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The best kids’ gymnastics classes

These kids’ gymnastics classes will have all ages tumbling, cartwheeling and rolling their way through fitness and fun.

Photograph: Courtesy Mark Jenkinson

Kids love to tumble and roll, so why not let them work on their flexibility in kids’ gymnastics classes? Not only will tots learn valuable skills in self-confidence, coordination and discipline, but it’s also a great introduction to fitness. If your kids get excited about doing a proper cartwheel and want to take on the balance beam and vaults, our roundup of gymnastics classes for kids can be their ticket to a lifelong love of the sport.

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Best gymnastics classes for kids

Discovery Programs Classes

Whether your child is looking for a recreational gym class or a center where they’ll learn the techniques necessary to join a competitive team, this spot will have you covered. Kids can start their journey when they’re three 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 the 2- to 4-year-old set. Ages 2–14.

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Upper West Side

Prospect Park YMCA

Gymnastics classes take place in YMCA branches through the city, so you’ll want to check your closest center to see what programs they offer. At the Prospect Park branch, parents can sign up kids as young as four for 8-week sessions throughout the year. Ages 4–17.

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Park Slope
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92nd Street Y Classes

This Upper East Side center hosts recreational gymnastics as well as more formal lessons for toddlers up to teens. Little ones can start off in Teeny Tumblers (ages 1–11/2) or Junior Tumblers (ages 2–3) where he or she will 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, Flexibly and Choreography and Rhythmic Gymnastics (ages 6–10). Ages 1–17.

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Upper East Side

The Gym Park Classes

Hour-long FlipKids and Flying Squirrels beginner classes put the fun in fundamentals through enjoyable activities and lessons on the floor, bars, vaults, ropes and trampolines (ages 6–12). Front flips, walkovers, back hip circles and other moves are taught in intermediate tracks 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 13–17). Ages 6–17.

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Greenpoint
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Uptown Sports Complex

Pre-schoolers 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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The Bronx

Jodi's Gym

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 what their bodies can do on balance beams, floor, rings and more. As they grow older, they can sign up for accelerated gymnastics and Team Jodi’s, a noncompetitive exhibition group. Ages 3–14. 

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Upper East Side
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New York Kids Club, Upper West Side

Toddlers will gain body awareness and coordination through obstacle course activities, balance beam challenges and trampoline fun. They’ll build on skills and gain strength as they progress to more advanced classes. Gym Club Prep and Gym Club are for students who’d like to continue their gymnastics training as part of a team. Various locations. Ages 2.5–10.

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Upper West Side

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