East Bay open gyms for kids with drop-in hours
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4 Open Gyms with Drop-in Hours

Similar to an indoor playspace where kids can run and climb and roll around, open gyms are an opportunity to take advantage of a gymnastics facility’s soft mats, foam pits, and tumbling floors. We love these places to get our kids’ ya-yas out before a good nap.

Thank you to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring 510families’ guide to open gyms with drop-in hours.

Please check the links before you go as schedules may change. 

zipline at Kids Gym Berkeley
Kids Gym Berkeley zipline | Photo: Candace Smith

Open gym hours for toddlers and preschoolers

Kids Gym Berkeley (Berkeley near Emeryville)

Kids Gym Berkeley’s indoor gym is open to children up to 11 years old from 9 am to 6 pm most days of the week. With a spacious layout, this facility includes swings, climbing wall, indoor zipline, crash mats, and trampoline for lots of gross motor exercise to improve kids’ strength, balance, and hand-eye coordination. In addition to the big play, kids can enjoy the Beam Interactive game, ping pong table, air hockey, foosball & other activity tables.
Location: 2920 Seventh Street, Berkeley
Cost: $15 for single drop in or $100 for a 10-pack. Memberships are also available on a monthly or quarterly basis. Visit website >

Kids Gym Berkeley climbing wall
Kids Gym Berkeley climbing wall | Photo by Candace Smith

Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics (Berkeley)

Bear Cubs gym time is designed for children from 1-5 years old. Children must be accompanied by a caretaker. Bring a packed lunch, take a break, and come right back in! Bear Cubs Open gym runs Wednesdays from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm and Saturday noon to 1 pm with breaks for winter recess and summer.
Location: Golden Bear Recreation Center at the top of Dwight Way, Berkeley
Cost: $10/child at the cashier window. Visit website >


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Head Over Heels (Emeryville)

Weekday open gym at Head Over Heels is for kids ages 2 and up. 2 and 3-year-olds will need to be accompanied on the floor by their caregivers. Ages 4 and up can explore on their own. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – 12 – 1:30; Wednesday 1-2:30; Friday 2-3:30. Saturdays often fill up, so arrive early.
Location: 4701 Doyle St. Bldg. F Emeryville
Cost: $17 for non-members; $12 for members Visit website for class details and open gym hours > or read our description of open gym.

Dawn’s Kindergym (Oakland)

Children under 3 will love the set up at the Kindergym room at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland with slides, climbers, and other play equipment. The program is 100% fun and has no religious affiliation.
Location: 327 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
Cost: Classes are priced at about $10 to $15 per family depending on session | Hours are generally 10 am on Wednesday and Thursday, with two time slots on Friday: 9:30 and 10:45. The schedule is fairly irregular, so please check the Kindergym webpageRead our review here >

Moms and babies at Kindergym Oakland
Moms and babies at Kindergym Oakland | photo: Icarian Photography

Big thanks to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring today’s guide to open gyms with drop-in hours. Kids Gym Berkeley remodels their floor space of swings and climbers regularly. We love ’em!
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