Parents in Southern Humboldt have a new option for childhood athletics. TumbleStars Gymnastics is offering eight-week sessions for a variety of age groups, with roughly 70 students currently enrolled, many of whom are boys.
"They look so fun, bouncing in the air!" said Kolby Goff, son of instructor Leslie Goff, watching a group of 3-year-olds launching toy balls with a rainbow colored parachute canopy.
Parent Shawn Finley says he brings his son John to help develop coordination, but John just likes to hang from the monkey bars. The exercises emphasize balance and agility, and students seem to enjoy the practice. There are a lot of games, stretching, running, jumping, somersaults, and showing off for parents.
"All the other things that kids do, basketball or baseball or football, those are team sports and it's about winning or losing. With this, you can't win or lose. It's all about improving on your own skills, by yourself," says instructor Somer Wallan.
"Physically, we do a lot of cardio with the running, jumping, hopping and skipping with them. It's amazing - a minute of this game called Cone Wars that we do and they're exhausted," Wallan added.
TumbleStars Gymnastics got started last April with double the expected enrollment. Since then, their program has continued to grow.
The next session of classes is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 27. Sessions meet once a week for eight weeks, and accommodate children ages 3-10. Enrollment for children ages 4-10 costs $120, but 3-year-olds are only $100 due to a shorter class-length.
For more information, stop by TumbleStars Gumnastics up in the Meadows Business Park next door to Pigmint Press on Evergreen Road, or contact Somer Wallan by phone at 223-2060 or email@example.com.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTOS BY DAVE BROOKSHER
1. Kids from the 3-year-old group negotiate a padded obstacle course at TumbleStars Gymnastics.
2. Instructor Leslie Goff plays a parachute game with the budding gymnasts.