Playtime For Them, Free Time For You.

We had an idea.

And we’re making parents lives easier everyday.

Over one million hours of logged play time means it’s kid-approved too!

Be a part of the success and see what everyone is smiling about. Explore franchise opportunities today!

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2019 Costs & Fees

Initial Franchise Fee:

Cash Requirement:

Net Worth Requirement:

Total Investment Estimate:
$302,700 – $488,000

franchisee options

Financing:   Small Business Administration Approved Financing

Veteran Discount:   5% Off Initial Fee

Franchise facts

Flagship Center Opened in 2008

Number of Locations: 8

Quick Info

Why Buy a Giggles?
We think it’s possible to achieve less stress, more family time, and provide a valuable service!
Why the Childcare Market?
Growing franchise trends in America say a recession proof business that meets the needs of the Millennial and Baby Boomer generations are key to ongoing success. It’s simple really, as the digital age progresses so will the growing needs of those raising a family.
What Makes Giggles Unique?
We take pride in maintaining extremely clean child care centers that are fantastically modern, impeccably furnished and FUN! Did we mention we actually custom build a treehouse right in the middle of each child care center?
But I Don't Have Any Experience!
We got you!  Literally.  We have training programs for directors, owner/operators, investors and staff in all capacities.
Career Opportunities
Our team members come from all walks of life and include teachers, programmers, mothers, campers, entrepreneurs, graphic artists, fishermen, fathers, photographers, musicians, readers, hikers, travelers, volunteers, students, fashion designers, corporate executives but, everyone of us at our core are work hard!

Want to join us?

Learn About Our Company

More About Giggles Drop-In Childcare

Why the Childcare Market Needs Us

Parents want convenience and peace of mind when they drop their kids off at daycare – and we offer the best of both worlds.

Our Success

Kids have logged over a million hours in play time at Giggles!  Our families are really happy and our franchisees rock!  Want to be one?

path towards becoming a franchise owner


The first step is to submit a request for more information form.  It only takes a couple minutes to complete and we will send you a Giggles Franchise Welcome Kit via email.



Once we receive your request for more information, someone from our Giggles Franchise Team will contact you to setup an introductory call.



During the call, we will answer any initial questions you might have and send you a Franchisee Application to complete.



If you are approved, we will send you our Franchise Disclosure Document which goes into detail about the business opportunity we are offering.



At this point you may be invited to Giggles Franchise Headquarters in Wilmington, NC for a Giggles Discovery Day.   You will meet key executives at Giggles and get an inside glimpse of our unique childcare program, marketing and business systems. You will be given a tour of our flagship Giggles Drop-In Childcare Center and meet with a Giggles Center Director.



Once approved, you will be offered a franchise agreement. After we receive your completed Franchise Agreement and your initial franchise fee, you will be awarded a Giggles Drop-In Childcare franchise. Then the real fun begins!

Your future looks like bright and full of Giggles!


Our Mission & Vision

There’s nothing more important to a parent than the wellbeing of their child. That’s why we treat each child as if they were our own, warmly interacting and engaging with them when they’re in our care.

Leaving your child under someone else’s supervision can be nerve-wracking. But at Giggles, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your child is in a warm, comfortable environment that invites them to be themselves, and have a whole lot of fun.

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corporate headquarters

1844 Sir Tyler Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405

business Hours

M-F: 9am – 5pm (EDT)

Our founders

” We started Giggles out of our own need for flexible, reliable and safe childcare. I remember the struggle we had with finding a babysitter when our son was very little and it was definitely a daunting experience to say the least.”

Zach & Michelle Richards

Co-Founders, Giggles Drop-In Childcare




What Franchise Owners are Saying

"We became involved with Giggles Drop-In Childcare after running into an issue of not having adequate childcare on a family trip to Wilmington, NC.  After doing a lot of research about the possibility of owning our own franchise, we became convinced we had to bring this to concept to Greenville South Carolina.  After meeting Zach and Michelle, we knew our futures would be linked together going forward.  They helped us every step of the way and it has become such a tremendous success we just broke ground on our 2nd Giggles location."

The Kimball's

Franchisee, Greenville, SC

"We became part of the Giggles family as clients before franchise owners. When our son was about 16 months old we visited the original Giggles in Wilmington. He loved it! He made some instant friends and wanted to go back often. Before we knew it, we were on a membership and both we and our son were super happy with the arrangement. Years later, my husband and I were getting out of another business venture and Michelle (Giggles Co-Founder) mentioned that we would be perfect candidates to be the first Giggles franchisee. We decided the business model was a successful one, and we would love to offer other families the freedom and peace of mind that this service had offered our family. We opened the Giggles of Cary in September 2013!"

The Durand's

Franchisee, Cary & Raleigh, NC

"I started working at the flagship Giggles in Wilmington North Carolina in 2010.  I was promoted to a director position and eventually wanted to own my own Giggles.

That dream came true in May of 2017 when the Giggles in Jacksonville, NC opened!  I am so thrilled to be doing this!"

The Weber's

Franchisee, Jacksonville, NC

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