The YMCA Epping describes themselves as a local community recreation centre. And it is. I’ve always felt very welcome and the staff are lovely. They encourage you to get fit and healthy. And you feel good that you’re doing your bit for the community as some of the memberships and fees help fund community programs.
I was looking for a weekday activity that would still go ahead on cold and rainy days. I liked the idea of gymnastics and the YMCA at Epping was the only place I could find for children under 3. We went along for a trial and we’ve been going ever since.
Gymnastics helps children develop both physically and mentally. YMCA Epping run recreational gymnastics classes that suit most kids regardless of age or physical capability (and beyond this age group). It’s a safe, fun environment where children can learn at their own pace.
What Kinder Gym Is Like?
The classes are run by one or two staff members, with approximately 15 children in each class. Each child needs a parent/adult supervising them. Plus you need to shadow your child as they move around the room – holding hands to walk along beams etc. The staff set up a themed circuit each week. Examples of some of the themes are underwater, cars, circus, dinosaurs, farmyard.
Classes can vary but often include:
- free play,
- stretching and roll call,
- circuit (like an obstacle course),
- beams and bars
- a trip to the big gym for using the trampoline and jumping into the foam pit.
The equipment is clean and safe but some items are a bit tired.
Depending on your child, the class can be like an outing to a soft play area, a structured gymnastics class or somewhere in between.
Yes, sometimes it is very chaotic! The staff who run the class are mostly uni students studying teaching. Their passion shows in the way they run the class and the way they talk to the kids. The children love learning new skills and the weekly one hour classes are a great way to burn off some of that toddler energy.
When Does Kinder Gym Run?
- Kinder Tots (18 months–3 years): 9.30am to 10.30am
- Kinder Gym (3–4 years): 10.30am to 11.30am
- Kinder Gym (All ages): 8am to 9am
How Much Does It Cost?
- $16.50 a class (with a once yearly $50 insurance payment)
- YMCA Family pass for $50 a week (catering to all types of families). Includes a weekly children’s class for each child, unlimited use of the crèche (whilst parents are using the gym or in classes) and unlimited classes (think yoga, boxing, boot camp). T & C’s apply. Call YMCA Epping for more details.
I feel that the crèche needs a special mention. I’ve been taking my children to weekly gymnastics classes for almost two years now. At the moment, I have one child in the younger class and one child in the older class. While one is at gymnastics, the other one is in the crèche. The crèche room is a cute set up with lots of toys. They have a long table for the kids to eat their snacks and it’s also used for colouring and play dough. The same two (awesome) carers have been there 95% of the time. And I think it’s the same on the other days. To know your children are safe and being well looked after is great peace of mind.
As well as the gym, group sports and fitness classes for all ages, YMCA Epping also offer:
- birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays – gymnastics fun followed by snacks and cake in the birthday party room.
- court hire is available for badminton or basketball.
- after school care
- vacation care
Plus, they host lots of community events throughout the year.
Things To Do Nearby
- West Epping Park (being upgraded)
- Boronia Park
- Ray Park
- Dunrossil Park
- Loftus Square playground
- Kilpack Park
- Epping Library
Finding YMCA Epping Kinder Gym
Kinder Gym runs from YMCA Epping, which is in West Epping Park and near Carlingford Road. There are a few on-site car spots and street parking can be limited. There are also a number of buses that travel along Carlingford Road, a short walk away from YMCA Epping.