Too often the kids can put a cramp in our workout plans. With a membership to one of these gyms where the kids have a place of their own, you can get yourself in shape to chase them around the playground in the afternoon. Let 2018 be the year of YOU!

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San Francisco

YMCA San Francisco
There are 15 YMCA locations throughout San Francisco and almost all offer childcare. The Ykids program offers fully trained, experienced, drop-off childcare 7 days a week. There is a limit to two hours per day childcare, per child. Reservations are required, and can be made up to two days in advance.

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SoMa Mamas in the know definitely have MNTSTUDIO on their radar when they want to do some Pilates, barre or yoga. Just this last spring, the studio tripled in size and it is over-the-top gorgeous. Bring your babe with you as they offer childcare in addition to awesome classes like Pilates pre/post-natal Reformer classes.

766 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA

This well-known kiddie play space offers some adults perks as well. Pilates classes are held a few times a week (check schedule here) and while you sweat, the littles can burn off their own lunch in the play area complete with supervised childcare.

470 Carolina St.
San Francisco, CA

Yoga Flow SF
This beautiful yoga studio in the city serves up a one of a kind atmosphere with their state of the art sound and lighting system. And to keep your mind in an even more relaxed state, they have childcare! Bring your budding yogi (3 months and up) to the room next door where they’ll be dancing, singing and getting their art on as you learn to master the flying bird pose (that’s standing on one leg with arms in a bind).

385 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
With more than 100 cardio machines and a warm pool, plus a wide variety of classes from body conditioning to yoga, parents will find all the motivation they need (did we mention there is a spa area with a hot tub and a sauna?). And with childcare offered for ages 6 weeks to 10 years, it will be tricky to find an excuse not to work out at this amazing facility. Reservations are required, and parents who wish to use childcare need to attend an orientation.

3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA

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East Bay

Bloom Retreat
This is more of a wellness sanctuary than a gym—breaking a sweat has never felt so good. In addition to yoga and bootcamp classes (core strengthening and cardio) they offer a full range of spa services. The thoughtful childcare facility is designed to make mamas feel at ease and able to completely unwind.

1444 S. Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA

Berkeley and Irvin Deutscher Family YMCAs (Pleasant Hill)
Both the Berkeley and Pleasant Hill YMCAs have revamped their ChildWatch programs in recent years. Two hours of childcare is included in a family membership, daily. And with a variety of drop-in dance and fitness classes for kids, you could even squeeze in some more workout time, while they’re getting their wiggles out too!

You could call this the Cadillac of gyms. It’s actually part gym, part resort, part social club. Though the monthly membership fees can be on the high side, you get a ton for the money, including three (that’s not a typo…three!) hours of childcare daily in the Kidfit center, for kids aged 3-12. Plenty of time to take a class, grab some lunch AND get a spa treatment. They have several locations, mostly in the East Bay.

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Peninsula and South Bay

Total Woman Gym and Spa
With locations in Sunnyvale and San Jose, this gym for women only offers tons of group fitness classes like Zumba, bootcamp and cycle along with mind/body classes like yoga and pilates. There are trainers available to get you in your best shape as well as treadmills and stair climbers for solitary workouts. The San Jose location also offers spa treatments like massage and facials. Both gyms offer childcare seven days a week.

950 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, CA

727 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road
Sunnyvale, CA

Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club
This gym has group fitness classes like barre, Zumba and pilates as well as aquatic classes like aqua combo. Book the kids in the kids’ club or schedule them for one of the many kids’ night out programs. In the summer, the kids’ club expands to offer summer camp for school-aged kids.

14700 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA

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Marin County

Rolling Hills Club
Childcare for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years in a room tricked out with trains, dolls, crafts, and books, means that parents will have time to take full advantage of the pool, sauna, and..oh yeah…the fitness facilities. $8/hour for drop in kids, members just $5, discounted rates for monthly passes. Reservations required.

351 San Andreas Dr.
Novato, Ca

Élan Health and Fitness Center
This women-only workout space is here to help you give fit in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Their nursery will take your little one off your hands at an affordable rate, during which time you can choose to sweat it out in Zumba or snooze while getting a facial or massage. No judgments!

230 Greenfield Ave.
San Anselmo, CA

photo: The Dailey Method

Throughout the Bay Area

Bay Club
Offering more than 100 group classes a week and state-of-the art workout equipment, this gym feels more like a treat than a chore! Free (for members and their guests) onsite childcare by CPR/AED certified staff lets you take full advantage of the facilities—and there are 12 Bay Area clubs to choose from.

Forma Gym
Forma Gym has locations in San Jose and Walnut Creek. They offer a large list of classes, which include Aussie Boxing! The childcare is available for children up to age 12, so bring the whole bunch.

The Dailey Method
Part Pilates, part ballet, a little bit bar and a whole lot of butt and thigh work, this strength training class improves posture and whittles the waist. There are now 18 Bay Area locations, nearly all of which offer childcare.


This boutique fitness center was started by a pair of Portland parents and now has studios nationwide, including six in the Bay Area, all offering childcare at an affordable $6 per class. The addictive classes mix ballet barre, yoga and Pilates to tone muscle, rev your heart rate and strengthen your body. Sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook to take advantage of tons of freebies and promotions for their classes. And be sure to check out their full course of online workouts.

Know of any other gyms that offer childcare? Share them with us in a comment below. 

—Kate Loweth, Melissa Bouse and Amber Guetebier

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