Summer 2021: As restrictions ease and things start to reopen, we’re looking forward to getting back to the gym — and childcare! But be sure to double-check with your gym, as the following information is subject to change and all services may not be available yet.
Give yourself a break and prioritize your physical and mental health. One of our biggest excuses when it comes to not working out is the inability to find time to exercise, which can be even more difficult when you’re caring for small kids. Luckily, many gyms and health clubs in Calgary recognize how hard it can be for parents to make time to work out and provide child care services so that you can hit the treadmill or an aerobics class while your little ones happily play with other kids. Here’s a list of just some of the local gyms that will look after your tots while you get in shape.
Only select GoodLife Fitness clubs have child minding facilities and the hours vary by location. Several Calgary GoodLife locations are women-only, which some women prefer.
Not all GYMVMT locations have a Kids Club (or Little MVRS), but those that do offer a worry-free workout for you and some locations are women-only. They entertain your kids with toys, games, movies, books and crafts. Hours may vary by location, so check with the gym closest to you.
The Repsol Centre not only offers some of the city’s best fitness and training programs, they also will occupy your kids with games, toys, books, puzzles, crafts, and creative play spaces while you work out. Child care is available on a drop-in basis or you can pre-book to avoid disappointment. They also have an Active Living Program for Preschoolers.
Where: 2225 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB
The Trico Centre’s mandate is to provide fitness for the whole family, so naturally, they do have on-site child care services. Childcare is available for kids up to 10 years old and the maximum stay is two hours. Visit the Trico Centre website for a schedule of when childcare is open and your kids can enjoy crafts, storytime, games, activities, and free play.
Address: 11150 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary AB
Southland Leisure, along with select other City of Calgary Aquatic Centres, offers childcare and babysitting services while you work out. The babysitting room at Southland welcomes children from newborn to age 10
Address: 2000 Southland Dr, SW, Calgary, AB
You really could play all day at Vivo for Healthier Generations. Take advantage of their childminding services while you exercise (they have a fun indoor playground for the kids) and then take the kids swimming.
Address: 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary, AB
Not only are Calgary’s YMCA locations an inexpensive place to work out, but they also offer babysitting services. Members and participants can safely leave children in the babysitting room for up to two hours a day. Booking details vary with each location.