 2019 (for anytime in 2019) and receive 20% off

T&Cs apply

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Gymboree Play & Music St Albans Events

 

CHRISTOPHER PLACE: POP UP PLAY SESSION

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans will be at Christopher Place on Wednesday 11th September 2019 from 10-4pm offering free play sessions with our award-winning Bubble Ooodles and parachute time, arts and crafts, fun and games, music, dancing and so much more! For every child that attends our free play sessions they will be entered into a prize draw where you can WIN ONE MONTHS FREE MEMBERSHIP (three opportunities to win).

Christopher Place

 

TIMETURN: ST ALBAN’S VINTAGE RETRO FESTIVAL

Saturday 22nd September  2019

11am-5pm

St Albans’ vintage, retro, history, heritage, classic car spectacular is back for 2019!  We’re going back in time as we celebrate our heritage and the famous folk of the city through the decades.

Classic cars, motorbikes, scooters and commercial vehicles will line the streets and businesses of all types; shops, restaurants, banks and public houses will be joining in the fun by creating their own retro feel. Music, food and fashion will all play their part in the festival.

The event is part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture. This year’s theme is ‘People Power’ and we’re set to celebrate the local legends of St Albans from the past and present.

Come along and enjoy live music and dancing! Plus, performances and activities relating to our famous residents (and the areas they influenced like The Arts, Science, Sports and Music) will be held throughout the day in various parts of the city centre. Visitors can also follow a family treasure trail, which will take them around the city stopping at points of interest to answer a question about the history of the site.

 

 

 

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans News!

40 Years Young & Still Having Fun!

 

  • We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!31. July 2019

    We’re super excited to announce that Gymboree Play & Music are finalists in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 in the following categories.

    These awards have been voted for by you; mums, dads, and grandparents of the UK, so they mean a lot to us.  What’s On 4 Kids will announce the winners on Friday 11th October at a ceremony in London.  So we’re crossing all our fingers and toes!

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    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for #gymboreeplayandmusic 😘

  • GYMBO FEST

    30. July 2019

    GYMBO FEST, St Albans first FOR children festival!

    Sponsored by Gymboree Play & Music partners Piccolo Foods

    Saturday 17th August 2019

    12:30-4:30pm

    …Soft Play, Parachute Time, Bubbles, Singing, Dancing, Face Painting and SO much more…

     

     GYMBO FEST TICKETS

    ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

    Mindfulness sessions with Sunny Kids Shine

    Messy Play with Little Messes 

    Character meet and greets

    Annie Griggs Photography

    Soft Play

    Bubbles and Parachute Time

    Face Painting

    Storytelling with Katharine of Usborne books

     

    LIVE PERFORMANCE LINE UP

    12:30pm Pixie Studios Musical Theatre medley

    12:45pm Pixie Studios Founder Movement Masterclass

    1:00pm Nicola Anne Music Songs from the golden era

    1:15pm Louise Brennan Midwife Q&A

    1:15pm Mini First Aid Hertfordshire Lifesaving skills workshop

    2:00pm Gymboree Play & Music teacher Catherine

    2:30pm Sleep Time Baby Sleep seminar

    3:00pm Minimello Calming colours workshop

    3:30pm Gymboree Play & Music Head Teacher Rachel

    3:45pm GYMBO-THON RAVE

     

    FOOD & DRINK

    Light buffet provided for children courtesy of Piccolo Foods

    THERMOMIX Mum will be offering cooking demonstrations and snacks for grownups

    The Peacock Pub will be keeping us hydrated with a few tipples for grownups and soft drinks for little ones

     

    HOW TO FIND US

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans is located in the city centre of St Albans, 11 Hatfield road, St Albans, AL1 3RR

    If travelling by car we would suggest parking in any city centre car park, all of which are just a few minutes’ walk away from us.

    If you are travelling by bus or train, come to St Albans City Centre – we are then just a few minutes’ walk away.

    For local customers, we are located next to the courtyard café and yoga hall.

     

    FAQS

    How long does the event last?

    Gymbo Fest starts at 12:30pm and runs until 4:30pm, you can come for as long or as little as you like!

    Are there toilets on-site?

    Yes, we also have baby change facilities too.

    What’s included in my ticket?

    All seminars, workshops and performances are included in your ticket. Soft play, parachute time, bubbles, mini-photo shoots and a light buffet for children. Each child will also receive a balloon to take home!

    What’s not included in my ticket?

    Face painting, raffle/competitions you may decide to enter. Drinks provided by the Peacock Pub. Photos taken by the professional photographer. Anything you wish to purchase from an exterior stall holder.

    What age group does Gymbo Fest suit?

    Gymbo Fest is suitable for children aged between 0-6 years (but older children are welcome to come along). We also welcome any adult/carer who is interested in any workshop/seminar that we are hosting free of charge!

    I bought a ticket and now I can’t attend – can I get a refund?

    We will be offering full refunds up until 5 days prior to the event, after this day you will not be able to get a refund – you can sell your ticket onto someone else if you like, just let us know the new customers names.

    Still have a question about GYMBO FEST, contact us now!

     

  • Come along to Playday 2019!

    Come along to Playday 2019!25. July 2019

    On Wednesday 7th August it’s Playday, the UK’s national day celebrating play, and this year’s theme is Play Builds Children.  At Gymboree Play & Music we know all about the benefits of play, for over 40 years we have been sparking a love of learning with millions of families around the world, with research-based play programmes designed by experts. 

    Play is critical to your child’s brain development, as well as their social and physical growth. That’s why our play programs are researched, tested and expertly executed.  

    Furthermore, our custom, innovative equipment is designed for your little one to try, learn, play, fall, and try again! We reconfigure our modular proprietary playscapes every two weeks, consistently creating new experiences and challenges. Your child is always learning in a ridiculously fun, incredibly inviting and super safe environment because of our ever-changing environment and challenging activities!

    To celebrate Playday 2019 we’re going back to the 90’s and creating our very own Gymboree Play & Music’s Fun House!  We’ll be running special Playday events with loads of music you recognise from the 90s and lots of fun play. We’d love it if your little ones (and you?!) come dressed as your favourite 90’s idol. Think Spice Girls, Telly Tubbies, Mr Motivator, Take That… above all, anything goes! 

    Get in touch with your local branch to find out more.

    (Participating sites only)

    Playday 2019

    Playday 2019, the UK’s national day of play

  • Piccolo’s new look and new launches!

    Piccolo’s new look and new launches!28. May 2019

    Continuing their mission of making 100% organic, balanced and nutritious food inspired by the Mediterranean, Piccolo’s new products are designed with busy families in mind.

    The stylish new pouch packaging design launching this month accentuates the ingredients within and clearly communicates the brand’s ethos of helping families enjoy life’s adventures to the full. The ingredients, dietary information and nutritionals are even more clearly labelled and the new packs are the first UK baby food to include a QR code, linking through to more detailed information on the Piccolo website – so parents can find out exactly where those delicious, organic ingredients come from.

    But that’s not all; Piccolo are also launching several new ranges – including a new cooking at home range featuring stock cubes and stir-in sauces, specially developed for little ones. They are low in sugar and salt, and the stir in sauces are one of your babys’ 5 a day; meaning one less thing to worry about.

    That’s not all – there’s also snacks – Piccolo’s new snacking range includes Italian inspired breadsticks and tasty teething wafer Squares handily packed in on-the-go packets.  

    Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo says: “At Piccolo we are always looking at new ways to help families enjoy nutritious meals and snacks without the worry or hassle. Our new pouch meals, healthy snacks and cooking range aim to take away the stress of finding food that’s delicious and convenient for cooking at home or when you are on the go – leaving you with more time for what really matters.”

    “With balance and variety absolutely key to babies’ health and development, we’re excited to offer growing families an even wider range of ingredients, flavours and textures for their little ones to try developed by our in house infant nutritional therapist Alice Fotheringham.”

    picture of Piccolo's new design pouches

    Piccolo’s new design pouches

  • Matojo Suckerbibs

    22. May 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans have partnered up with Matojo Suckerbib to promote weaning with less cleaning!

    “It’s amazing how much mess a baby can make with an innocent banana” – Victoria, Creator of Matojo Suckerbib

    Matojo Suckerbib cuts down the clean-up operation by covering the tricky gap between the high chair and your baby’s mouth.

     

    • Less washing: No more squashed strawberries on baby’s trousers
    • Less germs: No more putting food onto mucky highchair trays and tables in restaurants
    • Less waste: No more food straight on the floor when baby’s learning to grab
    • Allergy friendly – No contact between your baby and the high chair tray (important when you’re out)

    You might even get to enjoy your own food for once.

    The Matojo Suckerbib is a one piece waterproof bib that suctions onto tables and high chairs.

    • Catches every bit of food
    • Built-in hygienic surface that’s safe to eat from
    • Less washing, less germs, less waste
    • Safety tested

    And it’s versatile:

    • Works for any style of weaning: Baby Led or spoon feeding and finger foods
    • Works on any highchair – with or without a tray
    • Easy to clean – machine washable & dries quickly ready for the next meal

    Gymboree Play & Music St Albans customers will receive 10% off their purchase when bought on-site!

     

  • 10 CLASS PASS

    17. May 2019

    10 CLASS PASS

    The perfect ad hoc membership has landed!

    Are you looking for something to do over the summer months with your little one but don’t want to commit in case the weather changes? Well, Gymboree Play & Music St Albans has the perfect solution!

    Purchase a 10 CLASS PASS and receive 10 fun-filled, educational classes as well as UNLIMITED access to open gyms for three months!

    Start your Gymboree journey today!

    Terms and conditions:
    *10 class Pass can be purchased between 1st June – 31st July 2019 only
    * Classes need to be pre-booked and age appropriate
    *10 class pass will last for three months from day of purchase
    *Only valid at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans

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  • Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 2019

    Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 20198. May 2019

    Once again the Children’s Activities Association is working together with Caudwell Children’s charity on Children’s Activities Week to promote the crucial benefits of children’s activities, clubs and classes; as well as raise funds for both organisations. Caudwell Children transform the lives of children with autism throughout the UK by acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. An estimated 2.5 million people are directly affected by autism every day in the UK.

    Gymboree Play & Music members will be seeing how many bubbles they can catch in 1 minute to raise funds and win prizes!

    With your help we can provide the support children need to reach their full potential, please donate anything you can.  Thank you ❤

    https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GymboreePlayandMusicUK

    #CAW2019

    #WatchMeFly

    Gymboree teacher playing bubbles

    Join our sponsored bubble catch to raise money for Caudwell Children

     

  • 50% off in our Spring Sale, 29th April – 3rd May!

    25. April 2019

    Now that spring is well and truly here (sunshine one minute, rain the next) why not join Gymboree Play & Music!

    Because we all know you can’t rely on the British weather, we’ve a very special offer to ensure you always have that indoor option for playtime with your little ones.  All next week 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 programmes because

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.78/5 and 96% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

    So if you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    But if you haven’t, just fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    This offer ends at close of business on Friday 3rd May so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 29th April 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • Red Nose Day at Gymboree Play & Music!

    13. March 2019

    On Red Nose Day, Friday 15 March, people across the UK will be coming together to do things big and small, that will add up to something massive! So we are very excited that many of our centres will be hosting events to raise money for this fantastic cause! Contact your local Gymboree Play & Music to find out what’s happening in your area.

    Gymbo with a red nose

    Gymbo’s taking part in Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March!

     

  • Does unlimited really mean UNLIMITED…It does at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans!

    9. March 2019

    Does your little one love Gymboree Play & Music St Albans? Do you wish you could come EVERYDAY…Well here’s your chance!

    We are now offering unlimited membership which entitles you to attend a class every day!

    At Gymboree Play & Music St Albans we are often told by parents, “You are the only class that manages to engage my child.” This is not a coincidence! It is a reflection of the fact that Gymboree Play & Music are the experts in early childhood development and as such, we know children; we know what works, what engages, and what is appropriate for the many different developmental stages between birth and age 5. Gymboree Play & Music has published its own best-selling books on “learning through play” and develops its class curriculum with the involvement and input of experts from around the world.

    At Gymboree Play & Music, every adult is an active participant and play partner, making your time at Gymboree Play & Music all the more fun and enjoyable.

    Why settle for less?

    Book in your free trial today!

     

 

 

 

 

 

Here are just a few of the wonderful things people say about Gymboree Play & Music St Albans!

“One of the best classes in Hertfordshire! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to develop their child in a fun, safe and clean environment. The teachers are great, make every session entertaining and interactive for the children. Also great for new mums to socialise with other parents in the area.”.

“My son has enjoyed his 3 years at Gymboree and it has been lovely to see him develop into an active child with a vivid imagination. He shares what he has been doing at Gymboree with his Dad at home and often role plays based upon the activities in the classes. Now he is ready to move on as he begins school in September”.

“My 8 month old son loves his sessions at Gymboree St. Albans and we regularly go to the free play sessions, great to burn off some energy with a change of scenery. Rachel and Steph are really friendly and accommodating.”.

“We held our daughter’s birthday party there and it was an absolute pleasure. The staff were amazing, great fun, and the children really enjoyed themselves. Our daughter was made to feel very special and she loved every minute especially because she was a member of Gymboree St Albans since she was a baby. Steph and her team of Kelsey and Niamh are fantastic!”

“The classes are really well led and I can see my child developing through them. I would want to give particular mention to the energy and enthusiasm provided by Steph and Holly who led most of the classes we attend. They have been excellent and my daughter responds to them both as they are so engaging”. 

Review us here

 

All your questions answered here!

What is ‘Play and Learn’?

Play and Learn is Gymboree Play & Music’s signature, equipment-focused, physical and cognitive, child development programme; offering a wide range of classes for little ones aged 0 – 5 years. Each class is structured and teacher-led, with themes designed to support the growth of children throughout those early developmental stages.

Each theme is developmentally appropriate according to that age group, with each class an exciting fun-filled adventure, and all of this with the help of our amazing purpose-built equipment and props. There’s Fun to be had by all!

How does membership work?

Everyone is entitled to one free trial to see how you get on in the session and whether its right for you and your little one – There is absolutely no obligation to then join a class after. We also want to remind you, this is a preview class to what your little ones will achieve in the future!

Should you wish to join us after your free trial, you will be asked to sign our Gymboree Play & Music agreement which states that we ask you to sign up for a minimum of 2 months, with a 1 month cancellation policy; notifying us of your request to cancel your membership in writing.

How do I pay for classes?

Gymboree Play & Music St Albans works on a monthly direct debit as we are open all year round!

Membership is on a rolling contract and depending on which membership option you decide, you will be entitled to at least one teacher-led class per week and unlimited access to Open Gym sessions. We offer lots of discounts for siblings, multiple classes and weekend memberships so please do get in touch if you have any further questions regarding pricing.

Do you offer Pay As You Go/ Drop-in?

If a weekly class isn’t convenient for you we offer a “Fun Pass” which gives you flexible classes. Ask us for more information today.

What is a ‘Freeze’ of membership?

A freeze of membership allows you to take a break from Gymboree Play & Music for up to 3 months at one time. With one month’s notice a freeze of membership suspends your payments and classes until you are ready to come back. Of course, you are welcome to come back early too!

What is a ‘Makeup’ Class’?

When your little one has missed a class you are entitled to book a makeup class; this class can be booked into any class (age appropriate) with space. You have four weeks to book in this makeup class or it becomes void.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we offer a number of discounts for twins/siblings and second or third classes –  We even have discounts for those of you who can only attend at the weekends! please check our timetable or call us on 01727 831551 for more information.

What is Open Gym?

As members, you will have unlimited access to Open Gym sessions at various times throughout each week; allowing you free play with the use of our specialised props and patented apparatus. There is no obligation to attend these sessions nor is there any extra charge, should you attend. Its an added bonus to being a member with us – You can do as many or as little as you wish, every week.

Do you have parking?

Unfortunately not however, if travelling by car there are a few parking spaces on Upper Marlborough Road which are free for 1 hour between 10am and 4pm. Alternatively there is also pay & display parking on Bricket Road, Clifton Street and Essex Street. All of these are round the corner from Gymboree and no more than a one minute walk away.

Why do i need socks but my child is bare foot?

We kindly ask that adults are in socks during classes for hygiene reasons, we then ask that children have bare feet due to health and safety.

What do I do with my buggy?

We have lots of space inside for buggies and an over flow buggy park just outside our front door, although If you can collapse your buggy or leave it at home/ in the car that would be greatly appreciated!

What do I need to do if I want to book a free trial?

There lots of ways to get in touch with us!

You can fill out a form at the top of this page, you can call us on 01727 831551 or drop us an email stalbans@gymboreeclasses.co.uk you can even pop in and say hello!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us