Getting in a good sweat with kiddos in tow can be a challenge. In addition to mommy and daddy being a bit tired, there’s the added complexity of nap times, feeding schedules, commuting with a child, and childcare availability. After my son was born, Barre3 was my haven. Benji’s nap schedule aligned just perfectly with class times, and he snoozed all the way through.
Behind the scenes – I allocated thirty minutes to get there (we live two miles away) and arrived with a full diaper bag, sound machine, bouncer, blankie, and extra formula.
I’ve always loved exploring fitness studios and gyms. After becoming a mom my sweat time significantly changed, along with my view of exercise. Moving my body has always been important to me, but I’ve learned to be a bit more flexible. If it happens today, great; if not, it’s ok.
Learning how to prioritize exercise has taken some time. Now that we’re in a bit of a groove, I’ve been searching for studios/gyms with childcare, and/or flexible hours so my husband and I can swap (it’s a rarity that we can workout together). In Seattle there are tons of families moving to the city every month (thank you Amazon!), so the need for childcare has grown. I’ve rounded up all of the studios and gyms in the Emerald City with childcare options. My hope is that as the fitness community grows, so too will the options for parents. Please also let me know if one of your favorite spots isn’t listed!
Barre3 (Multiple Locations) – Barre3 has locations across Seattle, West Seattle, and the Eastside. All locations provide child care at selected times for a small drop-in fee, or included as part of your membership. Child care is open to all kids, as soon as momma is ready to come back to class.
We Yoga Co (University District) – I first learned of We Yoga Co. and the owner Ann Elyse through Om Mama Co. Childcare is offered on Wednesday and Friday for the noon Hot Vinyasa classes. Ann Elyse also offers a Baby & Me yoga class Mondays at 11:30 a.m. BONUS: The studio is next door to Trader Joe’s. Get in a good stretch before you shop!
The Grinning Yogis (Greenwood & Capitol Hill) – Childcare is offered for select morning classes at both locations. Kiddos ages 6 months – 12 years old are welcome.
Live Love Flow (Capitol Hill) – Live Love Flow offers Heated Flow Yoga, Heated Strength Training and Indoor Cycling Classes. Childcare is available for select morning classes on the weekends.
Shred415 Denny Triangle (Opening Soon) – Shred415 delivers four 15-minute high-intensity intervals (hence the 415) in a group training environment. The workout combines dynamic running technique drills on a treadmill with strength training on the floor. Every studio offers childcare and a kids’ lounge, so you can get in your workout, worry-free.
Limber Yoga – Limber Yoga offers 5 or 10 pack visits that can be used for Childcare and/or Toddler Open Gym. Limber Yoga also offers yoga classes for kids, family yoga, and prenatal/postnatal workshops.
HIIT Lab – High-intensity interval training in the heart of West Seattle. The class includes cardio on a treadmill or bike, along with strength training on the floor with dumbbells and TRX. Playcare is available at 9:00 a.m. during the week and and 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the weekends.
Star Cycle (Opening Soon) – Star Cycle is a 45-minute beat-driven ride. StarCycle was founded by two working parents – so having a space for StarKids to play was an important part of the business. Craft based childcare is available at all locations.
Bassline Fitness (Kirkland) – Bassline is a high-energy, fast-paced, interval training workout. Treadmills, dumbbells, bikes, cranks, and an immersive class experience await (seriously -they have a HUGE video screen). Childcare is available at the Kirkland location only during morning and noon class times. Space is limited, so book in advance 🙂
CrossFit PTV (Redmond) – Childcare available for Saturday a.m. classes. CrossFit PTV also offers programming for preschoolers, kids, and teens, designed for their developmental needs.
Fly Fitness (Kirkland) – Fly Fitness offers boxing, rowing, HIIT training, TRX, Cycling, Yoga, and barre. They are also situated right along Lake Washington at Carillon point with breathtaking views of the water. Fly Kids is available during each daytime Fly group class.
Workout with Baby
Oh Baby! Fitness (Ballard) – Oh Baby! Fitness offers a variety of classes for expectant moms and mom and baby. Workout types include yoga, pilates, stroller workouts, stroller workouts, and mom & baby fitness.
Fit4Mom (multiple locations) – Fit4Mom has multiple locations around Seattle, offering classes for pregnancy (Fit4Baby) and postpartum (Stroller Strides). A majority of the exercises in Stroller Strides classes include utilizing the stroller, and/or involving your baby or kiddo (songs included). #strengthinmotherhood
Mommy’s Fit Zone (Issaquah) – Workouts include kiddos in tow with class offered MWF at the Issaquah Community Center.
Gyms with Childcare
Please note this is not an expansive list, but I tried to capture a good chunk 🙂
YMCA (Multiple locations) – The YMCA is focused on family-friendly fitness. Every location offers group classes, swim lessons, exercise equipment, and childcare for babies as young as 6 weeks and kids up to 10 years old.
Olympic Athletic Club (Ballard) – Parent and family memberships receive ten hours of free childcare per month. Kids Korner services children between 4 months – 13 years old.
24 Hour Fitness (Multiple Locations) – A location can be found in almost every neighborhood. Kids’ Club is for kids aged 6 months – 11 years old. All locations offer group classes, cardio equipment, weights, and more.
*I almost joined a 24 hour fitness post-baby, but the 6 months age requirement was tough as a new mom!
LA Fitness (Multiple locations) – Kids Klub is offered for kids 3 months and up (hurray). Parents can use the Kids Klub for up to two hours while onsite.
PRO Sports Club (Bellevue) –The Bellevue Kid Zone includes hourly childcare (max of 2 hours) for kids between the age of six months and eight years for Pro Sports Club members.
The Bellevue Club – Childcare is available for children between the ages of 3 weeks and 6 years, starting at $11 an hour for up to three hours.
Washington Athletic Club (Downtown) – The WAC’s WeeWACs Childcare Center provides drop-off childcare for non-members and members. Parents can bring infants to 6-year-olds to WeeWACs for up to three hours during each visit.
Emerald City Athletics (Wallingford) – ECA Kids available during morning hours and on the weekends.
Do you have a Seattle favorite you don’t see above? Comment below and let me know 🙂