Sep 21, 2011

Gymnastic Training Center (GTC) in Rochester Hills

Guest Blogger: Lisa from the No Nuts Moms Group

The boys and I went to Gymnastic Training Center (GTC) in Rochester Hills for their open gym.  When you enter the gym area, there is a water fountain, cubbies for shoes and socks, a bathroom and chairs for parents to watch.  The gym is nicely padded with drawings of characters on the walls.  There is a definite sweaty gym smell as you enter, but everything appeared to be clean.  The bathroom was clean, but there wasn’t a changing table for little ones.

There are two trampolines, several balance beams, gymnast poles, a rope climb, a bounce house, which   they blew up towards the end of the session, and a crawl through tunnel with shapes cutout on the outside.  There is a winding staircase to access the slide and loft like area with the second trampoline and huge foam pit for jumping. 

The only thing that I think they need address is a “danger zone” that my two year old discovered.  In the loft area there is a net surrounding the trampoline.  However, there is an opening between the net and the wall, where a person can walk through to access a maintenance looking area.  The problem with this set up is that once you go behind this net, there is nothing keeping your child from falling off of the loft area onto the first floor.  Nothing!  If my child can find it then I am sure another child will also eventually discover this area.  The instructor was very nice and assured me that it has never happened before, but I would keep a close eye on your child if they go on top. 

If you worry about your kids and cooties then I would bring hand sanitizer or wipes for after.  They do have a hand sanitizer dispenser, but it is hidden and not near the exit.

I thought it was a huge hit with my boys and we will for sure go back one day soon.

Open Gym is Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 to 12:45 AM and the cost is $5.00 per child.  If you have never been or if you are bringing a guest, you must stop by the front desk and fill out a waiver form.  GTC also offers instructional classes and camp fun during afternoon hours.  For more information, visit their website or call at 248-852-7950. 

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