Let’s be real: getting to the gym can be a challenge, especially when it means arranging childcare. Fortunately, these area gyms offer classes and exercise for parents while also providing safe, engaging spaces for children. Make it a New Year’s resolution to do something healthy for yourself, and feel good about bringing along your mini to play as well. You don’t have to train for an iron man competition, either – gyms with childcare can also provide a nice respite for parents to just stretch and relax, too. Read on for our favorites.

photo: barre3 via yelp

Locally founded barre3 offers hour-long classes designed for a full body workout. Incorporating elements of yoga, ballet and isometric holds, classes are taught in group settings with individualized modifications to fit any fitness level. With four area locations in the Pearl, SE Division, Cedar Mill and North Williams, there’s likely also a studio near you. The “play lounge” is only $5 per session, where children can read books, play with toys or draw pictures with the onsite nanny service. New moms can take advantage of the “Welcome back mama” package, which includes three months of studio and online classes, 10 childcare visits, and a onesie, all for $300 and with 10% being donated to the global women’s healthcare agency Every Mother Counts.

Four Portland-area locations, including the Pearl, SE Division, Cedar Mill and North Williams
Online: barre3.com

photo: West Coast Fitness via facebook

West Coast Fitness
Locally owned West Coast Fitness features a 2,500 square foot yoga studio, large weight room and an expansive group fitness class schedule, all included in membership. They also have a well appointed childcare facility stocked full of toys and learning materials for only $4/hr. Maybe you just need a respite from the winter grind? Take advantage of the inclusive services of hydro massage, full spectrum light therapy and steam and sauna while your kiddos get some supervised exercise and play. You’ll all leave feeling a little more relaxed and refreshed!

7522 N. Lombard
Online: pdxgym.com

photo: Aspire Total Fitness via facebook

Aspire Total Fitness
Another locally-owned and operated fitness studio is Aspire Total Fitness, situated in Happy Valley. Aspire Total Fitness offers group classes, nutrition counseling and personal training for a fully customized experience. In addition to their wide range of cardio, resistance band and barbell classes, Aspire also offers childcare during your workout. Drop in rates are $5/child, or families can purchase an unlimited monthly package for $75 (great for those fitness fanatics with 2+ kids).

14210 SW Sunnyside Rd. Ste. 600
Happy Valley
Online: aspiretotalfitness.com

photo: Boom Fitness via facebook

Boom Fitness
With locations in both Beaverton and Bridgeport, Boom Fitness has CrossFit, yoga, kickboxing and cycling classes (to name a few!), plus personal training options. Their kids club provides supervised childcare to infants through pre-teens for a flat rate package of $35 per month, or a drop off fee of $8. Check each location for childcare hours.

18039 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.

2200 NW Amberbrook Dr.
Online: boomfitnesspdx.com

Northwest Women’s Fitness
Looking for a women’s only gym? Check out NW Women’s Fitness for group training classes and boot camps, a weight room and cardio machine center, and semi-private Pilates classes (men are welcome to some Pilates and specialty classes). The Kids Club is open Monday-Saturday and is staffed by two moms who have ran the childcare center for over 10 years. They truly care about your little ones. Drop in fees are $8 for one child, $10 for two children or $11.50 for 3+ children, plus monthly packages are available. Need a break? Take a steam, sit in the relaxing aroma-light therapy, or get an onsite massage.

2714 NE Broadway
Online: nwwomensfitness.com

photo: Mittleman JCC via facebook

Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC)
The MJCC has been around for over 100 years, offering swimming, physical therapy, personal training and adult exercise classes. All faiths are welcome! Club J’s drop-in childcare center is open for children aged six months to five years old for up to two hours per session. Rates are only $5/month for members or $15/month for non-members. For older children aged 6-12 years old, there are a variety of camps ranging from swimming, soccer, basketball, racquetball, and board games. Check with the Center for more details on what’s currently available.

6651 SW Capitol Highway
Online: oregonjcc.org 

photo: VillaSport via yelp

If you’re looking for the most robust children’s gym center, look no further than Beaverton’s VillaSport! The 12,000 square foot VillaKids is a kids’ club within the larger VillaSport facility, especially for children aged six weeks to 12 years. Youth are treated to studios and courts for exercise, art, basketball and educational activities, plus an enclosed outdoor playground and indoor climbing structure. VillaSport also offers monthly “Parent’s Night Out” parties from 5-10 pm, where children can participate in themed activities while parents enjoy an offsite date night.

13900 SW Meridian St.
Online: villasport.com

photo: Yoga Union via yelp

Yoga Union
The Mt. Tabor neighborhood’s Yoga Union Community Wellness Center offers more than just yoga. In addition to twelve types of yoga classes ranging from beginners to Vinyasa, the Prema Health Wellness Center provides counseling, massage, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. While parents engage in healthy activities, the onsite Reggio Emilia-based childcare center offers a safe, nurturing environment for children at affordable prices and extensive hours. Pricing starts at $6 for a half hour, but packages reduce pricing and can be shared amongst siblings.

2305 SE 50th Ave #100
Online: yogaunion.com

What is your favorite gym or wellness center for you and your kids? Tell us in the comments section below! 


—April Hasson