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Indoor Drop-in Activities for the Little Ones for Marin & Beyond

Indoor play in Marin and the Bay Area

Looking for fun indoor activities and play spaces for the little ones? There are many places to take the kids to get them out of the house and get creative or burn off all that extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and beyond:

Novato

  • Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Morning Power Play
    70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato
    (415) 382-7827
    Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 9:30–10:30 am, Friday, 10–10:55 am & 11–11:55 am
    Cal Star Gymnastics offers drop-in fun for ages 1–5 years. Participants can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. The cost is $15 per child and $130 for a 10-visit saver card. Cal Star Gymnastics. More info: www.calstar.info
  • Poppytots Play Cafe
    559 So. Novato Blvd, C-1, Novato
    (415) 895-1518
    Hours: Monday, 9 am–noon, Tuesday–Friday, 9 am–noon and 1–4 pm; weekend times vary

    The Play Cafe is a safe, clean space for adults to bring their littles to explore and play while they get some work done, catch up with friends, or just enjoy a complementary cup of coffee. $16 per 3-hour session, advance reservations recommended. More info: www.poppytotscafe.com

Petaluma

  • Redwood Empire Gymnastics
    434 Payran St, Petaluma
    (707) 763-5010
    Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10–10:45 am; Saturday, 9–9:45 am

    Redwood Empire Gymanstics offers a drop-in gymnastic class called Littlebugs (ages walking to 36 months only). Sign up for each class individually. More info, www.regymnastics.com

Rohnert Park/Cotati

  • Rebounderz Rohnert Park
    555 Rohnert Park Expressway, West, Rohnert Park
    (707) 416-4445
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 3–8 pm; Saturday 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–8 pm; Munchkin & Me: Tuesday & Thursday, noon–3 pm

    Rebounderz indoor trampoline park offers a variety of activities and programs, including Munchkin & Me sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids 6 and under with parent participation. More info: rebounderzrohnertpark.com

San Anselmo

  • Play-Well TEKnologies
    Marin Engineering Center, San Anselmo
    (415) 460-5210
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, noon–6 pm

    Play-WEll TEKnologies in San Anselmo offers drop-in LEGO play for all ages. More info: www.play-well.org

San Francisco

  • Curiosity Grove
    California Academy of Sciences
    55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
    (415) 379-8000
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    This completely reimagined educational playspace features vibrant, animal-filled murals that bring California’s diverse forest ecosystems to life, interactive, science-themed games and toys, and a variety of kid-friendly public programs. More info: www.calacademy.org
  • House of Air
    926 Mason Street, Crissy Field, San Francisco
    (415) 345-9675
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 2–6 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10 am–6 pm; closed Tuesday

    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. More info: houseofair.com/san-francisco.
  • Randall Museum
    199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    (415) 554-9600
    Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; closed Sunday & Monday

    Drop in for play and exploration at the Randall Museum. Explore the Toddler Treehouse, check out the model trains, and meet the animals! The Toddler Treehouse is a carpeted play structure with age-appropriate books and art supplies for little ones. Free admission. More info: randallmuseum.org

San Rafael

  • Do Art Studio
    1547 4th Street, San Rafael
    (415) 634-8097
    Saturdays, 9 am–noon
    Do Art Studio San Rafael is open for pottery painting. Grab a donut from Johnny Donuts and have the most fun Saturday ever! Painting pottery is great for ages 2–102 and prices range from $10–$80 and include all glaze, firing, and your time in the studio. More info: www.studio4art.net
  • Flying Dutchman Toddler Open Gym
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 9–11 am
    Perfect for toddlers and siblings! This is an unstructured play time for parents and children together. While staff sets stations for parents and children to work on, this is a no-pressure environment to run around, play, climb and learn. Parents must stay with child at all time. Cost: $25 per child cash, $30 card. More info: www.flyingdutchmangymnastics.com
  • Fox & Kit
    1031 C Street, San Rafael
    (415) 991-5061
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–noon

    Fox & Kit's indoor playground is a modernist wonderland with a rolling grass hill, color-changing passageways, a climbing wall, a reading nook, a costume room, imaginative wooden play structures, and a seriously cool sensory cave. Every square inch intentional; every square foot thought out. At Fox & Kit, your children will lose themselves in their imaginations whether you relax and enjoy a moment for yourself or decide to follow them down the rabbit hole and discover your inner child. Socks required. Cost: $10 (9–23 months), $12 (24–35 months), $15 (3–11 years). 15% sibling discount and 50% last hour special. More info: www.foxandkit.com
  • Jumping Jacks
    San Rafael Community Center

    618 B Street, San Rafael
    (415) 485-3333
    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 am–noon (6 months–4 years)

    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 - parents/caretakers are expected to have fun interacting with their child/children! The last half hour of class is group time … have fun dancing with scarves, playing with the parachute and of course popping bubbles! Jump-up (crawling to 26 months), 9:30–10:30 am; High Jump (26 months–4 years), 11 am–noon. Drop-in fee $10. More info: cityofsanrafael.perfectmind.com
  • Cucu's PlayHouse
    1414 4th Street, San Rafael (4th and D)
    (415) 815-6035
    Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10 & 11:15 am

    In-person classes are back at Cucu's Playhouse! Fun, active and educational music and movement class in Spanish for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  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. Monthly memberships $79, drop-in $19. First class is free. More info: www.CucusPlayHouse.com
  • Open Gym
    GymWorld, San Rafael
    3040 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael

    Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 2–4 pm; Wednesday–Friday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
    GymWorld offers Open Gym on a drop-in basis. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline! Cost: $25; $40 for 2 siblings. More info: gymworldmarin.com

Santa Rosa

  • Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
    (707) 546-4069
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Saturday, 9 am–4 pm; Sunday, 11 am–4 pm; closed Tuesday
    The 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: $16; infants 11 months and younger: free. More info: www.cmosc.org
  • Epicenter
    3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa
    (707) 708-3742

    The 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. More info: visitepicenter.com
  • Snoopys Home Ice
    1667 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
    (707) 546-7147

    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! More info: www.snoopyshomeice.com

Sausalito

  • Playland Sausalito
    610 Coloma Street, Saualito
    (415) 381-1241
    Hours: Monday & Friday, 9 am–noon; Saturday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Playland is an indoor bounce house playground for ages 11 months to 7 years 11 months. Come jump in the bouncy zone, play games, have fun at the train tables, or even spend some quiet time in the arts room. Playland cost: $13–$18. Registration required; reserve your time spot here. More info: www.mttamadventures.com
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
    (415) 339-3900
    Hours: Wednesday–Sunday: 9 am–4 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 and child (ages 1–64 years): $19; senior (ages 65+): $17; babies (ages 6 months–1 year): $15. Advance tickets required; reserve your tickets here. More info: bayareadiscoverymuseum.org

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