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Best Gyms With Kids’ Classes In The Peninsula

May 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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Channel that crazy kid energy, or motivate those sleepy teens to break away from the computer for some of the best fun the Peninsula has to offer. Gyms are a given for parents, but with increasing obesity rates among kids, it’s about time to take a look into the area’s top gyms for kids. From climbing to yoga, get those little ones out and active while they’re still little.
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Junior Gym
101 S. B St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 548-9901
www.juniorgym.com

Price: $50 annual family membership/$25 guest, non-member registration/click here for class prices

This family owned and operated company prides itself in offering age-appropriate classes that give tots self-confidence as well as fitness skills. These 45-minute, loosely structured, supervised parent/instructor sessions are available for kids 3 and younger. Children must be at age 3 to 7 to enroll in Junior Gym’s hour-long recreational gymnastic classes. Member perks include its open gym twice-a-day hours where members may use the facilities, playing with their kids in a super-fun gym for free.

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My Gym
189 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 551-0051
www.my-gym.com

Price: $75 lifetime family membership/$77.50 one child/$147.25 two children/all prices are for four weeks, except membership fee

Recognizing that young toddlers have very specific needs, My Gym specializes in offering age-specific parent-participation classes. Birthday party packages here reflect the gym’s philosophy of  mixing fitness with pleasure. Members appreciate the low student/teacher ratio in karate, gymnastics and sport classes for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years old. In addition to parent-participation gym classes, My Gym also offers independent classes, parents’ nights out, camps and myriad programs for the whole family.

Related: Best Places to Get Your Kids Active

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Little Gym of Mountain View 
1910-F W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-8100
www.thelittlegym.com

Price: $50 annual family membership

Prospective members are encouraged to attend one of Little Gym’s free introductory classes to get a feel for everything this awesome facility has to offer. Busy parents appreciate its flexible scheduling option, which enables them to enroll their kids in Little Gym’s camps for single days or weeks at a time. Kids with a penchant for karate may join for classes when they are at least 4 years old. Three and 4-year old tots have their own club, the WonderKids group, in which instructors nurture young imaginations and encourage self-expression. Little Gym welcomes children from 4 months to 12 years old.

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Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Byer Athletic Center

800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 378-2703
www.pjcc.org/health

Price: $155 community membership annually with class discounts but not fitness center access/click here for fitness center membership information

From preschool tykes to teens just getting into those scholarship-winning sports, Peninsula Jewish Community Center encourages families to cultivate young athletes’ skills in its extensive facility. Seasonal camps are one of  PJCC’s specialties, and kids of all ages take advantage of clinics and leagues here. Extended care sessions blend craft and fitness skills for kids from preschool through age 6.

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Planet Granite
100 El Camino Real
Belmont CA 94002
(650) 591-3030
www.planetgranite.com

Price: $25 after-school sessions/click here for youth rock climbing team rates

Planet Granite’s mantra encourages climbing, yoga and fitness. Call to reserve a spot each week for its after-school sessions that start in late August and run through December. Youth rock-climbing teams cluster kids into three age groups to help build and refine their skills. Climb and Dine nights, offered twice a month, give kids ages 5 to 13 a chance to climb and then hang out with their team mates over a nutritious meal.

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Patricia Kutza is a San Francisco Bay Area-based travel, business and lifestyle journalist who writes for a wide variety of regional, national and global titles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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