Coach Wayne - $5 Gymnastics and Tumbling Fun for Kids of All Ages.

Learning how to carefully swing on the gymnastic bars with the help of a trainer. All pictures taken by Veronica Allen - not for public use.
Learning how to carefully swing on the gymnastic bars with the help of a trainer. All pictures taken by Veronica Allen - not for public use.
One of the trainers teaching my little one how to safely do a hand stand
One of the trainers teaching my little one how to safely do a hand stand

Since we are a one income family of four, I am constantly on the look out for fun and exciting ways to entertain my two toddlers on a budget.

While our idea of fun usually entails spending time in our local parks or libraries, visiting museums on free museum days, and playing board games as a family, recently I have been searching for something a little different for my extremely active girl.

About two months ago I found just the thing - an open gymnastics and tumbling gym for kids.

* Coach Wayne’s Gymnastics and Tumbling - To the Rescue?

One evening, as my family and I strolled through the upper level of one our local shopping malls, we stumbled across what looked like an empty store space full of tumbling mats, balance beams, and other gymnastics equipment specifically made for children.

Upon further inspection, we learned that this was one of the new locations for Coach Wayne Gymnastics.

Founded by Coach Wayne Evans - a coach with over 33 years of gymnastics experience - Coach Wayne Gymnastics provides 18 month olds to teens with a unique year-round program curriculum that challenges their own individual gymnastics and tumbling skills in a safe and controlled environment.

Bouncing on the bouncing pad with the trainer.
Bouncing on the bouncing pad with the trainer.
Learning how to use the vaulting board to jump over the mat mountain - side view.
Learning how to use the vaulting board to jump over the mat mountain - side view.
Front view.
Front view.

* Five Dollar Fridays - Really?

As we stood thinking that there was no way possible our two little ones would be able to participate in the fun and exciting world of gymnastics and tumbling, I picked up a small handbill that advertised $5 Friday gymnastic sessions.

These sessions; unlike the private sessions provided during the week; are open to the public and provide fun, supervised open gym sessions for kids of all ages between the hours of 4-8p.m.

Five dollars per child provides non-member children with 30 minutes (60 minutes for members) of all the gymnastics and tumbling fun they can handle. Amazingly enough, the entire gym is at their disposal.

They can play on everything from the balance beam, tumble on the tumbling mats, jump, bounce, and roll on long bouncing pads, swing on the gymnastic bars, learn how to use a vaulting board, crawl through portable floor tunnels, and much more.

In addition to the use of the equipment, the floor space allows for running, skipping, and doing as many flips and cartwheels as your child can handle.

* Safety is Key.

With a motto that encourages the commitment: “Have fun, Be safe, Push hard” , Coach Wayne Gymnastics has trainers on hand to teach your children how to safely have fun.

As well as showing your child how to tumble, jump and flip correctly, the spotters/trainers will show them how to use the available equipment responsibly and safely.

It is vital to note however, that safety is a major concern even before playtime begins.

On the very first visit, a small information sheet is completed with vital information that includes emergency contact numbers, as well as any of your child's allergies or any special conditions that may affect their performance. In addition, on each visit your child is fitted with a wrist band with their name printed on it, identifying who they are in the event they are separated from their parents.

While the spotters/trainers are very good about keeping an eye on things, to raise the safety bar, parents are encouraged to stay and take in all the fun and excitement.

* Depending on their budget, most parents simply stay for 30 minutes, while others may stay longer. Whatever your choice, keep in mind that non-members will pay $5 for every 30 minutes they stay, while members will pay the same amount for every 60 minutes they stay.

Throwing hula hoops over a stack of blocks - learning about gravity, physics and assembling the fun way.
Throwing hula hoops over a stack of blocks - learning about gravity, physics and assembling the fun way.

* Fun for Mom and Dad .

The interactive gym experience is not just for the kids. Moms and Dads can get involved as well.

In addition to helping their kids use the available equipment, parents can jump, roll, and play along with their children as they have fun learning how to improve their balance and coordination skills.

On the other hand, if parents rather sit and watch their children from the sidelines, then that is an option as well. All in all, the Coach Wayne Gymnastics $5 Fridays experience is one the entire family can enjoy.

In addition to introducing your child to the fun and exciting world of gymnastics and tumbling, it is a great way for families to spend time together all the while getting fit and staying active.

Just bring your kids, have them wear comfortable clothes that are conducive to tumbling, flipping, and playing, and have fun!

* Party Time!

May 1st, 2010 update: If you are looking for a great place to host a party (group parties included - this is perfect when having a corporate event. It is a great chance to keep the kids entertained while you, your co-workers and clients discuss business) Coach Wayne Gymnastics  provide kids with a great party experience as well.

While they exclusively advertise for birthday and group parties, if it is for another special occasion such as a back-to-school, graduation, or "just because," the party can be tweaked to your specifications.

Prices points for members: $175 1 1/2 hours, $190 2 hours

Price points for non-members: $190 1 1/2 hours, $220 2 hours 

These prices include balloons, banner (for birthday parties), drinks, paper products, and music (for birthday parties). Since prices may vary considering locations, call 1-888-548-4545 for prices and to make a reservation.

 

*If you reside in or are visiting the Savannah, Georgia area, check out Coach Wayne Gymnastics $5 Fridays between 4-8 p.m. Location: Top level of the Savannah Mall Shopping Center 14045 Abercorn St. Savannah, Ga. 31419 - across from Champs, next to Payless Shoes

 

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, I am the first. That hasn't happened very often. This is a wonderful hub with great tips. You are a wonderful mother and your little one is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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CassidyS 6 years ago from OK

That sounds like a great activity! We're also a family of 4 on 1 income and always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to entertain. I wish we had this near our house.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you Hello, hello and CassidyS for taking the time to stop by, read, and leave a comment.

Hello, hello - thank you for the compliment. I am blessed to have these two little munchkins in my life.

CassidyS - this is really fun! I was so happy to hear about and it is great to be able to participate in something like this. Seeing that you too are a family of 4 on 1 income, you know how vital it is to find fun activities on a budget. Maybe you can Google gymnastics and tumbling in your home town and see what comes up. You never know what programs are available.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Hi, V! What's up? One thing I dislike about Portland is how darn expensive everything is. I really wish we had something like this open gym here, it looks like a blast. Trying to entertain and get exercise for our kiddos costs a fortune... Great hub, hope life is treating you well.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks wordscribe for stopping by. I had to take a little break and rest up a bit (everyone was sick for a while - allergies and colds) but I am back in fighting form now.

I tell you, things are so expensive everywhere now and when I stumble across goodies like these, I like to share with others. This open gym is really fun - you should see me trying some of the equipment out (most of it is for children though). I think I have a better time than the girls :).

I hope life is treating you well, please keep us uptodate about your little man's condition. I think about you guys a lot.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

My youngest daughter was very into gymnastics, but when she was competing, it got to be very expensive!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I can only imagine habee. Just the registration fee alone is $50, not to mention the cost of weekly classes and the outfits.

I figured that this was the closesest my girls would get to be a part of the world of gymnastics. Thanks for stopping by it's nice to hear from you.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Well, this is great! I like that parents can participate also. And if your child really loves it and does well - it may be worth the investment - it makes so much sense to try it first.

So Veronica Allen, it works out well that you are always on the lookout for something great to do with family because then you share it with us!

Many thanks!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you BkCreative - you know I'm always on the look out for good deals to share with everyone. We can all use a financial break hear and there.

Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you soon.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Sorry about all your sick kiddos. We're finally getting out of that perpetual virus stage as the kids have gotten older. My son hasn't missed ONE day of school this year.

He's doing well, we're hanging in there. Waiting for his surgery to happen... Thanks for your kind thoughts, Veronica. You are such a nice person, I would love to meet you one day. I really would. My uncle lives in Atlanta, so you never know.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks wordscribe - you are so sweet. I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing well and since your uncle lives in Atlanta, you never know - we just might run into each other. :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I found something new here which I can't found it in my city even in my country. I like this information. I think it good for business and this hub very inspiring us. Good work, Veronica. Thumbs Up and I rate this hub.

Prasetio


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much prasetio for stopping by. I wish they had this available everywhere. It is so much fun for the kids.


amber 5 years ago

i have not tried it yeat

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