The 11 Best Gyms with Childcare in the Bay Area

|December 28, 2018

At some point in our lives, there’s a high likelihood we’ve all considered getting into fitness. Whether that means you want to be a yoga master, a CrossFit pro, a bodybuilder, a marathon runner or just a generally healthy human being, there’s a gym in the San Francisco Bay Area that can help you reach your goals.

We’ve already rounded up The Best Gyms in San Francisco and 13 Yoga Studios in the Bay Area You’ll Want to Try. But these can’t all offer what is possibly the most important gym amenity for parents and guardians: childcare. To help parents get a good workout without worrying about their kids, we rounded up the best gyms and studios in San Francisco and the Bay Area that offer childcare. So drop the kids off and have a great workout!

The Bar Method

Locations in San Francisco, East Bay, Marin, Peninsula and Silicon Valley

The Bar Method operates more than 120 studios around the country all focused on empowering women through efficient, full-body workouts. And the very first studio opened right here in San Francisco in 2001! When you work out here, you can rest assured that each routine has been created under the guidance of physical therapists to ensure it is safe and effective for a wide variety of individuals, including those with physical limitations and injuries.

They operate three gyms in San Francisco, one each in Greenbrae, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Fremont, Livermore and San Ramon, and many of them offer paid childcare by reservation. To check the one closest to you, see their locations here.


Locations in East Bay, Peninsula and Silicon Valley

The barre3 approach is all about balanced living and whole body health. The national franchise operates more than 100 studios around the globe, offers more than 250 online workouts you can do anywhere, publishes a digital magazine with recipes, and hosts an annual retreat that inspires healthy, balanced living.

Bay Area studios can be found in Danville, Menlo Park, Los Altos, San Carlos, San Mateo and Willow Glen, and all of them have a play lounge for kids available with a play lounge package.

The Bay Club

Locations in San Francisco, East Bay, Marin, Peninsula and Silicon Valley

The Bay Club San Francisco Bay Area gyms with childcare

Photo courtesy of The Bay Club Company

Bay Club San Francisco, located on the Embarcadero waterfront, was the country’s first co-ed club in 1977. Today, Bay Club operates several locations throughout the entire Bay Area and, in addition to Bay Club San Francisco, three other Bay Club gyms within the city. In these facilities, they offer curated fitness floors, studio classes, saunas and spas, pools and even events for members.

Bay Club’s wide variety of family-focused programs includes in-club childcare, camps during summers and holiday breaks, and kid-focused programs throughout the year.


Locations in East Bay and Silicon Valley

Featuring pools, spas, healthy markets and a full range of fitness center amenities, ClubSport gyms can be found in Northern California, Southern California and Oregon. Their fitness resort experience and highly talented staff offer an ideal balance between training hard and playing hard with the whole family.

ClubSport has facilities in Fremont, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and San Jose, and they all offer Kids World for children 12 years and younger, teen programs, youth swim lessons, camps during school breaks and more.

Crunch Fitness

Locations in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Silicon Valley and Wine Country

Crunch gyms can be found in locations throughout the country offering fun group fitness classes, weight lifting equipment, cardio machines, professional personal trainers and so much more. And their defining characteristic is their focus on judgment-free encouragement and inclusivity.

You can find Crunch Fitness gyms in Santa Rosa, Daly City, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, San Lorenzo, Sunnyvale, Danville and six in San Francisco. Most of these gyms offer childcare, too! To see if yours does, find your closest gym here.  


Locations in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula and Silicon Valley  

Equinox is a luxury fitness brand that operates fitness facilities complete with unlimited classes, personal training and amenities you won’t find anywhere else. In the Bay Area, their gyms include bonuses like views of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building’s Diego Rivera mural and access to the rooftop pool in San Mateo.

Their gyms can be found in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Ramon and San Francisco. The Kids Club at each location offers up to two hours of childcare for a small fee.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Located in San Francisco  

With a focus on Jewish culture and traditions, JCCSF is a center for everyone in our community to come together and share, empower, support and restore. Fitness memberships offer access to the 45,000 square foot Koret Center, the 25-yard lap pool, group exercise and cycling classes, the Pilates studio, TRX training and more. And in addition to all of this, members can also enjoy on-site parking and low-cost childcare!


Located in San Francisco

MNTSTUDIO San Francisco Bay Area gyms with childcare

Photo courtesy of Ashley Batz via MNTSTUDIO

The team and facility at SoMa’s MNTSTUDIO is all about inclusivity and empowerment. In their Pilates and barre studio, they offer holistic experiences and education in exercise, personalized nutrition coaching and community bonding amongst resort-style amenities and everything you need for a solid workout. They also offer childcare so you can enjoy your class or browse the in-studio boutique without a worry!

Rolling Hills Club

Located in Novato

Owners Martha and Rob Domont built Rolling Hills Club as a facility where all members of the family can enjoy and practice active and healthy lifestyles. To achieve this, they offer tennis courts, swim lessons, fitness classes, nutrition education, a cafe, a day spa, a chiropractic office, a physical therapy clinic and a kids club. So when you purchase a membership to Rolling Hills, be sure to bring the whole family along!

YMCA of San Francisco

Locations in San Francisco, Marin and Peninsula

YMCA of San Francisco operates 12 community centers in the city, one in San Rafael, one in San Mateo, and even more branches throughout the Bay Area. With a membership, families and individuals have access to 25 pools, hundreds of group exercise classes, gym facilities and specialized programs for individuals of all ages.

As a national leader in youth development, they also offer a lot more than just drop-in childcare (which is included in family memberships!). Their programs cater to youth from preschool through teen and include several camps scheduled throughout the year.

Yoga Flow

Locations in San Francisco  

Yoga Flow San Francisco Bay Area gyms with childcare

Photo courtesy of Yoga Flow

This family-run, community-based studio has two San Francisco locations: one in Cow Hollow on Union Street and the other in the Ingleside neighborhood off of Ocean Avenue. Their team of experts offers dynamic, hot vinyasa flow classes, yoga teacher training, workshops and kids yoga. No matter what your experience level, there’s a class at Yoga Flow that will guarantee you a full body workout. And they’re the only San Francisco yoga studio that offers childcare! In the Ocean Studio, you can get childcare seven days a week.

Do you have a favorite?

If you have a favorite gym in the Bay Area, tell us about it in the comments below!

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