Discovery Playtown

PlayCare Winter Camp is Dec. 26, 27, 28. Open to children 2 1/2 to 8!

Flexible hourly PlayCare when you need it

Babysitter can't make it? Need to catch up on some work? Looking for convenient, no-strings daily classes for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old?

Discovery PlayCare is a new program of Discovery Playtown's preschool, offering flexible daily drop-off classes for between two and four hours per child per day.

Want to drop off kids up to 8 years old? Join us for Winter Camp, Dec. 26, 27 and 28. We will have fun winter arts and crafts projects, games, and other activities to interest first, second, and third graders as well. Registration, pricing, and other rules are the same as regular PlayCare.

Reservation Options

Pilot program: Class is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only to start

Morning Classes

Drop-Off TimeLengthClass Session
9:00am 2 Hours
3 Hours
4 Hours
9:00am-11:00am
9:00am-12:00pm
9:00am-1:00pm
10:00am 2 Hours
3 Hours
4 Hours
10:00am-12:00pm
10:00am-1:00pm
10:00am-2:00pm
11:00am 2 Hours
3 Hours
4 Hours
11:00am-1:00pm
11:00am-2:00pm
11:00am-3:00pm

Afternoon Classes

Drop-Off TimeLengthClass Session
12:00pm 2 Hours
3 Hours
4 Hours
12:00pm-2:00pm
12:00pm-3:00pm
12:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm 2 Hours
3 Hours
1:00pm-3:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm
2:00pm 2 Hours 2:00pm-4:00pm

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PlayCare Class Information

Daily Class Sessions: Monday-Friday (Mondays and Fridays coming in December), 9am to 4pm. Drop off for between two and four hours per child per day.
Ages: 2.5 to 6 years. Up to 8 years old during seasonal camps. Potty trained not required.
Rates and registration: $10.50/hour - first child, $6.50/hour - siblings; prepaid at time of registration. Choose 2, 3 or 4 hours only. All class sessions start at the top of the hour.
Annual family registration (Begins Jan. 1, 2018): $45 / $25 for members: Payable at time of first registration after Jan. 1, 2018, and due annually with the first registration received after 365 days past the first registration.
Teacher to child ratio: 1:6
Maximum enrollment per hour: 12 Children
Registration policy: All class registrations are non-refundable. Register at least 12 hours in advance (by 8pm the evening before). Cancellations received with at least 12 hours' notice will receive credit for a future session. Day-of cancellations and no shows are non-refundable. Your pre-reserved class time starts at drop-off, and there are no credits for early pick ups.
Extendable time: If you reserved for 2 or 3 hours and find you need to extend your time (keeping to the 4 hour maximum) simply call us during the session and your time can be extended in one-hour increments at regular rates without penalty if space is available.
Same-day registrations: Call our front desk starting at 9:00am to check on daily class sizes. If we do have room and times that work for you, you can register and pay at drop-off. All children must have a prepaid registration to attend classes.
Late fees: A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged and is payable at pickup. No late fee will be charged if you are running late and have called ahead to extend time by another hour (if space is available). Under no circumstances can time be extended beyond four hours in accordance with Washington State law.
Snacks/Lunch: You may bring food for your child, or purchase from us. We carry a selection of kid-friendly snacks at our front desk. Please, no nuts of any kind may be brought in. If you will not be feeding your child lunch before or after a class, please bring one, or buy prior to drop-off at a restaurant (Panera Bread, Subway, and Taco Del Mar share our parking lot).
Safety/Security: Staffing: Minimum one front desk person plus one dedicated teacher per every six children. All staff have been background-checked with the Washington State Patrol.
Check-in/check-out: An ID check is performed at drop off and pick up. Adults picking up children must be listed on your registration or sign-in sheet.
Supervision: Children wear wristbands and have a nametag on the back of their shirts. PlayCare children are supervised at all times by a dedicated teacher.
PlayCare room: Children have exclusive use of a private room for activities like arts and crafts, story time, and snack time and lunch.
Use of play area: We have scheduled Free Choice time in the Playtown during traditionally slower parts of the day. The first free choice period, 9:00-10:00am, occurs one hour before we open to the public, when the only other children present are those enrolled in our preschool program.
School breaks/other busy times: PlayCare will not be offered during traditionally busy times, such as Mid-Winter Break. At other times, open play capacity will be more restricted than in the past and wait lists will be in use, to avoid overcrowding in the play area.

Download our PlayCare Policies Handbook

Sample Daily Class Schedule 

9:00-10:00 Free Choice time in the Playtown
10:00-10:30 Opening Circle (calendar, meet and greet students, songs/finger play, question of the day)
10:30-11:00 Art project
11:00-11:30 Music and Movement
11:30-12:00 Snack/Lunch
12:00-12:30 Story Time
12:30-1:30 Free Choice time in the Playtown
1:30-2:00 Opening Circle (calendar, meet and greet all students, songs/finger play) and snack
2:00-3:00 Centers (fine motor, academic, sensory)
3:00-3:30 Art project or science activity, Closing Circle
3:30-4:00 Free Choice time in the Playtown

Monthly Themes

2017
November Opposites, Family, Thanksgiving
December Countries, Holidays, Cultural Diversity
2018
January Quilts, All About Me, Winter
February Friends, Valentines, Community Helpers
March Dr. Seuss, Frogs, St. Patrick’s Day
April Spring, Earth, Farm
May Mother’s Day, Plants and Seeds
June Rocks, Father’s Day, Summer
July USA, 4th of July, Ocean
August Beach, Fairy Tales, Transportation
September Back to School, Apples, Fall
October Colors, Outer Space, Pumpkins
November Family, Five Senses, Thanksgiving
December Countries, Holidays, Cultural Diversity