Frequently Asked Questions
Is this real? I can drop-off my kids and run errands by myself?
YES! We are here for the spontaneous moments or when you just need a break for some me time. Kids Garden provides a fun and interactive learning place for your children. Drop the little ones off and enjoy some productive time away and return to happy, worn out kiddos.
Is this like a babysitting service?
It is so much MORE. Kids Garden is a drop-in creative arts learning center. Yes, we care for your children while you’re away. We also offer them the opportunity to explore our sensory tables, interactive games, storytelling area, reading nook, creative arts tables, movie nights, pretend play centers and amazing wooden indoor play-set…not to mention socialization with other children. Your kids will beg to come back! Our project-based learning activities have been developed by certified teachers to offer a hands-on, playful, creative environment in which children will work together to learn through interactive play and discovery.
How do I sign up?
Our registration form will ask basic questions including your child’s comforts and likes, any allergy or diet information along with your contact information. When you come in for the first time you will pay a one-time $40 family registration fee and sign our Client Agreement.
What does my child need to bring?
We are a shoe-free facility, so your child must wear socks at all times. We have plenty of new pairs available for purchase if you forget. For younger children still in diapers or pullups, be sure to bring diapers, wipes, a sippy cup and a spare change of clothes. You are welcome to use one of our storage cubbies to stash shoes, jackets, and other personal items.
We do not allow outside food or beverages (except water). Some exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with a team member if your child has dietary needs or restrictions.
What should my child wear?
Comfortable clothing that can get messy! They’ll be learning through sensory activities, arts and organized crafts that may involve anything from paints and glue to sand and even mud. While they’re sure to have fun, there’s no guarantee their clothes will remain spotless, so please dress them accordingly.
What will my children eat?
We serve balanced, nutritious meals and snacks everyday at Kids Garden. We do not permit outside food, but rather provide healthy and organic (when possible) sandwiches, fruits, veggies and whole grains that are available daily for a small fee.
What do I leave at home?
For safety and health reasons, we do not allow any outside toys or food. Small children may bring a soft blanket or other small comfort item, but we ask that you leave all other possessions at home or in a storage cubby in our welcome area. Kids Garden has dedicated extensive research to sourcing the best, non-toxic toys and products for our eco-friendly center. Our play space is a time for new discovery and we encourage children to engage in new activities and experience natural materials.
Can my child nap at Kids Garden?
Because we are a drop-in learning center, where children stay for a few hours at a time, we do not have scheduled nap times. If your child seems sleepy, there are plenty of quiet areas and soft mats and pillows for resting. You’re also welcome to bring sleepwear to make the transition easier once home, as well as special sheets or blankets for late evenings during our Parents Night Out events.
Do you host birthday parties?
Yes! Kids love parties at Kids Garden! You can reserve our entire playspace for your private party, which are held on Sundays by request only.
Who can pickup my child?
When you register, we’ll ask you to provide an emergency contact and the names of anyone you’d like to authorize for pickup. Your child will only be released to these individuals once they show photo ID and provide your correct family “code” word. For security, we ask that you notify us at drop off when/if a different person will be picking up your child. Any adult not in our system is required to have prior approval for pickup in writing from a custodial parent or legal guardian.
What about your staff?
We have an amazing, cheerful team of childcare providers and teachers who have years of experience in childcare and/or education and have children of their own. Every staff member, or “Gardener” as we like to call them, completes an extensive background check, our in-house training program, and all are CPR/First Aid certified.
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