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What's New: Changes to Open Gym

By Jam Hops, 08/31/22, 9:00AM CDT


September blog: Online registration

At Jam Hops we all know that the children in our #Jamily LOVE Open Gym. That’s why we wanted to make sure we spread the word about the changes that will go into effect on September 5th. Read along to stay informed about registration, payment, and more!

*The following changes apply to Open Gym, Open Studio, Adult Open Gym, Tot Time, and Community Lite Nite.

Don’t fret, we’ll still be running the same amazing, jamtastic Open Gyms this school year. What will change is how and when you register, along with the payment process.


As of September 5th, you will be able to register for all Open Gym online via the parent portal! How exciting is that! What’s even more exciting is that registration for all of our Open Gym options will also be opening on the Monday of each week, rather than the morning of the event. This way you can schedule out your week right on Monday and not have to worry about the event until it’s time to leave the house. Don't forget that our Open Gym events fill extremely fast, so pre-registration is still highly recommended!


As we add a new registration option, the payment process will be changing. Whether you register online, or call, payment will now be due upon registration to reserve your spot. If you decide to register online, your account will be charged as soon as your child's enrollment has been processed. To reduce the number of cancellations, we will not be providing refunds, nor exchanges.

Food Donations

Another big change is that we will no longer offer food donations as a payment option for Open Gym. What we’ve learned is that the food shelves have greater buying power at local food banks than individuals do at a grocery store. That being said, Jam Hops will be donating $200 each to NACE and ACBC food shelves every month so they can purchase more of what is needed for their programs. We appreciate all the food that our families have brought in over the years - over 10,000 lbs!! Thank you to our Jamily for being so giving. Did you know that all Open Gym proceeds are donated back into the community each month? We are look forward to continuing to support our community.

Still want to save on Open Gym? We have implemented a new way for your child to earn free Open Gym passes each month through our Kidz of Karacter program. At the beginning of each month your child should receive a Kidz of Karacter postcard from their coach. The coach will go through different questions and activities that help your child learn the Karacter trait of the month. Each week they have the chance to earn a stamp by showing how they’ve used the trait of the month. If they get four stamps by the end of the month, they will receive a free Open Gym coupon!

New Open Gym Dates

This fall we will be re-adding our Saturday Open Gym at the Anoka/Ramsey location from 1 - 2:30 PM. We will also be adding a new Tot Time session on Saturdays at the Blaine/Ham Lake location from 1:30-2:30 PM. The Saturday Open Gym session will begin September 10th and Tot Time October 1st. See you there!

STEM Open Gym Event

Coming up September 10th, Jam Hops will be hosting another STEM Builders Open Gym event at our Blaine/Ham Lake location from 5:30-7:30 PM! At this athletic and science fused event, STEM Builders will be teaching us about robotics and coding and then you’ll get to try it out. We will do one hour of science, along with an hour of our classic Open Gym. Don’t miss out on registration. This event filled last year and we wouldn’t want you to miss out! It’s going to be electric!