Factoids

  • The name ‘Kids First’ was conceived during a ‘light bulb’ moment while Founder Jef Metzger was rereading an old newspaper article where he was quoted as saying “At Queen City Gymnastics we keep kids first and sports second.”
  • Did you know that our Company’s legal name is Queen City Gymnastics Center, Inc. dba Kids First Sports Center? It is any wonder we shorten it to ‘Kids First?’
  • Did you know that Kids First facility is currently 108,000 sf—2.5 aces—and is the largest of its kind in the USA and probably the world? Kids First sits on 9 acres and has 344 car parking.
  • Did you know that our Company had its start with tumbling and beam classes in the Swedenborgean Chapel, a small church on East Kemper Road, just 1.5 miles from Kids First?
  • Did you know that in 1976 our Company opened a second location in the Eastgate area? The business was sold in 1982 and is currently operating as American Eagles Gymnastics.
  • Did you know that the original Kids First facility was built in 1998 at a cost of $4.5m? Over a dozen banks turned down our Company’s request for financing.
  • Did you know that the May 2009, 22,000 sf addition marks the 7th Generation of building projects in our Company’s history? It was built at a cost of $1.6M plus $.25M for updating and remodeling the original building.
  • Did you know that Kids First has a ‘Backyard’ (used by Camp-a-Palooza Campers): The Backyard is a one acre fenced park-like setting? It includes: a covered pavilion that seats 90 for lunches; a 3,000 sf concrete patio for inclement weather; a $35,000 commercial play set; a water slide; a bouldering wall; a mini-golf course; outdoor basketball; more!
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