Since Great Play of Cypress opened, we have wanted to try it out. Their Open House free trial offer was the perfect time to do so. We got a free class for all three of our children, ages two, four and seven so got a good indication of the types of classes offered for several age groups. Great Play is highly recommended for those who are looking for a structured and fun environment for kids to enjoy some physical activity. Since all activities occur in an air conditioned indoors, it is also the perfect solution for those who do not want to brave Houston heat in the summertime.
For the youngest, age 2, participated in a parent-assisted class. They participated in many different activities at several stations. Some of the skills they worked on included following instructions, throwing, bouncing, jumping and climbing. The middle child, age 4, worked on running, jumping, skipping, throwing, swinging and following directions. For the oldest child, age 7, class was a little different and focused on team building with physical skills. They played several games and worked on coordination, following instructions and strength. All the classes incorporated games with interactive videos on the walls to music that got the kids motivated. All the children had a great time at Great Play. The staff and coaches worked really well with the kids, were friendly and supportive.
Although we really enjoyed the activities during the trial, we are not going to sign up for regular classes. We are looking for something a little more specific in regards to skill building. The classes were somewhat like a PE class but a lot more fun. It offers a wide range of activities that focus on enhancing motor skills. For our household, though, we do a lot of these activities at home, during play dates and at park days. Minnow is currently in a parent-assisted tumbling class and his skill level far exceeded the skills being taught at Great Play. Guppy and Tadpole have been looking for something to get into and is leaning more toward an organized sport or activity such as gymnastics, martial arts or fencing. So, although fun, it is not the right fit for this family. However, it can certainly benefit others who may not be as active on a daily basis as we are. Even though it is not a fit for us, it is still highly recommended and feel others will enjoy the classes and benefit from them greatly. Classes are affordable and they give a large discount for siblings.
In addition to regular classes, Great Play of Cypress offers field trips and birthday parties. Great Play is definitely in the running for a birthday party venue next year. Anyone interested in classes or special occasion events should contact Great Play for a trial. Great Play of Cypress is located at 11808 Barker Cypress Rd and can be found online at http://www.greatplay.com. See their website for class times and additional details.