In September 2016, Lindsay and Garrett Beam took ownership of the Solana Beach Gymboree Play & Music. Before becoming owners, they were customers at the San Diego location in Clairemont with their daughter Makena from the time she was 8 months old. They fell in love with the program after watching their daughter blossom physically, socially, and cognitively – all while laughing, making other new-parent friends, and having fun. The program had such a strong impact on their little girl that they would sing all the Gymboree songs together at home, at the park, to help with transitions, and in the car to soothe Makena as she hated car rides. The family moved to Carlsbad when Makena was nearly 2 years old and had their 2nd child, a boy named Kaiyan (sounds like Ryan) in August 2014. They stopped attending their favorite classes at Gymboree Play & Music as the commute became a challenge, even to the Solana Beach location (darn nap schedules!). That’s when Lindsay decided to begin exploring the possibility of opening a new Gymboree Play & Music location in Carlsbad.
After reflecting on her life and long-term goals as a parent and business person, Lindsay decided she wanted to do something that would help other new parents and families connect while doing something wonderful for their children. Gymboree Play & Music is a special, magical place that does exactly that. After researching and investigating the possibility of opening a new Carlsbad location, the opportunity came up to take ownership of the Solana Beach location and Lindsay and Garrett jumped on it. What better way to get started than to take on an existing location. They decided to postpone the Carlsbad location search and focus on the Solana Beach location for the near term. Over the last year, Lindsay immersed herself in becoming an active owner and business manager, including attending trainings, implementing many changes, hiring and training new employees, learning to teach classes herself (a big, but very rewarding challenge given her background in Finance and Business), and more. She also reignited her Carlsbad location search and recently signed the lease for a new location coming in early 2018 in the Camino Town & Country Shopping Center next to Target at El Camino Real and the 78.
Lindsay feels absolutely privileged to be an owner and to get to witness all the Gymboree babies and toddlers in her classes learn, grow, and blossom from newborn on up. She is also completely fulfilled when she witnesses parents making lasting friendships, sharing laughter, struggles, milestones, and advice. This is what Gymboree Play and Music is all about. Children and Parents!
Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 40 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 40+ countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts in both education and in play, 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.
Classes that grow with your child
Our class curriculum is developed by our experienced child development program directors and incorporate a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what your child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later. Classes are designed in 6-month increments to continue to meet a child’s growing interests and abilities. From birth to age 5, there’s always something special awaiting you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music.
Our play centers were created just for kids, from the ground up
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. Watch Jay's Designing For Play video
Originally founded by a Mill Valley, CA mom and run by passionate, family-focused entrepreneurs
Gymboree's story began in 1976 when Joan Barnes, a mother from Marin County, California, tried to find a safe, fun place featuring age-appropriate activities for parents and young children to play together. Unable to do so, she did what any innovative, entrepreneurial mom would; she started her own program! We’ve been proudly inspiring parents and children ever since, and most recently Gymboree Play & Music has once again become our own standalone company, separate from Gymboree clothing. Back to our roots, so to speak, and looking ahead to a bright future!
Sweet member benefits
We have so much to offer you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music. When you become a member, you’ll not only enjoy our classes each week, but also receive Gymboree Play and Music product and toy discounts, free classes, parent education about your child's development, access to a community of likeminded moms and dads -- and so much more. Get more information about our great member benefits when you stop by a location today.
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