New Kid on the Block: The Little Gym

Little Gym of Tribeca window“We build social and emotional growth through gymnastics,” says Kate Kennard, director of the Little Gym outpost that just opened in part of what used to be Pompanoosuc Mills. (The furniture store moved next door, while Tribeca Community School took the downstairs part of the old space.) “We’re a legitimate gymnastics facility, with the added benefit of a playspace.”

The opening was a bit later than expected, so the fall session is 15 weeks instead of 20 (there’s also a 10-week summer program). The good news for parents is that the uncertainty surrounding its debut has left the Little Gym a bit undiscovered, so while classes usually have around seven kids per instructor, the ratio is now more like two or three to one. All classes are coed, for ages from four months to 12 years.

The main level, with big windows onto Ericsson, has a balance beam, parallel bars, and other gymnastic equipment; on the mezzanine level is a room for dance classes and birthday party celebrations. “Parents can watch what’s happening in the party on the main floor, without being in the middle of the action,” says Kennard.

See the Little Gym for yourself at a free open house this Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2. Kids under 3 should come between 1:30 and 2:15 p.m., while kids older than that should come between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Tell ’em Tribeca Citizen sent you.

The Little Gym is at 124 Hudson (at Ericsson), 212-941-9300;

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