TUMBLEBUS History

Nearly 28 years ago Brenda Scharlow asked God to show her an idea that would enable her to bless as many children as possible with the benefit and joy of learning gymnastics. At the time, she was using a van to transport equipment to daycares that had space enough to accommodate equipment setup and teaching a gymnastics class. That left many children out who attended small daycares and in-home centers.

God was faithful to answer and she began to see a finished TUMBLEBUS® created from a former school bus. The name, the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, the safety considerations of padded walls, floors and equipment became so clear to her. In 1987, she built the first TUMBLEBUS®.


In 2011, Corey and Lindsay Wall purchased TUMBLEBUS® to operate in Tampa, Florida. Their TUMBLEBUS® Tampa business had been such a success that they soon approached Brenda about buying TUMBLEBUS® and taking it to the next level. Brenda couldn't let go of her "baby" for several years, but then came to realize TUMBLEBUS® could move forward in such capable hands. In September 2015, Corey and Lindsay Wall purchased the company from Brenda and are excited to take what she built to the next level with the help of individual owners across the nation.

Well over 300 buses have now been sold throughout the United States including Hawaii, Canada, and the Carolinas. TUMBLEBUS® is NOT a franchise. Each bus is sold to individuals or organizations such as Ms. Taylor D. Spencer, the South Charlotte owner and author of TUMBLEBUS Time. This gives Taylor and others the opportunity to utilize the mobile concept in their own ways that they find to be most beneficial for their communities.