Keeping fit is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Yet, for busy parents, it can be hard to find time to exercise. You work, you take care of your children, you clean your home, you watch a little TV, you want to exercise but you never have the time. A couple of Maryland health club want to help busy parents stay fit by offering child care. These child care rooms at local Baltimore gyms are staffed by trained professional caregivers who are ready to play with your children while you workout. Take an exercise class or lift weights at Merritt Athletic Clubs–24 HR Cranbrook, MAC Harbor East, or Meadow Mill Athletic Club.

courtesy of Merritt Athletic Club

courtesy of Merritt Athletic Club

Merritt Athletic Clubs – 24 HR Cranbrook
598 24 HR Cranbook Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 683-1800

Merritt Athletic Clubs–24 HR Cranbrook has a child care area on site. While your child is in the child care area, try out group fitness classes, including BodyAttack, BodyCombat, Grit, and Zumba. Want to work out in the middle of the night? Only want to exercise during the day? No problem! Merritt Athletic Clubs 24 HR Downtown Athletic Club meets the needs of its members with “24/7 Access with Staffed Hours.” Members can always access the club 24/7. Merritt Athletic Clubs operates 24 HR Downtown Athletic Club locations in Downtown, Buckingham, Canton, Fort Avenue, and Owings Mills.

MAC Harbor East
655 President St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 625-5000

Founded 15 years ago, MAC Harbor East is also known as the Maryland Athletic Club. With locations in Baltimore, Timonium, and Hunt Valley, MAC has “set the standard in Baltimore for creating a wellness center.” The MAC Wellness Centers “help young and old, beginners and regulars live a healthy lifestyle.” Members are also helped to achieve their personal goals of losing weight, gaining strength, increasing speed, and extending endurance. The MAC Kids Club is staffed by trained, CPR-certified staff. MAC Kids Club is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club
3600 Clipper Mill Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 235-7000

Known as a “premier, state-of-the-art athletic club,” Meadow Mill Athletic Club is the also the “largest commercial squash facility in the United States.” Meadow Mill Athletic Club is a 40,000 square feet fitness gym with 14 singles (international) squash courts and 2 doubles (American) squash courts. The club offers an extensive schedule of fitness and exercise classes for adults, senior citizens, and toddler and junior members. Meadow Mill Athletic Club was voted Best Kid-Friendly Gym by Baltimore Magazine.

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Fitness Magazine voted Brick Bodies the “best Mom-and-Pop shape up place” in the country. (Credit:

Fitness Magazine voted Brick Bodies the “best Mom-and-Pop shape up place” in the country. (Credit:

Brick Bodies
9634 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 529-2348

Perry Hall is part of the Brick Bodies franchise, a premier fitness club in Maryland. The Brick Bodies franchise is a chain of code and women-only health clubs located in Maryland. Brick Bodies coed clubs include locations in Timoniun, Perry Hall, downtown Baltimore, Green Spring Station, and Reisterstown. The women-only clubs are under Lynne Brick’s brand and are located in Owings mills and Belvedere Square.

Lynne Brick’s Belvedere Square
5911 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
(410) 433-8200

Lynne Brick’s Belvedere Square is part of the Brick Bodies chain of athletic and fitness clubs. Lynne Brick’s Belvedere Square is one of two women-only health clubs in the Brick Bodies chain. The other Lynne Brick women-only location is in Owings Mills. Lynne Brick and Brick Bodies clubs, all privately owned and operated, have a results-oriented approach, which is a “reflection of Victor’s [Brick] training as a physical education instructor and Lynne’s [Brick] background as a shock-trauma nurse. The in-house child care facility, called Little Bricks, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.