About our company
Gymboree Play & Music’s story began in 1976 when Joan Barnes, a mother from Marin County, California, tried to find a safe, fun place featuring age-appropriate activities for parents and young children to play together. Unable to do so, she did what any innovative, entrepreneurial mom would; she started her own program! We’ve been proudly inspiring parents and children ever since, and most recently Gymboree Play & Music has once again become our own standalone company, separate from Gymboree clothing. Back to our roots, so to speak, and looking ahead to a bright future!