About us

Who is at the Wheel? – Ray and Amanda Lyons

Tumblebus is owned and operated by Ray and Amanda Lyons. This year we are celebrating 15 years bringing the TUMBLEBUS throughout Rhode Island. With over 20 years of experience in the gymnastics/children’s fitness industry, your children will have a great time and develop a love for staying fit!

Ray and Amanda are both members of the United States Gymnastics Federation. Ray has been a professional member and a certified gymnastics teacher and official for many years. Ray began his coaching/teaching career over 25 years ago in East Longmeadow Mass. Ray then went on to become the Assistant Gymnastics Coach of the Louisiana State University Women’s Gymnastics Team while working on his degree in Physical Education. After attending LSU Ray opened his first gymnastics school in Monroe Louisiana which became the premier gymnastics school in that area. Ray worked with over 300 gymnasts and 400 cheerleaders yearly and employed over 10 staff membersl.

In 1996 Ray purchased his second gymnastics school “The Sportscenter” in Ruston Louisiana and got married to Amanda! Together they developed “The Sportscenter” into a family entertainment center adding, a swim program, batting cages, 18 hole of mini golf and a sno cone stand to cool off during the hot summers!
In 2000, Ray and Amanda sold their business and moved back to New England and settled in Rhode Island . In 2001 Ray and Amanda began Tumblebus, Inc. and for 15 years have been putting smiles on children’s faces throughout Rhode Island.

Ray and Amanda have 2 children of their own, Cecilia age 8 and Colton age 7. Both Cecilia and Colton are Tumblebus graduates!! Ray and Amanda enjoy seeing every child have success on the Tumblebus!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Amanda at 401-742-3561.

About Our National Organization

Tumblebus is a nationally recognized children’s fun & fitness program for ages toddler to seven. The original Tumblebus was started in the mid 1980’s in southern Indiana. The program was designed to provide tumbling & gymnastic instruction and fun & fitness activities to children by way of a mobile gym bus. The concept caught on quickly at local schools and childcare facilities and soon the originators started selling Tumblebus’ and trademark rights across the country. Today there are over 300 Tumblebus’ around the country, including as far as Hawaii.

Tumblebus has been recognized as a Fortune’s Top 500 small business, featured on CNN, “John & Kate plus 8”, and numerous other local news channels for the unique program offered. Each independently owned and operated by individuals who love children and are making a difference one child at a time.