Kindergym is a wonderful program by Dawn Margolin offered at Temple Beth Abraham (TBA) in Oakland (but it’s not exclusive to Oakland or any one faith – all families are welcome!).
Designed for babies and toddlers under age three, the overall program is broken up into two parts: Kindergym drop-in playtime and a facilitated toddler class.
The classes are held in the TBA auditorium and include favorite activities such as slides, 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 water-play.
I have been taking my son to Kindergym drop-in sessions 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 water-table and play dough.
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 Sunday Play Days for kids under 3. This is held twice a month and 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 Sunday mornings.
The only downfall is the rather steep drop-in rate of $10 per family. Other than that, it’s a very fun and energetic environment.
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.