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Meet the Gym Owners: Marissa and Lea

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is the best sensory gym for children on the spectrum and has affected families all around the world. Let’s meet two of our gym owners, Marissa and Lea, and how the We Rock the Spectrum franchise has impacted their lives:

1. Introduce yourselves!

We are Marissa and Lea, and we own We Rock the Spectrum in Jacksonville, FL!

2. How did you first hear about We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym?

We first heard about WRTS through a conversation from a former client of ours, who recently relocated from Miami, FL. They had told us about a “new gym” that was opening up where they were from, and they asked if we knew anything about one in our area!

3. What inspired you to open up your We Rock the Spectrum gym?

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As professionals in the field, we were currently providing private ABA therapy through a local clinic in the Jacksonville area. We knew we loved ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) but knew we could incorporate our therapy in a sensory-enriching environment which would contrive more motivation from the children. You can learn at the table – BUT you can ALSO learn through play!

4. What are your backgrounds with the special needs community?

Lea and I met in our Graduate program at the University of North Florida, earning our Master’s Degree in Special Education. We continued to learn together in a behavioral clinic for children with Autism for our practicum experience, and became Lead Behavior Analysts at the same company. We would practice in the field and participate in local community outreach programs for children with special needs.

5. What has been the most inspiring moment at your gym?

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Marissa: We have had MANY moments in the gym which have brought us to tears, but I think my favorite is the most recent interaction we have had with a new child. Dad had brought him in just for a few short minutes while his baby brother napped in the car with Mom. They were new to the area and read “Spectrum” on our sign, so he decided to pop in and see what we were about. His son, who was 9 years old, non-verbal with Autism, came in and felt right at home. I watched Dad nervously follow him around the gym, but as they became more comfortable, he was watching his son enjoy something in the new city they just moved to. I saw the son jump in the trampoline with two other peers, and the smiles on his face (and Dad’s face) said it all. He whipped out his cell phone and started to capture this moment of his son interacting with new friends. I gladly took a video of him on the zip line for the first time. It’s the small moments that I reflect on and know the importance of our WRTS in our community. Needless to say, little brother got a GOOD nap, because Big Brother didn’t want to leave!

WRTS Jacksonville Teen's NightLea: We try very hard to offer unique events for ALL kids, and I believe my favorite event we have started has been Teen Night. We knew there was a population of children in our area that didn’t have the opportunities that the younger kids had, as most things are geared for little children. We offered an after-hours “Teen Night” for children 12 years old and up only. First night, we had two kids come. Those two kids had a blast and wanted to come next month. Next month, three kids came. The following month, we had five teens attend, and it has continued to slowly grow. We were so proud to see something so new and organic that was our idea blossom into an event that these kids now look forward too. We do fun social skills activities, play older games in the gym, and just give them a cool spot to hang out. The parents have made their own group of friends after meeting each other, and continue to socialize outside of the gym as well. It has been really cool to watch them grow as they go to junior high and high school and hear their awesome progress stories!

6. What is your favorite piece of equipment in the gym?

The zip line is ALWAYS a hit in the gym- and seems to be everyone’s favorite! I enjoy it, knowing that some children (including my own) come in and are intimidated by it. Watching them ride it the first time and conquer their fears is one of the best moments of the day! The versatility of it is great, interchanging the different attachments to work on different muscle groups is very beneficial. We recently got a new swing that incorporates LED lights – its SO COOL to turn off some lights when the sun goes down because you look like you are riding a UFO!

Our favorite calming piece of equipment are the reading cubbies in the back. These are lined with foam crash pads and boxed in to help the children relax and calm down. We have LED stars line the tops of the cubbies and attach some books to the side for a nice, calming activity after a hard few minutes of play!

7. How have you seen We Rock the Spectrum benefitting your community?

WRTS Jacksonville ParentsWe believe WRTS has benefitted our community by building a community for our parents and children. We have seen so many families come in and meet new friends and network with each other for other resources in the area that can benefit their child. We are unlike any other program in the Jacksonville area, and we feel honored that our parents trust us to help build upon the skills their children have and can be a safe place for them to be who they are!

8. How has being a part of the We Rock family impacted your life so far?

WRTS JacksonvilleWe believe the opportunity to open our own WRTS location has broadened our mission to help as MANY people as we can. Working in a clinical setting, you are limited to a certain number of clients to make a daily impact. Our WRTS location has an open door, that can reach an endless number of children in our community to be accepted and have a safe space for them to learn and play. Being a part of something so big in the Jacksonville community is an honor, and we look forward to reaching more people as we grow!

9. What advice would you give to yourself when you first started the process of opening your WRTS?

Don’t be afraid to hear NO! Being young professionals in the field, we were denied multiple times before we opened. It was a very discouraging process, but we held strong to our vision and knew we could bring something really great to the community. We persevered and found the right funder to help bring our dream to life! Now, our WRTS in Jacksonville will be open for 3 years this month and we are showing ourselves and our own kids if you believe in something, do NOT give up and take “no” for an answer!

Interested in opening your own franchise? Contact us to get started today!

10 Easy Holiday Crafts for Your Kids

The holidays are around the corner, so what better way to get ready than to do some easy holiday crafts with your kids? These crafts are a perfect way for your kids to channel their creative juices AND develop their senses. Gluing, painting, and cutting are all activities that help develop their fine motor skills! Here is a list of 10 easy Holiday Crafts to get your kids in the holiday spirit, develop their motor skills, and add some cute decorations to your home!

1. Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

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Add this sweet Candy Cane Reindeer to your tree or stocking! This is a super easy craft to do because all your kiddos need are candy canes, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and red pom-poms. Your kids can go one step further and give their reindeer a little bow!

2. Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments

Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments Craft

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Making these cute Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments are another easy DIY Christmas activity for your kids. All they will need are paint, markers, ornaments, and their thumbs! If you think your Christmas tree is missing a little “something”, these are a cute and fun way to personalize your ornament collection.

3. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Next on the list are snowflakes! Your little ones can create these beautiful snowflakes with a few popsicle sticks, paint, and other decorations of their choice. Let them get creative by designing theirs with paint or any spare stickers, ribbons, glitter they have on hand!

4. Popsicle Star of David Bunting

Popsicle Star of David Bunting

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Wondering what else your kiddos can make with popsicle sticks? Popsicle Star of Davids! If you have leftover supplies from other holiday crafts, your little ones can create this bunting for your home this Hanukkah.

5. Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes Craft

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Popsicle sticks aren’t the only way to make snowflakes. Just give your kiddos a piece of blank paper and let them cut it up! If you don’t want your kids to use scissors, they can draw the design and you can cut it out for them. No matter what, in the end, you and your kiddos will end up with some unique designs that you can hang around your home.

6. Hanukkah Dreidel Garland

Another simple holiday craft is to create a Hanukkah Dreidel Garland. All you need to have on hand are a couple of recycled shopping bags, scissors, glue, and anything your kids can decorate with! These are a great way to keep the Hanukkah spirit alive in their rooms.

7. Hand Christmas Tree Card

Looking for something a bit more advanced? This Hand Christmas Tree Card is the perfect craft! With just their hands, they can create a Christmas tree and use their thumbs to create Christmas light decorations. These personalized Christmas cards are guaranteed to be a hit with family and friends!

8. Paper Plate Santa

Paper Plate Santa Craft

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Ho ho ho, it’s Paper Plate Santa! Help your kids create their own versions of Santa Claus with paper plates, paint, and cotton balls. Have leftover supplies? They can create Paper Plate Mrs. Claus so Paper Plate Santa isn’t lonely!

9. Cotton Ball Snowmen

Another easy DIY craft is to make Cotton Ball Snowmen. All you need to do is draw three stacked circles, grab a bag of cotton balls, and your kids will take it from there. The end result is a soft and fluffy snowman they can place in their room—and the best thing is it won’t melt!

10. Paper Plate and Clothespin Menorah

Paper Plate Menorah

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The last craft is a Paper Plate and Clothespin Menorah! With just paper plates and nine clothespins, your kids can create their own menorahs! They can even decorate the clothespin “candles” with paint and glitter for a personal touch.

These 10 easy holiday crafts will have your home overflowing with fun and unique decorations that your kids will be proud to hang up for the holidays. We hope you and your kids have fun with these craft ideas. If you’re looking for another way to develop your kid’s senses, come over to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, an indoor sensory gym designed to help your kid’s develop motor skills.

5 Self-Care Tips Parents of Special Needs Children Need to Hear

As parents, we often put our children’s needs before our own. We forgo showers, food, and sometimes even sleep to ensure our kids are taken care of. And this rings even truer for those with children on the spectrum. As our focus goes towards maintaining a sensory-safe routine for our children, built-up stress and fatigue will eventually cause us to crash.

We’re here to remind you of this important fact: self-care is not selfish. We must first take care of ourselves if we want to provide the best care for our children. Best explained through the “oxygen mask metaphor”, we must first put on our own oxygen masks before turning to help our children.

With this in mind, here are five easy self-care tips you can add to your routine to help you be the best parent to your kids:

1. Take five in the morning.

Before you start your day, take an extra five minutes to center yourself and gather your thoughts. Meditate and focus on things you want to do today, whether it be forming a grocery list or deciding what to wear. By taking this extra time, you will have one less thing to worry about as you go throughout your day. Apps such as The Mindfulness App or Headspace are easy and accessible guided meditations that can add quality to your day.

 

2. Take advantage of your child-free breaks.

Do the things you enjoy during the times when your kids are occupied – whether they are at school, at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, or asleep. Unwind from a long day with a glass of wine. Or relax with a bubble bath. Or even take a mid-day nap to reenergize for the rest of your day!

3. Seek balance.

Make sure to maintain your social life by staying in touch with friends. It’s so easy to get lost in your kids’ lives that you stop responding to your friends. But if you let them, your friends can become your support system, ready to help out. So, take the time to meet up with them and catch them up on all of the things going on in your life. If you need one, don’t be scared to hire a babysitter! You can even create a memo detailing your kids’ schedules – and emergency contact info – to give you peace of mind and help them.

Don’t want to hire a babysitter? Bring them to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, an indoor playground for children of ALL abilities. Our specially trained staff and sensory-safe gym equipment will take care of your children so you can get the break you deserve. Our locations offer Break Time & Respite services.

4. Nourish Your Body.

Eat healthily and exercise regularly. You may often skip meals and not exercise because you don’t have time. But, by taking care of your body, you are improving your health and increasing your body’s endurance so you can better keep up with your kids. There are hundreds of free online exercises that you can try from the comfort of your living room!

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Ask for help with you need help. Your family and friends want to help you so take advantage. Go one step further and join an Autism support group. the resources they provide will go a long way in making your life easier. If you don’t know where to start, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is a great place to meet fellow parents of children with special needs. You can even start your own support group!

If you feel overwhelmed after reading these tips, don’t feel the need to incorporate these all at once. Slow and steady wins the race, so take your time. You can even choose which ones are the easiest for you. Just make sure to remember this: You deserve the time to take care of yourself. Then and only then are you able to help your children to the fullest!

What is Sensitive Santa?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we are excited to be hosting a Sensitive Santa event at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. What exactly IS “Sensitive Santa” and how can he bring a little extra joy this season? It is a popular holiday tradition to meet Santa and his helpers and pose for photos. But for kids with special needs, meeting Santa can be a sensory-overloading experience due to long lines, loud music, and bright camera flashes. That’s why We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is bringing a sensory-friendly Santa experience for our We Rockers!

What makes Sensitive Santa so great? Our Sensitive Santa and his helpers have past experience working with children on the spectrum. They build an experience around our kids’ unique needs, making the experience as smooth as possible for all family members. Children will finally get to meet Santa in a sensory-friendly and calm environment—no long lines, no loud sounds, and low camera flashes. While children wait, they will have access to our entire gym and sensory-safe equipment. And that’s not all! Every child will also receive a special gift from Santa, while supplies last.

Come to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym and enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with our Sensitive Santa. Our Sensitive Santa event will be happening on December 5th from 5 pm to 8 pm, December 6th from 4 pm to 7 pm and December 7th from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Register here!

Check out all the action from past years:

 

Our ROCKIN’ Equipment – The Trampoline

Since 2010, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym has made it our priority to create a sensory-safe environment that promotes inclusivity and enjoyment. All of our equipment is specially designed to support healthy sensory development for children on the spectrum, as well as neurotypical children. To show you just how much our gym ROCKS, we want to tell you how the trampoline in our gyms promotes positive developmental growth!

Today, the spotlight goes to our ROCKIN’ Springfree® Trampoline! If you’re looking for a fun but a safe way for your kid to release energy, look no further. Your kiddos will have the space to jump around freely and let loose. Best of all, you won’t need to worry about injuries as the Springfree® Trampoline features a flexible safety enclosure and shock absorbent edge to protect your little one from harm’s way.

“A Trampoline is a tremendous addition for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trampolines exercise the vestibular sense and give all children, especially those with Sensory Processing Disorder, spatial awareness,” says Dina Kimmel, CEO & Founder of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, about the benefits of the Trampoline.

All our gyms encourage Play With A Purpose™, a way of play designed to stimulate and exercise the seven senses. The trampoline plays a crucial part in sensory development by strengthening the senses of sight, hearing, vestibular, and proprioception.

• The sense of sight is exercised as our eyes are forced to detect the height difference in order to brace ourselves with each jump. This works the optic system and improves eye coordination.

  • Believe it or not, bouncing on the trampoline exercises hearing. Our ears listen to our surroundings to determine how close we are to objects. This improves our spatial awareness and helps us avoid any obstacles when on the trampoline.
  • Proprioception is the ability to orient our bodies without having to consciously think about where we are relative to our surroundings. Through the repetitive motions of jumping, our body develops gross motor skills and an awareness of the body’s position and movement. Ultimately, our balance and control of joints and muscles are improved.
  • Last but not least, the vestibular sense is intensely trained through the combination of sight, hearing and proprioception. With each jump, our body activates the proper response to movement as we travel in the air. Essentially, our vestibular system is what keeps us upright and balanced so we can keep jumping!

Physical benefits aren’t the only reason why the Trampoline is so great. It stimulates emotional and social skills as well! Learning to jump with others and sharing space in group activities encourages positive socialization. When jumping alone, it provides a sense of personal space and freedom that boosts self-confidence and overall social health. In addition, jumping on the Trampoline creates a calming effect on children. The repetitive action of jumping expels energy and helps them focus their attention on a dynamic activity.

At We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, safety stands as one of our top priorities. So, we are proud to have partnered with the world’s safest Trampoline, Springfree®! Every Trampoline in our gym features Springfree’s® patented safety design, which eliminates all significant risks associated with trampoline injuries. In addition to their safety enclosure and shock absorbent edge, the Springfree® Trampoline does not use springs. Instead, it uses flexible rods to create the perfect bounce. We love seeing your kiddos grow with us and are excited that we are able to create a safer experience at our gyms.

Check out our video to see how the Springfree® Trampoline works and what We Rockers have to say about it:

 

Want to bring this ROCKIN’ piece of equipment home? For a limited time, you can get 10% OFF your purchase of a Springfree Trampoline® by using the code WEROCKTHESPECTRUM10 at checkout. Start your purchase here.
*Promo code valid until December 31st, 2019.

Learn more about all of our equipment and how it promotes healthy sensory development on our website: https://www.wrtsfranchise.com/our-story/rock/

We Rock the Spectrum – Fort Myers Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum – Fort Myers Grand Opening!

This past weekend was exciting for the Fort Myers community as We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym finally opened its doors! The Fort Myers team saw a ROCKIN’ turnout thanks to all the buzz generated by the community and media. Even Gail Field, the COO of We Rock the Spectrum, made it out for the special occasion!

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Vandana (Vee) Patel, and her husband, Ankur, own the new We Rock the Spectrum – Fort Myers location. They are the parents of two kids, Aman (9) and Zara (6). Zara was diagnosed with a rare neuro-genetic disease called Angelman syndrome. With Zara on the spectrum, they realized the need for a safe and inclusive environment for kids with all abilities to aid in early intervention. After visiting We Rock the Spectrum in Boca Raton, they fell in love with the gym and decided the Fort Myers community needed one. With Vee’s passion for working with kids, we can’t wait to see to the We Rock community grow and Play With A Purpose™ in Southwest Florida!

Several local businesses and organizations provided food and various special needs resources at our grand opening. From free massages from Massage Heights to free food from Olive Garden, the event was a huge hit for the kids AND parents! Island Coast Pediatrics even sponsored soft play items for our toddler area. Thank you to the Fort Myers community for making the Grand Opening a memorable one!

Congratulations to the Patel family on a ROCKIN’ grand opening day! We can’t wait to see you continue to ROCK!

Veteran’s Day School’s Out Program In Session

No School? Come to Our Veterans Day Camp!

Stressed about leaving your kids at home with nothing to do this Veterans Day? Sign them up for our Veterans Day School’s Out Program! We will be offering a range of activities for children of all abilities. All. Day. Long.

We have three sessions that you can sign up for:

  • Morning Session 9am – 12pm for $39
  • Afternoon Session 12pm – 3pm for $39
  • All Day 9am – 2pm for $59

What Can You Expect at Our Veterans Day School’s Out Program?

Your kids will be engaging in Open Play, which is the full use of our gym and all of its sensory-safe equipment, in all three sessions. The day will be broken up with intervals of Open Play so that your children will have time to unwind and explore the gym.

For our sessions, we have fun activities and fun arts & crafts projects planned, designed for children of all abilities to be able to participate in. Our helpful staff will work with every kid to make sure they are receiving the support needed to feel included and to have fun. We also provide food for your kiddos, so you don’t need to worry about packing lunch!

How Do You Reserve Your Kiddo a Spot in Veterans Day School’s Out Program?

Reserving your kiddo’s spot is easy! You can call (818) 708-0860 or send us an email at info@werockthespectrumkidsgym.com to register.

Our ROCKIN’ Equipment – The Swings

Let’s swing our attention over to an important category of equipment at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym: The Swings! To ensure variety and excitement, all our gyms carry three types of swinging devices: the Carpet Swing, the Hammock Swing, and the Bolster Swing. Looking to get cozy? Sway on the plushy Carpet Swing or recline on the Hammock Swing! Want a bit more excitement? ROCK on the Bolster Swing and Carpet Swing to stimulate adrenaline. Whether your little one is looking for a thrill or just wants to relax, our sensory swings provide a variety of different sensory experiences to fit his/her needs.

“[The swings] are great because they promote a state of calmness, allowing children to focus, relax, and recharge to get ready for more playtime.” Lana Kharitonov, the owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Laguna Hills, says of the swings, which is one of their most popular items.

Play With A Purpose™

Play With A Purpose™ is our signature way of play designed to exercise the body’s seven senses. Our swings do just that by stimulating 4 out of the 7: sight, touch, proprioception, and the vestibular system.

  • Our sense of sight is trained as our eyes constantly focus on different points to keep up with our changing surroundings. This works the optic system and sharpens our vision.
  • Through different textures and areas for grip, the sense of touch is stimulated. The carpet swing’s soft, plushy texture and the cocoon-like nature of the hammock swing are both sensory inputs that fuel our body’s tactile processing. The hammock swing is especially essential for deep pressure stimulation, exerting gentle pressure all over for a calming effect. In addition, each swing features a different area for grip. On the Carpet Swing, your kid may hold onto the strong rope, while on the Bolster Swing, your kid may use the beam in order to maintain balance.
  • The proprioceptive system benefits while on the swings. This sense is the ability to orient our bodies without having to consciously think about where we are relative to our surroundings. The repetitive push and pull on the ropes are great motor planning and sequencing activities, improving the control of our body and its muscles. Overall, our body’s gross motor skills are developed in addition to our core muscles to help with balance.
  • Last but not least, the vestibular sense—our ability to know how to use our muscles in correlation with gravity—is intensified. With each swing, our view of the room changes, signaling to our brain that our body is in movement. Our body activates the proper response to movement to make sure our body stays balanced and safe on the swing. Fundamentally, our vestibular system keeps us upright and balanced so we can keep swinging!

Emotional and Social Development

Believe it or not, the swings are also a great solution to promoting healthy emotional and social development. Reclining and swinging rhythmically on any of our swings helps to relax and soothe any strong emotions your child may be feeling. Research has also shown that the deep pressure stimulation of the hammock swing increases serotonin levels, acting as a mood booster. Furthermore, the repetitive motion of the swings has an organizing effect on the brain.  They help children feel more “in balance”, leading to higher concentration while doing tasks like homework and reading. Swings are also great as a bonding activity. As our children work with others to push and pull the swing, they develop social and communication skills they can use in their day to day life.

Our swings are among the most relaxing pieces of equipment at our gyms. We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is the place to go to both stimulate and relax our senses. See the swings in action in the video below and check out how the different types of swings work and what our We Rockers have to say about it:

Learn more about all of our equipment and how it promotes healthy sensory development on our website: https://www.wrtsfranchise.com/our-story/rock/

We Rock the Spectrum – Brainerd Lakes Grand Opening

On October 19th, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym opened its doors in Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota. It was a very exciting weekend for the Brainerd Lakes team and community, with a ROCKIN’ turnout.

Anesha and Ben Martinka are the new owners of this new location. Together, they have a son, Onyx, who is on the spectrum. When they moved to central Minnesota, they realized there was no place for Onyx and other kids with special needs to have fun with their peers. When they learned about We Rock, they knew they had to be a part of our mission. They wanted to give back to the community and improve the quality of life for all similarly challenged families in the area.

Their passion has brought a vibrant and inclusive gym to the community with their goal of providing a safe space for children of ALL abilities to Play With A Purpose™. With a great grand opening under their belt, we are excited to see how the gym will grow in upcoming years!

At the grand opening, children and their families were treated to a variety of food and special needs resources from local businesses. Ben even dressed as a clown to provide entertainment for the kids while helping them check out all of We Rock’s sensory-safe equipment. It’s safe to say Brainerd Lakes really experienced the full effect of the We Rock way!

Congratulations to Anesha & Ben and the new WRTS – Brainerd Lakes on a ROCKIN’ grand opening day! We can’t wait to see you continue to ROCK!

Our ROCKIN’ Equipment – The Zip Line

Did you know that every moving part in our gym is made to encourage fun AND healthy development? Since CEO & Founder, Dina Kimmel, opened the first We Rock the Spectrum in Tarzana in 2010, our team has created a sensory-safe environment that also promotes inclusivity and enjoyment. Each piece of equipment has been chosen so that children with autism and special needs, as well as neurotypical children, can benefit. To show you just how much our gym ROCKS, we want to showcase how our equipment promotes positive growth. 

Today we are going to focus on our famous Zip Line! This high-flying piece of equipment is a great way to get your thrill seekers adrenaline going! If the daredevil life is not for your little one, the Zip Line can go at a leisurely pace and provides a comfortable place to sit as they glide. There is a safe place to land at every point along the way, but the crash pit at the end is an inviting, plush point to land.

“The Zip Line is great for the children because it’s really good at building their upper body strength and helping them with their muscle endurance,” says Fiona Kelly, owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Studio City in Los Angeles, CA, of this popular piece of equipment.

At We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms, we encourage Play With A Purpose™. The Zip Line does just that by strengthening the sense of sight, touch, hearing, proprioception, and the vestibular sense. A whopping 5 out of the 7 senses! ­

  • The sense of sight is exercised by developing long-distance vision on the Zip Line, as the eyes are forced to focus quickly on different points as we zip by. This sharpens the vision and works the optic system.  
  • Several different apparatuses can be attached to the cable on the Zip Line, but most of our Zip Lines feature the comfy, drifter swing. Children must hold onto this swing to control their movement and make it to the other end. The sense of touch is exercised by feeling around the hanging swing to find the most comfortable and secure gripping point. This also helps us strengthen the upper body.
  • Believe it or not, the sense of hearing benefits from the Zip Line as well! Similar to sight, our ears are forced to listen to our surroundings to determine how close we are to outside objects. Ultimately, this affects our body’s movement and helps us avoid obstacles.
  • The sense of proprioception benefits greatly from the Zip Line. Proprioception is the term used to describe the ability to orient our bodies to our surroundings. It allows us to move quickly and safely without having to consciously think about where we are in our surroundings. Since the Zip Line is constant movement, the brain is taught to constantly adjust our proprioception.
  • Lastly, our vestibular sense is heavily applied. With assistance from sight, hearing, and proprioception, the vestibular system helps us stay upright and balanced. Your placement on the drifter and your ability to stay on as you zip are all thanks to your vestibular system!

Kids don’t only get physical exercise on the Zip Line. They are also strengthening their mental and emotional brainpower. “It’s very good for their self-esteem because it builds confidence,” said Fiona Kelly. “They can challenge themselves. As you can see, for turn-taking, they’re learning to take their time and wait for their turn.”

The Zip Line undoubtedly stands out as one of the most popular items in our gyms. We love to see your kiddos grow and develop while also having a good time. Check out our video below to learn just how the Zip Line works and what our We Rockers have to say about it:

Fiona Kelly, the owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Studio City, explains the benefits of using the Zip Line.