In my ‘kiasuness” search for the best Early Childhood Education for my son, I have been busy trying out several brain and character development centres. This explorative and adventurous attempts include places like Tweedlewink, Shichida Method and recently Gymboree Play and Learn. There are two of such places in Malaysia. One is in Bangsar Village Shopping Centre, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur and the other one is in Tropicana City, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Lessons in Gymboree comprise mainly of Play Class, Art and Music. Although they have other stuff such as School Readiness Programme, Yoga and Sports programmes, they don’t interest me at this stage. Yup, they can also help you to organise Customised themes birthday parties at Gymboree.
Play class is divided by age group/levels. There are 7 levels altogether. The play format is pretty standard across Gymboree franchise around the world. The play class was interesting and a lot of fun. It did well to stimulate the cognitive ability and nimbleness in a child. Some of the well known activities amongst Gymboree parents are the parachute and the bubbles activities. I have included a few videos for you to know more about this Gymboree Class thing and help you make decision.
GYMBOREE @ TROPICANA CITY SHOPPING MALL, PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA
BIRTHDAY PARTIES @ GYMBOREE
GYMBOREE KIDS – INFOMERCIAL
If you read their literature you will feel that you want to join them all, music, play class, art etc. But I would say if you have the money you should go for it, after all, your kid will develop some social skills. If you just want to have some good play time with your kid, there is playgym open at certain times for you to do your own activities at Gymboree. It only costs you around RM20 (for non-member). But if you don’t have the money, some improvisation would be sufficient e.g. instead of parachute, may be you can use your blanket …Just make sure it doesn’t smell okie.. Bubbles..just buy at Pasar Malamlah..Creative thinking is good at times ain’t it?
Info on Gymboree Play and Learn Malaysia:
GYMBOREE Bangsar Village Shopping Centre
F2b First Floor, No. 1 Jalan Telawi 1
59100 Bangsar Baru
Tel: (011) 603-2284-5602
Fax: (011) 603-2284-5917
GYMBOREE TROPICANA CITY MALL
Lot 38 & 39, Level 2, No 3, Jalan SS 20/27
Petaling Jaya, 47400
603 7727 6587, 603 7710 1832
603 7727 6592
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