Ride Out the Rain at These Indoor Adventure Spots

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The rain here and it looks like it is going to stay awhile! That is good news for our drought but can be bad news for kids who have been cooped up too many rainy days. To save your sanity, we gathered up tons of options for the next rainy weekend when the kids need to be active but aren’t interested in putting on their boots and jumping in the puddles.

acrosports san francisco

Photo: AcroSports via Facebook

San Francisco

AcroSports is a non-profit that has been teaching kids about physical activity for over 20 years. Gymnastics classes for boys and girls, tumbling, trampoline, circus arts and even break dancing – there’s something for everyone. Sign your little one up for one of their numerous offerings and they will have fun and strengthen their body at the same time.

639 Frederick St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: acrosports.org

Dogpatch Boulders
Does 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain sound like enough to you? Set the kids free for hours of fun. Newbies can learn about bouldering at the free intro class. They even have a kids area which includes a castle and a slide.

2573 3rd St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: touchstoneclimbing.com

Mission Cliffs
Hitch up your harness and head over to Mission Cliffs, San Francisco’s oldest climbing gym. Here you can take a one-hour intro class that teaches basic skills to get you started with rope climbing. Those looking to go rope-less can explore the large bouldering area as well.

2295 Harrison St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: touchstoneclimbing.com

House of Air
This place totally blows your backyard trampoline out of the water. It’s a huge warehouse filled with trampolines, airbags, and dodgeball courts! Let your little jumpers (ages 3-6) bounce away on the trampolines in The Fort during Junior Geronimo Jump, or participate in the Mini Program—an obstacle-style class teaching coordination, physical awareness, and social skills. Kids ages 7 and up will have a blast with Trampoline Park Access tickets, bouncing across The Matrix and playing some serious games of trampoline dodgeball. If your bouncers get hungry, stop at the House of Snacks and pick up a little something to munch on (they have healthy snacks!).

926 Old Mason St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: houseofair.com

peninsula gymnastics san carlos

Photo: Peninsula Gymnastics courtesy of Yuri H. via Yelp


Peninsula Gymnastics
With two locations in San Mateo and San Carlos, there’s tons of open gym time to go around. Swing from the rings, bounce on the trampoline and learn to do a perfect cartwheel at one of their camps. Birthday parties are welcome with weekend times available at both locations.

1740 Leslie Street
San Mateo, Ca

1171 Laurel Street
San Carlos, Ca
Online: peninsulagym.com

Planet Granite
Kids climbing the walls is encouraged at Planet Granite! Climbing classes just for kids and week-long camps in the summer are all the rage. They even offer a Parents Night Off on the second and fourth Fridays of the month where kids ages 6 to 13 can climb to their heart’s content while parents have a few hours of free time.

100 El Camino Real
Belmont, Ca

815 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, Ca

924 “Old” Mason Street
San Francisco, Ca
Online: planetgranite.com

the studio san jose

Photo: The Studio

South Bay

The Studio
Looking like a retro movie theater from the street, this massive climbing gym houses 11,000 sq. ft. of climbing walls and 3,000 sq. ft. of bouldering right in the middle of downtown San Jose. Kids can plan a birthday party at the facility, join one of the climbing teams or head there for one of the many summer or after school camp options.

393 S. 1st Street
San Jose, Ca
Online: touchstoneclimbing.com

Rockin’ Jump
If jumping is your game, then Rockin’ Jump is your place. A room full of trampolines is definitely going to get the kids good and tired. They will love the dodge ball area where they can battle their friends. The foam pit is always a fave for those looking to try out some tricks. You can book online in advance (great for a rainy day when it can get crowded). Parents will enjoy the ample seating and free WiFi. Other locations in Fremont and San Carlos.

1901 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, Ca
Online: sjo.rockinjump.com

Did you know that your local REI store hosts classes? Some are just for kids! Learn the basics of indoor and outdoor rock climbing at the Saratoga store. They have classes for kids aged 5-7 and also 8-12. Class sizes are small to allow for more personalized instruction.

REI – Saratoga
400 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, Ca
Online: rei.com

FUZE Fit for a Kid
A little bit of technology and a lot of physical activity is the name of the game at FUZE. School break camps and summer camps offer kids ages 4 and up the opportunity to bounce on trampolines and also play cool games like Dance, Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. They also offer Parents Night Out where the kids have a little dinner and a lot of fun while the parents are away.

15405 Los Gatos Blvd.
Los Gatos, Ca
Online: fuzefit.com

Bay Island Gymnastics Oakland

Photo: Bay Island Gymnastics

East Bay

Bay Island Gymnastics
If your little tumbler is looking for a class that teaches running, gymnastics, climbing, vaulting, leaping and rolling then head to Bay Island Gymnastics. With classes for all ages and a fully-padded facility, you can guarantee that your little one will learn physical skills and have fun doing it.

3775 Alameda Ave.
Oakland, Ca
Online: bayislandgymnastics.com

Kinetic Arts Center
Kids as young as 18 months old can run off and join the circus (or at least learn some rad circus skills) at the Kinetic Arts Center. Swing on the trapeze, learn to juggle and practice the art of clowning at classes for all ages. The also offer school break and summer camps.

785 7th St.
Oakland, Ca
Online: kineticartscenter.com


Photo: Rebounderz


Talk about kid heaven! Rebounderz has it all – massive trampoline room, 4-lane foam pit, trampoline dodge ball area and even a huge climbing structure for kids 2-12. Coming soon – ninja warrior courses for kids and adults.

555 Rohnert Park Expressway West
Rohnery Park, Ca
Online: rebounderzrohnertpark.com

Cal-Star Gymnastics
What kid doesn’t want to jump into a massive foam pit? That’s just one element of fun that’s in store for you when you head to Cal-Star Gymnastics in Novato. Check out their daily “Power Play” where you can drop in for some gymnastics fun. Morning power plays are for the under 5 crew and the big kids get the evening sessions.

70 Digital Drive #3
Novato, Ca
Online: calstar.info

Redwood Empire Gymnastics
At Redwood Empire, kids learn physical and skills that help them build confidence. They offer classes, birthday parties, school break camps and even parents’ night out events. Even tiny tumblers can join in to the fun in the Tiny Bugs class where drop-ins are always welcome.

434 Payrah St.
Petaluma, Ca
Online: regymnastics.com

Pump it up

Pump It Up
Giant indoor inflatibles. Enough said. Head to one of the many Bay Area Pump It Up locations for open play and the kids will be able to climb and slide over and over and over. The entrance fee is $10-12/child and parents are always free.

Locations in Cotati, San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Union City and Belmont.
Online: pumpitupparty.com

Where will you take the kids to burn off some steam? Let us know below!

–Kate Loweth

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