Best Gymnastics Classes for Chicagoland Kids

Help your little one build strength, coordination, flexibility and self-confidence with these gymnastics classes for kids.

If your energetic kiddo is bouncing off the walls, why not channel that energy into jumping on trampolines, learning to somersault and hopping into ball pits? That’s right, it’s time to sign your little ball of energy up for gymnastics. 

Gymnastics is all about confident, intentional movement. These classes are fun and games for kids (literally), but they can also help your child work on early motor skills, develop an appreciation for exercise and grow confidence in their bodies and movements. 

Ready to get started? Check out these gyms with classes for little ones around Chicagoland. 


Chicago Park District Gymnastics Centers

  • Address: Gymnastics centers across the city

From beginners instruction to advanced competitions, the Chicago Park District offers gymnastics classes year-round.

Chicago Rhythmics 

Playful classes for kids ages 3-6 will introduce the basics of flexibility, ballet, dance and coordination. Kids who age out of these classes can continue their gymnastics journey by transitioning to a competitive team. 

C.I.T.Y. Gymnastics

  • Address: Locations in South Loop and Washington Park

Give your toddler an active start by enrolling them in a C.I.T.Y. Gymnastics class where they can develop motor skills, balance, coordination and trust in their body — all skills that will benefit them as they grow into confident big kids. 

IK Gym

Start your little gymnast in a parent and tot class and watch them grow until they’re ready to take on an independent class for 3-5-year-olds. IK Gym offers trampoline and gymnastics classes for kids 5 and older, too. 

Lakeshore Academy of Gymnastics

With gym classes for even the tiniest gymnasts, Lakeshore Academy of Gymnastics will help your child focus their energy on developing strength, flexibility and coordination skills that will help them in all aspects of their physical health. 

The Little Gym of Chicago

Mat, bar and beam — oh my! The Little Gym of Chicago offers classes for tumblers and dancers from 4 months to 12 years old. 

My Gym

The pre-gymnastics Waddlers and Terrific Tots programs start your child on an active path. When they’re ready, enroll them in Gymnastics Jr. or even Ninja Training courses that will build on the fundamentals while emphasizing agility, coordination and strength training. 

YMCA Chicago

The high-energy gymnastics programs at the Y teach the basics of gymnastics and tumbling to kids. Enthusiastic participants can roll in a tumbling class that introduces elements of cheer into the lesson plans. 

North Suburbs

The Actors Gymnasium

Looking to go beyond basic gymnastics? The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston offers classes from tumbling for little ones to circus arts and contortion for older kids. 

Dreams Gymnastics & Dance

From Parent and Tot classes to the Kindergym program, your child can build a strong gymnastics foundation through basic drills, fun games and exciting activities. Older children can participate in the recreational gym classes that focus on Olympic events that improve strength, coordination, agility and self-esteem. 

Lakeshore Academy of Gymnastics

With gym classes for even the tiniest gymnasts, Lakeshore Academy of Gymnastics will help your child focus their energy on developing strength, flexibility and coordination skills that will help them in all aspects of their physical health. 

The Little Gym of Glenview

Dance, tumble, jump and flip your way through these classes for kids. At The Little Gym of Glenview, little gymnasts are given the opportunity to approach obstacles at their own pace and skill level. 

South Suburbs

Element Tumbling and Trampoline

This sister gym to DuPage Cheer & Power Tumbling in Carol Stream is the premiere tumbling and trampoline gym of the south suburbs. Join a class for a prorated fee at any time, or challenge yourself with a tumbling camp. 

Flying High Gym

Flying High Gym has super flexible (pun intended) plans for parents and their kids who are interested in gymnastics. Sign up for a $10 trial class to gauge your child’s interest. Busy families will love that they can schedule on a week-to-week basis with a day flex pass. 


Baby Gym and Mom + Mini classes are great ways to prepare your little one for Gym-Kinetics mini gymnastics programs for 3-5-year-olds. The gym also offers beginner and advanced classes in gymnastics, tumbling and ninja skills. 

Ohana Academy of Gymnastics Dance Music & Art

Rolling registration makes it easy for your child to try a gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline or cheerleading class. Parent and Tot classes are available for caregivers and children ages 2-3.

West Suburbs

Elite Sports Complex

At the Parent & Tot class, kids will navigate obstacle courses by practicing their crawling, climbing and jumping skills. Classes also include playing fun parachute games and other games that help build basic motor skills.

Naperville Gymnastics Club

Enroll your child in an early childhood gymnastics class, or stop by for preschool open gym. 

Park District of Oak Park Gymnastics

Learn the basics in a seasonal preschool program, or get competitive in classes designed for more advanced kids. The park district offers open gym, preschool playtime and gymnastics birthday parties, too.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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