Outdoor kids classes
Near Downtown Menlo Park, San Mateo

Healthy, educational, and fun! Outdoor activity-based kids classes in local green spaces near Downtown Menlo Park, 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 Cuesta Park, Bol Park, Laurelwood Park, Central Park (Lake Elizabeth), Twin Pines Park, A Fremont Park, Ortega Park, Saratoga Creek Park, Eleanor Pardee Park, Washington Park, Las Palmas Park, Eleanor Pardee Park Lantern Walk Entrance, Cornelis BOL Park, Little People's Park, Stulsaft Park, Garrett Park, Dry Creek Staging Area, A Redwood City Area Park, Niles Community Park, Washington Park, Cannery Park, Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, Fairmont Park, Mitchell Park, A Union City Area Park, A Fremont Area Park, Private Residence (Menlo Park, CA) , Lakeshore Park, Birch Grove Park, Newark Community Center Park, Rengstorff Park, A San Mateo Area Park, Clover Park, Griffith Park, Nibley Park, Griffith Park: Mineral Wells Picnic Area, Vista Hermosa Park, Del Rey Lagoon Park, Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Playa Vista Bluff Creek Fields, Culver West Park, Elysian Park, Ladera Park, Douglas Park, Vincent Lugo Park, Westwood Park / Westwood Recreation Center, Brookside Park, Polliwog Park, a Sherman Oaks area park, A Santa Monica Area Park, Culver City Park, El Marino Park, Memorial Park, Los Encinos State Historic Park, Woodbridge Park, Garfield Park, Veterans Memorial Park, a Santa Monica area park, Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, Ramona Park, A South Pasadena Area Park, Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, Studio City Recreation Center, Holly Glen Park, Franklin Canyon Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Van Nuys Area Park, A Studio City area park, Victoria Community Regional Park, Glen Alla Park, Mountain View Park , Wildwood Canyon, Garvey Ranch Park, Franklin Canyon Drive, Clover Park, Glen Alla Park, Penmar park, Bronson Canyon, Almansor Park, Eaton Canyon, A Burbank Area Park, Valley Park, The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, Victory Park, Carlson Park, Griffith Park: Bette Davis Picnic Area, A Culver City Area Park, and A Los Angeles Area Park, and more!

Tinkergarten’s play-based learning curriculum of outdoor activities is the best way for kids to experience Downtown Menlo Park, 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