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 this fall? 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. 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
Habitot is a hands-on museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts and crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Museum admission applies.
New Moms and Babies Group
Fairfax Community Center (next to Peri Park)
16 Park Road, Fairfax
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.
- Tutu Toddlers
1201 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
Our goal in our Tutu Toddlers division is to work with you to engage your little one and give them an introduction to ballet they'll never forget. For ages 18 months to 3 years. At Tutu School we believe that exposing children at the earliest possible age to creativity, movement, and music can only lead to good things, and that dancing out stories not only exercises little bodies but also nurtures big imaginations.
- Canta Conmigo! Family Spanish
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
In this parent participation class children (1 mo.–4 yrs) will be introduced to the sounds, structure and vocabulary of the Spanish language through interactive activities including story time, music, movement and song. Whether you are a native speaker who wants your family to conserve the language and traditions of your heritage, or if you want to encourage Spanish as a second language for your children, ¡Canta conmigo! is where you begin with your littlest ones. CD and songbook included.
- Jump Indoor Playday
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Drop-in for children ages 1–5 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am–noon during late summer and into spring. All the mats will be out with push and pull toys, balls and obstacles to play on. Parents and/or caregivers must attend. No registration necessary. Exact change appreciated.
- Music Time with Megan
12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
Join us every morning (ages 0–5) on Mondays 10:30–11:10 am and 11:15–11:55 am for 2 drop-in music class at the Sprout in Mill Valley for all live music, singing, dancing and playing instruments with popular children's musician Megan Schoenbohm. Cost is $15 per child, and siblings under 7 months are free. This is an ongoing weekly class.
- Music Together!
Mill Valley Community Center, TeenZone Lounge
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Nurture your child’s inner musician! Bring your newborn, toddler or preschooler to our fun-filled music and movement classes. This is a rich family music experience, with classic children’s songs as well as songs from other cultures in different modes. Mixed-age classes are wonderful for siblings attending with parents, grandparents, nannies and caregivers.
- Studio 4 Art
254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
Offered throughout the year
Studio 4 Art offers drop-in hands-on art and crafts for all ages.
- TumbleSpot Open Gym
750 Redwood Hwy, Suite 1212, Mill Valley
Our open gym (Wednesday–Friday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm) allows for parents and children to practice at their own pace, get in some excellent exercise, spend time together, and have fun. Preschool gymnastics apparatus is set up for use as an obstacle course, as well as our tumbling mats and props. Drop-in cost: Ages 12 months – 5 years, $15 per drop-in, $10 for members. Additional siblings $5/each. Unlimited Open Gym Membership $49/month, Unlimited Open Gym Family Membership $79/month.
Busy Bees-Indoor Play Days (Oct 7-Dec 20)
503 South Palm Drive, Hamilton Community Center, Novato
Parents and little ones are invited to join Recreation Staff for a morning of safe and secure indoor fun! Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 9 am-noon. Enjoying learning and playing with your toddler/preschooler in this parent-participation class featuring age appropriate toys, tumbling mats, sensory bins, crafts and parachute play. No registration required. Drop-in fee is $5 per family at the door. Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay the duration of class and are responsible for their child(ren). Parents and/or caregivers will be asked to sign-in daily.
Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Power Play
70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato
Cal Star Gymnastics offers drop-in fun for ages 5 years and under on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30–11:30 am (fall through spring only). Weekend drop-in takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9–10:30 am (year-round). Participants can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment.
- Sing Dance Play!
5420 Nave Drive, Stuite F, Novato
Come let your kids play in an environment of free exploration and movement on Mondays 10:30 am–12:30 pm and Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30 (closed Thanksgiving week). A great way to connect with other families and just have downtime in an enclosed space with lots to do. Pack a (peanut and nut-free) snack and enjoy it in our snack alcove. Babies to age 4, (older siblings okay). Drop in $10 per child ($0.28 fee for credit card), $5 for siblings 1 and over (no charge for siblings under 12 months).
- Preschool Gymnastics
Novato Gymnastics Center
950 7th Street, Novato
Novato Gymastics offers classes for little ones starting at 1 yr. Classes are broken up by age. Find out more about each class at their website above.
- Studio 4 Art
1133 Grant Avenue, Novato
Studio 4 Art offers drop-in hands-on art and crafts for all ages on. My kids really love this place.
- Redwood Empire Gymnastics
434 Payran St, Petaluma
Redwood Empire Gymnastics offers drop-in gymnastic classes for children ages 1–3.5 years.
- Pump-It Up
374 Blodgett Street, Suite 1, Cotati
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.
- Rebounderz Rohnert Park
555 Rohnert Park Expressway, West, Rohnert Park
Families looking for active indoor fun should head up north to Rohnert Park and check out the new Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena with a dedicated toddler play structure.
- Little Tree Art Studios
14 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo
The new Little Tree in San Anselmo offers open studio sessions for both kids (ages 2 and up) and adults, as well as movie nights, camps, and more.
- Play-Well TEKnologies
Marin Engineering Center, San Anselmo
Play-WEll TEKnologies in San Anselmo offers drop-in LEGO play during the week.
- Toddler Tumbling
Isabel Cook Community Center
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo
Our toddler tumbling classes (ages 1–2 yrs) combine instructor initiated activi-ties with children’s freedom of exploration. There is circle time with songs and rhymes and plenty of time for free play, which helps the young child to develop large motor skills through age appropriate activities. Parent participation is required for all Toddler Tumbling classes.
- House of Air
926 Mason Street, Crissy Field, San Francisco
The Presidio's House of Air indoor trampoline park offers a variety of programs for little ones. 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.
Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
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.
- Jumping Jacks
The San Rafael Community Center
618 B Street, San Rafael
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!
- Music and Movement in Spanish for 3 mo - 5 yr olds
Cucu's PlayHouse1414 4th Street, San Rafael (4th and D)
Fun, active and educational music and movement class in Spanish for babies, toddlers and preschoolers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. Some classes are age specific, and others are for mixed ages. A selection of songs in Spanish guides the class from start to finish. Games and activities are related to the lyrics, in order to familiarize the children with the words and their meanings. Classes are taught in a beautiful, Montessori inspired playroom with plenty of natural light. Sustainably made toys, mostly wooden, are used during the classes and are available for purchase. Class packs available on their website ($19/class) or drop-in for $24.
- Toddler Open Gym
GymWorld, San Rafael
3040 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
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!
- Children's Museum of Sonoma County
1835 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
WebsiteThe 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.
3215 Coffey Lane, 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.
Snoopy's Home Ice *Closed until October 2019*
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!
- PlayLand Sausalito
610 Coloma Street, Saualito
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. There's also free organic coffee, tea, and cookies for the grownups!
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
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.
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