Ready? Set? TUMBLE! All kids love gymnastics in some way or another – somersaults on the couch, balancing while walking along the sidewalk curb or hanging from anything that looks slightly like monkey bars. If you have a kid at home who could use an outlet for their energy, check out these spots in Portland that offer gymnastics and tumbling classes for children.
The Children’s Gym
The Children’s Gym has been teaching children to love this sport for over 25 years and there’s a reason why this gym is a Portland staple – they strike the perfect balance between letting the kids go wild and have fun and teaching them the basics to build a gymnastics foundation. Classes begin as young as 12 months and parent-involvement classes are available.
1625 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland
Kinetic Gymnastics Center
A gym that truly caters to the entire family, Kinetic Gymnastics Center in Southwest Portland is a great place to come if you have multiple aged kids who would like to take classes. Although they do have competitive teams at Kinetic, the beginning classes are no-pressure and all about having fun. Be sure to check out their open gym schedule as well (there’s even a drop-off option!). Classes begin at age six-months and parent-involvement classes are available.
10058 SW Arctic Drive, Beaverton
Metro Gymnastics Center
Metro Gymnastics is a favorite for Portland families with little tumblers because their tots program, Mini Movers, is broken down into small age ranges, allowing children to focus on skills that are at their exact level with other children, who are also working on the same skills. They also have an excellent recreational gymnastics program for school-aged kids who want to do gymnastics, but without competing. Classes begin at age 12-months and parent-involvement classes are available.
18084 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard
Oregon Gymnastics Academy
Families who are looking for a place to make gymnastics a big part of their lives will find a home at Oregon Gymnastics Academy. Classes build on each other and utilize all of the fun and cutting edge gymnastics equipment at the facility. OGA also offers classes on the weekends, including Sensory Sundays, where children with sensory processing disorders can explore the gym. Classes begin at age 12-months and parent-involvement classes are available.
16305 NW Bethany Court, Beaverton
The Playground Gym
There’s so much to love about The Playground Gym in Portland – they are locally owned and operated, not part of a bigger chain, the focus on both fitness and social skills that are age appropriate for your child, the facility is bright, colorful and clean, and they offer open play sessions six-days a week. And, classes at The Playground Gym are very reasonably priced. Classes begin at age one and parent-involvement classes are available.
505 NE Grand Avenue, Portland
Where’s your favorite place in the Portland area for children’s gymnastics and tumbling classes? At what age did you start your little one in programs?
— Katie Kavulla