Spotlight On Business: Island Time Drop-N-Play

“Offering After School Care and Upcoming Summer Camps”

Island Time Drop-N-Play is located at 1140 N. Lake Park Boulevard in Suite D and can be reached by calling (910)458-4FUN (4386).

By: Allen Denning
Staff Writer

Island Time Drop-n-Play is “The Carolina Beach Kids’ Oasis” offering tons of fun, games, and much needed social interaction for children ages 12 months to 12 years with flexible drop in care, after School care and upcoming summer camps.  Parents love that Island Time is their trusted local childcare service that can help to free up some desperately needed time to get things done!  Island Time is always striving to help parents with their easy to use service which requires no appointments.  Kids love the massive amounts of toys and games which they can access and the unstructured social time with friends while parents love the low rates.  “At Island Time we are focused on FUN.  We have a toddler area, dramatic play area with a stage, role play center, gross motor area with ride on toys, a snack/craft center, and a big kid lounge with an air hockey table, double basketball shoot, TV, games and we now have an outdoor play area for a little fresh air.  There is something for everyone!”  Island Time charges per child but discounts the price of each extra child to help parents with multiple children.  The rate for one child is just $7 per hour, the second child is only $5 per hour and for the third child the price is only $3 per hour.  They also offer daily, weekly and monthly rates.  Check out the rates page on their website for specific pricing on these plans.  They also offer a frequent play card that saves you tons of money by awarding you an extra 20% value for the amount you purchase.  Another reason which parents love Island Time is that they work closely with other local businesses by giving a special incentive discount to those who are using the childcare service while they visit other participating local businesses.  While you visit a local business and let your child play at Island Time they will take off $1 per hour.  So if you need to get some shopping done, hair done or you’re in need of some therapy from Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture, but you need a reliable childcare service available to free up the time, Island Time will not only take care of your children but will also give you a discounted rate while get acupuncture therapy and more.  Island Time Drop-n-Play offers this special discount for parents who are shopping at any Pleasure Island business.  Island Time has even partnered with the Carolina Beach Athletic Club to offer an amazing deal on childcare services while you get your workout done.  Bring your child to Island Time Drop-n-Play while you have your workout at Carolina Beach Athletic Club and the first hour of childcare is absolutely FREE!  Island Time knows that it can be extremely difficult for parents to find the time to get things done while also ensuring that their children are safe and having fun, which is why they are happy to offer these special incentives! 
Island Time is always holding your child’s safety and health at utmost importance which is why they are excited and proud to announce that along with the help of the expertise of Guy Dozier from No Sweat Air Conditioning they have recently installed a new air filtration system that is designed to trap and eliminate flu viruses and airborne allergens. As any parent knows children tend to share sicknesses better than they share toys, which is why Island Time is taking this step to help make sure that they are providing the safest and cleanest environment.  “Families can bring their kids to Island Time knowing we are doing everything we can to keep kids healthy!”  Island Time Drop-n-Play offers the area’s only after school program that offers the flexibility of choosing to pay for monthly, weekly, partial-weekly or even hourly based on your own specific needs.  “We recognize that not all parents can be available to pick up kids when the bell rings and school is out.  Island Time, only one mile from Carolina Beach Elementary, offers a safe, fun, and nurturing environment from 2:30-6:00.  Our Island Time van will pick up at Carolina Beach Elementary and immediately take kids to Mike Chappell Park for supervised play.  After 7 hours in the school building, it’s important for kids have a chance to really get their energy out.  Back at Island Time, kids will have a snack and water and then quiet time for homework/tutoring.  Kids will then have supervised free play until parents pick up. With only limited spots available, your child is sure to get the attention he/she needs.”  Island Time offers several options for their after school care program for however many days out of the week you need them.  “Don’t need after-school care every day?  That’s ok, at Island Time we are all about flexibility.  On a first come first serve basis, for available seats on the van, Island Time can pick-up your child and you just pay our regular hourly rates.  If our van is full, you are welcome to have a friend or family member drop off at Island Time for you (child must already be registered with Island Time)!  Requests for flexible pick-up must be received by 1:30pm.  Children participating in our flexible after-school, will receive all the same treatment as our weekly/monthly after school kids.” Island Time Drop-n-Play is excited to announce that they are now gearing up for their upcoming weekly summer camps.  All summer long Island Time will be offering camps which include hours of play at their facility, events, and more.  Parents can choose $150/week or affordable daily rates (for those needing partial weeks).  Kids enrolled in the summer camps will get to enjoy field trips to the park, library, movies, pool, skating, bowling, putt-putt, as well as themed crafts and activities and volunteering outings to foster community involvement.  Remember space for these summer camps is limited and available spots will fill up quickly so sign up soon! Island Time Drop-n-Play is a great place to host birthday parties.  With enough space and all kinds of fun toys to play with, any child would love to invite all of their friends to a party at Island Time.  This wonderful service makes parties a breeze without destroying your home!  “Don’t worry about getting your house ready, don’t worry if the weather is going to cooperate, having parties at Island Time is a breeze!   Parties (for any occasion) can be scheduled on Saturday mornings (9-noon) or during 3 different time slots on Sunday, 9-12, 12-3, or 3-6.  Please note that the 3 hr time slot is allowing for set-up and clean up.”  When you have your party at Island Time you have the option to do it all yourself or even have the Island Time staff help throw the whole thing while you sit back and enjoy the day. Island Time Drop-n-Play is located in Carolina Beach at 1140 North Lake Park Boulevard just across the street from the town hall.  They are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.  On Fridays they open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. and on Saturdays they open at 4:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  They host private parties on Saturdays mornings and on Sundays.  If you would like to find out more about Island Time Drop-n-Play don’t hesitate to give them a call at (910) 458-4FUN (4386).  You can also find an abundance of great information on their website at www.IslandTime
On the website you have the ability to preregister your children to save even more time.  Be sure to find Island Time on Facebook so you can receive all of the latest information regarding events, changes and the latest happenings at Island Time in Carolina Beach.  Your child could also be the Island Time Kid of the Week in this newspaper!  The next time you need to free up a few hours or when your kids just need some play time with friends remember Island Time Drop-n-Play!