Last Minute Childcare Options
*Note Ashley’s Playhouse is closed on Sundays for private parties*
The Preschool program at KidSpa looks pretty unique too in that you choose which days of the week to send your child. As long as it’s a minimum of 3 days any three or four-year-old can attend and receive instruction with guided education and play.
Childcare for children 4 months- 12 years
Without a doubt, your child will have fun at Funtime Playcare. Located in Georgetown, this childcare center is open early for your convenience and late night on both Friday ad Saturday evenings. We’re talking 1 AM late, for those date nights that go the extra mile- wink wink. There are also Sunday hours, which is hard to come by! Choose from a hourly drop-in rate or pay for blocks of time in advance that never expire. Funtime also offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for children. There are age-appropriate activities planned for each age group, so don’t stress about your child getting bored or not having a good time at Funtime!
Before sending your child to any of these great drop-in childcare locations, here are some things to remember:
Be sure to stop by for a tour so you feel comfortable with the staff and amenities. It’s a good idea to bring your child too, so they can check out the environment and feel safe. Case in point, my son doesn’t do well in situations where there are a lot of kids, so something like KidSpa may not be the best fit. The Toybrary on the other hand limits the number of children watched during drop-in and most children are under the age of 5, so he feels less intimidated and nervous when I need to drop him off and run to a meeting down the road at Starbucks. Plus, he gets to sample new toys that I can later take home with our Toybrary membership.
In addition to drop-in locations, you may also be able to find a temp nanny or babysitter to come to you. Look on Care.com for notices and reviews of childcare providers in your area. Or, ask employers if they offer any childcare assistance as a work benefit. For example, my husband’s company gives employees free Care.com memberships and 7 days worth of emergency childcare at a reduced cost. (I’m still not 100% sure how this works, if there is a set list of care givers pre-screened or what, but it’s still really cool that they recognize working families challenges. Thankfully we haven’t had to use this perk- yet.)