Bay Area Classes & Drop-in Play for 0–5 Year Olds
Photo: Studio 4 Art
Looking for a fun class or indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house to get creative or to burn off some extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and the Bay Area:
Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm and Friday–Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child (free under 12 mo.) and $10.00 per adult during weekdays and $12 per child and adult on weekends (free under 12 mo.) For more info, visit their website.
- Rain or Shine
1235 10th Street, Berkeley
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–6 pm and Saturday–Sunday, 9:30 am–2 pm
The new Rain or Shine offers a wide variety of activities for ages 0–6 years. Drop in any time for open play! Come for story, music, or parachute programs. They offers a wide variety of activities for all day open play, all included with admission. Cost: before 2 pm, $16/first child; $8/sibling; $4/adult or after 2 pm $12/first child; $6/sibling; $2/adult. For more info, visit their website.
Community Music Class
Fairfax Women’s Club
46 Park Road, Fairfax
Hours: Mondays, 10–10:45 am
Come join us for 45 minutes of music and play, including rhythmic rhymes, songs and instrument play on Mondays at 10–10:45 am. During this lively session, young ones learn traditional folk songs and hands on music and circle games. The class is informal, non-performance-oriented and developmentally appropriate for children and parents/caregivers. Cost: $15 drop in per child (up to 2 children). For more info, visit their website.
New Moms and Babies Group
Fairfax Community Center (next to Peri Park)
16 Park Road, Fairfax
Hours: Tuesdays, 11 am–12:30 pm
Join us for an ongoing drop in group on Tuesdays 11 am–12:30 pm. Our group offers a safe and supportive environment conducive to sharing about topics such as emotional and physical recovery after birth, expectations surrounding being a mother, changes in lifestyle and in relationships, finding support and trusting caregivers, life balance and sleep, navigating medical care, child development, play and temperament, among other topics and issues. For more info, visit their website.
- Jump Indoor Playday
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Hours: Wednesday from 9 am–noon
Drop-in for children ages 1–5. All the mats will be out with push and pull toys, balls and obstacles to play on. Parents and/or caregivers must attend. The cost is $5 child or $7 for the family. No registration necessary. Exact change appreciated. For more info, call or visit their website.
- Studio 4 Art
254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
Offered throughout the year
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–5:30 pm & Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Studio 4 Art offers drop-in hands-on art and crafts for all ages on Monday–Friday from 10 am–5:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am–2 pm. My kids really love this place. Cost: $15 per 30 minute time slots and $25 for 60 minutes (includes all supplies). For more info, call (415) 596-5546 or visit their website.
- Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Power Play
70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30–11:30 am
Cal Star Gymnastics offers drop-in fun for ages 5 years and under on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30–11:30 am. Weekend drop-in takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9–10:30 am. Participants can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. The cost is $13 per child and $110 for a 10-visit saver card. Cal Star Gymnastics. For more info, visit their website.
- Studio 4 Art
1133 Grant Avenue, Novato
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–5:30 pm & Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Studio 4 Art offers drop-in hands-on art and crafts for all ages on. My kids really love this place. Cost: $23 per hour (plus tax) and includes all supplies. For more info, call (415) 596-5546 or visit their website.
- Redwood Empire Gymnastics
434 Payran St, Petaluma
Hours: Monday, Thursday–Saturday, 9–9:45 am & Wednesday–Friday, 11:45 am–12:30 pm
Redwood Empire Gymanstics offers drop-in gymnastic classes for children ages 1–3.5 years. Cost: $12 for drop-in for the Little Bugs class. For more info, visit their website.
- Pump-It Up
374 Blodgett Street, Suite 1, Cotati
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–11:30 am, Monday only 11:30 am–1 pm
You and your child are invited to come and play on giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Pop-In Playtime. This is a perfect outing for your next playgroup. Cost: $7 per child. For more info, visit their website.
- Rebounderz Rohnert Park
555 Rohnert Park Expressway, West, Rohnert Park
See hours below
Families looking for active indoor fun should head up north to Rohnert Park and check out the new Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 2-8 pm; Tuesday, 11 am- 8 pm; Friday, 11 am-11 pm; Saturday, 10 am-10 pm and Sunday from 10 am-8 pm. Cost: Prices start at $9 for a 30 minute jump session. See prices here. A one-time purchase of our Rebounderz Jump Socks is required to jump. These socks are reusable and are available for purchase for $3 per pair (tax included). For more info, visit their website.
- Doodlebug Marin Open Art Studio
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo
Hours: beginning Sept. 9, Saturdays 10 am–5 pm & Sunday 1–4 pm
Drop-in to the doodlebug Art Studio to create a special piece of art at your own pace. All ages welcome! No reservations required. For more info, call (415) 847-2726 or visit their website.
- Play-Well TEKnologies
Marin Engineering Center, San Anselmo
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 12–6 pm & Thursday-Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Play-WEll TEKnologies in San Anselmo offers drop-in LEGO play during the week. Cost: $10 per hour per child and and sibling discounts available. Preschool discount: $8 per hour weekdays under age 5, before 1 pm (not applicable on school vacation days, including summer). Closed December 25. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
- House of Air
926 Mason Street, Crissy Field, San Francisco
See hours below
The Presidio's House of Air indoor trampoline park offers a variety of programs for little ones. The Junior Geronimo program for kids ages 3–6 takes place Mondays–Fridays from 10 am–noon, and their bounce house—complete with double slides and climbing wall—for kids 3–6 is open Friday–Monday, 10 am–6 pm and Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am–5 pm. Junior Geronimo admission is $18 per person per hour, and the bounce house is $10 per child for one hour. Reservations for trampoline sessions are required. Reserve weekend time slots in advance as they sell out! They're located in an historic aircraft hangar at Crissy Field. For more info, visit their website.
- I Made It!
1938 4th Street, San Rafael
Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Friday, noon–6 pm, Saturday, 11 am–7 pm & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
I Made It! offers countless different projects ideas that you make from colored glass. Come on in (no appointment or reservation is necessary) and choose a project—including jewelry, decorative items, housewares like coasters and bottle openers, photo frames, key chains, and more. Closed on Tuesdays. Read about our visit to I Made It! For more info, visit their website.
Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Hours: Tuesdays from 9:30-11 am
Drop-in indoor play is for ages birth to 2 years. JymBABIES offers little ones a soft indoor playground for climbing, crawling, sliding, bouncing in a bounce house, building, dancing, scooting and more. On-site cafe offers kid-friendly food and snacks. Drop-in $10 per visit or 10 visits for $90. For more info, visit their website.
- Jumping Jacks
The San Rafael Community Center
618 B Street, San Rafael
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30–11:30 am (see below for details)
Jumping Jacks drop-in program for children crawling–4 years takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jump-up (for children crawling–26 months) class is from 9:30–11:30 am. High Jump (for children 26 months–4 years) is from 10:30–11:30 am. Jumping Jacks is an hour-long class that consists of activities that encourage creative movement, balance and hand-eye coordination. These activities are done in a high-energy, fun-filled atmosphere. The first half of each class is free play and the last half hour of class is group time… have fun dancing with scarves, playing with the parachute, and of course popping bubbles! Fees: 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee $10. For more info, visit their website.
- San Rafael Gymnastics
129 Carlos Drive, San Rafael
Hours: Saturdays, 9:30–10:30 am
San Rafael Gymnastics offers drop-in play for kids ages 18 months–9 years on Saturday mornings from 9:30–10:30 am. Bring them to Kid's Choice and let them bounce off a trampoline into a foam pit instead of bouncing off the walls! . Each child must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Cost: $8 for currently enrolled students and $10 for not currently enrolled. For more info, visit their website.
- Toddler Open Gym
GymWorld, San Rafael
3040 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm
GymWorld offers Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop-in basis three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline! Cost: drop-in $15 or $25 for 2 kids. For more info, visit their website.
- Children's Museum of Sonoma County
1835 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Saturday, 9 am–4 pm and Sunday, 11 am–4 pmThe Children's Museum of Sonoma County provides hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities in a safe environment that are custom designed for families with children aged ten years old and younger. Closed on Tuesdays. Cost: Adults and children: $12, babies under 12 months: free. For more info, visit their website.
3215 Coffey Lan, Santa Rosa
The new Epicenter indoor sports complex offers a variety of activities, from a trampoline park to indoor sports courts. There's even an on-site restaurant and a Starbucks, too. For more info, visit their website.
Snoopys Home Ice
1667 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
Snoopy's Home ice in Santa Rosa offers a full range of skating activities with both public and private time, as well as a café. You can even visit the nearby Charles M. Schulz Museum for more fun! For more info, visit their website.
- PlayLand Sausalito
610 Coloma Street, Saualito
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 am–noon
PlayLand is an indoor bounce house playground for ages 7 and under. Come jump in the bouncy zone, play games, have fun at the train tables, or even spend some quiet time in the arts room. Free music class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00-11:30 with paid admission There's also free organic coffee, tea, and cookies for the grownups! Playland cost: $10 Sausalito resident, $12 non-resident; 10 pass admission card $70 ($90 non-residents). For more info, call (415) 381-1241 or visit their website.
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
BADM is a perrenial favorite with Marin parents and children. They have a number of different indoor play and activity areas as well as a variety of programs for all ages. Cost: adult (ages 19 - 64 years): $13.95, child (ages 1 - 18 years): $13.95, babies (ages 6 mo. - 1 year): $12.95. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
- Monkey Mondays
Dairy Knoll, Tiburon
600 Ned's Way, Room 3
Hours: Mondays, 10–11 am
These fun, drop-in, sessions are for children 1 1/2 -3 years old that love to move and explore. Through age appropriate activities, toddlers will have the unique opportunity to free play, in our indoor class room and outdoor patio. All are welcome to participate in crafts and projects, guided by their guardian. Drop-in cost: $5. For more info, visit their website.
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