City of Piedmont Recreation Department

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Piedmont, CA
Operated By: 
David Siu
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens
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The City of Piedmont Recreation Department is offering BADMINTON classes for the community taught by USA Badminton certified coaches.  Classes varies by age from 7 years old to adult, are approximately 20 students per session, and varies depending on court availability.  The classes provides instructions on strokes, footwork and game play at the beginners level. Students also participate in stretching, fitness, eye-hand-foot coordination activities essential in building a strong athletic foundation for higher level play.  Classes are usually at the Piedmont Middle School Morrison Gym and on Friday evenings.  For class fee and information on badminton classes and registration, please visit the City of Piedmont Recreation Department Web site.

Parent Q&A

  • Activities for Toddlers in Piedmont Area

    (4 replies)

    Hi there! I'm new to the area and my nanny and I are looking for activities during the week? Things like readings at Libraries, music classes, art classes, etc. In the city we did a couple classes at Peekadoodle -is there something like that in the area?

    Thanks! We live in the Dracena Park area in Piedmont.

    Kindergym with Dawn Margolin at Temple Beth Abraham is of legendary status in the East Bay. I first heard about Kindergym from a couple of mom friends (who all said I "had" to go) and have found it to be such a wonderful part of both being a parent and having a very active toddler. My son loves his "gym" and Dawn has created such a wonderful, warm, diverse, welcoming, educational, fun and safe environment. She herself is a force for good and acceptance and this energy feeds the environment at Kindergym. Not only does it get the wiggles out when my son gets to swing, climb, slide, jump and play from station to station, but I get to talk with other parents, get to know my community and learn more about being the kind of parent that is present for my child in a way that I hope I can sustain. We love Kindergym, love Dawn and love being a part of this extended family.

    Welcome!  We are on Piedmont/Dracena park border and I also have a toddler.  There's a piedmont playgroup that meets weekly.  If you are into nature activities, there's tinkergarden nearby. I think the rest was covered by the previous posts.

    Hope his helps,


    Hi there, welcome to Piedmont.  We are nearby in Lower Piedmont.  Our nanny takes our 2 year old to Kindermusik through the Piedmont rec dept.  They have classes Wed and Thurs morning and you can sign up through the PRD website.  They also do storytime at the Rockridge library, and when the weather is nice, Fairyland.  Recently, we purchased membership at the Rec Room in Berkeley so they go there several times a week.  It's only $50/month for an unlimited number of visits.  They have storytime and activities there, too.  I haven't personally been but after visiting several of the local play spaces our nanny liked this one best.  

    Welcome to Piedmont! We must be neighbors of sorts as we are also in the Dracena Park neighborhood. The Piedmont branch of Oakland Public Libraries (80 Echo Ave) hosts a cute toddler story time on Wednesday at 10:15 am. It's held in the small brick building to the right of the library trailer. 

    Piedmont Recreation Department puts on Kindermusik classes and all sorts of activities (sports, arts, swim, etc.) for people of all ages. Their catalog of classes is available online and you can filter to your child's age and interests, days of the week, etc.:

    We moved to Piedmont a year ago (1 yr & 2 weeks, but who's counting ;P) and signed my then 3.5 yo son up for the soccer and sports classes through Piedmont Rec and found it a great way to meet other moms and playmates for my kids. 

    If your nanny drives, the story time at the Claremont branch of Berkeley Library is always lively and fun (albeit, very popular so sometimes at capacity). My 2 yo loved Gymboree classes on Lakeshore Ave. 

    Other drop-in activities we enjoyed for some indoor running around when these rainy days seemed never ending:

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Camp Cottontail

March 2010

I'm considering enrolling my 3 year old son in the Piedmont Rec center's Camp Cottontail program this summer. Can anyone provide feedback on the camp? Thanks! New mom to camp

My kids went to Camp Cottontail last summer and loved it. The staff is great, and they do nice activities. They're too old for it now, otherwise I'd send them again. Lisa

March 2004

Re: Outdoor activities for 3-year-old
While they don't offer hiking - you might try Camp Cottontail through the Piedmont Rec Center. My son went for two years beginning at 3 1/2. You can sign up in one weeks segments. I think it is usually 9-12. Every week is a different theme and on the last day of each session they usually go swimming at the Piedmont Pool. He loved it! They did go on nature hikes around the park, played games, did art etc. If that doesn't fit the bill you should check out all of the offering through Piedmont Rec. Center -they have a lot of camps. good luck anon


Re: Sports class for 4 1/2 yr. old (April 2000)
Check the Piedmont Rec Center. One summer my boy was in a sports class there. They played a number of different games, including beginning soccer. It's for young kids, to give them a sample of different sports. I'm not sure if it's offered in other than the summer session.

Swim Lessons

April 2008

Re: Infant-parent swim class
We had an extremely poor experience with the Piedmont Recreation swim classes, which were highly recommended. In addition to the fog and wind, which we managed to work around, they were very disorganized, and seemed to have a hard time telling us which of the several pools our class was in, and the teacher at our class literally didn't understand infants AT ALL. The class was for 6 months to 3 yrs, and it was really more appropriate for the 2-3 yr age, since they expected all the ''students'' to follow directions. My 9 month old didn't know how to blow bubbles in the water, obviously, and the only thing they did right--letting the kids choose a toy--they screwed up 2 minutes later by taking the toys away. A pre-toddler doesn't get that at all. When I spoke to the director about it, he insisted that swim classes were the same everywhere and that I shouldn't have taken the class since I'm not a Piedmont resident.