Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the school year, a spirited toddler guru, Dawn Margolin, leads toddler classes and Kindergym playgroups at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. The play sessions are open to children of any background, though circle time on Friday will incorporate some elements of the Jewish Shabbat tradition. Dawn has been conducting this program for more than 30 years and current parents of teens have shared fond memories of the class with us.
Designed for babies and toddlers under age three, the overall program is broken up into two parts: a mix-and-match toddler class with the ability to register and attend on multiple days and Kindergym 45-minute drop-in playtime afterward.
The classes are held in the Temple Beth Abraham auditorium and include favorite activities such as slides, climbers, ball pit, bubbles, and parachutes. Upon walking into the auditorium, you literally feel like you’re in a child’s utopia!
Drop-in playtime offers additional activities such as art, stories, and a rice-play table.
I have been taking my son to Kindergym drop-in for more than a year since he was ten months old, and it has been such a fun time for him. Dawn provides climbers and tunnels all around so my son was able to crawl and explore in a big space. Now, as a toddler, he also loves the sensory play like the rice-table and playdough.
Dawn is an amazing instructor full of positive energy and always makes an effort to say hello to each child. It’s a fun atmosphere and there is a sense of the East Bay community. I often run into friends from Berkeley at Kindergym.
Another plus is that Dawn offers monthly Sunday Play Days for kids under 3, with both a morning and afternoon class on that date. These sessions can really get packed. If you don’t mind a crowd, it’s a fun time for the little ones and a nice family activity on a Sunday.
Classes are priced at about $10 to $15 per family depending on which time you pick. We love it and keep coming back: Kindergym is a very fun and energetic environment.
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Find out more about the Kindergym programs with Dawn at the Temple Beth Abraham website including the rates and schedule for Dawn’s various programs.
Temple Beth Abraham is located at 327 MacArthur Blvd near Lake Merritt. Free parking is available onsite (although it can get full quickly so arrive early).