Meet the Owners!
Less than a year before setting out on this adventure, our family moved up from the Twin Cities to central Minnesota because of the beautiful lakes and peaceful surroundings. But soon after, we discovered that if you don’t live on the water (perhaps even if you do), and during the long winters, there aren’t many places for kids to go for fun, even fewer where those with special needs can play with their peers.
Our son’s always had a hard time making friends because of his quirks, so when we learned he was struggling again at his new school, we decided to research interactive gyms and how to own one, not just for our own family but also as a way to give back to the community and improve quality of life for all the wonderful but often similarly challenged families we’ve met here. We honestly didn’t know anything about We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym but it was one of the first to pop up in our search, and we were really moved by the story of how one mom’s love for her son became the answer to our prayers, “a gym for all kids, a place where you never have to say you’re sorry.” Thank you Dina!
Now as owners of a sensory gym ourselves, with the incredibly encouraging responses received from everyone who learns about it, we’re looking forward to bringing change to our small community and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun place for kids of all abilities and their parents to come and interact with others, through interactive play, creative and exercise classes, birthday parties, field trips and special events. By providing a vehicle for education, awareness raising and community involvement, a facility for child development, and a new venue for family enjoyment — and not just for Brainerd Lakes Lakes but for anyone within driving distance — we’re hoping to make a positive impact here in central Minnesota.
Our Gym Includes:
- Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
- Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
- Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation
- Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
- Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
- Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
- Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination