What is The Little Gym ?

A South African concept!

The Little Gym is the world’s premier experiential learning and physical development center for children ages four months through 12 years old. Each week, progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for children to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear.

Over 40 Years of Serious Fun – Educator, musician and kinesiologist, Robin Wes, a South African native, envisioned a nurturing place where children could explore their physical development while also growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. Not being able to develop his concept in South Africa at the time, due to the political situation of the country, he opened the first The Little Gym in 1976 in Bellevue, Washington and infused those early classes with the same positive, non-competitive spirit that characterizes us today. Forty years later, children in almost 400 locations worldwide experience the Serious Fun.

The Little Gym program helps develop new levels of coordination, know how, physical skills and self-confidence. A lesson children will carry with them into the classroom, to the playground and throughout their life!

What our owners are saying

We have never looked back since the day we purchased our first territory. This is an honest, moral, well run franchise and worth every penny we invested and every dollar we pay in royalties.

Michael & Jennifer Mckeown,
The Little Gym® Franchise Owners

The Little Gym Awards

It’s not only parents who loves us!

Year after year, The Little Gym has been recognized both domestically and internationally as a franchise leader in our industry. While we’re proud of every award that we’ve received, here are a few that make us exceptionally proud.

Top 500 Franchises

2017 & 2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

Top 50 Franchise Satisfaction Award

2017 Franchise Business Review

Best Fitness Franchise

2017 & 2016 FranchiseRankings.com

Top 200 Franchises

2017 Franchise Business Review

Top Personal Service Franchise

2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

Franchising's Fastest-Growing Global Brands

2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

Best Global Children’s Centre

2015 Wealth & Finance International

Top 50 Military Franchises for Vets

2014 USA Today

Message from The Little Gym Owner

The founder of The Little Gym, Robin Wes's address to the future franchisees in South Africa