When you walk into G3kids at 929 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach , it looks like a gymnastics studio. But looks can be deceiving, because G3kids offers so much more than just gymnastics. It’s an active learning academy that provides educational programs using the gym as a physical outlet to creatively enhance early education.
“We maximize brain stimulation through a kinaesthetic learning method,” explains founder and CEO Nicole Harris Britvar, “and we believe that active bodies equal growing minds.”
Nicole and her husband, Paul Britvar Jr., started G3kids three years ago while she was pregnant with her third child, Rocky. “I was in need of childcare for my two- and one-year-olds, Maverick and Wilder. The idea of combining preschool with gymnastics became the solution. Over time, I realized the families in our community appreciated the open gym space as much as I did. Grateful for the support, we kept increasing our programs to cater to neighborhood needs.”
G3kids welcomes kids six months and older. For kids up to three years old, they are parent-child classes designed to develop fine motor skills, exploration and growth. For kidsages 3-5, basic gymnastics is introduced to teach spatial awareness and foster physical abilities.
G3kids also offers after-school enrichment programs to several schools in the area including Kate Sessions, Pacific Beach and Crown Point Elementary Schools. Students can take a free shuttle bus to the program after school and enjoy extracurricular activities while making new friends.
Britvar says supporting encouragement through education has always been the main objective of G3kids. It offers something called “Friday Nights Out,” which are pre-planned fundraiser events for local schools. It also has summer, winter and holiday camps, classes in Gymnastics, Parkour/Ninja, Parent & Tot, Cheer and Tumbling. Families can book birthday parties or other events at G3kids, which includes a private banquet area, team-lead activities and games and lots of free play for up to 25 guests.
All classes and programs incorporate brain stimulation and physical exercise through arts and crafts, reading and incorporating shapes, letters and numbers into activities. “Our staff is technically trained and encouraged to act as uplifting mentors for each unique child,” explains Britvar. “Through team-building activities and individual focus on maximizing physical potential, G3kids aims to take education to the next level. We encourage kids to grow and flourish into their best selves through an educational indoor play experience.”
The concept has really caught on, as the couple is about to open a second G3kids to keep up with the parental demand. The second gym will be at Westfield UTC Mall (4313 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 3270 in La Jolla) where parents can “drop and shop.” An Open House will be held at the new location July 4-7, 2019.
For more information or to sign up for classes, visit G3kids.com or call (858) 333-9009.
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