The Little Gym Story

The History of Our Children’s Gym Franchise

The Little Gym began as the idea of one man who wanted to do something significant for children. Robin Wes, a musician, former gymnast, and kinesiologist, created The Little Gym concept in 1976 to help children develop vital motor skills in a fun, musical, and non-competitive environment. Robin envisioned a place where children could reap the benefits of physical activity while enhancing their social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Today, his original vision serves as a springboard for life’s adventures and a fun franchise opportunity.

The Little Gym Growth Chart

Learn a little about our history over the years! The Little Gym has been opening new franchises for years, and we can't wait to see how you can change your community for the better!

  • 1976

    The Little Gym concept was born as Robin Wes opens his first gym

  • 1992
    The Little Gym International, Inc begins franchising
  • 2003
    Over 100 locations in 31 US states opened
  • 2008
    Over 300 established locations in 25 countries (36 US states)
  • 2015
    Expansion reaches all six (liveable!) continents
  • 2018
    Opened 400th location!
  • 2021
    Joined Unleashed Brands Family
  • 2023
    Opened 14 locations and eclipsed more than 100 new franchise agreements since Unleashed Brands acquisition

Proud to Partner with Unleashed Brands

The Little Gym has been motivating and inspiring children since 1976 and today has over 400 locations. As we continue to grow and evolve, we are excited to see where our journey takes us. The next chapter of our kids’ gym franchise began when we joined the Unleashed Brands family in 2021. We are so excited to be part of their platform of youth enrichment brands impacting children and families throughout the world. This partnership will enable us to further grow and provide additional opportunities for our franchisees. Now is an exciting time to join The Little Gym, so take that first step today!

Now is an exciting time to join The Little Gym, so take that first step today!

Hear From Our Owners

  • “To be part of The Little Gym franchise to me has truly meant the world for many different reasons. One is that I get to be my own boss, set my own schedule, and be in my children’s life events.”

    - Mitchell Kantrowitz
The Little Gym Franchise Owner Stories