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The Little Gym, Handy Cross

Muddy says: Fun just got serious at this inclusive, go-the-extra-mile High Wycombe gym, specially designed for kids aged 4m-12yrs to get active, learn and laugh.

Getting our kids to move more and stare at a screen a lot less, is hard. Especially when parents are juggling work and life admin. But the hardest part is finding an activity that actually floats their boat.

Say hello to The Little Gym in Handy Cross, the sister site to award-winning The Little Gym Windsor, a Muddy Award finalist for Best Children’s Business in Berks.

The gym offers gymnastics in a space specially designed for little people, aged 4 months to 12 years, to help them to develop physically, mentally and have a ton of fun. It also gets them in the mindset that health and fitness gives you the giggles rather than the grumps. Good habits start young, I say.

The Little Gym offers unique age-appropriate classes in a state-of-the-art gym, full of music, movement and laughter. The aim is not for the to be the next Simone Biles (although let’s be honest, she’s quite the role model!) but to learn essential life skills – confidence, self-esteem, courage, perseverance, resilience, team work and listening.

It looks so good, do you think they’ll notice me in my spangly leotard doing cartwheels? Apparently so. But that’s not to say the grown ups have been forgotten. Parents can hang out in the lobby area and catch snooze on the sofa, grab a coffee, whip out the laptop, or pop over the road to High Wycombe Leisure or Waitrose to do the weekly shop. There’s also onsite parking, which is handy.

For all the whizz bangery of the facilities, it’s worth noting it’s the teachers who bring this place to life. The curriculum has been developed by child development experts and the staff are the superheroes who bring this to life, running fun, creative classes, full of challenges, praise and encouragement.

Classes run Monday to Saturday, there’s a family membership programme, plus they host birthday parties and holiday camps for 3 years +. The camps can be booked for half days, a full day, a few days, the whole week, or more. So frazzled parents can recharge while the kids burn off some energy. Everyone wins.

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