Ah, those pesky New Year’s resolutions. We always seem to make at least one involving fitting back into our favorite pair of skinny jeans. If you’d like to get back into those jeans and back into shape this year, we’ve rounded up the best local gyms with childcare. So lace up your tennies… it’s time to melt off those pounds while someone else handles the meltdowns.

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photo: Olympic Athletic Club Facebook page

Olympic Athletic Club – Ballard
Named “Best Health Club/Fitness Practice” By Seattle Magazine in 2012 and voted “Best Gym in Seattle” in the Best of Citysearch 2013, Olympic Athletic Club in Ballard went through a major renovation a few years ago, with first class upgrades including a second pool, new locker rooms, more studio space for over 90 available fitness classes and tons of brand new equipment to get your heart rate up. And to entice you even more (besides being open 24 hours, five days a week), the gym features a fantastic Kids Korner, where childcare providers care for your tyke in a clean, fun environment. Childcare is available every day except Sunday to kids starting at four months and is open to both members and guests of members while using the facility, with 10 hours of free childcare given to Single-Family and Family membership holders each month. Additional childcare is available for $3/hour. Kids’ yoga and swimming lessons are also available, making this an ideal spot for you and your tot.

Keep Score: Reservations are required to hold a spot for each child and may be made one day in advance. Babies use two spots in Kids Korner and require two complimentary hours of childcare per actual hour. Psst… make sure your kiddo has on a fresh diaper – parents of pre-potty trained littles will be paged if a diaper needs to be changed. Now go spin your heart out!

Olympic Athletic Club
5301 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Online: olympicathleticclub.com

PRO Sports Club – Bellevue and South Lake Union
Considered by some to be the Cadillac of local fitness clubs, PRO Sports Club has kid-friendly locations in Bellevue and South Lake Union for those of us who want a little fancy with our fitness. Bellevue’s location includes multiple pools, tennis, racquetball, squash and basketball courts, a spa, salon, bistro and a women-only gym and the Bellevue and Seattle locations both include hourly childcare for kids aged six weeks through seven years. Bellevue’s Discovery Bay offers childcare options every day of the week for members and their guests as well as non-members who visit the spa, physical therapy or podiatry services. The Eastside facility even includes a daily schedule (including circle time, free choice time and snack time) and offers members an option for up to 10 hours of off-site childcare (meaning you can leave the building!) and a part-time preschool for kids.

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PRO Sports Club Facebook page

Keep Score: Hourly childcare fees start at $7.75 (Bellevue) and $6 (South Lake Union) for members. Reservations are highly recommended (and are required if you go off site or are a guest), so sign up your kiddos and get your sweat on. Skinny jeans, here you come!

PRO Sports Club – Bellevue
4455 148th Ave N.E
Bellevue, Wa 98007

PRO Sports Club – South Lake Union
501 Eastlake Ave.E.,2nd Floor
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: proclub.com

Magnuson Athletic Club – Magnuson Park
Located inside the Arena Sports building in Magnuson Park, Magnuson Athletic Club offers a well-rounded selection of fitness and wellness offerings for you—from ZUMBA to Tabata, cycling to yoga, plus personal trainers, sport-specific training, massage therapists and nutritionists ready to help you meet your goals. But what to do with your mini-me while getting your body back? Never fear – MiniMAC Kids Club is here! Available to kids ages six months to 12 years, MiniMAC provides a safe, interactive environment where kids can play, draw, read, watch a movie, catch up on homework, play basketball or soccer and even get their bounce on at the Fun Zone Inflatables in Arena Sports, located next door. Your kiddo will like this program so much you’ll be at your pre-baby weight in no time!

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photo: Magnuson Athletic Club website

Keep Score: Childcare is available for $3/hour while you are on the premises, for a maximum of two hours. There are also punch cards for 10, 25 or 50 hours of childcare at a discounted rate. Need a date night, but the sitter cancelled? MiniMAC’s Parent Date Night is available from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. for potty trained tots and starts at $35. And for kids who want to give hip hop dance a try, classes for kids as young as 5-years-old take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Magnuson Athletic Club
7751 63rd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Online: macseattle.com/index or email minimac@macseattle.com

Seattle Athletic Club 
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle (just one block north of Pike Place Market), Seattle Athletic Club is a premier health and fitness destination for many Seattle families. The club offers a qualified professional fitness staff, excellent customer service, exciting fitness programs and ever-evolving and improving fitness facilities and equipment. Classes include group exercise, personal training, yoga, Pilates, court sports, martial arts and more. Seattle Athletic Club also offers as much for its little members as they do for its parents, from fitness programs to swimming lessons to childcare. Morning childcare is available from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., evening care is offered from 4 p.m.-8 pm. and Saturday and Sunday reservations are available from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

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photo: Seattle Athletic Club via Yelp

Keep Score: Ages 8 weeks to 7 years old are welcome. Infants 8 weeks to children 15 months of age are allowed in the Child Center up to 3 hours to accommodate their special needs. Reservations are required and can be made up to one week in advance by calling 206-443-1111. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance to ensure the Center has appropriate coverage. Spots tend to fill up quickly, so plan in advance. Drop-ins may be turned away due to limited space. However, the Club will try to accommodate your child if space is available.

Seattle Athletic Club
2020 Western Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98121
Online: sacdt.com

Highline Athletic Club – Burien
For those of us located south of the city, Highline Athletic Club offers group classes in cycling, yoga, ZUMBA, Aqua Fit and more and has a full line of strength equipment, elliptical trainers and treadmills, to name a few, and their indoor track, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room will keep you busy until the pounds fall away.

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photo: Highline Athletic Club Facebook page

Keep Score: Childcare is offered to all members for $2.50/hour for the first child and $2/hour for each additional child. Non-members can also take advantage of childcare for $4/hour for the first child and $3.50 for each additional child. Morning and evening hours are available, so get your gym bag packed – you have no more excuses!

Highline Athletic Club
125 S. 156th St.
Burien, Wa 98148
Online: highlineathleticclub.com

Rainier Health and Fitness – Rainier Valley
Started in 2005 after founder Sili Kapelo noted the lack of gyms and fitness centers in South Seattle, Rainier Health and Fitness caters to anyone who is drawn to their original mission: To encourage healthy lifestyles, strong bodies and authentic community through an accessible and high quality fitness center. Memberships start at $30, kids of members are free and childcare is free for all members. Here you’ll find genuine staff in a low-key environment free of bodybuilding posters and wall-to-wall mirrors (seriously, there are no mirrors!); fun classes like ZUMBA, CrossFit, yoga and cycling; and an entire community truly dedicated to health and fitness of each one of their members.


Keep Score: Childcare is available for kids ages 1-10 years, Mon.–Thurs. from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Check out their Ladies Cycling Nights every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Move it, mamas!

Rainier Health and Fitness
7722 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Online: rainierhealth.com

The Seattle GYM – Queen Anne & Laurelhurst
For those who love to get their heart rate up, The Seattle GYM (which received a beautiful remodel a few years ago) offers a wide variety of cardio classes both mornings, afternoons and evenings, including ZUMBA, Total Body Tabata, BODYCOMBAT, REACH and more as well as Barre, Yoga and all the equipment you’d expect at a gym. PTX Training is also available for those who want a more personalized approach to their workouts.

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photo: The Seattle GYM Facebook page

Keep Score: Childcare is affordable and available on weekday mornings at Laurelhurst and on Saturday mornings at Queen Anne for those who like to sweat it out before lunch. There are also options for pre-paid and unlimited childcare; call each location for more information. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, so sign up soon – that way you can’t back out!

The Seattle GYM – Laurelhurst
3811 Northeast 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105

The Seattle GYM – Queen Anne
3811 NE 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Online: theseattlegym.com

Denali Fitness Gym – Interbay & Madison Park
With two locations to feed your fitness needs, Denali Fitness offers a variety of cardio and strength equipment, classes like BodyPump, Above the Barre, Tabata and Yoga, plus cycling, personal trainers, a sauna and more. With childcare available and conveniently located near the neighborhoods of Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne and Madrona, Leschi, Capitol Hill and Madison Valley, you have practically no excuse not to stop by and raise your heart rate for an hour.

Keep Score: Denali Kids’ Club is open mornings and evenings for kids ages three months to seven-years-old at a cost of $5/child per hour or $7.50 for 90 minutes. Members may make reservations up to one week in advance, via phone or in person. Haven’t you run out of excuses not to start that workout yet?

Denali Fitness Gym – Interbay
3257 16th Ave. W., Suite A
Seattle Wa 98119

Denali Fitness Gym – Madison Park
3130 E. Madison St., #104
Seattle Wa 98112
Online: denalifitness.com

Limber Yoga – West Seattle
For those who may be intimidated by the thought of joining a gym or who just need some peace and quiet every week, Limber Yoga may be the place to get your stretch on. With a wide variety of classes for all levels, this West Seattle yoga studio (not far from the West Seattle Bridge) also offers childcare during their Tuesday Prenatal and Wednesday Beginner- Intermediate classes. And if you’re making getting in shape a family thing this year, Limber Yoga also offers Family Yoga, Limber Babies and Toddler Open Gym.

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photo: Limber Yoga Facebook page

Keep Score: Reservations are highly recommended (space is limited) and can be made online when you sign up for a class. Kiddos are welcome starting at six weeks up to age 9; older kids by request. The cost is $8/child per class and you can purchase childcare and toddler open gym passes for as low as $5/child per class when you purchase 10 passes at a time. Namaste to the new year!

Limber Yoga
6019 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
Online: limberyoga.com

Barre3 – Various Locations
Are you a former dancer who misses her pointe shoes or do you just yearn for the long, lean legs of a prima ballerina? Then classes at Barre3 might be your ticket to fit and fabulous. A combination of ballet barre, yoga and Pilates, barre combines low impact movement, isometric holds and stretching through various postures to increase flexibility, gain strength and achieve gracefulness – something we moms sometimes feel has simply left the building. Barre3 offers classes in Capitol Hill, Roosevelt, Bellevue, Issaquah Highlands, Kirkland, Mill Creek and coming soon to Ballard and includes childcare during designated classes.

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photo: Barre3 via Yelp

Keep Score: Barre3 has various options for childcare – from a single-class cost of $5 to a 10-pack for $45 to unlimited childcare for $75/month. Reservations can be made online when you schedule your class and are highly recommended. Now where are those leg warmers?

View the list of locations here.

YMCA – Various Locations
More than one fit mom’s workout center of choice, the YMCA is the epitome of family-friendly fitness. Conveniently located throughout Seattle and the Eastside, with locations serving downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy, Seatac, Auburn, Bellevue, Sammamish, Coal Creek, East Madison, University District and Bothell provide a variety of kid-tastic amenities, from swimming lessons and dance classes to Parents Nights Out and free childcare while parents get their workout on (or just take a breather in the lobby).

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photo: Kristina Moy

Keep Score: Childcare starts at six weeks old, and has a limit of 1.5 hours per day. Some locations even offer separate rooms for infants, toddlers and older kids. And for the price of your membership, you get access to all 13 locations! Now, there’s absolutely no excuse to get going on that summer bathing suit bod!

View the list of locations here.

Fitness Evolution – 6 Locations from Bellingham to Tacoma
Offering a $9.99 month-to-month option for a basic gym membership and a $19.99 month-to-month option that also includes free unlimited group classes, free guest privileges and more, Fitness Evolution might be the perfect way to turn your beer gut into a six-pack without being saddled with an annual membership. They’re conveniently located north, south and in between and have the newest in workout equipment and a variety of classes ranging from yoga to ZUMBA to BODYPUMP to Tabata. Childcare is offered when you need it most – mornings and evenings – and no reservations are required.

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photo: Fitness Evolution website

Keep Score: Kids Club is available to tots as young as three months to teens up to 14 years and they offer morning, evening and weekend hours. They also have an unlimited and cheap monthly childcare pass for $10/month, but if you just want to try it out first, drops-ins are $5. Convenient workouts sound like a win-win to us!

View the list of locations here.

24 Hour Fitness – Various Locations
Voted Best Big Box Gym Chain by Fitness Magazine, 24 Hour Fitness has locations conveniently located where you are – from West Seattle to Renton Highlands to downtown Bellevue to Issaquah and many, many more. Their membership dues include the latest in fun classes, from ZUMBA to Yoga-lates (and plain old Yoga) to Turbo Kick (fancy kick boxing) and their in-house Kids’ Club for kiddos six months to 11 years provides age appropriate games, toys, movies and seasonal activities overseen by trained attendants certified in CPR and first aid. So while you make your fitness goals, your kids can make new friends.

Keep Score: Not all locations have a Kids’ Club, so make sure to check before signing up. Costs vary per club (typically $4-5 for up to two hours) or you can add a Kids’ Club agreement to your membership for unlimited childcare. Now what’s your excuse to not work out?

View the list of locations here.

LA Fitness – Various Locations
With gyms in Bellevue, Ballard, Bothell, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, Federal Way, West Seattle and more, LA Fitness is known for their state-of-the-art equipment, friendly trainers and variety of classes such as yoga, cycling, mat pilates, Kickbox Cardio, aqua aerobics, and much more. This gym also offers a café serving fresh pressed juices and snacks and a Kids Klub for the younger members of your family.

Keep Score: Kids Klub starts at three months and can only be used while on site for up to two hours. With morning, afternoon and Saturday sessions available, don’t you think it’s time to break a sweat?

View the list of locations here.

Barre 3 via Yelp

 photo: Barre3 via Yelp

Tips When Looking for a Gym
1. Decide whether you want to be anonymous on your elliptical or have a Cheers welcome with your workout (you know… where everyone knows your name). Most gyms worth their free weights will offer a free pass or trial membership (from one to 14 days), so you can check it out before you commit. Just how clean are the showers? Is there someone available to help me figure out this machine? Does my kiddo scream when I leave him or her in childcare?

2. Use your mommy or daddy investigative skills (you know them well) to determine if the space and the staff fit your needs and health goals.

3. Find out what’s included in your membership before you buy. Do I need to bring my own towel? Will I get a tour of the facility? How about a free personal trainer session? Taking time to do your research will make it much more likely you’ll use that membership well past the first month, and ensure you enjoy every minute (OK, almost every minute) as you sweat, run, lift, dance and stretch your way to your ultimate fitness goals. Happy (and healthy) New Year, indeed!

Where is your favorite place to work up a sweat with kids in tow? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Erin Cranston & Kristina Moy