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Monday, November 2, 2009

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex Gymnastics Workshops

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Lucas and I went to an Open Gymnastics Workshop at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex for the first time in March 2008. That afternoon, I wrote a post titled $6 = 3 hour nap = Priceless. Seriously, that $6 and the many more $6 I've spent on subsequent visits have been some of the best money I've ever spent on Lucas.

The Gymnastics Center at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex is truly a first-class facility. They have a complete set of competition-grade men's and women's gymnastics equipment as well as wonderful tot-sized equipment and fun extra things like a rope swing.

Each week, the Sports and Learning Complex offers open gymnastics workshops for children ages walking to 12 years old. This is unstructured, free time for your kids to basically run around and go crazy! Some of the professional equipment (full-size uneven bars, horse, etc.) are off-limits but there is still so much to do! Kids can jump on the trampolines, walk on the balance beams, run and jump on the practice mats, swing on the rope swing into the foam pit, etc. Trust me, they--and you!--will burn off a ton of energy in one hour of open gymnastics.

Two cautions: First, it is really up to you to keep your child safe. There are 1-2 employees on duty during open gymnastics but they seem to only enforce rules occasionally. Be ready to move quickly to keep up with younger children. Second, jump into the foam pit at your own risk! You'll see your child and others quickly climb out of the pit. For you, it will be another story: think quicksand!

Now through December 19, Open Gymnastics Workshops will take place:

Tuesdays from 11:30am-12:30pm (no workshop on Nov. 24)
Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:30pm (no workshop on Nov. 11 or Nov. 25)
Fridays from 4:30-5:30pm (no workshop on Nov. 27)
Saturdays from 1:30-2:30 pm (no workshop on Oct. 31, Nov. 7 or Nov. 28)

Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of 30 kids total and a maximum of 3 children per adult. Parents are required to be on the floor with their children. Fee: $6 per child.

Additional Information:

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785

Phone: 301-853-2400; TTY 301-853 2483

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