Field Trips – did you know?

It’s getting to that time of year, when we think about being inside.  It’s a great time for a field trip to Horizon!  I thought you might like a little information about how field trips work here.

First we warm up with all of the children together and stretch a bit.  Then divide the group into 3 or 4 different smaller groups.  Each group uses the trampoline, the obstacle course (including the foam pit and the tumble trak), balance beams and possibly the bars too!  They are kept busy for an hour and cool down with music at the end.  They have so much fun! 

Field trips are for ages 3 to teen.  Schools, preschools, churches, boy/girl scouts and any groups are welcome!  Book yours today!  Simply call 616-669-7722 and we’ll answer any questions you may have!  Hope to see you soon 🙂

Escape to Fitness!

Did you know that we also have an adult fitness center?  While your children are getting fit at Horizon, YOU can be getting fit at the Escape Fitness Center!  It is in the same building as Horizon with state of the art equipment for adults. There are also classes such as yoga, bootcamp and karate besides all of the treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weights!

What are you waiting for?  Give Horizon a call and we’ll get you all set up.  616-669-7722.  And, by the way, there are all types and levels at The Escape ranging from young moms to grandmothers to business men.  All types and all levels – so nothing to be intimidated by.  We know that starting an exercise routine can be intimidating, so we will help you get started too if you want.  Just let us know :).

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Fun Nights (parents’ night out)

Hi Everyone!

Thought you might like to know about Fun Nights!  That’s exactly what they are – FUN!  It gives the kids a chance to get rid of some energy and YOU some time to enjoy yourself however you would like!  For 3 full hours!  AND it includes a PIZZA SNACK!

The next fun night is our Halloween Fun Night on Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The full list of Fun Nights is online too!  The kids can wear their costumes to this one if they want to – make sure they have clothes to wear for later when they do the obstacle course, jump in the foam pit, play games, have relay races – – you get the picture!

A pumpkin craft is also happening and they can actually take the small pumpkin home with them!  So much fun!

Call the Horizon office at 616-669-7722 to register or register online:  We look forward to seeing you there!


Did you know that we offer yoga?  Yoga is great for quieting your mind, balancing, stretching, breathing and how to use our energy better.  Yoga is also a stress buster and did I mention, very relaxing! 

The yoga class is for adults on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30.  Stay tuned, we are about to launch a children’s yoga too!

If you would like to join or have more information, please call us at 616-669-7722.

Thanks and have a great day!

Why Horizon is Better . . .

All gyms are not created equal.  Horizon is centered on children and their self esteem.  It really doesn’t matter which sport the children are in – the goal is to make the student feel great about trying.  When you feel good about yourself, you have confidence to happily deal with life – and not worry about the “small” stuff, whatever that may be.  Here are a few more things that set Horizon apart:

  • individual rooms for different age levels – this totally helps with distractions and/or intimidations for preschoolers
  • large waiting area with comfy seating – free coffee
  • large viewing windows
  • booklets that each family recieves for free that explains what exactly the children are learning for each level
  • one stop fitness:  gymnastics, dance, cheer, karate, adult fitness including karate, yoga, bootcamp and a full fitness workout gym
  • national champions in power tumbling each year since 1997 (we feel it’s because of self esteem)
  • great summer camps – over 30 to choose from
  • great staff – all adults and all are safety certified
  • area doctor endorsed programs for safety and progressions – the video is on our website
  • area physical therapist endorsed programs for safety and progressions
  • teaching cds created by Horizon

Stop in and let us introduce ourselves and show you around.  We’d love to meet you!  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 616-669-7722.  Hope to see YOU soon.

Yummy Crockpot Soup

Chicken Tortilla Crockpot Soup

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce…
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
7 corn tortillas
vegetable oil


Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup. for more great recipes see Sherry’s Skinny Friends

Community Thank You/Open House

Thank  you for your support!  It’s a Community Party to thank everyone.  We love working with children!  We love that you, the parent,  keep your children moving.  Moving is a great mind/body connection for better grades.  Did  you know that?  Math and reading scores can go up by up to 10% simply by doing movement activities such as gymnastics, dance, karate and cheer.

Face Painting, Obstacle course, Foam pit, Trampolines, Bounce House, Inflatable Water Slide (weather permitting), handstand group photo, (how many people can we have doing handstands at the same time?) demos and much more!  Come in and SPIN THE WHEEL when you register to win a prize.  And, don’t forget to enter to WIN the WATER SLIDE, a $500 value!

Wednesday, August 28 from 4 – 7 is the time to remember!  Oh, and there will also be snacks!  Mark your calendars now!  Don’t miss out.  Call Horizon at 616-669-7722 if  you would like more information.

See you there!!!

Register to Win our HUGE Summer Inflatable Water Slide!

To be eligible, you must be signed up for fall classes by August 28 at 6pm, when the drawing will be held!


We’re having a HANDSTAND Contest!

What???  Right, upside down!   A handstand contest and it begins now!  It’s summer, so let’s have some fun and get creative.  Have you been upside down lately?  It’s a different view 🙂

Here are the details:

  • open to everyone – ages preschool and up
  • get creative – on the beach?  in your backyard?  on a  mountain?  bright, fun clothes?  You decide
  • it starts now and ends on Wednesday, Aug 28 at our Thank You Party/ Open House
  • the top 5 will be entered to win a FREE month of your choice:  gymnastics, dance, cheer or karate!
  • submit your handstand via a snapshot to Horizon or via email to
  • like us on facebook – your picture could be there!
  • tell all of your friends
  • have FUN!