We believe that every child has the right to play in a fun and safe environment and that involving parents and caregivers in our programs will strengthen families.

We recognize that children have varying levels of abilities and challenges and that it is important to build self-esteem through success as an individual, not as a measurement against other children’s progress.

We believe that children should be free to explore their physical abilities and encouraged to have fun while being fit.

We recognize that involving parents and helping them understand how physical activities support every aspect of child development is key to keeping both them and their children engaged.

We believe that coaching children through physical activities requires specialized training in childhood development and a good knowledge of kinesiology. Our teachers are educated professionals who enjoy being with children, and who have the training and knowledge to ensure safety and enjoyment are a part of all the physical activities at the center.

We believe that physical fitness starts early and that creating fun-filled fitness activities will foster a lifelong love of fitness.

We believe that we have an opportunity to change the social problems arising from physical inactivity, and that by instilling a love of physical activities in young children we can help create a better future for children.

​​We believe in having fun!

Values and Beliefs


Our mission is to help young children become, and stay, physically active by providing programs that keep the focus on fun-filled interactive classes. Through the provision of healthy physical, emotional and social development, and under the guidance of certified educators and instructors,
Mini-Nastics will provide a safe place for children to play and be active.  During the pandemic we will be focusing on Education as our primary activity in the coming months. 

About Jason Dobson, OCT, B. Ed. BSM

Owner, Mini-Nastics 

Jason is entering his 8th year as owner of

Jason's experience with children dates back to 2003 and he has served all kinds of roles including, Camp Counselor, Trip Supervisor, Volunteer, Primary / Junior Classroom teacher, Athletic Director, Coach and General Manager. 

Jason graduated Brock University in 2007 with an Honours Degree in Sport Management.  

In 2010 Jason graduated from UOIT with a degree in Education and was accepted into the Ontario College of Teachers.

Jason has completed additional qualifications in Physical Education from the Univiersity of Toronto and Kindergarten from York University. 

Jason is also an occasional teacher in an Ontario Public School Board with experience in the classroom as well as virtual school.  

About Mini-Nastics


Why do we offer recreational non-competitive fitness programs?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, children who are involved in non-competitive sports have higher overall levels of physical activity.  Mini-Nastics offers opportunities for children to engage in positive physically active play.  

The 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report States: 

  • 46% of Canadian Children get less than 3 hours of physical activity a week
  • 64% of children's after school and weekend time is being spent on sedentary activities 
  • 58% of Canadian mothers rank physical activity as first or second in importance relative to other leisure activities that their children do
  • Most people realize that Canada is facing an epidemic of childhood obesity, and that obesity impacts health and longevity; what is not as well known is that the lack of physically-active play is also affecting children's intellectual development

The 2010 report From Playpen to Playground by Dr. Jeffery Trawick-Smith Reports:

  • Decades of research have shown that play is an important mediator in the physical, social, cognitive and language development of young children
  • Adults need to provide enticing self-directed play spaces and experiences and some structured activities to encourage chlidren to move for more than just a few minutes a day
  • Preschools and kindergartens in public school settings have become particularly regimented and adult directed, with teachers feeling compelled to increase literacy and numeracy instruction at the expense of play time

The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology in 2013 states:

  • Toddlers (aged 1 - 2 years) and preschoolers (aged 3 - 4 years) should accumulate at least 180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity throughout the day
  • Children from 5 - 11 years of age should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity daily