Q: Who can be a member of Friends Club?
A: Friends Club is for children from 3 months – 12 years who’s family or guardian are members of Girlfriends Fit Club. Guests of Friends Club are subject to normal rules, regulations and time limits.
Q: When is Friends Club Open?
A: Friends Club Hours:
*Children can be checked into friends club one time per day, for up to 2 hours per visit.
Q: How do I check in to Friends Club, and how secure is it?
A: First time visitors will be asked to fill out a Child Profile Form. On this form you will list any allergies, medical conditions, or if your children are taking any medications. We also ask that you inform us about anything that could affect your child’s stay with us. You will sign your child in before and after your workout. You may not leave Girlfriends Fit Club grounds while your child is in Friends Club. Due to safety and courtesy of other members children are NOT allowed at any time near fitness machines or equipment at Girlfriends Fit Club. You need to bring your children directly to Friends Club and pick them up after your workout. The person dropping off your child must be the same person to pick them up.
Q: How many Team Members work in Friends Club at one time?
A:This number is constantly changing. During anticipated busy times, we will have more staff “on call” and can be summoned to help out at any time.
Q: What should my child wear?
A: We prefer that all children wear athletic shoes but our only requirement is no wet boots in the winter. Crocs are not permitted if they have jibbitz, as they are a choking hazard. Dress your child in play clothes that allow for freedom of movement…and consider too, that paint, playdough, glitter and glue are used in the art area. Please don’t send your children in brand new clothes! Any article of clothing that might be removed should be labeled. Velcro sneakers are recommended for small children that don’t yet tie.
Q: Do I need to make a reservation for my infant?
A: Yes, we ask that you do call ahead if you have a baby under 12 months. If you just show up with your baby, and we already have too many infants, you may be asked to wait until a baby is checked out. We will certainly do what we can to shift staff members around to accommodate your baby, but a reservation will help us prepare from our end. Please call 616-399-9086 and ask to make a reservation for Friends Club for your infant – even if it’s just as you are heading out of the house to come to the gym.
Q: Will you feed my infant?
A: We are not able to do feedings nor allow any food or snacks while your children are at friends club due to various allergies. Babies are coming and going from Friends Club at all times – and it would be impossible to provide the one-on-one attention required to give a bottle. If you are concerned about your baby being on a specific schedule, please return to Friends Club for the feeding, or schedule your workout at a different time. We are not able to spoon feed or give babies “snacks” while they are checked into Friends Club.
Q: Do you change diapers?
A: We ask that you feed and change your baby before you check them into Friends Club. You will be alerted if your child needs a diaper change while he or she is in Friends Club. We do not provide diapers, so we ask that you bring some in case of an emergency.
Q: What about sick kids?
A: Friends Club will make every effort possible to protect the health and safety of the children. We will exercise the right to deny admittance to any child who appears to be in poor (contagious) health. Please do not bring your children to Friends Club if they have a runny nose, rash, conjunctivitis, swollen glands, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, chicken pox blisters, or have experienced fever within the last 48 hours! If you check in to Friends Club and your child shows signs of illness – we will contact you and ask that you check your child out.
Q: Do you offer anything for older kids?
A: We understand that ‘big kids’ sometimes aren’t thrilled about coming to childcare. We’ve set aside special privileges for children 6 years and older; they will have special art projects, games and videos they can watch.
Q: Can children bring toys from home?
A: We do not allow your child bringing personal items from home. We cannot accept responsibility for lost or broken toys. We prefer that children be checked into Friends Club "empty handed." Toys brought in from home frequently cause friction among other children.