Gymnastics

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Fall session

The City of Menlo Park’s popular gymnastics program will return for a short fall session beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15, and ending Dec. 22. Fall session classes will take place at the Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, and include Kindergym, KinderStars, NewStars, MiniStars, SuperStars, Level A, Level B, Level C, and Stretch and Strength.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we rebuild and reactivate the gymnastics program after a long hiatus. While the short fall session does not include Saturday classes, a more extensive set of days and hours will be available in the new year.

Fall session registration dates

  • Menlo Park residents: Tuesday, Nov. 1
  • Unincorporated residents: Friday, Nov. 4
  • Nonresidents: Monday, Nov. 7 

Check out the fall class listings and registration.

Fall class descriptions

Register online

Kindergym

Ages 1–3 years

A caregiver and child participation class, ages walking to 3 years of age. Kindergym is a loosely structured class designed for children to socialize with their peers, experiment with movement on different surfaces, and explore different ways to move through the environment. This is a great class to teach your child how to safely climb and walk on uneven surfaces (bilateral movement and motor mapping). No siblings in class, babies must be in carriers.  

KinderStars

Ages 2.5–4 years

A caregiver and child participation class, ages 2.5 to 4 years of age. Students will learn to stand in line, be given a short set of directions and take turns on equipment. We will work on listening skills, rolling, hanging, walking on uneven surfaces, and jumping.  No siblings in class, babies must be in carriers.  

NewStars

Ages 3–4 years

An independent class for 3-4 year olds. Children are given short sets of directions and work in circuits to practice and learn different types of rolls, be introduced to handstands and cartwheels, and work on gymnastics equipment that is at the proper height for their age and size. Balance, strength and coordination are worked on in this class.

MiniStars

Ages 4–5 years

An independent class for ages 4 to 5. Children will be working in circuits to hone their skills and develop strength.  Children will continue working on handstands and cartwheels, introducing pull overs and front supports.  Direction following, listening skills and turn taking are also part of the class.  

SuperStars

Ages 5–6 years

An independent class for ages 5 to 6. Children will continue to improve the skills they learned in NewStars and MiniStars. They will learn to connect skills and some will be able to perform the skills with little or no help. The class still works on the obstacle courses but different skills are introduced into the course.

Boys Level A

Ages 6+ years

Beginning level of gymnastics. Open to students with no or little experience in the sport. The student will work on all the Olympic apparatuses, the boys will work on the parallel bars, rings, floor and vault (these take a great deal of strength so the boys spend a good deal of time working on coordination and strength activities).  

Girls Level A

Ages 6+ years

Beginning level of gymnastics, for students 6 and up. Open to students with no or little experience in the sport. The student will work on all the Olympic apparatuses, the girls will be on the balance beams, uneven bars, vault and floor.  Strength work and basic skills will be worked on in these classes.  

Girls Level A

Ages 10+ years

Beginning level of gymnastics, for students 10 and up. Open to students with no or little experience in the sport. The student will work on all the Olympic apparatuses, the girls will be on the balance beams, uneven bars, vault and floor.  Strength work and basic skills will be worked on in these classes. 

Boys Level B

Ages 6+ years

Intermediate level of gymnastics. Students must pass Level A in order to register for the class.  Children will build on the skills they have learned in Level A. Boys classes will be working more strength on parallel bars, rings and the single bar; cartwheels, round offs, handstands and different types of rolls; mushroom and pommel horse drills; and vaulting.  

Girls Level B

Ages 6+ years

Intermediate level of gymnastics. Students must pass Level A in order to register for the class. Children will build on the skills they have learned in Level A. They will also learn move difficult floor exercise skills for example round offs, back walkovers; back hip circles on bars and connecting moves on the uneven bars; also connecting moves on the balance beams.  

Girls Level C

Ages 6+ years

Advanced level of gymnastics. Must pass Level B in order to be in the class. Will work on skills such as back extension rolls, back walkovers and back handsprings.  More difficult moves will also be worked on the uneven bars and vault. Connecting moves and working them into a sequence of a short routine will be part of the class.  

Stretch and Strength

Ages 12+ years

Designed to work skills to strengthen core muscle groups. Also designed for gymnasts interested in competitive gymnastics and former competitive gymnasts interested in regaining strength and flexibility in order to compete in later seasons.  The class will be designed to work on areas that are needed by the group of participants.

Register online

Winter session

Registration for winter session (with classes starting in January 2023) will open to Menlo Park residents Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The winter session will offer the full range of gymnastics classes for a variety of ages, skill levels, abilities and interests. 

Contact us

Tricia Mullan
Library and Community Services Supervisor
Email

650-330-2225