By Kirk Talbott
The Little Gym of Silver Spring, which opened three years ago, offers a non-competitive alternative to conventional gymnastics. By integrating movement, problem solving and social skills, the large, brightly lit, 4200-square-foot facility cultivates a sense of health and well-being for parents and kids alike.
Against considerable odds, the three Abeya sisters started the enterprise in 2008 as part of an international franchise. Building on their inimitable exuberance, they worked hard to build the business centered on a philosophy that physical movement in a group promotes health and happiness.
“You got to get out and move to enjoy life,” says Amanda Abeya, “and doing it with your new friends teaches patience, good manners and helps prepare kids for the challenges ahead.”
Of the more than 300 kids, aged four months to 12 years, enrolled during the 40- week sessions that coincide with the school year, many have special needs and physical or learning disabilities. But everyone seems to enjoy the easygoing spirit that permeates each session.
While the curriculum emphasizes basic gymnastics, all classes combine sports skills development, dance and creative expression.
The Little Gym is a beacon of multi-dimensional fun, cooperation and movement that can launch a lifetime of healthy habits for our youngest citizens.
The Little Gym is off Arcola Avenue at 1386 Lamberton Drive, Silver Spring; 301-681-7005; wwwtlgofsilverspringmd.com. There are summer sessions as well.