Most of your questions about Nova Gymnastics are answered in this FAQ
Gymnastics provides both physical and non-physical benefits. Basic gymnastics skills are beneficial to any sport a child participates in later in life. Gymnastics teaches strength, flexibility, agility, confidence, balance, and allows children to interact with each other in a social environment where he or she will learn how to take turns and share with peers. When children learn how to swing on a bar, kick to a handstand, jump on a trampoline, climb a rope, or run into a foam pit and climb out, these are all challenging and fun activities that develop a multitude of physical benefits that provide a solid foundation for practically every sport. Gymnastics also offers mental benefits. According to child/teen development specialists Dr. Robyn Silverman, when children are engaging in gymnastics, they are exercising their brains as well as their bodies. Every time your child attends gymnastic class, they engage in physical exercise that encourages healthy brain function. Nerve cells multiply and connections in the brain are strengthened. It is not surprising that children who are engaging in consistent physical activity like gymnastics are more likely to get better grades than their inactive peers.
Gymnastics is one of the only activities a child can begin when he or she learns to walk. Most sports require children to be much older. You cannot put your child in soccer, basketball, baseball, football or cheerleading as a toddler. But the toddler "Tiny Stars" gymnastics classes at Nova Gymnastics allow parents and toddlers to attend classes, learn and play together. It is the first form of organized activity in which your child can participate. Tiny Stars classes begin at 15 months.
We keep our website updated frequently with news and information on events at the gym. We strongly recommend that you like us on Facebook for the most current updates on special events, weather closings, holidays, etc. We also collect email addresses from everybody who enrolls in a class. These email addresses are used by Nova Gymnastics to keep families informed of Nova news, upcoming events, and general gymnastics information. We will never share email addresses with anybody outside of Nova Gymnastics. Every email we send includes an “unsubscribe link” that will immediately remove you from our email list if you so choose.
Parents and family members are always welcome to watch a class. Strangers will not be allowed to walk in off the street to watch the kids’ classes.
15 mo. – 35 mo.: Toddler Tiny Stars: One 50 minute class per week
3 yr. – 4 yr.: Preschool Shooting Stars: One 50 minute class per week
5 yr. – 17 yr.: Super Stars: One 60 minute class per week
5 yr. – 17 yr.: Tumbling: One 60 minute class per week
Students wishing to take more than one class per week may do so. The additional classes may be the same (i.e. two gymnastics classes) or different (i.e. a gymnastics and a tumbling class). Enroll in two classes and receive an $8 discount. Enroll in three classes per week and receive a $33 discount. Click the Pricing Button on the Classes pages for details.
At Nova Gymnastics, we operate with Open Enrollment in all classes. Your child may begin at any time. Tuition is charged by the calendar month, so if you start your first class sometime during the month, we will prorate that first month’s tuition based on how many class dates remain. While all students are taught the same skills, each child progresses at their own pace. One student might master all skills at their level in a few months while another student may take much longer. When your son or daughter has mastered all the skills at their level, their coach will talk to you about promoting them to the next level.
We keep a low student to coach ratio to ensure all students get the best possible training in all classes. The exact ratio varies per individual class and level so inquire at the gym if you have specific questions about a particular class.
Toddler Tiny Stars: (parents participate in these classes), co-ed
Preschool Shooting Stars: co-ed
Super Stars Gymnastics: separate boy and girl classes
Students in all classes can view the skills taught in their classes and track their individual progress online at our parent portal. Coaches will update the online skills tracker at the end of each day. Students in Level One classes receive an update as often as every week if there is new progress to report. Level Two students get updates every other week, and Level Three students get updates once per month.
Most children will begin in a Level One class. If your child has previous gymnastics or tumbling experience, the instructor will perform an evaluation on their first day and then decide which class level is most appropriate based on the skillset they already have.
For gymnastics, we recommend girls wear a leotard, but shorts and a t-shirt are also acceptable. We have leotards available for purchase at the gym. Boys and tumbling students should wear a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Please do not wear loose shorts or shirts, or clothing with buttons, snaps or buckles as they can interfere with the gymnastics apparatus and the coaches spotting the student. Hair should be pulled back into a ponytail if possible. No jewelry should be worn. All students will be barefoot.
Nova Gymnastics does charge a one-time registration fee of $30 per child, not to exceed $75 per family. This is not an annual fee, nor do you pay an additional enrollment fee when you transfer to another class. Once you become a Nova Gymnastics member, you are a member for life!
Nova Gymnastics offers an average of four classes per month over a calendar year. Tuition for each class is a flat monthly fee. There are no refunds for missed classes, however make-up classes are offered as a courtesy to our members. Make-up classes are scheduled through the front office and are subject to availability. Make-up classes must be scheduled in a class of the same type and level, within one month of the missed class, and while the student is actively enrolled in our program.
No. Parents can check on their Student tab, Absences tab, to see if the student is eligible for a makeup, but they will need to contact the front desk to arrange for the makeup class day and time.
Fun Friday’s are the first and third Friday of every month in Cedar Hill, and the second and fourth Friday of every month in Midlothian, from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. This is three hours of supervised open gym time and instructor-led games for children ages three (must be potty trained) through 13. Snacks are available through the vending machine and bottled water is sold through the front desk. Fun Fridays are $10 per child.
Parent’s Night Out is one Saturday each month from 6:00PM until 10:00PM. PNO is similar to Fun Friday in that it includes supervised open gym and instructor-led games. However, PNO is four hours long and we provide pizza and a drink for all attending. PNO is usually on the second Saturday of the month, but check the monthly calendar as these dates are subject to change throughout the year. PNO is for children ages three (must be potty trained) through 13 and is $20 per child prepaid or $25 that day (CASH ONLY at the door).
Daytime Playtime is the first Wednesday of each month in Cedar Hill, and the third Wednesday or each month in Midlothian, from 10:00AM until noon. Daytime Playtime is similar to Fun Friday in that it includes supervised open gym and instructor-led games. Daytime Playtime is for children ages one through 13 and parents are invited to join their preschool aged children for the fun and games! (Parents may not use any gymnastics equipment, including but not limited to trampolines, rings, beams, bars, etc.) Daytime Playtime is only $5 per child. Children ages three and older may be dropped off for this event.
Open gym events are basically “play time” for the kids. While the events are fully staffed and supervised, children will not be allowed to attempt skills they are not capable of performing without assistance from their coach.
Members and non-members are welcome at all open gym events, so bring your friends!
Our Parties are held on Saturdays at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00, Sundays at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00, and some Fridays at 7:30 PM. These are private parties for you and your guests. The party lasts for an hour and a half. For the first hour the children are out in the gym. They will participate in 20 minutes of trampolines, beams and bars; 20 minutes of games on our floor; and 20 minutes in our pit area using the tumble tramp, swing, rope swing and rings. The final 30 minutes of the party is moved to the lobby area where we will sing “Happy Birthday” and have cake and beverages. You may also open presents during the final half hour if you wish.
Nova will provide two attendants to run your party, two six foot tables with seating, balloons, and set up and clean up. See the Party page for more details and pricing.
All birthday parties are private events. You and your friends have the whole gym to yourselves.
A non-refundable $100 deposit is required at the time you book your party and the balance is due within 10 days of the party date. If you cancel your party more than two weeks in advance of the date of the party, you will receive a refund of all money paid except the $100 deposit. We cannot issue a refund if you cancel your party within two weeks of the party date. However, you may reschedule your party for another date or apply the money to any other service we provide, such as Classes, Parent's Night Out, Day Camps, etc.