Got a kid who’s bouncing off the walls?
Gymnastics is a fantastic sport for kids to get involved in. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and coordination – all of which help to create lifelong skills and habits that carry on into adulthood. Who knows, maybe your kid is a gold medal gymnast in the making!. From toddlers to teens, beginners to advanced, Hong Kong has plenty of places your kids can learn gymnastics and Sassy Mama has rounded up the best of them.
Just remember that, given the current situation in Hong Kong, some gyms and classes may be temporarily closed for health and other regulatory reasons until the spring, so it’s best to contact the facility before enrolling.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
My Gym is an established English-based gymnastics playgroup for kids ranging from 6 months to 6 years old. Movement, body awareness, coordination and dexterity are all important aspects of development for children and My Gym helps kids develop and improve on these skills (while having a lot of fun in the process). It will also help lay down some great groundwork if your child shows an interest in gymnastics and movement as they get older.
Ages: 6 months to 6 years
The Little Gym
The Little Gym is an internationally-renowned establishment that focuses on fun physical development for young kids. It has centres all over the world, including one here in Hong Kong. The Little Gym’s classes use basic gymnastic equipment to encourage kids to make the most of their energetic bodies and movement capabilities. It has pre-gymnastic classes as well as parent/child classes for kids as young as four months.
Ages: 4 months to 12 years
Trybe is a premier facility for kids, teens and adults, offering classes in gymnastics, acrobatics, strength, tumbling and even parkour. The variety and unique class offerings make it a great place to start your kid’s gymnastics journey. Boasting a 3,500 sq ft facility, reputable coaches and even a café you can chill in while the kids are in class, Trybe might be your child’s new favourite place (as well as yours).
Ages: 3 years and up
With a 7,000 sq ft facility, professional coaching and equipment, Kidnetic is a popular choice for kid’s gymnastics here in Hong Kong. It focuses on fun and development, with both recreational and competitive streams for kids of all ages. Kidnetic also offers small class sizes and private coaching, helping kids to reach their full potential.
Ages: 1 year and up
ESF offers training for gymnasts of various age groups, who will be taught by coaches from all over the globe (with a variety of backgrounds in gymnastics). Classes are broken down by age and then further by ability with opportunities for competition. The aim is to improve flexibility, motor skills, balance, coordination and more, all while having fun. What makes ESF unique is that it offers an all-boy class which is perfect for boys that are just getting started in gymnastics and are looking to improve their confidence.
Ages: 4 to 16 years
Consisting of physical education teachers and sport specialists, Multi-Sport has been specialising in coaching gymnastics since 1983. Starting with kids as young as three, all the way to advanced levels of gymnastics, it has badge award schemes to help kids progress and achieve in gymnastics. With a variety of classes, time slots and class locations, Multi-Sport makes it easier than ever to get your child involved in gymnastics.
Ages: 3 years and up
SportScene has been helping kids progress to succeed in gymnastics since 1993. It offers a variety of world-class coaches and year-round programmes in both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics for kids of all ages. Both recreational and competitive streams are available to students, with the main aim to encourage a love for gymnastics, a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude.
Ages: 1.5 years and up
The YWCA is a professional and multicultural establishment that offers native English instructed classes and camps in gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and even trampoline for kids aged two to twelve. It even offers free and paid trial classes as well (which are perfect if you’re not sure how your little one will take to this sport). YMCA’s courses are progressive and help to build up the necessary skills for success recreationally or competitively in gymnastics.
Ages: 2 to 12 years
Formerly Sports4Kids, Proactiv Sports has had a presence in Hong Kong since 2011, encouraging kids of all ages to embrace a more physical and active lifestyle. Its qualified coaches teach kids from beginner to advanced level gymnastics, while also offering rhythmic and acrobatic-based classes. Classes are taught at a variety of international schools with varying dates and timeslots for fixed-term enrolment. Free trials are also available for the undecided kid (or parent).
Ages: 3 years and up
If you’d rather not take a class and just want to let the little ones bounce like crazy, then Ryze is the place! It’s any kid or teen’s dream with a massive 7,000 sq feet of connected trampolines (complete with club lighting). From kid’s jumps (just for those who are six years and under) to classes just for teens, your little ones will be jumping around like acrobats in no time. Trampolines aren’t all that Ryze has to offer though, it also has slacklines, a foam pit, bounce boards, aerial silks, trapeze and even an obstacle course!
Ages: All ages (a parent must accompany kids aged 6 and under)
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and was updated in February 2020 by Danielle Tucker-Roberts.
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Jess Mizzi, image 2 courtesy of The Little Gym via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Trybe via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Kidnetic, image 5 courtesy of ESF Gymnastics, image 6 courtesy of Multi-Sport, image 7 courtesy of SportScene, image 8 courtesy of YWCA, image 9 courtesy of Proactiv Sports, image 10 courtesy of Rzye.