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Tumbles Naples learning playground launches kids to new heights

The first of its kind in Florida, this recreational gym combines math and science lessons with skills on the mat.

BY February 22, 2023
Mike Webster opened Tumbles Naples
(Photo by Anna Nguyen)

Mike Webster opened Tumbles Naples, Florida’s first of the national franchise, to create an inclusive and collaborative gym for littles ages four months to 12 years. The 2,800-square-foot center has a team of USA Gymnastics-certified instructors and a range of classes—including sessions with varying levels of parent involvement, plus open gym use.

Ninja Warrior class—modeled after the hit television show—is a favorite: classmates cheer each other on as they navigate obstacle courses, traverse balance beams and do pull-ups on trapeze bars. In the recreational gymnastics class, kids learn basic tumbling in an uncompetitive environment. Mike partners with Children’s Montessori School of Naples and Creative World School at Naples to provide weekly sports classes throughout the academic year. This spring, Tumbles Naples adds STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to its curriculum. After a classroom lesson on space, students may jump to different circles representing planets in our solar system.

The gym’s offerings help advance kiddos’ confidence and communication skills: “It’s amazing to see the difference from the first week when they come in versus week three and week four,” Mike says. “When there are new children coming in, they’re excited and eager to show those new kids the ropes.”

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