Kids Gym Berkeley, formerly We Rock The Spectrum – Berkeley, is the sponsor of this spotlight post. We are excited to announce their new name!
Kids Gym Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun for all kids. This full inclusion facility was opened by parents Barbara Brodrick and Brian Schroeder inspired by their son Grant, who is on the Spectrum with ADHD & Hyperlexia, to create an entertaining play space that offers safety and engagement for kids of all abilities. Best for kids under age 6 but all are welcome until age 12.
You can find birthday parties, day camps, classes, and therapies in addition to drop-in playtime. If it is too hot for you outside, you can enjoy the AC at Open Play all day. Obviously, it is a great place to hide from the rain, too.
Kids Gym Berkeley is staffed with helpful adults who are prepared to interact with typical kids and kids on the autism spectrum. The equipment and the environment is designed to engage children with gross motor movement, art, building, and role playing. Much of it is specially selected for children with sensory processing disorders, but is certainly fun for everyone.
What you’ll find at Kids Gym Berkeley
Lots of space for fun
Did we mention 10,000 square feet of space to run and climb and play? With gates at every exit so your little runner can’t escape!
Sensory chill-out room
For children in need of a therapeutic relaxation, the sensory room is equipped with top-of-the-line bubble tube lighting; fiber optic lights; ocean & and soothing outer space mural to bring a deep sense of calm to those who need it most. It is immediately next door to the nap room, which was in use when we visited.
Kid-sized tables for activities.
Puzzles and art projects are laid out daily to invite children to interact.
Imaginative play area
Bounce your ya-yas out on the trampolines. Try to make trick shots leaping to the basketball hoop or take it at your own speed.
Climbing structure with monkey bars
It would be impossible to name all the various things your child can climb on and around, but this is another cool one. We’re also fans of the big net.
Swing room, including zipline for thrills is modified regularly
Speech Therapy and baby sign classes
Parents and small children can participate in Baby Sign Language Classes by resident Speech Language Pathologist Piera Willner, MS, CCC-SLP. Check with Barbara for details.
Services and special events at Kids Gym Berkeley
In addition to open play, they offer birthday parties and camps.
Families get exclusive use of the 600+ square foot dance studio for food, cake, drinks and dining for 2 hours. Packages starting at $220 for up to 10 kids and $350 for up to 20. Optional extras include popcorn machine, staff support person, balloons, craft projects, face painter, favors, pizza, cake, and full-facility rent out. Fun for ages 0 to 9.
Related post: Berkeley birthday party venue: Kids Gym Berkeley
Plan your visit to Kids Gym Berkeley
2920 Seventh Street, near San Pablo and Ashby, in Berkeley.
Rates and Hours
During the week, Kids Gym is open from 9 am to 6 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $15 per visit per child and $12 for siblings. No charge for adults. Weekend hours for open play are 9 am to 7 pm.
We are grateful to Kids Gym Berkeley for their sponsorship of 510Families.com.