The gym itself is huge and has tons of awesome equipment, that even the parents would love to jump around on. The long trampoline, the foam pit, the regular trampoline, etc. really make this place one of a kind. The teacher for the Parent and Me class in the evenings is engaging and so sweet. The facilities are somewhat distracting for our toddler, with so many other students of all levels running around, in what is very organized, but also makes it hard for our toddler to resist not running off.
We’ve been to a 4 year old’s birthday party there though and it was great. They have teachers who lead the kids in different activities interspersed with some free time for them to run around. They are careful not to let any accidents happen. Upstairs, they had the tables set up for the pizza, cake, and presents. The kids looked like they had a lot of fun.
Miss Lynne is an excellent gymnastics coach, especially for the little ones with shorter attention spans and maybe a loose idea of queues, following directions, and going with the flow. She gives the parents guidance and makes structured obstacle courses that teach the kids balance and practices their physical movement skills, but also emphasizes manners and the rules of society, like waiting their turns, moving in the same flow of traffic, and saying please and thank you’s. It’s a much calmer environment than Wildfire with only one age group or class at a time, and Miss Lynne is very conscious of protecting their heads and necks from getting injured when doing different moves, like somersaults and cartwheels. We took a tumbling tots class through the community center at Irvine Heritage Park and it definitely wasn’t the same thing. The teacher was more rough and less concerned with protecting their little necks when they were tumbling. It was a bit disconcerting. Anyway, we love Miss Lynne. There is very low turnover, which is unusual for kids classes, I’ve found, and it’s been great to see the same kids in her class get bigger and have those familiar faces around.
We only went to an open gym (from 12 to 1 pm, if I remember correctly), and got to peek around and try some of the equipment. It was okay. It was too far for us coming from the Irvine area, and the area wasn’t as nice. It was surrounded by auto repair shops and whatnot. I felt that, after looking at the pics and reviews online, that it would be a lot nicer than what I saw when we were there, that it was a bit of a disappointment after being to Wildfire, Monkey Business, or Waterworks Aquatics. I don’t think we will be going there, but it might still be worth checking out if you live close to Rancho Santa Margharita.