Alameda is getting more kid-friendly by the minute, and little kids on the island just got a sweet new indoor kids gym!
Swings and Wings on Blanding Avenue is a sensory-based play space designed and owned by an Occupational Therapist with two young children. This spot opened in early May and is still in its infancy: the schedules and pricing are a work in progress.
The gym is simple and sweet with lots of thoughtful touches. Designed with babies up to eight-year-olds in mind, there are several different rooms and sections for kids going a variety of speeds.
The bright front room offers large windows and comfy couches. The ball pit is big enough for about four kids, depending on their size. There’s a sweet little reading area and a full wooden play structure.
The back room (to the delight of my 4- and 5-year-old sons) has a full bounce house.
If your kid gets overstimulated or if you’re a breastfeeding mom, a nursing/quiet room features sensory toys, low light, and a glider. It’s a very sweet perk that will really benefit kids or parents that would like to step into a space where you can take a few deep breaths.
For kids who love choo-choos, there are train and LEGO tables with a sofa for the grown-ups watching the littles.
The future of Swings and Wings
The classroom is currently set up with puzzles and paints, but Swings and Wings plans to offer classes such as yoga and art. Birthday parties can be booked now.
Swings, as the name implies, will be installed in the coming weeks. “Whether your child needs to let off some steam or needs to be quiet and mindful, you will find it at Swings and Wings!” says their Facebook page.
There are two very clean and kid friendly bathrooms and a kitchen with the super thoughtful touch- a healthy snacks vending machine.
Bottom line from a mom who has been to Swings and Wings
User experience: All the spaces feel comfortable and clean. The toys, furniture, and equipment are nice quality and inviting.
Best for: It’s definitely a set up that’s best for toddlers. I wouldn’t take a group of 8-year-olds here, but if you brought an 8-year-old sibling with a toddler they would be able to play and entertain themselves.
When to go: Since it’s so new and words not out yet, it was very relaxed the day I took my kids. However if Twirl is any indication- I imagine this spot will take off in popularity and become a little more crowded, especially when the weather is bad. In other words: Go now!
Swings and Wings is a lovely option for the tiny people of the East Bay to play and socialize, and it sounds like they have plans to offer lots of cool things in the future!
Swings and Wings is located at 2307 Blanding Avenue. Admission is $15 for the first child; $12 for siblings/ $80 for unlimited access monthly