Bouncing Bears & Beyond

Bouncing Bears Preschool Gymnastics

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

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.

Winter 2020-2021
Session 1:  November 30, 2020-January 15, 2021 (5-week session)
Session 2:  January 18-March 6, 2021 (6-week session)

The Bouncing Bears program is divided into the following levels:


Little Bears: 12-23 months, with parent

Big Bears: 24-36 months, with parent


Dynamos: 3-5 years old

Hot Shots: 4-5 years old


Dance Jam Gymnastics: Ages 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.

Gym & Swim Combo Class: Ages 3-5
This 90-minute class features two specialties in one class! In the first 45 minutes, children will develop their skills learning basic tumbling and preschool gymnastics through stations, circuits, and games. The second half of class features a 30-minute swim class taught by a YMCA swim instructor. Children will be accompanied by their gym instructor and MUST come prepared with their bathing suit on under their gym clothes. Drop off in Kid Zone/Pick up in the Forese Family Pool.Those interested in participating in the gym portion only of this class may do so, space permitting. Please contact Donna Carpenter at 203-920-1639.

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.