San Francisco, CA
Bayview/Hunters Point, Sunset/Golden Gate Park
Days and Hours Of Operation
Gym hours: Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–2pm
walking and up
American Gymnastics Club (AGC) is a popular place for all types of gymnasts. First-timers and experienced gymnasts are well-served here. They have a wealth of equipment and wonderful teachers.
AGC's second gym opened in 2011 on Bayshore Boulevard. There is a large homework area upstairs overlooking the floor, and a nice-sized play area for tots waiting for their siblings to finish their class -- away from the equipment and safely entertained. The play area has a doll house, train set, and Legos.
AGC offers a comprehensive blend of recreational and competitive instruction. Classes are available at all levels, from beginning to competition-level, at a teacher–student ratio of 1:8. Instructors are experienced gymnasts who bring first-hand knowledge and experience into the classes. The competitive program starts at age 5 for those who have mastered skills in prior levels. Classes range from $70–$250 per month, depending on the length of class, plus an annual $40 registration fee.
AGC also hosts gymnastics playdates at their Bayshore location for children ages 3 and up. The sessions are for 6–10 kids and include a 50 minute gymnastics class and 30 minutes for snacks and socializing after the class. Children should wear gym appropriate clothing and long hair should be tied up in a ponytail.
Days/Times: Mon, Weds, Fri: 12 noon–1:30pm; Tues, Thurs: 1pm–2:30pm
Cost: $20 per child
AGC's summer and school break camps feature quality gymnastics instruction for boys and girls ages 3 to 12 years old. Activities include rotations, trampoline, organized games and activities, art projects, gymnastics videos, and more. School-aged kids go on field trips to the beach, Golden Gate Park, or other fun places. The week-long session includes preparation for the end-of-the-week show that parents and relatives are invited to attend (Friday at 2pm).They offer one-day special school holiday camps, too, as well as options to design your own camp or class depending on scheduling needs. A minimum of 8 children is required to open a camp, and a minimum of 6 children is required to open a class. Call their office at least a month in advance. Half day campers should bring a snack, and full day campers should bring a lunch and snack. No drop ins, but you may sign up for single days.
2014 Week-long Summer Sessions: June 2–August 29 (no camp week of June 30)
2014 Week-long Spring Break Sessions: March 31–April 4
2014 Week-long February Break/Ski Week Sessions: February 17–February 21
2014 Vacation Day Camp Sessions: January 31 (Lunar New Year), February 17 (Presidents Day), May 26 (Memorial Day)
2013–2014 Winter Camp Sessions: December 23, December 26–27, December 30–31, January 2–3
Ages: 3 and up
Days/Times: Mondays to Fridays, 9am–noon (half day) or 9am–3pm (full day)
Cost: $70 per full day, $40 per half day
Extended care: 3pm–5pm ($10 per hour)
AGC offers birthday parties for kids ages 3 and up on Sundays at the Bayshore facility. An instructor leads kids through routines on the mats, bars, and trampoline, followed by freeze-dances and other games. Parties are $200–$350. A $50 deposit reserves your spot.
1. Sunset: 2520 Judah Street
The gym is between 30th and 31st Avenues in the Sunset. Parking is easy in this neighborhood.
Muni: N Judah
2. Bayshore: 390 Bayshore Boulevard
The gym is across the street from Lowe's.
Muni: 9, 23
*It is sometimes difficult to get into a particular class but if you call or leave your request they can usually fit you in almost immediately. Registration is month to month, and classes sometimes change.
*There is a pet store next door to the Sunset location, in which you can entertain siblings. Parents can bring books for waiting siblings as it is often difficult to keep them from running around, which is not allowed. There is also a Safeway nearby.
*Uniforms are required. Girls have to wear basic leotards or unitards and shoulder-length hair must be ponytailed. Boys can wear shorts or sweats and a t-shirt.
What We've Heard
"Very kid-friendly with an emphasis on fun and cooperation."
-- Carol, mother of an 8-year-old
"Both of my kids have taken lessons, had birthday parties, and attended kids nights out. The kids night out was a highlight of the month for my daughter. She would invite a friend to come along, too. They really make sure the kids are safe, warmed up, and the teachers instill discipline of the sport." -- Chris, mother of two