Right after returning from vacation, Nate was scheduled for a check-up and so Tuesday, is when something dawned on me. Nate hadn't been to the pediatrician since he started walking, so the last time we were there he was still sitting in the stroller. He has 2 older sisters that are more interested in dancing and music, than their little brother, unfortunately. As I watched him play with other children at the doctors office, I realized he never gets to play with children his own age. Especially since he's been walking. And I really felt bad for him because he was having so much fun. We don't have many people around us, that we could have play dates with. So I decided that this was unacceptable! I came home and started looking for places I could take my son, on a weekly basis to interact with other children and just have some fun. I called around a few places and it was RIDICULOUS how much they were charging for children to play. I finally came across Gymboree: Play & Music. Their statement: Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development.
Most of these places offer about the same things, so the price is what was going to draw me in. They offer a class suitable for toddlers. The Gymboree Play & Learn 4, seems to be perfect for Nate. They learn to figure out how the world works and become a competent problem solver through games that uncover patterns and sequences. At $70 to $85 a month, for multiple days weekly, plus "Open Play" days in between; so far it's the best deal I've come across. But I am open to hearing any suggestions! If any of you know of something better, PLEASE, feel free to suggest! Take in mind, I live in Southern California, Los Angeles area.