An open play gym is a place where your child can go and play in a safe place with slides, ball pits, foam pots, trampolines, or other "gym" style pieces of equipment. Our open play area is filled with slides, obstacle courses, and other creative toys. These parent-supervised indoor play areas are bright, colorful, and clean. Most importantly, they allow your child to explore and learn with other children.
Our open play is available to children from one year and up. Unlike other gyms, our position as a fitness center with many classes has lead us to create an open gym them offers more than just the traditional play mats and ball pits. Children also have the availability to try a ninja warrior course, have a free disco, or create art while at the open gym.
What Does a Child Get from Open Play Time?
When a child is taken to an open gym, they can learn and play in a safe area that other children will be playing in. This results in increased socialization, growth of physical and cognitive skills, and positive interactions.
As your child gets older, they can learn more complex ideas. Older children at our open gym will learn perseverance, problem-solving, and positivity through interactions with our giant lego set and obstacle courses.
How is Open Play Different Than a PlayGround?
In an open play gym, you are in a clean environment that has specifically designed toys, all of which are working. On the other hand, a playground is a place where you can let your child run free on pay sets outside and in the sun. Looking at both of those statements, you can see that they each have their benefits. However, when looking at differences that would make open play important, there are a few things that stand out.
Cleanliness - Though children don't need to be protected from germs at all times, the cleanliness of open gyms is great for allowing play without having to deal with dirty clothes or sickness.
All Weather - In an open gym, you will be able to play rain or shine. Though playgrounds are a great place for activity, they are limited by the weather in the area.
More Activities - While a playground can't have removable parts, an open gym can. Having large legos, art stations, and building blocks allows for new types of play not available on a playground.
Safety - Depending on what you have access to, you might find an open play facility to be much safer than the playground that your children could use. Also, open play areas will often have workers that are trained as well as first aid kits should something happen.
That's not to say that open play areas are better overall. We believe that children should get out whenever they can. Open play is just one addition to your arsenal!
What Tips the Scale?
When you go to a playground, you are going to sit a watch a child play for however long you are there. On the other hand, our open play sessions allow your child to play while you work out at a fitness class. This allows for both you and your children to get exercise, socialization, and a new challenge.
Overall, children require activity and socialization. Open play areas are vital additions to a child's life as they allow for additional outlets of creativity and energy. They will be able to learn about leadership, problem-solving, determination, and positivity through interacting with their surroundings and the people in them.