Gymboree vs Kindermusik

Thursday, January 4, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am 11 comments

We brought Brae for a Gymboree trial class at Bangsar Village last Sunday (thanks to Annie Q for the FOC gymboree voucher) 🙂 . Actually, we wanted Brae to play at their Playgym but since we had a free voucher for the class, we just tried it out to compare with Kindermusik.

We noticed that Brae didn’t enjoy the class at all. He looked a bit confused and frustrated. Perhaps it was due to the huge crowd and the loud singing. He kept looking around for mummy and daddy. Perhaps his slight fever made him a bit cranky too.

Here are a few conclusions that we made during the class:-

  • Gymboree is too commercialised. It is obvious that there are too many kids in the class because we could not even form a circle. When it came to the “roll the long sausage-pillow (whatever you call it)”, there wasn’t even space for all the kids.
  • The instructor rushes to finish off the whole class in 45 minutes. We have to move on to the next playset even before Brae was done with the current set.
  • No personal attention given to the child.
  • The child is not given the opportunity to develop at his/her own pace. Everything must be done as fast as possible and the worst thing is, most parents there that day encouraged their children to do the same. Guess it bodes well for surviving in our cut-throat society.

Daddykhong says:

I hate it to be frank. Even I couldn’t keep up with the instructor, let alone Braedyn. Zero interaction between parent and child. Minimal interaction between instructor and child. Similar levels of interaction between the various children. Tragic to say the least and thank god it wasn’t a paid class or I would have grumbled all the way home.

However, I am pleasantly happy that Gymboree is not our cup of tea. One less decision to make because it means Kindermusik all the way.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nadia  |  Thursday, January 4, 2007 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm

    Oh? Someone recommended me to send Irfan to Mr. Gymbo as she says it’s good (her son is there). But I’ve only heard about the not-so-good stories from you and another mommy too. Hrmmmm..

    I think you should try it out yourself. Most people seem to like Gymboree (judging from the crowds there). Who knows, it may be your cup of tea?

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  • 2. Mrika  |  Thursday, January 4, 2007 4:31 pm at 4:31 pm

    Hmmm… could I be that other mommy, Nadia? Hehe. To Daddy n Mommy Khong… I have to agree with you. We brought our Z there a little after he turned 1. Let’s just say it was a todder crying-mommy pacifying-instructor jumping n sweating scene most days we showed up. Too many to a class and yes, they rushed through to get all done within the 45 minute slot.

    Thanks for visiting. Have to agree with your observations.

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  • 3. shoppingmum and kids  |  Thursday, January 4, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm

    I haven’t tried gymboree as we don’t have it here in Ipoh, but Justin’s gonna start his new semester this Saturday, and he’s very eager to attend after the holiday break.
    I can’t compare, but Justin likes Kindermusik.

    Braedyn just went back to his Kindermusik classes after a one week break. Both of us were looking forward to the class.

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  • 4. Vien  |  Friday, January 5, 2007 3:27 am at 3:27 am

    Ppl that I know (here in the states) raved about Gymboree. I guess there are a lot more classes and/or locations for us; therefore, the classes are not large (I’m speculating here). I haven’t try Gymboree eventho’ they kept sending me free-class coupons. Now that Belle is in a daycare, I don’t see the need for Gymboree.

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  • 5. michelle  |  Friday, January 5, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am

    I guess all this classes are out to get your money. I never attend these classes when I was a toddler, don’t think my children need it. Fortunately I don’t see any of these classes here in Penang. 😉

    Don’t think these classes even existed when we were toddlers. I guess in many ways, it is similar to the countless tuition classes my parents forced me to attend when I was younger.

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  • 6. Angeleyes  |  Friday, January 5, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am

    Oh… they were actually classes?? I thought just a play place for kids with no specific time slot… Anyway, my PiggyBeng don’t like the idea of sending Darrius to public play places with lots of other kids coz he’s afraid Darrius will get sick after that…
    They have slots even for the playgym. The one without slots is Kizsports. So, has PiggyBeng starting looking for home schooling options yet? 🙂

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  • 7. sasha  |  Friday, January 5, 2007 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm

    oooo i tot of bringing jayden there to play play also. Maybe when he is older ya?

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  • 8. Immomsdaughter  |  Saturday, January 6, 2007 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm

    Lucky it was FOC. Have never heard of Gymboree at my place 😦

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  • 9. P.E daddy  |  Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm

    i did register my son at gymboree….i would say the classes are good for music or play……i did my research clinically and physically…my opinion,kindermusic and gymboree programm almost the same..both covered motors and metrices..there is no absolute programm for our kids..it depends on us to help our kids to colour their life…however mommy and daddy, my suggestion, if we plan towards future psycomotor environments to our kid..i would say gymboree is better..but if we plan towards psycometric..kindermusic is better… which one we should register to? offcoz we all want both and the best for our kids..i believe all daddy n mummy here is genius…well back to mr Newton’s Law..This means that for every action there is a reaction equal in magnitude and opposite in direction…about the trainers..no comment! i’m not perfect either…

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  • 10. v.fiona  |  Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am

    Thanks for the heads up guys….i was actually thinking of taking my 2year old there this week, after a not-so-nice experience at Tumble Tots Subang Parade….that is definately not my cup of tea.

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  • 11. Coco  |  Wednesday, October 12, 2011 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm

    I’ve been bringing my son to Gymboree for the last 5 months. Loving it so far. Found Kindermusik to be too claustrophobic, and the instructor’s English was appalling.

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