The first time I had noticed the Tumble Time Bus was during the Run for Fun'ds event, and since then had always been curious to see what's inside. How can so much fun be packed inside a bus for kids to want to go inside again and again? My wish had been answered when Angie Harper, owner and lead teacher of the Tumble Time Bus, and I connected over coffee and she invited me to check out a typical class at the bus!
I had a lot of fun watching the kids from the Itsy Bitsy Preschool get on the bus for their 45-minute weekly class. It was Halloween season, so the class had a Halloween theme, starting with a 5-minute warm-up when kids gather in a circle, play a name game, and stretch their body parts while simultaneously naming these parts in Spanish.
After Angie went over the safety rules, the kids enjoyed over 30 minutes of supervised fun activity from rolling, going on the slide, jumping, tumbling, and going on the zip line, which seems to be everybody's favorite. (If there wasn't a weight limit, I probably would have done it myself!). The class was also interspersed with a lot of singing, dancing, and movement along with the lively music. The kids actually learn a new song and a new sign every week. "Calabaza" or pumpkin was the word of the week and all the kids get to say it in Spanish and in sign language.
Angie Harper is a Brentwood mom to two young boys. Prior to starting Tumble Time, she was a school teacher for 12 years, and has taught Kindergarten to 2nd Grade in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Angie is ably supported by two other teachers, Kasie White and Leslie McNabb, both of whom also have teaching credentials and are moms of active young kids.
The bus currently offers great service to over 20 preschools in the cities of Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, and Discovery Bay on a once-a-month or a once-a-week basis. They also hold Mommy Monday classes at the Streets of Brentwood on the second Mondays of the month. This is a really convenient service - you can drop off your kid for an hour of fun time at the bus while you enjoy the shops at the Streets!
They also now offer birthday party packages in partnership with Loard's Ice Cream. Forty-five minutes of fun on the bus followed by an ice cream party. Check this one out for a unique and stress-free idea for your kid's next birthday.
So the next time you see the Tumble Time Bus around town, wave hello and remember to check it out one of these days!
This article was posted in October 2010 so some information may be outdated after some time. For more information or to inquire about classes or birthday party packages, check out their website at www.tumbletimefun.com or contact Angie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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