Outdoor kids classes
Near Hillcrest, San Diego

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

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 Tecolote Canyon Recreation Center, Lake Murray Playground Project, Cypress Grove Picnic Area Balboa Park, Kate Sessions Park , Presidio Park , Kellogg Park at La Jolla Shores, Big Rock Park , Kearny Mesa Recreation Center Park, Kensington Park, Balboa Park Playground, Woodglen Vista Park, Rohr Park, Bird Park (playground), Dusty Rhodes Park, Trolley Barn Park, Tecolote Rec Center, Torrey Hills, Villa Monserate Park, a San Diego area park, Riverwalk Golf Club, Marcy Park, North Clairemont Recreation Center, Maddox Park, Liberty Station NTC Park, Pepper Grove, Pioneer Park, Mission Beach Park, Hoyt Park, Mira Mesa Community Park, Lopez Ridge Park, Ocean Air Recreation Center, Jerabek Park, 10240 Aviary Dr. , Hollywood Park, Mira Mesa Community Park North, Views West Park, Old Poway Park, Starridge Park, Solana Highlands Park, Torrey Highlands, Kristen Glen Park, 4S Ranch Sports Park, Lake Poway, A Poway Area Park, Felicita County Park, Kit Carson Park , Stagecoach Community Park, Encinitas Community Park, Scott Valley Park , An Encinitas Area Park, Rancho Bernardo-Glassman Recreation Center, Leucadia Oaks Park, Dixon Lake, Jacks Pond Park, A San Marcos Area Park, Clover Park, Heartwell Park, Vista Hermosa Park, Del Rey Lagoon Park, Playa Vista Bluff Creek Fields, Culver West Park, Elysian Park, Hopkins Wilderness Park , Ladera Park, Douglas Park, Westwood Park / Westwood Recreation Center, Polliwog Park, A Santa Monica Area Park, Culver City Park, El Marino Park, A Redondo Beach Area Park, Veterans Memorial Park, a Santa Monica area park, Ramona Park, Holly Glen Park, Franklin Canyon Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Victoria Community Regional Park, Glen Alla Park, Franklin Canyon Drive, Long Beach Organic 7th and Chesnut Community Garden, Hesse Community Park, Lago Seco Park, Clover Park, Glen Alla Park, Seventh and Chestnut Community Garden, Penmar park, Bronson Canyon, Valley Park, The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, Carlson Park, 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 Hillcrest, San Diego 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 Diego 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