If you’ve stopped in Earth Fare recently – or anywhere in that big shopping plaza on Pelham Road – you may have noticed a giant sign on the end of the building reading “Giggles.” That would be the second location of the first drop-in childcare company in the Upstate.
The 4,700 square feet unit is the larger of the two locations (the other is in Lewis Plaza in Greenville right off Augusta Road) and features an outdoor play area, their signature indoor tree house, and rooms for different age groups to enjoy activities. They open on Sunday, May 6th with a big grand opening celebration from 1-4 pm.
Thank you to Giggles Drop-In Childcare Center for sponsoring this article.
A little about Giggles
Giggles in Greenville was opened by Brandon Kimball and his wife, Caroline, after they experienced the convenience and professional childcare during a vacation in Wilmington, NC. They wondered why Greenville did not offer the same services.
“One of the things we liked most about the Giggles model when we first used the service in North Carolina was the flexibility in the pricing options,” said Caroline Kimball. “We loved the fact that we could buy hours in bulk and get our cost of childcare down to as low as $5 per hour. The low prices coupled with the amazing experience for our kids was a main reason we decided to franchise the model and open up the two Greenville locations.”
The first location opened up in November of last year and has been a lifesaver for parents. They’ve been open when schools unexpectedly closed for snow, holidays where parents needed to work, and late nights when a parent needed childcare.
“This place is fantastic. I’m new to the area and needed part time help with my twin toddlers at random times for school events and doctors appointments. The staff is phenomenal and my kids love going,” raved one mom in a review on the Giggles Facebook page.
The Pelham Road location is perfect for families coming out of the Five Forks or Eastside area, as it’s about 15 minutes from both places. It is located right off of the Pelham Road exit on 85 and in the same plaza as Bacon Bros, several other restaurants, Massage Envy, nail salons, and Earth Fare. Sidewall Pizza is a two-minute drive away. Built-in date night right there.
While you can register your child at the childcare center, it is much easier to do it online. Also, be sure to ask the family pediatrician for a copy of immunization records, as they are needed for registration.
At both locations, Giggles is already registering for their field-trip based summer camps.
For summer camps, Giggles offers themed weeks, eight hours a day, where kids go to different place daily. The camps are offered for rising Kindergartners through 5th grade and cost $225/week for one child, $400/week for two children. Prices are also available for more than two kids a week. If parents sign their kids up before May 31st, they receive a 40% discount.
Additionally, parents can opt for day trips only. All snacks, lunches and drinks are provided.
Check out their cool schedule of summer camp field trips here. Kids will get to Whispering Pines Stables, Roper Mountain Science Center, participate in dance lessons and talent shows, get a tour of the Greenville airport, swim at the Kroc Center, eat at Seedlings at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and visit a fire station. This is only a small sampling of the adventures for summer camps at Giggles.
Pricing and Hours
Giggles will be open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 am – 9 pm, Thursday from 8:30 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am – 11 pm, and Sunday from 1-4 pm.
The centers will accept kids from 12 months old through 12 years old.
Rates are below and listed here. Giggles offers several packages for one, two, or three children, as well as memberships and date night packages.
Hourly Drop In Care
$11/hour for 1 child
$15/hour for 2 children
$19/hour for 3 children
$23/hour for 4 children
They also offer pricing in 10-hour blocks up to 150-hour blocks. These are affordable and competitive pricing for the professional childcare services offered. Be sure to follow Giggles of Pelham on Facebook and Instagram as they will be offering specials, coupons and promo packages through the year.
Want to check out Giggles of Pelham Road yourself? Go to their Grand Opening party on Sunday, May 6th at 1 pm. Take a tour, register your child(ren), and enjoy entertainment.
Giggles Drop-In Childcare
3620 Pelham Road
Visit their website here.
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