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The best kids’ gymnastics classes in NYC

Nailing a cartwheel, perfecting a balancing beam trick—kids' gymnastics provides the opportunity to do all that and more

By Dorkys Ramos and Danielle Valente

If your children have springs in their feet, why not sign them up for kids' gymnastics? It's the perfect way for them to perfect their moves and gain an introduction into fitness. Gymnastic classes not only help little ones get their tumbling down just so, but they provide confidence and allow little ones to form friendships along the way. Plus, you never know—those gymnastics classes for kids just might be the first step to the Olympics. 

Looking for more ways to get your kiddos moving? Check out our best ballet classes for kids, sign the little ones up for a few kids fitness classes and find the best swimming lessons for kids in NYC. 

Best gymnastics classes for kids

Discovery Programs Classes

Things to do Classes and workshops Upper West Side

Whether your child is looking for a recreational gym class or a center where he or she will learn the techniques necessary to join a competitive team, this spot has you covered. Kids can start their journey when they’re as young as 3 years old and can work their way up until they’re invited into the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Club. There’s even a gymnastics class taught entirely in Spanish for 2–4 year olds. Ages 2–14.

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92nd Street Y Classes

Things to do Upper East Side

This Upper East Side center hosts recreational gymnastics and formal lessons for toddlers, kids and teens. Little ones can start off with Teeny Tumblers (18–24 months) or Junior Tumblers with Swim (ages 2–3) to learn age-appropriate skills and play with others. Recreational Gymnastics will dive into basic tumbling, balance beam, parallel and uneven bars and vault skills (ages 4–17). Other gymnastics classes include Gymnastics Dance and Rhythmic Gymnastics (ages 6–10). All ages. 


Jodi's Gym

Things to do Play spaces Upper East Side

Energetic kids will love all there is to do at this Upper East Side gym. Tumbling Tots is perfect for little ones wanting to explore the possibilities on the balance beams, rings and more. As they grow older, they can sign up for accelerated gymnastics and even take private lessons. Ages 3–14. 

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Chelsea Piers Field House

Sports and fitness Downtown

This 23,000 square-foot space is the perfect space for children of all ages and skill levels to show their stuff. The offerings introduce little ones to the basics of the sport while the youth classes help kiddos learn how to master events you'll see in the Olympics! A camp, team and drop-in program are also available. Ages 6 mos–16 years

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Elliott's Gymnastics Classes

Things to do Play spaces Upper West Side

From Tots a Lot to Beginning Tumbling and Trampoline Skills, the offerings at Elliott's Classes aim to promote successful cognitive and emotional development—in addition to the benefits of a fitness class. There is also the opportunity to throw your child's birthday bash at Elliott's if your little one can't get enough jumping, stretching and cartwheeling. Ages 6 mos–14 years.

Nina's Gymnastics

Things to do Classes and workshops Midtown West

Nina's Gymnastics helps kiddos go for the gold thanks to professional equipment, a wide range of programs, exciting birthday party options and a team that has landed state, regional and national accolades. All ages. 


Children's Tumbling

Things to do Classes and workshops Midtown West

From workshops and classes to birthday parties and private space rentals, Children's Tumbling has a little bit of everything for little ones who are looking to bust a move. The program incorporates fun music, themes and even costumes into the mix, so this is certainly one exciting way for your kiddos to start their fitness journey. Ages 16 mos and up. 

Prospect Park YMCA

Sports and fitness Park Slope

Gymnastics classes take place in YMCA branches across the city, so you’ll want to check your closest center to see what programs are available in your neighborhood. At the Prospect Park branch, the goal of each class is not only to focus on improving skills, but to promote body awareness and safety. Ages 4–17.


The Gym Park Classes

Things to do Play spaces Greenpoint

Beginner classes FlipKids (ages 6–8) and Flying Squirrels (ages 9–12) put the fun in fundamentals through enjoyable activities and lessons on the floor, bars, vaults and more. Front flips, walkovers and back hip circles are the focus of the intermediate tracks titled Gym Bears (ages 6–8) and Gym Tigers (ages 9–12). Teens can hang with their own age group while learning the basics or building on what they’ve already achieved. Ages 6–17.

Uptown Sports Complex

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Little ones who are eager to climb and roll around can get their hands on bars, rings and other equipment in the Toddler Beginner Gymnastics class (ages 3–5). The slightly older group of tumblers (ages 6 and up) will work on balance, coordination and flexibility as they tackle parallel bars, the beam, bars and practice cartwheels and tucks on the floor. Ages 3 and up.

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