Gymboree Play & Music of El Cerrito, CA

We're the Global Leader in Classes for Kids! Teaching Music, Play, School Skills & Art.

Company Overview We're the Global Leader in Classes for Kids! Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 35 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 33 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. We Are The Experts in Early Childhood Development Our class curriculum is developed by our program directors in collaboration with the national child development expert Zero to Three®, to ensure our programs provide the best support and early enrichment education to children and their parents. Our Locations Are in Safe Places To Play and Learn We provide an environment where children are free to move, play and explore safely. Our proprietary equipment was designed by Jay Beckwith, a nationally respected playground designer with more than 30 years of experience, who created every structure with the needs of children in mind. Our play environments are designed to deliver the high-quality standard parents expect for their children.

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Welcome to Gymboree Play & Music!

Classes that give kids the best start.

Halloween Party at Gymboree (ages birth-5y)!
Sunday, October 22nd (10:00-11:30a)
Members & Non-Members welcome, so "share" with all your Ghoul & Guy-friends!

Play & Music

We're still celebrating!! The 40FLASH sale is extended until 6amPST, woo-hoo!! Enroll & save $39 off the 1st month, plus the $50 New Member fee! That's a savings of $89! See promotion details and enroll online at and get 1 month of unlimited Play classes for only $40! Online Only Code: 40FLASH 📸 To see class times and get information about a Gymboree Play & Music location in your area, please select a location. You can search by city or zip/postal code.

Sunday, Oct 23rd 10am-Noon
Come in Costume for games, art, parade & treats!
Members & non-Members welcome, $22 1st child, $20 sibling
Space is limited, so book your spot today: [email protected] / 510.528.3002

Another sparkling deep clean completed at El Cerrito Gymboree Play & Music! Thank you to our Gymboree team for your muscle, your moxie and your musical interludes; Our Gymboree Families appreciate it!

Play, Art, Music & School Skills TEACHERS @ Gymboree-Part-Time

Gymboree Play & Music (GPM) is seeking part-time Play, Art, Music & preschool prep teachers for locations in: El Cerrito, Oakland, Lafayette & Pleasanton. We are a fun and friendly, team environment with a flexible schedule. Available hours/day(s) Sun - Sat, 5-30hrs/wk. If you love smiling and having fun, come learn and grow with a leader in child development-based play! We’re celebrating 40 years of developmental play this year!

Check out our Craigslist ad: Hiring permanent, part-time PLAY, ART, MUSIC & SCHOOOL SKILLS TEACHERS Teach and Play! El Cerrito, Lafayette & Oakland ABOUT US Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in...

The Powerful Parenting Trick No One Is Using! - Mamapedia™ Voices

While we may not use this method so much in our active, music-filled "Play" classes, we teachers at Gymboree Play & Music know the power of the soft voice or the whiiiiisper... Whether it's a buzzing School Skills class for 3-5year olds or Art or Music, the interest and attention illicited by changes in voice are almost magical! It's something you can use at home for redirection as this article talks about or practice it during storytime and you'll see how attentive and quiet your little one can get. Let us know how it works; post your comments here!

#GymboreeClasses #Storytime #MamaHeroes Mom Wisdom comes in many forms. Mamapedia Voices proudly showcases useful and insightful posts by selected writers, from up-and-coming mom bloggers to well-known mom experts.

GYMBOS BOOK CLUB for MARCH: A few old and new favorites this month. For our preschool prep readers, we're not only celebrating Dr. Seuss and learning about handling an oobleck at the tactile table we're also reading about how to be a good friend. Our littlest ones can hear all about how (You) Knew They Could! Share your favorite storybooks here with our GYMBO'S BOOK CLUB Friends!

#GymbosBookClub #DrSeuss #Friends

Best of the East Bay Voting 2016 - East Bay - California

VOTE BEST OF: Gymboree Play & Music for Diablo Magazine's 2016 Best of the East Bay! Closes March 6th!

(voting enters you to win 3-night Napa Spa trip)

PROJECT: In wrapping up LOVE & FRIENDSHIP month, here's a little project you can do at home with your chick-a-dee to spread a little love to our feathered friends as they scoot around our yards and decks. You can also use this time for language development (talk about birds & colors or with bigger kids discuss migration) or work on those math skills (those who measure together, make great food together!) Use any shape mold you have or even a toss away paper cup. Post your creations here!

Check out Gymboree Play & Music next month as we begin to celebrate preschool preparedness and new offers supporting it.

#GymboreeClasses #LoveLivesHere #ComePlayWithUs

We're Open! Take a "presidential" play day today at Gymboree Play & Music. #PresidentsDay

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome Year of the Monkey!
Xīn xiǎng shì chéng (May All Your Wishes Come True) (I hope we have that right!) #chinesenewyear #gunghayfatchoy

GYMBO'S BOOK CLUB: Continue our "LOVE & FRIENDSHIP" theme with these #GymbosBookClub recommendations for February. #sandraboynton #LoveReading

15 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn Here are 15 things you might not know about what’s going on in the learning infant’s mind.

Where friendships are made for both big and small. #LoveLivesHere #Gymboree

As we close out this first month of 2016 (our musical January to start the year right), we at Gymboree Play & Music know that because of you, this year is gonna Rock, Bee-Bop, Hip-Hop, Pop ‘n Lock… it’s going to be a swingin' good time! We’re looking forward to singing, dancing, creating and growing with you this year! Join us next month as we celebrate "Love & Friendship-February"! Because #LoveLivesHere

Much Love, Your Gymboree Team

#instafun #musicismylife #dance #musicaljanuary

FREE BUBBLES! A bubble salute to all of our faithful Play & Music lovers as we wrap up "musical January". Our families are the rock STARS of our galaxy. Play On!

Come in to our El Cerrito Play & Music site (above Trader Joe's at El Cerrito Plaza) THU Jan 28th or FRI Jan 29th between 9:30am & 1:30pm to receive a free mini-bubble. One per family, while supplies last, no purchase necessary. Non-members welcome. Please "share" this with friends and family. Play On!

#rocknroll #musicismylife #Gymboree

#ohtheplacesyoullgo #seuss #drseuss

For this and many to come, start the fun at Gymboree Play & Music. Whether you’re looking for a class or the perfect place to have a birthday party, we’re your groove! [email protected] for more info.


Good News for “Those About To Rock”, toddlers benefit from the toe-tapping beats found in rock music as well as all those soothing melodies, so get out the air guitars and let’s jam at Gymboree Play & Music this musical January! “We Salute You!”

#minimetalhead #throwback #musicforkids

Hey East Bay Mommies & Daddies! Come by the East Bay Mom's & Dad's Group Preschool Fair today (SAT 1/23), now thru 2pm! It's free to families and you can get tons of free information on East Bay Preschools and classes for kids! Ms. Gloria, Asst. Manager will be there to tell you all about Gymboree Play & Music's preschool alternative program as well as our Art, Music and Play classes! Here's a link to nearby parking
If you miss the event, but want to hear more, give us a call: 510.528.3002. See you soon!!

Gimme-A-Beat… Dancing to any of these songs with your child will be sure-fire fun. Turn it up and set it loose! And once you’ve cut a rug at home, come “Shake Your Groove Thing” with us at Open Gyms. Disco Inferno anyone? Find our schedule at

Build a foundation of musical learning with play-based music classes at Gymboree. We explore a variety of music themes from Classical to Celtic and from Pop to Rock. Classes for ages 6months-5y11m. Your first class is always DO-RE-MI, free!

Today we remember to continue making the world a better place. Consider the ways you can "do good" this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

#MLK #MartinLutherKing #Playpedia

Get a backstage pass to the best toddler jam in town - Touring at a parachute time near you! We’ll be Rocking, Sliding, and Jumping at Gymboree Play & Music and balance and strength are just some of the benefits.


CRAFT PROJECT: Got the rainy day BLUES? In keeping with our musical January theme, here's a fun project you can "JAM" on at home...
-Take a large piece of cardboard (size appropriate for your child) maybe a ukulele…
-Draw on the cardboard a simple guitar shape
-Now (adults only) cut the shape out with scissors or a box cutter, don't forget to remove the center circle!
-Put down a tarp or find an easy-to-clean area & let your little one explore painting their guitar with brushes, their hands or with any interesting object (egg carton cups for stamping or twisted up newspaper for dotting or scrunch tissue paper) these textures are interesting for little hands
-Once your "AXE" is colored to perfection, "JAZZ" it up with some glitter or other sparkles. DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY OPPORTUNITY: Place a small amount of glitter in a little cup or low plastic dish. Demonstrate how to make a pincer grip (thumb and pointer finger, open/close like a crab claw, keeping your 3 other fingers back against your palm. Over-dramatize this action, even tickle your little one with this crazy “claw”) then ask your child try to pincer too. “Pincer Grip” is one of the three “grips” your child will go thru (Fist grip, 4-Finger grip and then Pincer grip).
-Once dry put on some music and dance around the room!
(FOR OLDER KIDS, you can use a pen and punch 3 holes at the top & bottom & string one long length of string and tie securely. This could be a choking hazard, so leave off for younger kids)

Joyful “PLAYING”!
NEEDS: cardboard or foam core board, paint, newspaper, glitter, vivid imagination, music to paint to (Optional: tarp, string, egg carton cups, tissue paper)

Each Gymboree class (even Art and Play) exposes your child to a world of words and sounds that build their brain and expands their senses. Call: 510.528.3002 to try a free class. Music classes start at 6mo. Play starts from birth, at home and at Gymboree!


How Music Helps Brain Development in Infants Parents know that shakers quickly become their babies’ favorite toys, and singing a lullaby will quickly lull their infants to sleep. What parents might not realize is that these musical ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS! ...And by the way, can someone please return the blue suede shoes in size 1 to the Gymboree reception desk? “Thank-you-very-much!"

Celebrate this icon and many others as we enjoy the MUSICAL MONTH OF JANUARY! We're juuust groovin' out of DISCO and "Quadrilling" into Classical, then rockin' into QUEEN.

Call today (510.528.3002) to schedule a free preview or signup online at


LET US KNOW: What are some of your best memories of playing in the snow? #SnowMemories #LoveSnowflakes

May all your hopes and dreams be ("PLAY"-fully) realized in 2016!

Ring in the New Year with your little ones, confetti & streamer free! Use bubbles & lights for fun and giggles this new year night!

New Year's Craft

At Gymboree Play & Music, we love this craft project! It's great for manipulating tools and developing language while also making something beautiful! We're going to post this a little early so you have time to gather "just the right sticks" and your supplies for this sleepy little project to begin the new year.

#NewYearsResolution #MakeAWish #GymboreeClasses What a beautiful New Year's Craft for kids.

Wishing all a JOYOUS KWANZAA! --Habari gani?--

CRAFT: Take time with your little ones to make your own Mkeka (straw mat) for the celebration.

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