Outdoor kids classes
Near Central, San Mateo

Healthy, educational, and fun! Outdoor activity-based kids classes in local green spaces near Central, San Mateo.

Tinkergarten’s kids classes are age appropriate for 18 month - 8 year olds, and are run by parents and other community members. Classes take place in Frontierland Park, Laurelwood Park, Twin Pines Park, Duboce Park, A San Francisco Location, Eleanor Pardee Park, Washington Park, Eleanor Pardee Park Lantern Walk Entrance, Carlos Bee Park, Memorial Park, Little People's Park, Stulsaft Park, Garrett Park, Chabot Park, A Redwood City Area Park, Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, A San Leandro Area Park, Private Residence (Menlo Park, CA) , A San Mateo Area Park, Bol Park, Cornelis BOL Park, Mitchell Park, Lakeshore Park, Newark Community Center Park, Rengstorff Park, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Dry Creek Staging Area, A Union City Area Park, Birch Grove Park, Harriett M Wieder Park, Tewinkle Park, Wardlow park, Montessori Child Development Center, Baker Ranch Community Park, Crucero Park, a Lake Forest area park, Concourse Park, Oso Viejo Community Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Santa Vittoria Park, CA , Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve , Mason Regoinal Park, Knollcrest Park, El Conejo Park, Mission Viejo area park, Fullerton Arboretum, Cedar Grove Park, Serrano Creek Park, Turtle Rock Community Park, Hicks Canyon Park, Eisenhower Park, Beacon Park, A Fullerton Area Park, an Irvine area park, Bolsa Chica Park, Heritage Park, A Costa Mesa Area Park, Mason Park, An Orange Area Park, Gibbs Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Camino Real Park, A Westminster Area Park, A Huntington Beach Area Park, and Summerlane Park, and more!

Tinkergarten’s play-based learning curriculum of outdoor activities is the best way for kids to experience Central, San Mateo in the summer. Moms, dads and their kids can enroll in a class and join one of our existing playgroups, or improve their own playgroup by becoming a Tinkergarten leader. Join the other parents and kids in San Mateo to play and learn outdoors together!

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Skill-Based Curriculum

Tinkergarten is not a typical kids’ class—we share ideas with educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, but we’re much more. Our technology-enabled, expert designed curriculum adapts to region and season, is age appropriate, and spans a broad range of skills. Activities progressively build week after week, season after season.
“The classes are so well-thought-out and organized without being rigid.”
– Kate, Mom to a 3 year old
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Outside is healthier

Tinkergarten parents are not anti-tech. Our kids get ample screen time, too. Isn’t our greatest gift, then, to balance that time with healthy, rejuvenating, and developmentally stimulating time outdoors?
“She’ll get plenty of time with the iPad soon. At her age, being outside just seems right.”
– Rachael, Mom to an 18-month-old
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Let them Play, like we did

Our classes bring back something that seems to be lost on this new generation — something that was a most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker outdoors.
“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”
– Julie, Mom to a 3-year-old
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Prepare them

Kids learn leadership, problem solving, persistence, and more through well-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, we think independent exploration, risk taking, getting dirty, and making help kids achieve far greater things than drills at the local tutoring center.
“I've learned to see his play as learning. Amazing!”
– Jon, Dad of a 2-year-old
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It takes a Village

The most critical social development happens in the first 5 years. Tinkergarten is purposefully designed to bring kids together with their peers, their parents, and allow mom and dad to bond with their child more meaningfully.
“He lost himself at Tinkergarten, and before he knew it, he was working with the other kids.”
– Elif, Mom to a 3-year-old