I was approached this week by a local branch of Gymboree (a national leader in classes for kids) about the possibility of offering an exclusive weekly class for fathers. This is significant! A major children’s venue feels strongly that there is a need for a dads only class and they are seeking the advice of dads to see what works best for us rather than just slap something together. Gymboree has been very supportive of our dads community and I would like to help them out with their proposal.
Our opinion counts! So let’s use the comments section to throw in your two cents about logistics and what you think would be ideal to make the class work. You see if Gymboree can make this happen…Then, perhaps other major children’s venues will follow suit and dads will feel a little more included…and the term “mommy & me” will become a thing of the past.
Here is the scenario: the Tribeca Gymboree location is currently trying to put together a class just for fathers. This winter session class could be offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays at either 5:30 or 6:30 to accommodate the often forgotten “working dad” or it could be offered on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
For example, you could make a point that Friday evening is tough because dads and their family are getting ready for the weekend OR you could argue that dad could get out of work a little earlier on Friday so they can participate in this parent & me class. One other point to make is that Gymboree would also allow drop-ins (at a slightly higher cost per class) for this class for those fathers that would not be able to commit to a 17 week session.
1. Do you have any feedback for which day and time would work best?
2. Is this something fathers would be interested in?
Disclosure: Gymboree is a sponsor/advertiser with NYC Dads Group