Keep-fit fun keeps tiny tots entertained at gymnastics centre

ENERGY Arabella Duck, three, from Southsea at Gymtots. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122497-7616)
ENERGY Arabella Duck, three, from Southsea at Gymtots. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122497-7616)
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LITTLE ones enjoyed exploring a fun session aimed at improving their balance and coordination.

The 19 youngsters, aged three and four, joined forces to sing If You’re Happy and You Know It and play games at Gymtots in Portsmouth Gymnastic Centre yesterday.

Kids then had a chance to play on the soft obstacle equipment and explore their balance techniques on some of the gym facilities.

Director of gymnastics at the centre Samantha Maggs said: ‘The children always find it great fun, and they get a lot out of it too.

‘It helps boost their confidence in their own bodies, and it improves their movement and agility.

‘It also aids their learning and helps them to concentrate better as they grow up – we can always tell which children at our older classes have been to Gymtots.

‘But there is a real social aspect to the classes too as the children get to meet and play with other children.’

Gymtots for children aged three and four is on from 9.45am to 10.30am on alternate Thursdays and Tuesdays.

There is another session for kids under the age of three, in which parents accompany them and support their learning.

These younger classes are on from 10.30am to 11.10am also on alternate Thursdays and Tuesdays.

Sessions cost £5.50 per child and advanced booking is needed.

For more information or to book a place for your child, call (023) 9266 0589.


· Test out your circus skills with a workshop led by Marjin Circus at Port Solent. Children up to the age of 12 can learn some basic tricks with an Olympic theme at the event. The free workshops are on from 11am to 4pm. No need to book.

· Get creative at an art class at the Aspex gallery, in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. The session, called Mini Makers – To The Beach, will be led by local artists and based around pieces currently in the gallery’s exhibitions. They cost £5 per child, run from 10.30am to 11.30am, and are aimed at kids aged two to seven. Advanced booking needed, call (023) 9277 8080. Wear old clothes or an overall.

· Take a road trip to Fleet and pick up some fresh produce at the Elvetham Heath Farmers’ Market. There’s a chance to sample a range of foods from the producers who make them at the event which is on from 10am to 2pm at The Key. All producers are Hampshire-based.

· Browse the stalls at the Gosport and District Sports Association for the Disabled Summer Fair. There will also be a fun fair, bouncy castle and entertainment at the event on Walpole Park, Gosport. Starts at 10am to 4pm, entry is free.

· Go walkies with your dog and help raise money for charity at the same time. A dog walking course at Igloo Petstore, New Lane, Fareham, has been set up in a bid to raise cash for Guide Dogs.

Organisers are urging pet owners to get their dog sponsored to complete the challenge. At the end of the walk there will be children’s drawing competition and a raffle.

Organisers are also looking for volunteers to provide sighted guiding for visitors to the free event who are blind and partially sighted from 10.30am to 1pm. For more information call Katie Smith on 07881 269559.

· Take to the water as part of the Saturday Morning Sailing Club at Portsmouth Watersports Centre. The classes cost £11.50 per child and are open to children aged eight to 16. Starts 9am to 12.30pm. Advanced booking needed, call (023) 9266 3873. All kit is provided but participants are advised to being a spare set of clothes and shoes to get wet.