OUR STORY


We’ve been doing this for 40 years -- and we're just getting started

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 40 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 40+ countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts in both education and in play, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. 

Classes that grow with your child 

Our class curriculum is developed by our experienced child development program directors and incorporate a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what your child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later. Classes are designed in 6-month increments to continue to meet a child’s growing interests and abilities. From birth to age 5, there’s always something special awaiting you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music.

Our play centers were created just for kids, from the ground up

We provide an environment where children are free to move, play and explore safely. Our proprietary equipment was designed by Jay Beckwith, a nationally respected playground designer with more than 30 years of experience, who created every structure with the needs of children in mind. Our play environments are designed to deliver the high-quality standard parents expect for their children. Watch Jay's Designing For Play video

Originally founded by a Mill Valley, CA mom and run by passionate, family-focused entrepreneurs 

Gymboree's story began in 1976 when Joan Barnes, a mother from Marin County, California, tried to find a safe, fun place featuring age-appropriate activities for parents and young children to play together. Unable to do so, she did what any innovative, entrepreneurial mom would; she started her own program! We’ve been proudly inspiring parents and children ever since, and most recently Gymboree Play & Music has once again become our own standalone company, separate from Gymboree clothing. Back to our roots, so to speak, and looking ahead to a bright future!

Sweet member benefits

We have so much to offer you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music. When you become a member, you’ll not only enjoy our classes each week, but also receive Gymboree Play and Music product and toy discounts, free classes, parent education about your child's development, access to a community of likeminded moms and dads -- and so much more. Get more information about our great member benefits when you stop by a location today. 

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