Aliso Viejo, CA
When I was looking for a gymnastics program for my two boys (4yrs and 6yrs), we took trial classes at several local gymnasiums.
OGA is where we ended up, for many reasons....First and most importantly, the instructors are *great*. They have very little turnover in staff, so my kids have had the same instructors for the six months. The instructors are encouraging, but also know how to deal with kids who are not behaving.
The gym itself is by far the cleanest place we went to. Yes, it smells a bit 'gym-y', but everything is kept very clean and tidy. The equipment doesn't feel grimy or gross. The bathrooms are clean, too. The whole upstairs is one big viewing area which provides a nice place to sit and watch my kids. There's a nice, basic snack bar for after-lesson munchies.
My kids have really enjoyed their lessons so far, and I feel they are definitely getting more confident in their athletic ability. One thing I liked about OGA was their boys' program seems just as important to the staff as the girls' program. Some of the other gyms we visited seemed to treat the boys' programs as an afterthought- having less qualified instructors, or scheduling the lessons at inconvenient times. This doesn't happen at OGA!
The monthly cost is pretty much in line with other local gyms- approx $40-70 month depending on how many lessons your child takes and which level of instruction he or she requires. They also have Mommy and Me classes, as well as preschooler classes.
I would recommend OGA for anyone looking for a quality gymnastics program for their child.
I've been to SCG several times over the past few years.
The first time was for brunch, which I will admit is quite good. Our party of 6 showed up on time for our reservation and waited about five minutes to be seated. The service was attentive without being annoying...usually buffet service is pretty poor but our server was good about keeping drinks topped off and clearing plates. The buffet itself was quite good: lots of fresh shrimp (shell on, but tasty enough to be worth peeling) & crab, tasty salads, an omelet bar and the usual roasted meat/hot side dishes. It's not the biggest brunch around but the food was fresh enough. And the price was reasonable. So I'd give the buffet 2.5 stars.
I've been also been to SGC twice on date nights with my husband. Both times we were quite disappointed: mediocre service (how many times to do I have to ask for an ice tea refill?!) and mediocre food. Nothing really stands out on the menu...I tried their prime rib special and found it not bad but not good either. Just MEH. That was pretty much the consensus for all our food. Honestly it reminded us of Chili's -chain food that is pre-prepared and *boring*. Except that it was more $$ than Chilis.
I would only recommend the SGC for a quick brunch...if you're looking for a good dinner there are a lot of restaurants that are much better for the price.