Frequently Asked Questions
I see that I can sign my child up for your classes at any time during the year. When is the best time for my child to start?
We craft our lesson plans around the September-June season, so if your child starts in September and ends in June, your child is going to receive a varied, challenging, and fun lesson throughout the season. With that in mind, though, our coaches are trained to facilitate a lesson that works students together as a group on skills they can all handle at that point in time, and then coaches work one-on-one with students on the skills they are specifically developing. So your child can start any time between September and June and have a wonderful classroom experience, feeling included, challenged, and successful. Participating in an entire season is going to give your child the most well-rounded experience, building more strength, developing more flexibility, and learning more skills, but joining the season part way through is still going to be very beneficial. So if you find your child interested in our classes in March, go ahead and sign them up. Their coach will get them started on the basic skills so that they have a head start on the next season.
My child is 4 years old, but they’re very advanced for their age. Can they be put in the class for 5 year olds?
No, at The Children’s Gym, we’ve found that placing a child into an incorrect age bracket takes away from not only the success of that child’s experience, but also from that of the other students in the class, so at TCG it is not an option for a gymnast to participate in a class that is not for their age. Each age bracket has multiple levels for a child to advance through, though, so if your child is not feeling challenged enough, perhaps they are ready for a higher level class for their age. Moving up a level within an age bracket requires passing an assessment. Click here to read more about assessments.
My child is almost 7 years old. When can they move up to the age bracket for 7-9 year olds?
Your child can move up on the day they turn 7, but not before. In anticipation of moving up, you can put your child on the waiting lists for the 7-9 year old classes when your child is still 6.
Do The Children’s Gym’s Irish dancers perform?
The Children’s Gym usually puts on a participation-optional show at the end of each year, where students have a chance to perform for their families. There is a small fee in order to cover the cost of the awards that students receive at the end of the show. Our Irish dancers have also participated in a local St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the past, which we hope to do again. We also hold Parent Participation classes a few times per season where parents can come to class and do the whole class with their child, to see what their child has been accomplishing. As our program grows, we hope to expand our performance opportunities, perhaps creating a performing troupe some day!
How do I get into the building at TCG?
If you are enrolled in regular classes, you will have received an email with our up-to-date door code. If you are participating in any other services you should ring the buzzer outside the front door to be let in. Please remember our secure door was implemented to help us maintain a safe facility for children. Do not share the code with anyone other than the adults designated to take your children to class.
Is it okay to open the door for others?
Unfortunately not. Please do not be ‘helpful’ and let in people who may be knocking on the door and do not appear to have a code. Let our receptionist screen visitors through the intercom first, please! There is a call box and buzz system connected to the entry door so if anyone does not have the code they have to connect with a TCG staff member.
Where is parking?
There is a parking lot directly behind our building that is shared with Luxe and Protec that you are more than welcome to park in. Our spots are marked with TCG signs. In addition, there is street parking all around the building, as well as across Sandy Blvd. If you do park across Sandy please note there is a crosswalk on 16th Ave as Sandy is a 4 lane road.
Do I have to stay on site during my child’s class?
That depends. If your child is under 6 years old you must stay on site during their entire class. If your child is 6 or older then you may leave so long as a cell phone number is on file with the front office and you are okay with your student being dismissed off the gym floor for the restroom and drinking fountain independently.
Where can I watch my child’s class?
We have three viewing areas: one in the front lobby, one by the leotards, and one at the far west end of the gym.
I have a child not in classes. Any suggestions on entertaining them?
Yes! First, we have classes for children 12 months to 14 years of age, so a great way to entertain them would be to sign them up for a class as well. Siblings receive 10% off their tuition, and families with 3 or more active students receive an additional 10% off their monthly tuition totals. If classes are not of interest there is an enclosed room near the front lobby. Parents are more than welcome to use this space to entertain their child, and to shut the door if it helps in keeping younger children from running out on the gym floor.
Can I stand on the pathway to get a better view of classes?
Unfortunately, no. The pathways have to remain clear at all times to satisfy fire code and safety. Students, coaches, and other TCG staff must be able to move easily around the facility, so pathways must be open and free of people at all times.
Is standing/viewing permitted from the area near Keys to Life Music?
This area must remain clear to provide easy access to the music room for KTL clientèle. We do have 3 designated viewing areas that allow you to watch your child no matter where they are in the facility. They are: front lobby area, area by leotards, and the far west end of the gym.
My child is going to miss a class. Can they make it up?
Absolutely! As long as you notify TCG 24 hours prior to the start of class to tell us your child will be absent, we are able to pre-excuse the absence, which makes your child eligible for a make-up. Please see our detailed makeup policies for more information and stipulations.
Do you have a lost and found?
Yes. There are Rubbermaid containers at the far end of the gym (at the west end) where our janitors put unclaimed items nightly. You are more than welcome to search for any of your family’s missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated every few months after notice is given to families.
When do classes stop?
Our current schedule will run until the end of the school year in the middle of June. Your child will remain in the class until then, unless we receive written notice from you to drop them. Please see billing/drop policies for more details. We will not hold classes the 2 weeks of Winter Break and the week of Spring Break.
What are the front office hours?
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How can I contact TCG about sign ups, absences, makeups and other inquiries?
You can call our front office at 503.249.5867 during office hours and you can also email us at email@example.com. Email is sometimes the fastest way to get a response because we always have it open and we check it periodically after hours and on weekends. You can also leave us a voicemail.
On what holidays/school closures is TCG closed?
Our facility is closed the following days: New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day & the prior Sunday, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
We are open on all other holidays. On PPS closure days we typically hold day camps, and regular classes are in session. We will not be holding regular classes during the two weeks of Winter Break as we will be offering full day camps. The same will be true for Spring Break.
What should my child wear to class?
Gymnastics involves running, spinning, flipping, going around bars, balancing on beams, jumping on trampolines… You need an outfit that can manage!
Leotards are great because they are tight-fitting, so there’s no loose fabric to get caught on a bar or on the rings. They also are one piece, so jumping up and down doesn’t expose the stomach or legs like a t-shirt or a dress would. It’s important to note, too, that gymnastics leotards specifically cover the midriff to protect the skin when rotating around a bar. The tight-fitting nature of a leotard also allows coaches to spot easily, without getting their hands unsafely stuck in extra fabric.
So what do we recommend to wear? Leotards, or something very similar: tight-fitting, one piece, covered midriff. We have leotards and tight-fitting shorts available for sale at the gym.
Does TCG close for snow or other extreme weather?
TCG always strives to hold services regardless of weather. Should weather ever become so extreme that it is impossible for us to offer services, we would notify you by email, by phone, and/or by posting on our website and our Facebook page.