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.
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 >
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 >
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 webpage. Read our review here >
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!