Do you have wannabe Simone Biles in your household? Or maybe you just want your kids to burn off a ton of energy in a safe, supervised environment? Whatever your family’s gymnastic ambitions, there’s a class out there that’s ideal for your needs.
Here are 10 of our favourite kids’ gymnastic classes located in Toronto. Note that in addition to classes, most of these companies also offer camps that run over winter, March and summer breaks, as well as on PA days.
Cirque-ability | cirque-ability.com
Toronto’s West End
Okay, so technically this is a circus school and not a gymnastic studio but depending on your children’s interests, it might be the perfect place for them. Classes are available for toddler age to adulthood and cover such skills as acrobats, silks and trampoline. There’s also the Ninjability program that’s, “Perfect for kids who want to run, climb, and jump!” Cirque-ability is currently located at 213 Sterling Rd (near Bloor and Lansdowne) but will be moving to a new, to-be-announced home in the same neighbourhood in a few months’ time.
City of Toronto | toronto.ca
Options available across the city
Private studios are great but don’t forget that the city offers some terrific gymnastics programming at rec centres in various neighbourhoods. Classes are available for kids as young as six and run until your children are in their teens. Different levels are also available and range from basic introductory classes to competitive programs that require advanced testing and auditioning.
Discovery Gymnastics | discoverygymnastics.ca
205 Champagne Dr, #3
All skills levels and ambitions can be accommodated at this North York studio that offers a recreational program and a multi-level competitive program that starts at “Advanced Recreational” and leads up to a provincial and national competitive program for kids nine and up. On the rec side, classes start at 18 months and there’s even special weekday programming for home-schooled kids as well as birthday parties and other special events.
East York Gymnastics | eastyorkgym.com
6 Dohme Ave
Since 1949, East York Gymnastics has been developing the province’s next generation of gymnastic stars. In addition to a well-regarded competitive program that starts as young as five, it offers various recreational classes as well as programming in trampolining and acrobatics. Its toddler class starts at 16 months and also available are drop-in times, birthday parties and even adult classes.
GymKats | gymkats.ca
1659 Bayview Ave
Coach Ashley and her small but dedicated team of instructors are here to ensure that your children learn basic gymnastics skills while building their self-esteem, confidence and, of course, having fun! Classes are offered even for babies and there’s an “advanced recreational” stream available for kids five and older who are up for more a challenge. Camps, birthday parties and various special events are also offered.
Gyros Gymnastics | gyrosgymnastics.com
73 Samor Rd, #2
In addition to a recreational program that starts at 18 months, Gyros offers a competitive stream for kids five and up that aims to get its more talented members to compete at the provincial level. Have a kid who loves the trampoline? Then consider Gyros’ ACRO program, for kids five and up, that focuses on acrobatics and trampolining skills in a highly controlled and safe environment. Also offered are birthday parties that can focus on either gymnastics or trampolining.
High Junction Gymnastics | highjunction.ca
2340 Dundas W St
Yes, the basement of the Crossways Mall does at first seem like an odd location for a gymnastic studio but the space is so bright, clean and well-padded that it soon seems like a natural fit. School owner and principal instructor, Suzie, is an always-smiling face who knows exactly how to get your child embracing their inner Nadia Comaneci. Classes are available from age nine months to 12 years with recreational and advanced streams available for school-age kids.
Kidsnasium | kidnasium.ca
745 Mount Pleasant Rd
Dedicated to getting kids moving and learning, Kidnasium offers a wide range of activities, including gymnastics classes for kids ages 2.5 months to 10 years. This isn’t the program for kids with Olympic dreams but it is a safe, clean place for your children to learn some basic gymnastic skills while getting exercise and building confidence.
Mini-Nastics | mini-nastics.com
836 Danforth Ave
Introduce your kids to the basics of gymnastics at this warm and friendly studio that offers classes for kids age walking to six. For older kids, there’s an after-school program. Mini-Nastics also offers birthday parties, drop-in music classes, open gym time and its “early bird” program, for those little ones who like to get the worm.
Spartan Gymnastics | spartangymnastics.com
25 Connell Crt
With over 20,000 square meters of (well-padded space), Spartan offers classes in an impressive facility that features a rock wall, foam pit and so many trampolines. In addition to two different levels of recreational programming (one basic and one advanced), kids can take classes in acrobatics, trampolining and tumbling. There are also parent and tot classes, drop-in times and special events.