Busy moms and dads understand that it is important to find time to exercise, but they also face the challenge of trying to find safe childcare for their children. Many gyms have taken steps to ensure that their members never have to worry about this and provide childcare at the facility. Some of them offer it as part of the membership package and others charge a modest fee. The age limits vary depending on the facility but as a rule of thumb, it’s usually kids from 6 months to 12 years of age and while we love smaller more personable gyms, in some cases, the chains offer the best options for parents. Here is a list of the best gym daycares around town.
345 South Lake Ave Suite 201
Pasadena, CA 91105
Husband and wife team Phil and Michlle Dozios started this gym together to create a space that does “what gyms are supposed to do” — which means know their members by name, provide individual attention, and come in and get your workout DONE, man. The daycare is staffed by vetted caregivers, and costs $7 per child for 2 hours with only an extra $3 per additional kid. Daycare hours are 8-1 / 4-7:30, Monday through Saturday, and 8-12 Sunday. Minimum age is 6 months, and there is a special workout program for kids aged seven and up.
Canyon Crest Athletic Club
5225 Canyon Crest Dr Ste 18
Riverside, CA 92507
The Canyon Crest Athletic Club is a full service club that offers free weights, machines and a selection of classes to choose from. Clean locker rooms, a sauna and free child care at the Child Care Center for up to 2 hours a day. The center divides the children based upon their ages and provides age appropriate games and activities for them to participate in. Hours are 8:15A-12:30P / 2-8 M-F, 8:30A – 12P weekends. Ages – 3 months to 12 years.
Westside Family YMCA
11311 La Grange Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-5501
Locations throughout Southern California
The Westside Family YMCA offers Angelinos on the west side of town another full service gym including weights, machines, classes and more. Parents who want to work out but don’t have child care can drop their children off at the supervised Child Watch, for children ages six weeks – 10 years. The cost is either free or $10 per month depending on your membership level. Hours vary daily. They also have a moms exercise class where you can bring your babies in class while you work out.
21530 Oxnard St.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Other locations throughout Southern California
If you are looking for a gym in the San Fernando Valley that offers weights, classes and a spa plus childcare, then Equinox in Woodland Hills fits the bill. While you are enjoying Yoga or Pilates, your children will be taken care of at the Kids Club for $7 per child, $10 for two. Hours vary daily.
Total Woman Gym & Day Spa
2755 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance CA 90505
Total Woman Gym & Day Spa opened a new location in the South Bay on December 13, 2010. The Torrance facility offers a complete line up of programs and activities and a kids club which offers toys, games, books, videos and crafts for children two months to 12 years. The staff is trained and CPR-certified. Prices vary by membership level, and hours vary daily, but note that the Kids’ Club is not open on Sundays.
LA Fitness Universal
3575 Cahuenga Blvd. W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
LA Fitness in Universal City provides a clean gym that offers a variety of activities and services; including free weights, machines, swimming pool, fitness classes and basketball. The Kids Klub offers a babysitting service on premises for children from ages 3 months to 10. There are a variety of activities for your children to participate in while you work out, and the staff will page you if they need your individual attention. Hours: 8A-12P/4-8 M-F, 8A-12P Sat, closed Sunday.
Joshua Wilner is a writer and father of two in Los Angeles.