Indoor Drop-in Activities for the Little Ones for Marin & Beyond
Looking for fun indoor activities and play spaces for the little ones? There are several 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:
Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30–12:30 pm & Friday–Saturday, 9:30–4:30 pm
Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $12 children and adults (free for under 12 months). For more info, call (510) 647–1111 or 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: $20 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.
- Pavilion Playgroup
142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30am -12:30pm
This group happens from mid November through April each year. Indoor playtime during the soggy season! Join other moms, dads and kids at the charming red building on the hill. Children/infant to 5 years enjoy playing with toys, riding scooters and climbing on a variety of soft blocks and mats. Parents enjoy mingling, playing and drinking fresh coffee and tea (made upon request). Cost: $8 per child per visit or $60 for a 10 visit punch card. Babies 8 months and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
- Jump Indoor Playday (September, 2018–May, 2019)
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 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. Doesn't run in summer. For more info, call or visit their website.
- Music Time with Megan
12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
Hours: Mondays 10:30–11:10 am and 11:15–11:55 am
Join us every morning (ages 0–5) 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. Event details.
- 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 on Wednesdays 3:30–5:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am–1 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.
- TumbleSpot Open Gym
750 Redwood Hwy, Suite 1212, Mill Valley
Hours: Mondays, 12:30-2:30, Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm & Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am
Our open gym 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. For more info, visit their website.
Busy Bees-Indoor Play Days
503 South Palm Drive, Hamilton Community Center, Novato
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 9 am-noon
Parents and little ones are invited to join Recreation Staff for a morning of safe and secure indoor fun! 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. Please do not attend if your child is sick. For more info, visit their website.
- Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Power Play
70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato
Hours: Monday–Thursdays, 9:30–11:30 am & Saturday–Sunday, 9–10:30
Cal Star Gymnastics offers drop-in fun for ages 5 years and under on Monday–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 $15 per child and $130 for a 10-visit saver card. Cal Star Gymnastics. For more info, visit their website.
- Drop-in: Open Play at Sing Dance Play!
5420 Nave Drive, Stuite F, Novato
Hours: Monday 10:30 am–12:30 pm and Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30 (closed Thanksgiving week)
Come let your kids play in an environment of free exploration and movement. 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). For more info, visit their website.
- Music Time with Megan
100 Vintage Way, Novato
Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30–10 am
Join us every Wednesday and Friday morning at the Sports Basement Novato from 9:30-10am for all live music, singing, dancing and playing instruments with popular children's musician Megan Schoenbohm. Cost is $10 per child, and siblings under 7 months are free. This is an ongoing weekly class. Event details.
- Studio 4 Art
1133 Grant Avenue, Novato
Offered throughout the year
Studio 4 Art offers drop-in hands-on art and crafts for all ages in Tuesdays from 1–6 pm, Thursdays 2–5 pm and Saturdays 10 am–2 pm. 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
Redwood Empire Gymanstics offers drop-in gymnastic classes for children ages 1–3.5 years on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9–9:45 am and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11:45 am–12:30 pm. Cost: $13 for drop-in for the Little Bugs class. For more info, visit their website.
- Pump-It Up
374 Blodgett Street, Suite 1, Cotati
Hours: various times (check website)
Our Open Jumps are open play time where your child can have the time of their life. Our massive inflatables spark their imaginations to run wild. It’s not only fun for the kids, but provides a healthy workout that burns off excess energy and helps keep them fit. It’s fun for kids of all ages. Cost: $8 per child. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 2-8 pm; Tuesday, 11 am- 8 pm (Munchkin and Me, 11 am-1 pm); Friday, 11 am-10 pm (Munchkin and Me, 11 am-1 pm); Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday from 10 am-8 pm. Cost: Prices start at $10 and up. 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 $3.25 per pair (tax included). For more info, visit their website.
- Play-Well TEKnologies
Marin Engineering Center, San Anselmo
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12–6 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Play-WEll TEKnologies in San Anselmo offers drop-in LEGO play for all ages. 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 Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
- House of Air
926 Mason Street, Crissy Field, San Francisco
Hours: various times
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. Cost: check website for cost. For more info, visit their website.
- I Made It!
1938 4th Street, San Rafael
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12–6 pm, Saturday, 11 am–7 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm (Closed Tuesdays)
I Made It! Glass Creations offers art glass fun for ages 3+. Pick a project and have a blast making forever treasure fused glass art. Projects start at $10 and include everything with no studio cost. Open for drop-in: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2–-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday noon–6 pm. 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: Tuesdays & Thursdays, (crawling–26 months), 9:30–10:30 am & (26 months–4 years), 10:45–11:45 am
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 9:30–10:30 am. High Jump (for children 26 months–4 years) is from 10:45–11:45 am. Jumping Jacks is an hour-long class that consists of activities that encourage creative movement, balance and hand-eye coordination. 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.
- Music and Movement in Spanish for 3 mo - 5 yr olds
Cucu's PlayHouse1414 4th Street, San Rafael (4th and D)
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays (morning and afternoon classes, visit their website to see the times)Fun, active and educational music and movement class in Spanish for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 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. For more information visit www.CucusPlayHouse.com
Open Play - Indoor Playroom with Educational & Sustainable toys
Cucu's PlayHouse1414 4th Street, San Rafael (4th and D)
Hours: Mondays and Fridays 10am - 12pm and 3pm - 5pmMontessori inspired playroom with low, open shelves. Children will have access to educational, sustainable toys, not within a structured activity, but as a time for them to just play, using their creativity and imagination. The playroom is carefully rearranged for this activity, to encourage independence and concentration. We make accesible just the right amount of toys, to make sure that the children do not feel overwhelmed and that they enjoy them fully, increasing the chances for deep play. The selection of toys rotates partially every two weeks, which makes for an interesting and engaging experience that fosters their curiosity. Price: One hour $12, the full admission is applied to your account as a credit (Cucu's Cash) to purchase toys. Up to 50% of the value of each toy can be paid with Cucu's Cash. You can accumulate the credit from multiple visits to save for the purchase of a larger toy. The credit is valid for 365 days. For more information visit www.CucusPlayHouse.com
- Toddler Open Gym
GymWorld, San Rafael
3040 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
GymWorld offers Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop-in basis. 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
(707) 546-4069The 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: $10, 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 (closed Wednesday & Sunday)
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, visit their website.
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am–4 pm, Saturday: 10 am–5 pm, 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, visit their website.
- Music Time with Megan
Tiburon Yacht Club
400 Trinidad Dr, Tiburon
Hours: Mondays, 9:30–10 am
Marin's best kept secret! Join us every Monday morning at the Tiburon Yacht Club from 9:30-10am for all live music, singing, dancing and playing instruments with popular children's musician Megan Schoenbohm. Cost is $10 per child. This is an ongoing weekly class. Event details.
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