FAQ

 

WHAT IS IT THAT THE PLAYGROUND GYM DOES?

Simply put, The Playground Gym strives to make healthy, happy, active kids. Children learn faster and more completely when they are curious, entertained and involved. Performance through play is our motto, and by using creative games, challenges and physical play we aim to bridge the gap between emotional health, intellectual achievement and physical development. Please take some time to find out more about us on our ABOUT page.

 

CAN NON-MEMBERS COME TO THE GYM?

Absolutely! In fact, The Playground Gym doesn’t have “members” in the traditional sense. We are a resource for Portland area families and we love visitors, offering class drop-ins and Open Play times most days of the week. There are always experienced coaches present during these times to help you and your child to have the best time possible in a safe environment. There is no other facility quite like The Playground Gym and the Open Playtimes are a great way to experience it for yourself. Times and costs can be found HERE.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND A WAIVER OF LIABILITY?

We’ve gone paperless! Create an account and sign our online waiver HERE. By creating an account with us you can manage your billing info, enroll in any of our offerings, reserve birthday parties, camps, Parents Night Out and much more!

 

WHERE DO I PARK?

The Playground Gym in Northeast Portland fronts on NE Grand Ave. Our parking lot is located behind the gym and is accessed from MLK Blvd. It is a shared lot with Spirit of 77 & The P Project. There are also lots of on street parking options.

The Playground Gym on Northeast Lombard St. has a parking lot directly in front, as well as ample adjacent street parking.

 

WHAT ARE THE RATES AND WHAT IS INCLUDED?

There are a number ways to get involved in what the gym offers. Enrollment in most of our programs includes two classes per week, one free admission to Open Play a month and discounts on Parents Night Out and other special gym offerings. Please refer to the CLASSES page for a complete list of rates and enrollment options.

 

WHEN CAN I ENROLL?

Now! All our classes are ongoing and enrollment is available at any time, assuming there is space available. Some classes do have a wait list, so be sure to inquire. Our schedule is generally put out on a quarterly basis and labeled winter, spring, fall, and summer sessions.

 

I AM ONLY INTERESTED IN OPEN PLAY TIMES. IS THERE AN OPTION FOR ME?

Yes, multiple! Of course drop-ins are always an option, but if you’re using the gym more frequently you might consider an Open Play punch card. This is a great option for kids with nannies and families that already have multiple obligations. Our punch cards are $40 retail for $50 worth of Open Play time–a 20% savings!

 

DO YOU TAKE DROP-INS?

Yes! Drop-in rates vary depending on the program. Please check our rates page and schedule for details and come pay us a visit!

 

HOW ABOUT YOUR STAFF?

Come in and meet our wonderful staff, or simply ask your friends who have been to the gym. We have the best people around and all of our employees have had background checks and have number of safety certifications and third-party endorsements including First Aid and CPR certifications, USA Gymnastics endorsements, coaching certificates, and personal training certifications. The gym’s head instructors are professional educators and/or professionals in their fields, the head Coach and gym owner is a Straight Blast Gym International certified coach and brings a decade of professional teaching, coaching and competition experience to the gym. The gym is a USA Gymanstics certified facility.

 

HOW OLD MUST MY CHILD BE TO PARTICIPATE?

We have programs for all ages--Really! We have toddler classes starting at 1 year old for kids accompanied by an adult. Our after school programs generally range from 4 to 14 years of age, and we have teen-adult classes in the later evening. 

 

WHAT ARE THE GYM’S HOURS?

In general the gym is open 9:00AM – 7:30PM Mon-Thur, and 9:00AM – 4:00PM Fri-Sat. Hours do vary slightly depending on our class & party schedule for any given day. Please refer to the current schedule on the CLASSES page for the best times to visit.

 

HOW BIG ARE THE CLASSES, AND WHAT’S THE TEACHER-TO-STUDENT RATIO?

Our classes have a maximum of 12, 14 or 16 kids, depending on the program. All of our activities have a maximum coach-to-participant ratio of 10:1. We keep our ratio low to bring out the best in our kids and to insure their safety.

 

DOES MY CHILD NEED SPECIAL GEAR/CLOTHING?

Loose, comfortable athletic clothing is recommended for all our classes, parties and Open Plays. Street clothes such as jeans that have zippers, rivets or other scratch-prone items are not allowed on the mats. Please no dresses or skirts without tights. Street shoes are also not allowed on the mats. Socks are optional but we recommend going without. Certain programs like Martial Arts & Parkour require additional gear but are available at the gym.

 

ARE THERE BOYS AND GIRLS IN ALL THE CLASSES?

Yes, all of our classes are integrated.

 

THERE ARE LOTS OF ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS OUT THERE, WHY THE PLAYGROUND GYM?

There is no place quite like The Playground Gym. Apart from our professionally developed curriculum, incredible value and unique space, the answer is simple: you and your kids are going to love it.