Here’s the thing about preschoolers. They’re busy little bees with a lot of energy to burn. Now here’s the thing about parents. It’s up to us to find a way to release that energy in a way that doesn’t involve wrecking the house or traumatising the pets.

Well, happy day, mamas and papas. We’ve found THE preschooler activity that pretty much guarantees tired kidlets. And an added bonus? They’ll learn a lot along the way. Plus, we’re giving four Mum Central families the chance to try it for themselves for a whole term!

Welcome to BOUNCE, where the trampolines go high and the children go home tired. Now if that’s not a recipe for the perfect activity for preschoolers, well then we don’t know what is. BOUNCE – you’ll know the place if you have older children – is heaven in a hangar for older kids. Kitted out with trampolines, it’s long been THE place for school-aged children to hang out. Now it’s time for the little ones to get in on the trampolining act, with a new class especially for the kinder set.

Mum Central visited a BOUNCE KinderGym class to see what all the fuss is about. And mums, you’re going to be so glad we did.

Bouncearama

Bounce KinderGym program for preschoolers

BOUNCE KinderGym classes run during the day from BOUNCE centres across Australia. Strictly for the three to five year age group, little ones can jump safely and without the bother – or danger – of bigger siblings busting in. The instructors are all qualified gymnastics coaches too – and the program itself has the official thumbs up from Gymnastics Australia – so tots will pick up some important gym skills along the way.

In fact, when Mum Central stopped in, we saw preschoolers learning how to tumble and somersault, how to balance, how to roll and plenty of other skills, all under the watchful eye of Gymnastics Australia-accredited coaches.

The classes, designed to be an immersive sensory and physical development program, follow a series of fun themes each week to keep the kids interested. One week it may be colours, the next week kids are invited to bring a teddy friend to join the jumping fun. There’s songs, games and more fun than you can poke a stick at. Except you won’t need a pogo stick because the trampolines here have plenty of bounce.

Bounce Essendon KinderGym program

It’s not just the kids who love it, though the giant smiles on their faces lets you know that’s true. Mums and dads are big fans too.

What do the parents think

Melbourne mama Samantha Torres, brings her son Oliver, 3 to do the class while she tends her newborn. “He loves it, it’s his outlet. His fine motor skills are definitely better. Just to balance on something at the park and not fall off, I definitely think is because of this,” Samantha says.

“I like the obstacle course, where they’re crawling through things and balancing on things, though Oliver loves the jumping best. It does exhaust him too, which is a nice bonus.”

Mum-of-two Rebecca Mitchell brings both her children – William, 4, and Amelia, 3 – and says the program has helped her son overcome his shyness.

“He’s very timid and I can see how it’s helped him. Because it’s a full hour, they really get into it. They have to sit and listen and follow instructions, which is important. And they always, always sleep well on a Friday!”

The BOUNCE KinderGym program runs in line with school terms, with Term Four due to start at the beginning of October, 2017. Bookings are open online now over at BOUNCE, with term fees $140.

enter-to-win

Like what you hear? Mum Central and BOUNCE are giving four families – one each from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia – the chance to win a term of KinderGym classes FREE.

To enter, simply complete the entry form below in full, comment underneath telling us what you love about the KinderGym program and you could be our lucky winner!

GOOD LUCK!

Win a Term of KinderGym at BOUNCE – 4 to be Won!

This is a sponsored post for BOUNCE

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Mum Central Editor Nikki is a former news journalist who used to spend her days chasing shady types around town ... until she had kids and went all soft on the inside. She now spends her days cajoling her kids to pick up their damn Lego and eat more fruit.

135 Comments

  1. The ability for my child to get exercise will developing other skills including but not limited to social, cognitive and development

    • Something super fun & special for my 4yo to do whilst I look after the newborn. (I’ve also been a gymnastics coach and am a PE teacher so this program sounds awesome!)

    • I love the structure of the program and different way to have fun and pick up some skills along the way for this age group.

  2. I would love my daughter to start doing gymnastics style moves with the safety of a soft landing

  3. Sherie Dixon Reply

    It sounds like such fun for my daughter as she is always doing gymnastics around the house. A great opportunity for her to learn some new skills and just have fun, cause that’s what it’s all about

  4. My daughter is very adventurous. She would absolutely love this!

  5. This looks amazing. Ny daughter would love bouncing in this srssion

  6. I would love this for my soon to be 3 year old son…a great way to build confidence as well as burning off some of his endless energy!!

  7. I would love for my new step daughter to win this as we have just moved to the area and haven’t successfully found a childcare or playgroup for her yet

  8. OMG the kids just simply love bounce and another aspect for them to enjoy is fantastic.

  9. Anitasheyla Reply

    Since having my position at work made redundant my 3 year old son has had his days at child care cut down to 1 day a week. I would love for him to win this as it will give him an opportunity to socialise and burn off some energy in a safe environment.

  10. What’s not to love about tired children at the end of the day! Exercise for them and peace and quiet for a short time for Mum!

  11. Tegan Vlahos Reply

    I love kinder gyms and the trampolines are always popular! So a room of trampolines would be. A bit of toddler heaven! Hehe

  12. karren freer Reply

    Great social activities also help to develop hand eye coordination great gross motor skills and.great outlet for my 3 yr old grandaughter

  13. Cat helbig Reply

    The fact he will get to socialise with other kids but also how active it is… nothing beats that… well maybe how easily and well he sleeps after it

  14. Sarah Kaiser Reply

    My son would love this and so would I as it might stop him from jumping on our bed.

  15. Melanie watson Reply

    So excited to see something different besides the usual dance classes for my 3yr old daughter to do

  16. That the kids can pick up important gym skills along the way

  17. shenae Fortanier Reply

    Sounds like such a fun productive way to keep my daughter healthy and happy!

  18. Sharlene connors Reply

    I would love to win this for my little 3 year old jack Russell ( I mean daughter) she is constantly bouncing and jumping her way around! Without a trampoline at home my little one has no other choice then to bounce when she can! This would be awesome xxxx

  19. Bec Gillett Reply

    Getting my daughter involved in fun exercise at a young age and tiring her out!

  20. My busy little boy would love this! Working his gross motor skills, coordinatiob & having a blast would is a bonus too.

    • My busy little boy would love this! Working his gross motor skills, coordination & having a blast would be a bonus too.

  21. My 4 year old wants to join in with his big brother at parties but he is too little. This will help to build his confidence and strength and something that we can do together.

  22. Zoe Riddle Reply

    What’s not to love about bounce classes!!! Like minded children all having a bouncy good time together while learning about fitness and the fundamentals of group lessons like listening and waiting turns. I love it!!!

  23. Mary Moschovakis Reply

    perfect for my nephew to learn and play at the same time whilst using his energy and active imagination (he’s three) and giving mum time with nephew no 2….

  24. My son would love this! Great for confidence and coordination, not to mention fun! Plus mum will love it if it makes him take one of those elusive naps afterwards

  25. Anastasia Spiers Reply

    My son broke his leg on a trampoline. It would be great for him to regain his confidence in a safe and supportive environment.

  26. I love the fact that there are different themes each week. My son loves climbing and kindergym is a great way for him to enhance his motor skills in a save environment.

  27. My son would really love this. He was behind in fine motor skills and balance. So this would help him.

  28. Both my boys would love to bounce and unknowingly work on coordination, confidence and enjoy moving and exercise. Wins all round

  29. Giving the pre schoolers the place and space to be their crazy, energetic selves under the guidance of gymnastic teachers. Rather than be competing with their older sibs for jumping space and rather than Mama jumping all day long. Sounds perfect!

  30. Catherine Howard Reply

    Exercise, fun and a tired kid at the end of the day! What more could a mum & dad want.

  31. She loves trampolines and it would be a great way to use up some of that energy!

  32. Lisa Byrne Reply

    Yeeee haw! Hope we win so we can bounce our way around Glen Iris

  33. Louise Webster Reply

    The immersive sensory and physical development are the elements that would attract me to send my toddler she would thrive with this.

  34. I love the variety to keep them interested and having fun every week. My daughter is very cautious in nature so this is a fun way of helping her to try things she normally wouldn’t to learn new skills.

  35. Victoria Dobbin Reply

    I love the concept of a safe and fun way for preschoolers to get exercise whilst having fun all at the same time. Bring on some BOUNCE time!

  36. What a fabulous and fun learning experience! My 4 year old dancer will love the gymnastics aspect of this program!

  37. It looks fun.
    Ive never done kindergym with my daughter. It looks like she would love it!

  38. Rhiannon F Reply

    Anythinh that incorporates exercise and fun is fantastic in my books! It’s so important to incorporate physical activity into children’s lives as it sets a precedence for their future!

  39. Nicole Thoroughgood Reply

    My 3 year old son loves going to Bounce. I love that he could go there and have a qualified gymnastics coach teach him a huge variety of skills at the same time!

  40. My 4 year old daughter is very active and loves all things to do with gymnastics. We have a new bounce in our area and we would love to give it a go.

  41. What’s not to like!
    Fun ✔️
    Bouncing ✔️
    Gymnastic skills ✔️
    Energy burning ✔️
    Exercise ✔️
    Did I say fun ✔️
    Yes please!

  42. I would love a place for my son to be able to develop his fine motor skills and also improve his balance. Bounce classes would certainly help him with this whilst allowing him to do what he loves.. Jumping!

  43. I love how it gives preschoolers the opportunity to use their bodies in a different way… and they get to jump really really high!

  44. Tamara delarue Reply

    My daughter would have an amazing time. What’s not to love!! Great place for her to burn the extra energy.

  45. Maddie Gauci Reply

    I would love for my 3.5 year old to jump on actual gym equipment rather than my chairs and bed and couch! She’s got so much energy and loves jumping and balancing. She’s my little monkey.

  46. Melissa Marek Reply

    I’d love to be able to send my twins here to wear them out and also help with their gross motor skill development!

  47. I love the fact that Bounce Kindergym is equally engaging for the child as it is for the parent/carer.

  48. That it’s silly and fun for my kid, but I know they are getting great exercise.

  49. Great fun and motor skills development for preschoolers. I am keen to have my little boy take part in this activity to learn some tricks and moves for use on his trampoline at home. I also love the social and confidence building elements. All rolled up into a bundle of fun!

  50. Kimberley Lingard-Borg Reply

    Love that the kids get a chance to interact without the older kids

  51. It will be wonderful to watch my son BOUNCE into fitness, BOUNCE into confidence, BOUNCE safely, BOUNCE with coordination,, BOUNCE with friends and most importantly BOUNCE into happiness!

  52. Renee O'Hara Reply

    My 3yr old would love to win this. She has low muscle tone and we are trying to encourage her to strengthen her legs.
    Her jumping is always only one leg leaving the floor (bless). I think she would benefit emensily from this.

  53. I love that it is FUN and it is a physical activity for children to burn energy.

  54. Kimberley Sweeney Reply

    It’s a great stepping stone to gymnastics and would definitely tire out my extremely active toddler who loves to bounce.

  55. Exercise – fun – socialisation – skills = perfect toddler activity

  56. Emma Voigt Reply

    I would love the opportunity to help build up my 3 year olds confidence

  57. What draws me to kindergym at bounce is the idea of my daughter improving her spatial awareness, proprioceptoon and gross motor skills in a fun environment. I hope it would increase my girl’s confidence and social skills too

  58. Maree Wood Reply

    Great way for kids to e\have fun & exercise at the same time!

  59. I want to win for my daughter who has low muscle tone. I think she’d really enjoy it and gain lots from it.

  60. Neva Beaumont Reply

    I love that Kindergym challenges every part of my littlie so she gets a thorough workout of her mind, body and attitude. A great way to learn, have fun and keep healthy!

  61. danni jagla Reply

    i need my little one to learn a proper forward roll before she breaks her neck trying lol. looking forward to it

  62. Rianna Bridges Reply

    I want my child to be healthy and active and not consumed by technology. Bounce would be the perfect place to give my little man an active and fun lifestyle!

  63. Heather Hopley Reply

    Strenuous physical activity clears the mind, improves coordination and teaches physical limits and problem solving. All facets are promoted at Bounce.

  64. Teresa Koster Reply

    My 2.5 year old is so active and loves going to parks and play centers! This has been something i would love to get him into!

  65. I love that it burns some of the endless energy my kids seem to have!

  66. Would love my daughter to bounce her way into new skills and more confidence.

  67. Encoraging social interaction for my son who doesn’t know many children his age, whilst also engaging in fun games & exercise

  68. Sarah McCabe Reply

    My little one loves the trampoline and would love this class

  69. Laura Malins Reply

    This would be great for my youngest to build his confidence and improve his motor skills as well as using some of his energy!!

  70. Love when my daughter gets to have fun while helping with learning coordination and confidence

  71. Sacha Pech Reply

    I love the idea of having tuckered out kids (woohoo date night).

  72. Indria Purnamasari Reply

    My kids just love to bounce on their bed. This program will be very fun for them and use lots of their endless energy.

  73. What’s not to love. Firstly it’s designed for more the smaller kids and it will tire them out. Give us parents a break lol

  74. Professional, educational and super fun! Can’t wait to see my kids try it

  75. I love that the kids get to have an awesome fun time, all while actually learning some pretty great skills.

  76. Have never experienced but would love to as my 3yr old loves the trampoline at home.

  77. My son is very active and would absolutely love this! I love to see him bouncing – off my walls!

  78. I love the fact it is so supported and fun! She gets so tired doing activities and this is something she will love so much. We want to give her fun that also gets her loving being active.

  79. Nicole Tilbrook Reply

    My son would Iove it all! It would be great to watch him having so much fun!

  80. Aleksandra Nikolic Reply

    I think it’s so lovely to give the little ones something fun to do, so much energy and usually not enough programs for them 🙂

  81. Elise Williamson Reply

    My 3.5yo would have an absolute ball jumping around with all her energy. Would be lovely to see her play

  82. Bouncetastic fun for the kids and parents too! Great opportunity for moving and social skills.

  83. I love how different to normal kindergym it sounds, while providing the same benefits.

  84. Wow, looks like a fantastic program so good for kids social and emotional skills as well as continuing to develop their gross motor, skills. Wearing them out a bit is a bonus too 🙂

  85. I love how it keeps the kids active, and gets their bodies moving and develops balance for any sport they may play

  86. I think its a unique and fun way for children and parents to exercise and interact

  87. Lisa serraino Reply

    My son loves the trampoline at home. He would love this program and would be great for his social skills.

  88. This is exactly what my 3.5 year old needs! He’s constantly bouncing on the lounge, the beds and tumbling all around the room. This would hopefully use up some of that energy while I can enjoy some quiet time with his little sister!

  89. To use up their energy and so they know how to do it correctly.

  90. Athanasia Reply

    Both my LO’s would love Bounce kindergym, especially the trampolines!

  91. My son would absolutely love this! And I love everything that gymnastic style learning teaches kids and encourages their gross motor skills.

  92. I love that it has something for everyone! I think my LO would love it!

  93. Jessica Camilleri Reply

    I am hoping it will bounce my son’s jumping jelly beans out that he has consumed!

  94. My three year old triplets (and their 4 year old cousin) would get so much benefit from the program, developing their coordination, gross motor, speaking, listening and social skills. They are very active kids who would love the opportunity to learn some new moves!

  95. This would be awesome my youngest loves bouncing on the trampoline but we just don’t have the time and we have never been here either

  96. This would be an awesome way to spend some quality time with my three little munchkins over the holidays.

  97. I love that the program is completely unique and that there is nothing else around like it. Gives my boys some variety and guaranteed to burn tones of energy along the way!

  98. My girls struggle with the routine of toddler dancing, so I think a massive energetic variety would be great for their ticking brains!

  99. My child would love the fun and exciting way to bounce out some of the built up energy.

  100. Would love my littlest to be able to get out, have fun and burn energy whilst his older brothers are at school

  101. I love how they build up the kids confidence, my daughter came for a come and try and was so proud of herself and happy coming home. She has been asking me to sign her up ever since. Would love the opportunity for her to do a whole term.

  102. My little girl would love to bounce her way into fun! it looks fun, energetic and a load of variety.

  103. The opportunity for my child to get active, try new things and test out his abilities while also socialising and learning to play alongside other children.

  104. I love the idea that my girl will able to have fun whilst being physically active and developing on her motor skills.

  105. It’s great for children to be active, helps them develop their motor skills, co-ordination, balance and as a bonus tires them out so everyone gets a good night sleep- what could be better?

  106. Charmaine Lock Reply

    Looks like the only way to ware out my little energiser bunny.

  107. A structured activity program that will hopefully wear my toddler out, whilst he learns and develops new skills.

  108. This sounds like a brilliant way to wear out my 3 year old! And indulge my love of trampolines at the same time!

  109. Kimberley Dawson Reply

    I love that there is a Saturday class. Generally, kinder and preschool classes are targeted at stay at home mothers to “fill up” the quiet periods of the week for companies – meaning us working mums have little options for taking our toddlers out to organised activities on the weekends – I really appreciate that Bounce Kindergym has allowed for EVERYONE to get involved xxx

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