Stretched thin: Five Charlottesville fitness centers with childcare for busy moms

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For a town that’s both fitness- and family-oriented, there don’t seem to be many local gyms that offer to take care of your little ones while you sweat it out. There are obviously plenty of all-day and half-day child care options in Charlottesville, but for stay-at-home parents who just need an hour on a mat or with a punching bag, there aren’t a lot of choices. Here are five we found.

FlyDog Yoga

FlyDog Yoga owners Eliza and Brad Whiteman have four children, and Eliza says the lack of local studios with childcare is part of what inspired her to open the studio this summer. While big-box gyms are more likely to offer childcare, she says she’s always preferred a more specialized workout and she wanted to give parents the best of both worlds.

In addition to regular childcare sessions throughout the week, the schedule features classed for little kids, big kids and teens.

barre.[d] studio

At barre.[d] studio downtown, kids ages 3 months to 10 years can hang out in a room full of toys, books and Legos while you’re working your glutes at the barre. Several childcare sessions are available during classes throughout the week, and owner Hanna Dobbels says if those times don’t work out, there’s the BYON (bring your own nanny) option for use of the childcare room.

Gold’s Gym

Available for kids from 3 months to 12 years old, Gold’s Gym features a large kids’ area with supervised childcare.


Both Charlottesville ACAC locations feature a Kids Zone, which keeps kids safe and entertained while you swim, do laps around the track or try your hand at tai chi.

Bend Yoga

At Bend Yoga, instructors want you and your young child to bond doing your practice. Classes include “Mamaste” for pregnant moms, sessions for moms and their kids of all ages to enjoy together, plus those just for tweens and teens.

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I think it’s interesting that they have a child care in the gym. It makes sense, since everyone needs some time to work out, and it can be hard to keep an eye on the children while you do. It’s such a good idea on the gym’s part! Thanks for sharing!