Yes! You've decided to join the gym and you're pumped about getting pumped up. First priority: make sure you join a gym that makes working out convenient. That means: in-gym childcare!
Of course, there are some days when you want to include the kids in a workout. You can always move it with your posse on a favorite local hike or bike ride, an outdoor ropes course or other great active trips found in our Fairfield County Guide. I have four kids, and can't always count on getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. or on my hubs getting home in time for my favorite yoga class. For that reason, I narrowed my gym choices to those fitness facilities that offer childcare in Fairfield County.
Edge Kids at The Fitness Edge - Multiple Locations
The Edge revamped their kids' club in the last couple years and now offer "Edge Kids," the "stay active, be healthy" childcare option for their members' offspring. With 17 beautifully updated locations in Connecticut, Edge Kids expands the gym's brand into its childcare zone. The gym offers reasonable hourly drop off rates (cheaper than a babysitter!) and monthly membership options. Limit of two hours.
YMCA - Multiple Locations
From Greenwich all the way up the coast and into the Valley, the towns of Fairfield County and beyond have their own, unique YMCAs, offering a wide variety of classes, swimming, cardio and day camps. The biggest pro to joining the Y? Your YMCA membership is good wherever you go, across the country. Their "Child Watch" hours differ from location to location, so be sure to check the website or app before you go. The plus? Child Watch is included in membership, and many gyms include a pool. The negative? YMCA memberships tend to be more pricey than those gym chains.
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L.A. Fitness Kids Club - Trumbull, Norwalk, Orange, Stratford, and Hamden
L.A. Fitness boasts 6 locations with 5 Kids' Clubs from Norwalk up to Hamden and 600+ across the nation. This makes training on-the-go perfect for parents who travel. Also you can enjoy an indoor heated lap pool, saunas, and a whirlpool. Prices for childcare and hours vary from gym to gym (currently no hours listed at the Milford location) so be sure to check in advance when you sign up for your membership.
New York Sports Clubs - Stamford, Greenwich, Danbury, West Hartford, and NYC
Convenience for a family of commuters is the name of the game with the New York Sports Clubs. This regional club has 106 locations concentrated around the NYC, New Jersey, and Connecticut with sister clubs in DC, Philly, and Boston. In Connecticut, both the Stamford and West Hartford locations have a pool. All CT locations offer babysitting, either monthly unlimited or single-day pay.
The Sportsplex - Stamford
You'll get an all-around family feel at the Sportsplex in Stamford. From squash and Latin Fit dance classes to swimming lessons, this one-off fitness facility has won awards for service and customer satisfaction. Leave the kids at the nursery, but only after you've had some fun doing the math on their five-minute-increment rates!
Chelsea Piers Athletic Club - Stamford
For a more high-end work out experience, invest your family fitness dollars at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. This is an absolutely huge facility with ice rinks, an Aquatic Center, volleyball courts, and beyond. When you are ready to work out, be sure to book your babysitting space in advance. Walk-ins to the cozy Kids Club are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you like it, the club even offers ACTUAL preschool!
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