Gymboree Play & Music  Classes for Kids from J&S Toddler development

Our physical store in Thousand Oaks, CA is now open and ready for play!
We offer the best in-person and online classes for kids ages 0-5!

About J&S Toddler Development

James & Susan Nagy

We are James and Susan Nagy. If you had told us in early 2018 that we would soon be the owners of Gymboree Play & Music Thousand Oaks, we would have laughed. Susan is a Clinical Pharmacist, has a full-time day job, and runs a pharmacy consulting business. James worked for many years as an executive and now owns a Strategic Business Consulting Firm and a Website Design, Development, and Digital Marketing Business. We were working worlds away from anything concerning bubbles, tumbling, singing, or finger-painting. What was our gateway into the world of Gymboree Play & Music? At the time it was our twins, Alex and Ben.

At the age of nine months, we began bringing the twins into Gymboree. Ben was a delayed crawler, and we started bringing them in to boost Ben’s skills and the interaction for both of them. What we found there was an amazing and unique place for both of our kids to flourish. Ben began crawling – they both started walking, and each took their first steps at Gymboree. Alex loved the teachers, the classes, and the chance to kick off her dare-devil skills (which she continues today). They both blossomed.

As time passed, we started to notice a few things. The scheduled number of classes wasn’t as robust as when we started coming or as we hoped to see. We noticed that the gym was starting to need attention and repair. The owners were great people and, after talking to them, we discovered that they also owned another location and were torn between the two trying to make both sites work. The owner talked about selling, which sparked a somewhat crazy idea – could we buy a Gymboree Play & Music Franchisee?
At first, the idea seemed a little absurd started to seem more like a “maybe” than a “no.” We thought we could do it. After a lot of conversation, debate, and brainstorming, we decided to go for it. Ultimately, we concluded that it would be an excellent fit for us. We could take a place that had given us so much and help turn it around with our years and years of experience in management, customer service, and marketing. We also had the great experience of being existing Gymboree parents.

Decision made: We purchased the store in May 2018 and have made it our own since then. We have made some substantial changes to the business since we took over, some things were good, and we’ve kept them; some things needed more work, and we adjusted accordingly. We’ve continued to focus on those three key areas of management, customer service, and marketing while keeping in mind our experiences as Gymboree parents and members. So far, we’ve increased the staff from six teachers to over a dozen. We’ve added numerous new classes to the schedule, including an all-new preschool program. We’ve purchased new products and supplies, painted and repaired the gym. We’ve jumped in and created an all-new marketing campaign that has reintroduced us to the community. We have a great management team to handle all the day-to-day management functions. We listen to our members and work to create a place for families that meet their needs.

Our focus has been and will remain on the children and their families. Our twins no longer attend Gymboree classes as they aged out of the program. We are still parents first and foremost, and we are proud to own a business that allows our children and others to grow and thrive.

Although a surprising decision, it’s been a great one for our family.

We hope that you’ll come in, say hi, and check out your neighborhood Gymboree!

COVID-19 Update: In March 2020, Covid hit our community and our store hard. We had to close the doors to our in-person classes. We tried to take our program online with on-demand classes and live virtual classes, but the demand wasn’t there, so in late fall 2020, we paused everything and waited, like everyone, to see what would happen next.

We re-opened our store in July 2021 and have been slowly growing members again. Finding teachers has been challenging, and convincing parents to come back to class has been arduous. We hope to continue the journey with your help in our community.

If you know anyone that should be attending classes, please send them to our website. Gymboree.TO.

If you know of anyone that would make a great teacher, please have them fill out a job application. Gymboree.TO/Jobs.

We appreciate every referral, recommendation, and support given to our local early childhood education facility.

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