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What I Love Wednesday: Gymboree + Bubble Ooodles Giveaway!

2012 June 6
by Becky

We’ve been trial-ing toddler classes!

If you told me a few years ago I’d be paying for and taking my child to “classes” at the age of 17 months, I’d have laughed you out the door. Especially since I can blow bubbles and sing songs for him in the comfort of my own home. But now I know getting out of the house and into social situations is key to a well-rounded, happy toddler. I know that playing in our house is not the same as playing at the park, soft play room, a friend’s house, or a kid-gym.

So I signed us up for the several sample classes and we had a blast trucking all over town checking them out. We tried two different Music Together classes, JW Tumbles gym, and Gymboree.

All the experiences were fun, but I couldn’t help but choose Gymboree as the winner…it’s amazing. Ethan’s “trial” class was a little overwhelming for him, there is just SO much going on, but he had a blast climbing on all the specially designed equipment, tossing colorful balls around the room, chasing the Ooodles bubbles (THE most unbelievable bubbles in the world), dancing to the fun music, and interacting with the other kids. I think he could have stayed for another hour, just checking out all the cool gear.

Already, Ethan has learned to climb a ramp on his toes, crawl through a short tunnel, and his balance is greatly improving due to all the different surface levels and textures. This place was also a great opportunity to sharpen his “backing down stairs” skills. He is noticeably more interested and capable in climbing—he scaled a quilt rack at Hobby Lobby yesterday in about two seconds and can’t get enough of the jungle gym at the park. (We may be creating a monster here)

During the first class, he got a little overstimulated during a couple activities where kids were running and getting a little rambunctious, so during those times we just did something else. And even after seeing it a few times, he is still pretty terrified of the giant “parachute” so we’ll have to work up to that. He is less scared of it every week. I just can’t get over how his face lights up and his confidence soars upon entering the gym. I know this is going to be a good thing for The Peanut.

Ethan is always mesmerized by the bubbles part of Gymboree. I swear the room is magic because when the teacher blows the bubbles, they just suspend in the air, floating forever while the children run through, chasing and popping them. “Bubbles” is now one of Little Man’s favorite words to say. Don’t get me wrong, we blow bubbles like crazy at home…I never leave home without a bottle or two. But these aren’t just any bubbles…they are Gymboree brand Bubble Ooodles which I have to say, are the best bubbles I’ve ever seen. You can catch them on your finger, they rest on toddler heads (and dogs—just ask Dewey) without popping, and nest on the ground for a bit too…I’ve actually found them under cabinets up to two days later. Ethan is completely obsessed. Want some???  Keep reading…

We signed up at Gymboree for a month to see how it goes. The monthly rate is very reasonable and includes four classes PLUS four Open Gym opportunities, perfect for super hot or rainy afternoons.

SO, ready for a giveaway?!!?

I haven’t done one for a while because, well, that’s not the purpose of my blog. BUT, I enjoy giving away things I find amazing, so I grabbed an extra Bubble Ooodles wand set and will give it away to one lucky reader! They aren’t expensive, just a little hard to find (only sold at Gymboree stores and gyms…unless you want to pay triple on Refills are available at, but not the wands). Everyone likes free stuff, right?

All you have to do is include the word BUBBLES when you leave a comment. You’ll get a second entry if you go “Like” my Facebook page (you must be a new Lik-er).

I’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday, June 15—it will be announced on the blog and I’ll alert them by email. The winner’s life and the lives of their children will surely be changed by these A-mazing bubbles!

Anyone else doing toddler classes? Which one? How is it?

13 Responses
  1. Kate permalink
    June 6, 2012

    My favorite part was reading about how Ethan’s confidence soars!!! That makes me smile.
    Take a video of peanut climbing!!!
    Xxoo Love You

  2. June 6, 2012

    Lorelai looooooves bubbles. She will pick up bubble containers that she has never seen before and she just KNOWS that they contain bubbles, no matter what they look like, and she toddles over to me saying “BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE!!!!”

    I keep hearing that I need to do a trial class at Gymboree, so I think I’m going to have to do that.

    • Becky permalink*
      June 8, 2012

      Do it! Lorelai would love Gymboree. I can’t get over how many things Ethan is learning from the classes. Listening, following instructions, balance, decision making, problem solving, and more. It’s great.

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    June 6, 2012

    Love seeing him climb and interact. What a “big boy.”

  4. June 6, 2012

    I would have to hide said bubbles from Steve until the baby gets here… :-)

    • Becky permalink*
      June 8, 2012

      I have to make myself put them down sometimes when I realize Ethan isn’t even paying attention…blowing bubbles is super fun!

  5. Grandpa Joe permalink
    June 7, 2012

    Great Fun Big Guy!
    And, what great Photo-Op for Mom.
    See you soon.

  6. Adrianne permalink
    June 8, 2012

    I am very interested in these bubbles because so far, Cordelia is indifferent to them and I want so badly for her to love bubbles. I think I need to try it more often…

    And as usual, Ethan is adorable!

    • Becky permalink*
      June 8, 2012

      You are in the drawing! I’m sure Cordelia will come around…who can resist bubbles?!

  7. Rachel permalink
    June 9, 2012

    My 15 month old is obsessed with bubbles! I have never heard of these bubbles but now I think I am going to have to get some for her! We don’t have a Gymboree here but it sounds amazing,

    • Becky permalink*
      June 9, 2012

      Well maybe you will win the drawing for these bubbles! :)

  8. June 14, 2012

    I just found your blog and I love it! I’m with you. Two weeks ago I took my daughter to a Gymboree trial class and she really enjoyed it. So, despite the cost, we signed up! She’s doing Play and Learn 3. Before this I thought bubbles were just bubbles, but, wow! Those bubbles at the class do last longer and they’re great. :) BUBBLES!

    I’m glad Ethan loves Gymboree. I had the same experience with my daughter being overwhelmed at first, but I think she’s gaining confidence with every class. Hope you have a fun summer!

    Beverly :)

  9. October 28, 2016

    Will the folding chairs have those little desk-like arms where we can rest our laptops? I mean, like, we wouldn’t have to turn them ON. We could just, like, put our cookies on them or something. Just for the first few minutes . . .

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