Posted by Thien-Kim Lam in Articles on Thu, Feb 16, 2012
When I first became a mom, the idea of figuring out daycare for my daughter was overwhelming. So I became a stay at home, work at home mom instead. As my work from home life became busier and my kids grew older, it’s become increasingly difficult to accomplish my work during their waking hours. Just a couple of weeks ago, as I chatted with a client on the phone, my mood music consisted of my toddler screaming and whacking me on the head.
I’ve always been jealous of those huge metropolitan cities that offer drop-in day care. (NYC I’m looking at you.) Thanks to Adventure Kids Playcare, parents in Montgomery County, MD have similar options. Located in Bethesda, MD near White Flint Mall, AKP offers drop-in daycare for children ages 2-12.
Last week, I brought my toddler for a preview of AKP. Immediately I was struck by all the natural lighting and large space for kids to play. While the room is big, it is separated into different stations. A big climbing structure dominates the room while on its peripheral sits a Lego table and a dress up station. Older kids can shoot hoops on the full size basketball goal. Knowing that our kids love technology, there’s a setup for them to play games on the Wii or Xbox. The computer stations can also double for homework help or play. If your child need downtime, they can chill out on a bean bag in the movie room.
There is a separate area for children 2-3 years. The area is closed off to older kids, so they can play in the child sized kitchen or the train table without competing with older kids for them. This area holds a maximum of 10 children, so calling for reservations is highly recommended. The young kids are not limited to this space but can play at other stations.
All of the staff are First Aid and CPR certified. While we were there, the staff member was very hands on with my toddler. She got on the floor and played with him and the other children that were there. Together they played Legos and shot some hoops.
Not only does AKP offer childcare during the day so you can run errands or go to the doctor, they are open late on Friday and Saturday nights until midnight. Do you know what that means? Date night! Check out their calendar for special theme weekends. Reservations are highly recommended for the weekend.
Adventure Kids Playcare offers flexible childcare options that any busy parent will want to add to their playbook. For more information such as hours and rates, visit the Adventure Kids Playcare website. Meals and snacks are offered for an additional fee or feel welcome to pack your own. Adventure Kids Playcare is located at 5268-A Nicholson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20895.
About Thien-Kim Lam
Frequently found burning the midnight oil with a mug of coffee, Thien-Kim Lam sneaks in her blogging time after her two young children are in bed. When she’s not blogging or making new friends on Twitter, she’s also a busy running her business as a . Passion Parties rep. Somewhere in between her kids, her husband, and her business she manages to squeeze in some art, some books, and long hot bubble baths. Read more about her Top Chef obsession as well as the fun food and crafts she does with her kids at Cup of Creativi-Tea. Her multicultural parenting musings, tech addiction, and work at home mom tips can be found at I'm Not the Nanny .