At-home mom of Margaux, 5, and Simon, 18 months

Favorite Mom-Tot Activity: Open Gym at Estero Martial Arts & Fitness

Kristin Teschke

Kristin started taking her daughter to Open Gym as a toddler. The family lives within walking distance of Estero Martial Arts (in Estero Town Commons), so Open Gym provides an easily accessible activity.

Now it’s her son, 18-month-old Simon, who goes to Open Gym while his big sister is in school. “This is something just for him,” Kristin says.

Estero Martial Arts owner Linda Potter recognized the need to provide a place for moms and young children to gather and decided to open the center’s gym on Thursday mornings.

Kristin said she appreciates having a safe, climate-controlled play area, which includes the excitement of a trampoline and exercise balls. It’s good for moms and tots alike to get a change of scenery sometimes, she adds.

“It can be very isolating not speaking to other adults for days on end.”

Side Benefit to Open Gym: I signed up for kickboxing, so that’s been fun. It was a different perspective coming here for an exercise class just for me.

Estero Martial Arts opens up its gym to families every Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost: $5. More info:

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