I first reviewed Gymboree in Bromley last August but since then there have been a few changes so I thought it was time to review again!
As part of the Glades Mummy Monday club, you can claim a free play session at Gymboree - so that's what we went along too!
It's important to know that the enterance to Gymboree is actually outside the Glades - Between Boots and the Church hall.
Theres a really nice looking cafe area and the toilets have got plenty of room for buggies/ baby changing etc... and there is a secure buggy park.
I don't know if it's because the free session and Mummy Monday club is new but there was only Me and baby and a friend and her babies there! - If I hadn't mentioned it to my friend, I think I would have been really uncomfortable being the only one there!
The open play session was great fun, lots of soft play and climbing toys! - Now my baby is almost one, I can see how this differs from the huge soft play at Adventure Kingdom, and if I don't become a member, I think the £5 non member fee for the open play sessions is fine to spend every once in a while for something different to do. A lot of the climbing frames are wooden and the padded areas are full of things to crawl through and sit on. The open play sessions last for 45mins and you need to book in advance for both members and non members.
The pricing structure has been revised and now starts from £32.50 a month if you want one class a week - this includes as many open play sessions as you like and the price increases with the number of classes you take.
I've been invited back to try a class for free which I will do before I decide if its something for us or not. From what I can tell, the classes are quite structured and routine based and each class is made up of babies and children at the same development stages, starting with non movers, crawlers, walkers to runners - I like this as weve found sometimes at mother and baby groups there are a lot of older children running about everywhere and not yet aware of being careful around babies - so you wont get that problem here!
There are two types of classes - Structured play or music.
Emma in Bromley xx