It looks like something straight out of a child’s wildest dreams: a tiny house filled with swings, slides, tumbling mats, and play equipment galore. The house, which is only 30 feet long and 8 feet wide, sits atop a gooseneck trailer and is pulled by a large, black truck.
The owners of this creation have dubbed it the “Tiny Gym,” and they’re ready and willing to bring it right to the doorsteps of schools and daycares across South Carolina.
Introducing “The Tiny Gym”
Mitzi Perkins and Jeremy Limberger are the creators and owners of the “Tiny Gym” and the business GO Play. Their Facebook page states, “GO Play is a fitness and education program for kids! Our "Tiny Gym" is a mobile facility designed to be a safe and fun environment for children, ages 18 months to 12, to develop and improve the skills required for a healthy and fun lifestyle.”
The Tiny Gym is definitely one-of-a-kind. “You can explain and describe it to people, but they don’t really understand until you show them pictures,” said Mitzi during an interview with B&W.
Mitzi and Jeremy tow their Tiny Gym with a B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch. They’re very pleased with the versatility the Turnoverball gives them. “With the truck and the hitch, you can unhook the trailer, flip the hitch over, and you have a truck with a flatbed that you can use for your family,” said Jeremy.
Fit for Success
With their GO Play business, Mitzi and Jeremy combine fitness, creativity, and learning into one big adventure. “We’ll switch out the equipment in the gym weekly so it’s a new environment every time the kids come in. One week we might have a bouncing theme or teeter-totters. One week could even feature a climbing wall,” said Mitzi. Jeremy added, “We’ll also do creative types of themes, like superhero training, the jungle, or firefighters.”
They incorporate an educational and creative side to their workouts as well, Jeremy explained. “With each weekly theme, we teach something like new vocabulary words, colors, or counting.”
From Tumble Buses to Tiny Gyms – It’s All in the Family
This business might sound daunting, but the Mitzi and Jeremy aren’t intimidated; they have plenty of support and konw where to go if they need advice and support.
Mitzi’s parents, Kitty and Dan Perkins, own and operate a business called TUMBLEBUS which is very similar to GO Play. The Perkins teach fitness classes for kids inside their 6 Tumblebuses, or school buses that have been converted into mobile gyms. “The idea for our Tiny Gym came from my parents,” Mitzi explained.
Jeremy and Mitzi worked with Mitzi’s parents at TUMBLEBUS for several years, and during that time they developed the idea for their own Tiny Gym. “We loved the idea of the Tumble Buses, but I’m a taller guy and I wanted something that I could stand up straight in without hitting my head,” Jeremy explained. That’s where the tiny house idea came into play.
Jeremy used to work in the real estate industry and during that time he became very interested in tiny houses. “The tiny house scheme lends itself to lots of possibilities because you can make all sorts of things mobile – restaurants, art studios.”
So, Jeremy asked himself, why not transform a tiny house into a mobile gym for kids?