The Gymboree Corporation
Gymboree Play & Music is the founding member of the Gymboree family of brands. Since its creation in 1976, Gymboree Play & Music has created developmental play, music and art classes for parents and children ages newborn to five. Based on a blend of early childhood development theories complemented by more than 30 years of hands-on experience, Gymboree Play & Music classes are available through more than 700 franchised and company-operated centres in over 30+ countries.
In addition to Gymboree Play & Music programmes, The Gymboree Corporation operates over 585 Gymboree® retail stores in the United States and Canada, an online store at www.gymboree.com and over 70 Gymboree® Outlet stores. Available in sizes newborn to 12 years, Gymboree clothing is designed with colorful, comfortable fabrics and detailed touches throughout. The most recent addition to The Gymboree Corporation’s brands is Crazy 8™. Crazy 8 offers cool, wholesome clothes for kids’ crazy lives in sizes ranging from 0-14. The first Crazy 8 store opened in August 2007. There is also an online store at www.crazy8.com. Janie and Jack shops offer distinctive finely crafted clothing and accessories for the little ones in your life sizes Preemie to 8 online and Preemie through 6 in shops. They also offer personalized customer service and gift packaging. You will find Janie and Jack shops nationwide and an online store at www.janieandjack.com.
Play2Learn GmbH is a German company, founded in November 2008, which owns the master franchise rights for Gymboree Play & Music for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Gymboree DACH’s founder is Lara Edmonds Varner. Lara is a mother of 2 boys and former competitive gymnast and gymnastics instructor. Lara has 15 years of professional business experience as an investment banker and management consultant. When Lara moved to Munich more than 5 years ago, she found it difficult to find high-quality, educational activities for her own children and therefore decided to take matters into her own hands! After more than a year of research and business planning, Lara decided that the Gymboree brand and concept had excellent market potential and thus began the Gymboree adventure. Lara is a Canadian national who has lived in Europe for over 20 years, is married and has two active boys born in 2002 and 2005.
We strongly believe in the Gymboree brand and franchise system, and are excited to have the opportunity to develop this wonderful concept and brand in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If you are interested in growing together with us by owning your own Gymboree Play & Music location, please contact us.