Gymnastics has to be one of the best activities for kids. Perfect for practising coordination, building confidence and burning energy. So we were happy to check out one of the newest options for want-to-be tumblers in TO – Mini-Nastics.
Located above the Starbucks on the Danforth near Jones, this second-floor corner studio is bright, colourful and filled with about every piece of equipment your child would need to feel like a real gymnast – balance beam, trampoline, ball pit, high bar, tunnels, hula hoops and ribbons. All kid-sized of course.
We especially love the small play space in the back where you can contain, I mean, entertain the other children who are not participating. (No more waiting in hallways!)
Getting there: Located on the north side of the Danforth, where Jones Avenue ends. Driving, check out parking info below. By TTC, it is in between Pape and Donlands Stations. Stairs to studio.
Parking: Paid street parking along the Danforth ($2.25/hour). Green P ($0.75/half-hour) off Langford Rd just behind the building. One-hour free residential parking in the area.
Stroller parking: Room to park at the side of the building (bring your own lock) or the owners are happy to help you bring them upstairs to the back room.
Baby-friendly: In addition to the classes for the 2.5-years-and-under, there is a small play space in the back. Kids can wait here for their class to start or parents/caregivers with other children in tow can hang out here. Baby change table.
Dress-code: Comfy clothes to move in. Kids go barefoot and those accompanying leave shoes at door.
In the hood: Family-friendly eats at Big House Pizza just east.