Traci Vogel was a young girl when her parents first signed her up for gymnastics class. It didn’t take long for her to develop a love for the sport and what would turn out to be an unbreakable bond with gymnastics. Traci trained in gymnastics for many years, and when she was seventeen began coaching at the Oregon Athletic Club. It was during this time that she, along with her mentor, developed a brand new gymnastics program specifically designed for the developmental intricacies of pre-school age gymnastics. The program flourished! When Traci assumed ownership of the program in 1984, The Children’s Gym was born.
The Children’s Gym spent the youth of its existence at 43rd and Sandy, right near the Trader Joe’s. In 2010, Traci and The Children’s Gym team made the huge and exciting decision to move the business to a bigger facility. One frenzied week of staff, coaches, parents, friends, and family packing and moving gymnastics equipment the 26 blocks down Sandy Blvd to the new building, and the new Children’s Gym was ready and open for business!
“It is important to me that The Children’s Gym provides great services that children love and parents value. We endlessly enjoy what we do, and we want to make sure that we are always offering the very best of activities and programs to our wonderful families.” –Traci Vogel, Founder and Owner
The new 12,000 square foot facility allowed The Children’s Gym to undertake dreams that had been stashed away for many years, waiting for a space that could accommodate them, including the introduction and expansion of programs like the After School Care Program, Birthday Parties, Camps, Dance Classes, Music Classes, Martial Arts, Cheerleading, a Preschool, and many more!
What started with one woman’s passion for coaching gymnastics and facilitating fitness has now grown into so much more. The Children’s Gym is now a multi-sport facility run by a team of skilled and enthusiastic individuals, each with their own passions and dreams. They all share a desire to create a place where children can grow, learn, and be inspired for a lifetime, all while promoting health through physical and mental activity! They have helped The Children’s Gym grow into the amazing fitness center that it is today, and they are all working dedicatedly to bring about an even better tomorrow!