Keen on providing her toddler with regular opportunities to socialise, Teh Yen Hong signs up her 15-month old for play sessions at Gymboree Play & Music in Bangsar Village. She shares their weekly play experience there.\r\n\r\nBeing the only grandchild and little one in the family, our firstborn \u2013 Zoey \u2013 gets really lonely at times, especially when I am busy. That was why my husband and I decided to enrol her in an early childhood development programme where she will get to mingle with children her age. Besides, it will be a great platform for her to sharpen her interaction skills.\r\nLevel 3 - For children age 10-16 months\r\nA friend suggested Gymboree and gave us a free pass for its trial class. As Zoey seemed to enjoy herself tremendously during the first session, we enrolled her for a one-year Gymboree Play & Learn Level 3, specially catered for children aged between 10 to 16 months. If you have the budget, do keep in mind that it is more economical to sign up as a member and pay a lump sum instead of on ad hoc basis. All in all, we paid around RM41+ per session for a one-year package including annual registration fee, compared to RM65 per session for non-members.\r\n\r\nOnce a week, we make our way to the Gymboree outlet in Bangsar Village. The session aims to explore a two-way communication with your child in a play environment that encourages discovery, balance and coordination. Guided by an experienced instructor, the warm-up session usually begins with a welcome song. It's free-and-easy play after that allows toddlers to run around and hone their physical skills around the padded obstacles.\r\n\r\nThroughout the 45-minute session, there are intermissions of songs to liven up the atmosphere. The play area, comprising colourful slides, hoops, balls and tunnels, is also set up differently every week to provide a refreshing and challenging experience for the kids.\r\n\r\nAfter the physical activity, the children are asked to sit around on the floor where boxes of toys will be laid out for them to touch, feel and explore. This is followed by Zoey\u2019s favourite activity, bubbles time! She would squeal in delight whenever the instructor blows soap-free bubbles in the air. To sum up the activity, each child gets to pop a \u2018personal bubble\u2019. The session ends with a goodbye song, where every kid gets a kiss from Gymbo the clown puppet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGymboree also offers a number of different classes such as music, art, yoga and sports. With a play area that is surrounded by soft padded mat, good hygiene is prioritised and practised throughout the centre. All adults are required to wear socks while toddlers run barefoot. In addition to a waiting area complete with magazines for parents to read, there is also a small changing room at the centre.\r\n\r\nSoon enough, Zoey will be graduating to Level 4, catering for 16 to 22 months old. We can\u2019t wait to experience what\u2019s in store for us next!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAbout Gymboree Play & Music\u00a0\r\nFor over 40 years, Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and building confidence in children from an early age of 0-5 years old. Their early childhood education programme consists of age-appropriate activities that could help develop the children's cognitive, physical and social skills as they play. Gymboree has so much to offer for your little ones. Head over to their website for more information.