Bouncing Bears & Beyond

Bouncing Bears Preschool Gymnastics

Adapted Bouncing Bears programs are available this fall! Up-to-date information about reopening can be found online or by subscribing to our email list.

The Y is excited to announce that a variety of Bouncing Bears classes will be offered for a limited 8-week session beginning Monday, September 28. Mommy & Me classes will also be offered this fall for a limited 7-week session beginning Tuesday, October 6.

Bouncing Bears is a unique and integrated program that will challenge your child as he or she develops physically and socially. Your child will be exposed to activities that enhance flexibility, balance, rhythm, and motor skills. Age-appropriate classes incorporate music, dance, puppets, relays, games, gymnastics apparatus, skills stations, and creative obstacle courses. An emphasis is placed on community and socials skills, as well as the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

The Bouncing Bears program is divided into the following levels:


Little Bears: 12-23 months, with parent
Day: Tuesday or Wednesday
Fall Session Dates: 10/6-11/17 (7 weeks)
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Fee: $165/member

Big Bears: 24-36 months, with parent
Day: Tuesday or Wednesday
Fall Session Dates: 10/6-11/17 (7 weeks)
Time: 11:00-11:45am
Fee: $165/member


Dynamos: 3-5 years old
*Not offered this fall.

Hot Shots: 3 1/2-5 years old
Day: Wednesday
Fall Session Dates: 9/30-11/18 (8 weeks)
Time: 2:30-3:15pm
Fee: $221/member


Dance Jam Gymnastics: 3-5 (Pre-K)
This 60-minute class features two specialties in one class! Each class features 30 minutes of aerobic exercise incorporating a mix of different dance styles (hip hop, country, Zumba, etc.), followed by 30 minutes of structured gymnastics, learning skills on floor tumble trak, bar, and beam. Children will get fit, rock out, and have extreme fun! All classes start in the Mind Body Studio.
Day: Tuesday
Fall Session Dates: 9/29-11/17 (8 weeks)
Time: 2:15-3:15pm
Fee: $240/member

Bouncing Bears Open Gym: not currently available during this phase of our reopening.

Class Rules & Procedures:

  • Only one parent per child allowed to participate in Little and Big Bears classes. All adults must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Toddlers are not required to wear a mask or social distance.
  • All children in drop-off classes must bring a mask and water bottle with name clearly marked. Should a child’s mask pose a safety issue while tumbling (slipping over their eyes or around their neck) we will have them remove it.
  • Class sizes have been reduced to accommodate social distancing.
  • Class times have been staggered to disinfect high-touch apparatus between classes.

Make-Up Policy: We will make every effort to provide a make-up class for illness or injury in a regularly scheduled class only if there is space available. All make–ups must be approved and scheduled by emailing Donna Carpenter, Gymnastics & Movement Education Director by calling 203-920-1639.

Workout Attire: Shorts and tee-shirt, sweats, or leotard. No shoes, socks, tights, DRESSES, or jewelry.