Discovery Playtown

Discovery PlayCare has a new name: Discovery Drop-In Preschool


Flexible hourly drop-in preschool when you need it

Do you have a preschooler who would benefit from structured classes available on an hourly drop-in basis? Our preschool program is now available four days a week for between two and four hours per child per day. It's perfect for kids who haven't attended preschool yet, or for off days or for times before or after regular preschool.

NEW Online booking is no longer required. And you can now request up to four daily reservations at once using the button below. All payment will now be collected at the front desk.

Submit A Reservation Request

Preschool Class Information

Daily Class Sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 4pm. Drop off for between two and four hours per child per day.
Ages: 2.5 to 6 years. Up to 10 years old during seasonal camps. Potty trained not required.
Rates and registration: $10.50/hour - first child, $6.50/hour - siblings. Unregistered rates: Add $2 per hour
Annual family registration: $45 / $25 for members: Payable upon second visit and due annually with the first registration received after 365 days past the first registration. (As an alternative to the registration fee, you may pay the unregistered rate above for as long as you wish.)
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.
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. Preschool children are supervised at all times by a dedicated teacher.
Preschool 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: Preschool may not be offered during traditionally busy times, such as Mid-Winter Break. Be sure to check our online schedule.

Download our Preschool 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

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