Dharma Kids, located inside Dharma Health Institute, in Playa del Rey, is a unique Parent Self-Care program created especially for parents to take some time out for themselves. The program is for toddlers* and filled with movement, yoga, creations, stories and so much more…Classes are held indoors and outdoors so that children have a wide range of experiences. The age range for our classes are 15 months – 5 years old.

The Dharma Kids Program is not intended to be a substitute for daycare as our space and resources are more limited than those of a daycare center. The aim of the program is to provide much needed respite for parents. Parents are encouraged to support local businesses and/or use the time for self-rejuvenation by taking advantage of on-site health services* or local practitioners. 

Founded by two moms with toddlers, the program is created to help parents take a little time for themselves, get a health treatment and ensure their children are in a safe setting. In the 1.5 or 2 hour block, children engage in a number of classes including a movement class, crafting and/or Storytime and Toddler yoga. Each class is based on a healthy ‘being’, seasonal theme while making new friends.

The Hours of Operation for the Toddler Drop Off Program are 10:30am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children can arrive at 10:30am or  3:00pm.  Payment for day must be done online by reserving here.  Please note that our  program can only accommodate 10 kids total per 2 hour block, so please reserve your space as soon as possible.  A waiting list will be maintained for individuals who are interested in the class and will be notified if a space opens up. We cannot exceed this allowed amount.

Cancellations must be done 3 hours prior to the start of the session.  If it is done after this time, we will not be able to offer a refund. Afternoon sessions (3-5pm) must be done by reservation only and done at least 24 hours in advance. If the afternoon class is not on the calendar but you would still like to attend, we encourage you to call our office the day of and see if it is being held.

Parents are welcome to attend the classes with their children or drop them off, while they take a moment for themselves.

Reserve a space here.

Find out about prices here.

In addition to our traditional Dharma Kids program, we do offer a number of Toddler Community events where you child will be able to meet other tots and you can connect with other parents. Our goal is to create a small community of like-minded parents, that are looking for ways to maintain their health and well-being while ensuring their children are well taken care of. We will be offering monthly Parent Night Out events as well as special themed get-togethers.  Please join our Facebook page or email us to join the mailing list, so you are kept up to date of our monthly activities. This program is created with us, Parents of Tots, in mind.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend?

We cannot help children with potty time during their stay (flushable wipes are available for children who need extra help with potty clean up). We recommend children go potty, with parent guidance, immediately upon their arrival. If your child is not fully potty trained, you can attend the session with them and/or be onsite in our waiting area.

What health services do you offer onsite?

Dharma Health Institute offers a number of integrative therapies designed to maintain overall wellness. For parents that enroll their child in a Dharma Kids session, they will receive 10% off an integrative service that day, including External Counterpulsation (ECP), Hyperbaric Oxygen, Acupuncture, and/or one-one Yoga/Tai Chi or Qi Gong session. Sessions need to be booked in advance by emailing: Indicate the day, time and service requested.

What if I am late to pick up my child?

A fee of $7 will be charged for every 15 minutes that parents are late to pick up their children.

What is required when I drop off my child?

Please bring a photo ID during check-in. This will be required upon drop off. Children will only be released to the person with the SAME ID upon pick-up. There are no exceptions. We also ask that you bring a bottle of water and snack for the child. If the child has any allergies, please label this inside his/her lunch pail, on the outside with a sticky note.

I need some a Parent time out but I am worried how my child will be without me. I have never left him/her with someone.

We understand your concern. We both have toddlers ourselves. Right outside of the studio area, we have a waiting area. The children can see you and you can pop in your head, while you take a time out for yourself. If you are needed, you are right there. We also have area downstairs that is available. Bring work, close your eyes, enjoy the ocean air, while your child engages in play-based activities.


Dharma Kids: A Parent Self-Care Program for Toddlers