Fall season: Rome Aerials offers Discovery Gymnastics, Back Handspring Clinics, more


With the Rome Aerials Gymnastics Program soaring to new heights each year, registration for classes and special events is ongoing for the gymnastics programs offered at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.

Discovery Gymnastics, a program designed for special needs children, will take place Thursdays from Aug. 6 through Aug. 27 from 4:15-5:00 p.m. with an overall fee of $35.

In its second year, Discovery Gymnastics helps to instill life and developmental skills in special needs children by giving them a safe atmosphere in which they can learn and explore.

“It’s a sensory-rich environment that’s great for letting kids develop skills at their own paces,” said Sarah Grimes, Gymnastics Coordinator for RFPRA. “It’s a different approach than, say, organized sports. They can work one-on-one with an instructor and try things they wouldn’t be able to do in their gyms at school.”

Rome Aerials also offers Back Handspring Clinics once a month from August to November, to help gymnasts learn the basics of the back handspring or to improve on already existing skills. The clinics are for kids ages 7 and older and cost $20. Clinic dates are August 21, September 18, October 16 and November 20 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Space is limited to 20 participants.

The Winter Blast Open House showcase for all gymnasts enrolled in December classes will be on Friday, December 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Winter Blast offers a chance for Gymnasts to show off their skills at different event stations. The cost is $5 per enrolled gymnast.

Tot Time is ongoing at Rome Aerials Gymnastics Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages include walking toddlers to 5 years and the cost is $4 per visit. All toddlers must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Open Gym – limited to 60 participants – is each Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 and costs $6 for gymnasts ages 6 and older.

For general gymnastics class and Aerials information, visit the Gymnastics page at RFPRA.com, where class descriptions, times, prices, ages and more information are available for parents to decide the best fit for their gymnasts.

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