A break from holiday madness

Jacqui Brown

Parents took the opportunity to do something they don't often get the

chance to do -- ditch the kids, and not surprisingly, the kids had a

great time.

Golden State Gymnastics in Burbank opened its doors at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday for an all-day holiday event for boys and girls, which

included gymnastic, arts and crafts, movies and a variety of other

events, leaving parents a little extra time to finish up last-minute

shopping or tie up loose ends at work before the Christmas holiday.

"This was something we just decided to do this year," Batty said.

"Parents asked us about doing this after Thanksgiving. We did it and

it worked out, so we decided to do it again so they could have an

extra shopping day."

Batty said they would consider the same thing next year but would

extend it over a weeklong period.

While some who got dropped off were regulars, a few others like

Lyric Breitengross, 5, were first-timers at this gym.

"I love gymnastics," Lyric said. "The most fun was the trampoline

and bars."

Amy Williams, 12, has been using the facility for a few years now

and said her parents appreciated having a little extra time to finish

things up for Christmas.

"My parents are home wrapping presents," Amy said.

Molly Reiter, 9, a three-year veteran of the facility, said she

had the most fun icing and decorating the cookies.

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