Editor’s Note: WayBeyond is sadly shuttering its doors in April 30, 2012. 

WayBeyond isn’t your average play gym. Your kids may not realize it, but while they are climbing, swinging, and exploring this vibrant play area, they are getting a great workout. WayBeyond strives to create healthy habits in children and bring back the fun into fitness. They were also voted Best Indoor Playspace in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards.

Go: WayBeyond offers a variety of programs from one hour play sessions to themed full day camps. Kids that need a little extra motivation can benefit from private personal training classes. WayBeyond is also a very popular venue for birthday and other private parties because friends and family can take over the entire space. You bring in the cake and WayBeyond’s staff handles the rest. Mom and Dad can even celebrate a special occasion by dropping the kids off for Friday date night babysitting, which is every Friday from 6:00pm – 9:30pm.

Since the holidays are here, parents may drop the kids off at WayBeyond to holiday shop in peace. Seasonal drop and shop happens two days a week and even includes lunch. Drop and shop hours are from 10:30am – 1:00pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If your child’s program involves a snack, rest assured that they are healthy. No junk food, candy or processed sugar is served.

Things to consider
: Make a reservation in advance. WayBeyond strives to maintain a low child to trainer ratio so classes might be full. Also, they close for private parties on certain afternoons and weekends.

Kids classes are held in tandem with open play. There are usually 6 kids monitored by a trainer in each class. Parents supervise their own children during open play. Though everyone shares the same play space, older kids and younger kids can typically play side by side without colliding.

Location: WayBeyond is in a prime location, just steps from Westfield UTC mall. Anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s and a large Crate and Barrel home store, the Westfield UTC mall is one of the best in San Diego. It’s the only mall in the area that has Pottery Barn Kids, Naartje and Janie and Jack kids stores. Parents can very easily spend several hours shopping or meet friends for lunch at a variety of nearby restaurants while the kids are enjoying themselves at WayBeyond.

Getting there
: WayBeyond is located at the southwest corner of the Westfield UTC mall parking lot. Look for WayBeyond on the outer fringe, in between Bluefin Fusion and Wells Fargo, on the ground level across from Nordstrom. Plenty of parking is available in front of WayBeyond, though it’s shared with the mall and two large restaurants. Plan for a little extra time during peak shopping days.

Possible lunch spots
: The WayBeyond cafe has drinks, snacks, wireless internet and an indoor or outdoor seating area for parents to hang out while the kids are playing. You may bring in food to eat here too. The mall also has a variety of fast food options along with kid-friendly sit-down restaurants.

How to dress
: Kids should wear play clothes and socks. Adults, if planning on going in the play area, need socks too. There’s an area near reception for storing shoes and bags while you’re inside the play space.

Cost: Check the website for details, but here is sample pricing:

  • Fun class or open play: $15 per child/$25 per family (2+ kids)
  • Drop and shop (seasonal): $40 per child/$60 per family (2+ kids)
  • One on one personal training (30 minutes): $30

Online: The website has new customer coupons including a free 1 hour play session, 15% off a birthday party, or $10 off date night service.


— Katie Dillon