So, I did something a bit crazy. I signed myself up for personal training sessions at 24 hour fitness. I'm thrilled with my trainer, but I'd be lying if I said it was going as well as I thought it would. It's not. It's so hard with Ocho's unpredictable sleep schedule to feel good, arrive at a pre-determined time with Ocho happy, etc. But, I have been very happy with my trainer, and with the childcare facilities at the Hermosa Beach 24 hour fitness.
The facility is actually very nice. They have a huge indoor play gym, sort of like McDonalds. Then they have a great floor space. They have a nice are set-up for the babies/crawlers so they can make sure that they aren't getting trampled by the older kiddos.
They have a flexible rotation of people, and they have a limit of 24 kiddos that they can have with two staff members. The interesting thing is that my child (any baby under 24months older than 6 months) is considered three children. A child under 36 months counts as two children. So they can call additional staff if needed to add more children.
It's $5 for two hours per child for drop in care. Or you can sign-up for a month of care for $25, where you can drop off your child as much as you want. I signed Ocho up for the full month, but I don't think I've gotten my money worth yet. They won't change diapers, and they won't keep your kiddo if they are crying inconsolably. I totally understand both of those things, but it makes it a bit tricky and expensive if you have to leave your training session to come get your baby.
However, they do allow you to store baby stuff there in a set of cubicles, and as you can see behind her, they are happy to keep your carseat too, so if baby is still sleeping it's totally fine.
They have a large selection of toys, and they also do some themes and crafts depending upon the holiday. Can you tell I took this picture in February and it's taken me this long to write up this post?!? They almost always have a movie playing, which I don't love, but it's totally appropriate for the age range.
Overall I'm happy with the care provided. And here in the beach cities I didn't even tell you the best part. Right across the way is a My Gym, so if you have an older kiddo who might be too old for this daycare space, you can register them in a drop-off class at My Gym while baby brother or sister plays at the fitness center. Both kiddos taken care of.
The hours are 8-1pm, then again from 4-6pm. I've never been turned away, but it is a first come first served place. The only other odd thing is that they only allow one adult dropping off a child in their space at a time for safety reasons, but of course they don't have that posted anywhere....