Exercise is one of the best ways to burn off steam, stress, and calories (and keep your sanity as a parent). That’s why finding a gym with childcare is key for so many NYC moms and dads. Knowing your gym provides safe, reliable babysitting can go a long way when it comes to getting motivated and making it out of the house. Whether it’s a hard core boot camp class or stress-reducing yoga and steam room session you’re after, here’s where you can get fit while the kids have fun. Read on for our top picks of NYC gyms that offer childcare!
photo: Dodge YMCA Facebook page
A membership to the Y is one of the best gym deals around and the NYC branches are better than you might imagine. Besides, even a family membership costs less than top NYC gym chains. Many have pools and class schedules offer an impressive array of options, including baby-and-me classes for new moms and fun drop-ins for kid members. When you need someone to watch your kid, ages 6 months to 7 years old, drop him at Child Watch for up to two hours – it’s free! Reservations are recommended and it does fill up during peak times. Visit ymca.net for locations and details by site.
Get a tough workout and feel pampered all at the same time. Sweat through a challenging class from one of NYC’s top fitness instructors and cool down with a chilled eucalyptus towel found in mini-fridges throughout the gyms, all while your child stays at the Kids Club. And we won’t tell if you just show up for a luxurious shower – you’ll love the Kiehl’s products and the ability to dry your hair without worrying you hear your baby’s cries. Childcare is offered for kids ages 3 months and older. Equinox charges $12 for one child, $19 for two or $25 for three. You can save by buying a 10 or 20-pack of vouchers. Find the Kids Club at several of the NYC Equinox locations including Upper East Side and Upper West Side gyms. Childcare hours vary from club to club, and while some locations like Brooklyn Heights may never fill up and turn you away, others such as Tribeca require advance registration.
photo: via Bar Method Cobble Hill Facebook page
Bar Method Cobble Hill
Bring your tiny dancer to The Bar Method Cobble Hill where you can sculpt and get lean using your own body weight and the ballet barre. Childcare is offered for kids as young as three months, as long as they are up to date on shots. The service is $15 at select classes: weekdays 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 and 10 a.m. (Classes last 45 minutes to an hour.) Advance registration is required, and you can book and pay online.
267 Pacific St.
photo: Kid’s Crunch at 83rd St.
Do the class names “Buff yoga”, “Ripped Ride” and “Ass & Abs” speak to you? Do you like Bliss Spa products? Check out Crunch, where at select locations you can also enjoy Kid’s Crunch babysitting. While you’re burning calories for up to 90 minutes, your child can burn off energy in the gym’s childcare space. Offered at the East 34th St., West 83rd St. and Park Slope locations, the gym’s childcare is available for kids ages 6 months to 10 years. Call 24 to 48 hours ahead to make a reservation and to confirm day care hours. The service can get busy, especially during the mornings and weekends.
With more locations than any other gym chain around the city, it’s not hard to find a New York Sports Club near you. But beware, some locations do not have childcare, and hours vary from club to club, so be sure to call ahead to check with your nearest gym. Twelve locations in Manhattan offer babysitting including NYSC’s at Reade Street in Tribeca, 80th Street and Broadway, 76th Street and 1st Avenue. The Park Slope and Cobble Hill locations in Brooklyn also have childcare services with varying hours. NYSC babysitters are available for kids ages 3 months to 10 years old. Sign up to enjoy unlimited service for $40 per month (with a 3-month contract) or pay as you go – $10 for one child or $20 for two each day you want to work out.
Eastern Athletic Club
If your kids are as interested in being active as you are, this Brooklyn Heights club offers something for everyone from racquetball courts and a small pool for you to a Junior Academy featuring karate, basketball, ballet, volleyball, swimming and more for kids. The gym also offers no-reservation-required babysitting for kids ages 6 months to six years old. (There is a maximum of eight kids at a time, so be advised.) Childcare is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Childcare vouchers (good for an hour-and-a-half of babysitting) are $8 for one (expiring in a month), or $60 for a ten pack, which expire in six months. (Psst! There’s a spa here, too.)
photo: Club Fitness New York via Yelp
Club Fitness New York
Astoria’s Club Fitness New York describes itself as “a 40,000-square-foot gym with state of the art equipment and enriching amenities.” (They will not, however, describe their membership rate — you need to drop by in person to get that; expect to pay at least $60/month.) You get a lot for your money, including classes like spin, Boot Camp, belly dancing, pilates, boxing, Fat Burn and two kinds of yoga. The gym is home to extensive weight-training and cardio facilities, including a trippy-looking spin studio, as well as a day spa and an organic cafe. Child care — available as long as your kid is walkingc— is included with all memberships, and is available Mon- Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 -9 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
photo: Retro Fitness Williamsburg via Yelp
With an initial New York area location in Staten Island, Retro Fitness has expanded to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond and offers childcare at its Williamsburg, Park Slope, Flatbush (Church Ave.), and Hoboken gyms. Childcare is included with membership, and rates vary by location, ranging from $29.99 to $49.99, with higher prices offering perks like unlimited guest passes. The gym also offers classes ranging from yoga to Zumba to spin, TRX Glute Camp and more. Equipment is internet-connected and outfitted with docks for iPhones and you can even work on your tan there if that’s your thing. Stop by the smoothie bar for a post-workout snack when you’re done.
photo: Harbor Fitness Park Slope
Harbor Fitness began in Bay Ridge in 1991, and has since expanded to three more locations in Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Marine Park, and Mill Basin. All of them offer childcare. There is a two-hour limit and children must be up to date with shots. Take your pick from intense circuit training, barre and Pilates to Zumba, candlelight yoga, and more. Childcare is included in monthly membership rates of $69/month with a two-month minimum, or $59/month if you can commit to a year.
Multiple locations in Brooklyn
— Julie Seguss & Mimi O’Connor