by Holly L

Working out with kids in tow can be a daunting task. Thankfully a lot of fitness centers around the Kalamazoo area offer great childcare options, and some places even offer the opportunity to work out with your kids! Check out this list of places around town that aim to make it easy for you to work up a sweat without worrying about what to do with the kids.

Just Move Fitness and More

626 Romance Road, Ste 104

Portage, MI 49024

(269) 425-2387

Just Move Fitness and More is an ideal place to workout with kids in tow. Not only do they offer classes that you can take with your kids, but they also offer adult only classes with childcare provided. They have a large selection of drop in options, so there is no need to commit to a particular day or time. You can go when you have the time! If you want to work out with your kids, check out one of their Move With Me classes for children ages 5 and younger. The Portage Library has teamed up with Just Move to offer free classes with your kids in Zumba and Move With Me. You can check out the Portage Library calendar to get a listing of days and times for these free events. Childcare slots are listed on their calendar at their website. The cost is $5 per child, or you can purchase a punch card at a savings. If you have a group of 6 or more moms, you can set your own schedule! You can call and set up a fitness playdate, complete with childcare.

Childcare Hours

Check out their daily schedule here to reserve your spot!


Endurance Fitness Center

2930 W. Main St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 488-2700

Endurance Fitness Center offers free on site childcare for anyone with a membership. They offer a full gym including a women’s only area and a fitness pool. They also offer a large variety of free to member classes during childcare hours, such as Zumba, Yoga, Spinning, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt, Boot Camp, and Pilates. They offer a free 14 day trial membership so you can decide if Endurance Fitness Center is the right place for you and your children.

Childcare Hours

Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Fri and Sat 9am-1pm


YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

Maple Street Branch

1001 W. Maple St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

(269) 345-9622

Portage Street Branch

2900 W. Centre

Portage, MI 49024

(269) 324-9622

The Y offers just about every type of class you can imagine. Most of their classes are free to members and they offer membership financial assistance so that anyone who wants to join the Y is able. The Tot Spot offers childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 9 years old for up to 3 hours a day. They charge a small fee for each child when you use the service. The Y offers up to two free guest passes for you to try the facility before you commit to a membership.

Childcare Hours

Maple Street Branch

Mon-Thurs 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sat 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Portage Street Branch

Mon-Thurs 8:45am-8:00 pm

Fri 8:45 am-4:00 pm

Sat 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Powerhouse Portage Fitness Center

6051 Constitution Blvd.

Portage, MI 49024

(269) 329-9000

Powerhouse Fitness offers one of the lowest family membership rates around. They offer a wide variety of free to member classes, such as Zumba, Step, Circuit Training, Yoga, Kickboxing and Cardio. They offer a free 30 day membership for you to check out the facility before signing up.

Childcare Hours

Mon-Thurs 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Fri 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Sat 9:00 am-1:00 pm


Active Frog

7632 S. Westnedge Ave.

Portage, MI 49002

(269) 929-7475

Active Frog offers unique fitness experiences. The owner welcomes children to come along with their parents to fitness classes so that they learn to embrace fitness themselves from a young age. They do not provide childcare, but are open and accepting to children joining in on the classes, or quietly playing in the room while you workout. Their most fun class is the Drum Fit class. It focuses on working out through drumming on activity balls. This would be a great one to bring a little one along to.

Childcare Hours

Check out their daily schedule here!


Phoenix Fitness

4625 W KL Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 544-0089

For $3 an hour for one child and an extra $1.50 per child beyond that, you can attend any one of a number of classes offered at Phoenix Fitness. Be sure to register your child for care at least an hour before your class to receive a discount on their care, and to ensure that there are enough attendants on had to care for your child. You don’t have to be a member here to work out. They offer a variety of drop-in classes for people of all ability levels.

Childcare Hours

Mon 9:15 am-10:15 am, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, 4:30 pm-830 pm

Tues 9:15 am-10:15 am, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, 4:30 pm-8:00 pm

Weds 9:15 am-10:15 am, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Thurs 9:15 am-10:15 am, 4:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fri 9:15 am-10:15 am, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Sat 8:10 am-12:15 pm

Sun 9:30 am-1:00 pm


Bronson Athletic Club

6789 Elm Valley Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 544-3200

Bronson Athletic Club offers 3 rooms to accommodate different ages of kids. They take reservations for the infant room to ensure a low child to caregiver ratio. Rates are competitive at $3.25 an hour for the first child, and $2.25 per hour for each additional child. Members have a wide variety of classes they can choose from offered at varying times throughout the day.

Childcare Hours
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am-8:00pm
Friday –  8:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:30 am-2:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm-4:30 pm


Borgess Fitness Center

3025 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 552-2348

Borgess offers family times on Friday nights and the weekends, where you can work out with your children in a friendly and accepting environment. They also offer a fully staffed child care room for a modest fee, up to two and a half hours. They do allow drop ins but request that you make reservations as they tend to get busy and would prefer not to turn people away.

Childcare Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00 am -7:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Closed Sunday

Let us know if we’ve missed any places around town.


By | 2015-12-15T12:41:30+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Places To Work Out With Kids in Tow

About the Author:

Holly is an active mother of two small children. She likes to see everything the area has to offer and bring friends along for the ride. When not spending time with the kids she works as a professional reviewer, sharing opinions with the world.