If you’ve got a cartwheeling, handstanding, high octane kiddo at home who is looking for a way to expend all that pent up energy, then put that flexible exuberance to good use and get your small acrobats signed up for a gymnastic class! Singapore has a cart(wheel) load of back-flipping, tumbling gymnastic lessons as a sport pick for fearless kids, and whether you want a group for your toddler, a way to occupy your bored teens or just a new after school club for your mischief makers, we’ve found the best gymnastic classes for all ages and abilities. Tumble over to our kids’ activity site, HoneyKids Go, to find some great classes and book your sessions!
Alpha Gymnastics has an action-packed gymnastic lesson for kids of all ages and abilities. Classes are professionally designed from Romper class level (a parent participation lesson suitable for tumbling tots as soon as they can walk) right through to intermediate programmes for full-on acrobatic kiddos. Kids will be encouraged to learn at their own pace on the Olympic standard gymnastic paraphernalia, and we love that Alpha is insistent that it is never too late to learn how to handstand. We may have to take up that challenge at the Adult / Teen Recreational Course one of these days.
Alpha Gymnastics, Block B Unit #02-07 Playground @ Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874, e. [email protected], p. 9754 3866; www.alphagymasia.com
Prime Gymnastics Club
Whether your kiddos want to take up gymnastics recreationally, or have aspirations of becoming an Olympic sport champion, Prime Gymnastics has been coaching kiddos through to the lofty heights of the National Team since 1987. Worried that gymnastics might prove a wallet-busting sport pick? The good news is that Prime are a not-for-profit Registered Society, which means that this skilled sport is made far more accessible to all who want to give it a go. You’ll find Coaches from six different countries will teach budding gymnasts from 18 months to not only develop their skills, but also encourage independence, focus and self-discipline too.
Prime Gymnastics Club, 17A Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 311017, e. [email protected], p. 67732901; www.primegym.com
Beary Fun Gym
Weekly children’s gymnastic classes at Beary Fun Gym are designed for four to 12 year old kids who want to learn some somersaulting and backflip skills in a fun, energetic class. This gym believes that all children, no matter how flexible they are, are capable of learning and benefiting from a gymnastics programme. This is not a play-based experience though: children are taught by first-rate coaches and will be expected to practise, practise and then practise some more.
Beary Fun Gym, Butik Batok Swimming Complex, 2 Bukit Batok Street 22, Singapore 659581 and 8 Changi Business Park Avenue 1, #B1-51, Singapore 486018, [email protected]; www.bearyfungym.com
Bianka Panova Sport & Art Academy
Set up by nine times World Champion rhythmic gymnast Bianka Panova, kids from age four can choose from either general gymnastics (non-competitive classes where the emphasis is on fun and friendship), or join the rhythmic gymnast programmes, which are based on Bianka’s own Eastern European training. Forget beams, bars and vaults, rhythmic gymnastics combines ballet lessons, dance moves and acrobatic grooves using props including balls, ropes, ribbons and hoops. Artistic expression is the name of the game, and Head Coach is Bianka herself, who trains keen youngsters through the certified grades in a competitive but fun-packed environment.
Bianka Panova Sport & Art Academy, 2 Bukit Merah Central, #01-07, Singapore 159835, e. [email protected], p. 6274 3822; www.biankapanovaacademy.com.sg
Bend, stretch and flip! The Yard is where it’s all at for tumbling tots from age 12 months (where parent participation classes will give little ones the perfect building-block for future gymnastic success), right through to senior classes (for talented gymnasts age 11 plus where they can accelerate their cool skills). Kids drop-off classes start from age three, and The Yard’s fun but challenging vibes will encourage mini-gymnasts to really get to grips with coordination, strength and agility during their weekly lessons. Expect state of the art equipment and top-notch local and international instructors on hand to help your kiddo nail that back-flip.
The Yard, #01-03, 10 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609079, e. [email protected]; www.theyard.com.sg.
Class names over at Bubbles Gym seriously make us want to ditch being an adult and try a spot of kidulting instead: Front Somersault for Starters and Cartwheel Clinic are just two of the fun sessions on offer! Tots are welcome from age one, with recreational gymnastic lessons starting at five years on the Olympic sized apparatus which includes an awesome 12 metre long tumble track. Add in a flying fox and ball pit slide, and this is one stupendous place to learn gymnastics. Gymnasts who show kick-ass flair will be asked to join the Beginners programme where a more structured, competitive gymnastic journey could set them on the tumbling track to gymnastic stardom.
Bubbles Gym, 200 Turf Club Road, #02-04 Turf City, Singapore 287994, e. [email protected], p. 6466 4656; www.bubblesgym.com.sg
Being little won’t stop kids over at Gymkraft cartwheeling their way to success: mini-gymnasts are welcome from age three and up, and whether they are testing their acrobatic skills for fun, or are looking to train for a spot on the world stage, there is a class for all. Recreational programmes are where it all starts for kids age seven and up, and older tweens and teens will move into the Artistic Gymnast classes to continue training. Boys will get to grips with six gymnastic categories: floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars, whilst the girls will compete on four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
Gymkraft, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718, e. [email protected], p. 9128 4644; www.gymkraft.com