In 2004, Michael and Babz Barnett, parents of two young children, found themselves frustrated and disappointed in the variety and quality of kids gym programs, in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
As busy parents, they spent too much time driving from place to place trying to fashion a rich set of experiences for their kids. One day, that frustration bubbled over into the early ideas for a place where parents and kids could find a variety of gym, music and art programs under one roof.
They called it Romp n’ Roll.
Activities, programs and play experiences are researched and tested in two company-owned locations before introduction to the Romp n’ Roll franchisee community in addition to the detailed training provided to instructors.
Romp n’ Roll’s first location opened in October 2004, offering a variety of high-quality kid gym classes led by enthusiastic, well-trained instructors and held in a clean, safe, whimsical center.
Michael and Babz opened their second location in 2005, less than a year later, and awarded their first franchise in 2007.
In 2010, Michael and Babz were invited to appear on ABC’s reality show, Shark Tank. They turned down offers from two of the sharks, so they could keep 100% of ownership and thereby control the growth and quality of their promising kids gym franchise.
Romp n’ Roll granted a “Master Franchise” license to an investment group in China in 2009, deciding to take a pause in U.S. expansion, which resumed in 2015. Today, Romp n’ Roll has over 300 indoor playground franchises in the U.S. and China.
Romp n’ Roll is now expanding in the United States with a proven operational model. Each year, we plan to responsibly add 10 to 15 new franchisees to the Romp n’ Roll family over the next five years, scaling to between 80 to 100 new children’s fitness franchises.
This helpful 15-page report will explain our revenue sources and market criteria, what makes our kids gym franchise unique, detailed investment requirements, training and support programs, unit revenue figures, financing options and so much more.