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Spotlight On Business: Island Time Drop-n-Play

“the Carolina Beach Kids’ Oasis”

Island Time Drop-n-Play is located in Carolina Beach at 1140 North Lake Park Boulevard just across the street from the town hall, give them A call at (910) 458-4FUN (4386).

By: Allen Denning
Staff Writer

Island Time Drop-n-Play is an hourly childcare service located in Carolina Beach just across the street from the Town Hall.  Conceived, owned and operated by a two local mothers who saw a need for a trustworthy childcare service on the Island, which kids would love, Island Time Drop-n-Play is truly “the Carolina Beach Kids’ Oasis.”  Owners Dana Jackson and Michelle Cloninger along with the rest of the staff and many satisfied clients will be celebrating Island Time’s 1 year anniversary on May 16th. 
Approaching the first full year, Island time couldn’t be happier with all of the positive response from visitors and locals alike who love the convenience of their hourly service and the low rates. 
The “supervised yet unstructured” playtime is what the kids love as they can explore, imagine, and express themselves in an environment that doesn’t exude the tedium and boring nature of school. 
Offering a variety of options from standard hourly childcare, to afterschool care and even hosting Birthday Parties, Island Time is perfect for parents who are looking for some help juggling their busy lives.  “Island Time Drop-n-Play is designed with FUN in mind. Island Time is your solution to flexible childcare. Kids can play up to 4 hours at Island Time with no need for reservations.  Hourly care when you need it, without the financial obligation when you don’t!  We are here when you need us.”  Maybe you need to go grocery shopping, maybe you need to get in an afternoon workout, or maybe you just need a date night, whatever the need Island Time is here to help! Kids love the massive amounts of toys and games which they can access and the unstructured social time with friends while parents love the low rates.  “At Island Time we are focused on FUN. 
We have a toddler area, dramatic play area with a stage, role play center, gross motor area with ride on toys, a snack/craft center, and a big kid lounge with an air hockey table, double basketball shoot, TV, and games.  We will soon have an outdoor play area for a little fresh air.  There is something for everyone!”  Island Time charges per child but discounts the price of each extra child to help parents with multiple children.  The rate for one child is just $7 per hour, the second child is only $5 per hour and for the third child the price is only $3 per hour.  Another reason which parents love Island Time is that they work closely with other local businesses by giving a special incentive discount to those who are using the childcare service while they visit other participating local businesses.  While you visit a local business and let your child play at Island Time they will take off $1 per hour.  So for instance if you need to find the time for a daily workout at the Carolina Beach Athletic Club or say you’re in need of some therapy from Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture, but you need a reliable childcare service available to free up the time, Island Time will not only take care of your children but will also give you a discounted rate while you workout, get acupuncture therapy and more.  Please call Island Time Drop-n-Play for more information regarding specific businesses for which they will allow discounted rates.  Island Time knows that it can be extremely difficult for parents to find the time to get things done while also ensuring that their children are happy, which is why they are happy to offer these special incentives! 
Island Time Drop-n-Play offers an after school program, available to children attending Carolina Beach Elementary school.  “We recognize that not all parents can be available to pick up kids when the bell rings and school is out.  Island Time, only one mile from Carolina Beach Elementary, offers a safe, fun, and nurturing environment from 2:30-6:00.  Our Island Time van will pick up at Carolina Beach Elementary and immediately take kids to Mike Chappell Park for supervised play.  After 7 hours in the school building, it’s important for kids have a chance to really get their energy out.  Back at Island Time, kids will have a snack and water and then quiet time for homework/tutoring.  Kids will then have supervised freeplay until parents pick up.   With only limited spots available, your child is sure to get the attention he/she needs.”  Island Time offers several options for their after school care program for however many days out of the week you need them.  “Don’t need after-school care every day? 
That’s ok, at Island Time we are all about flexibility.  On a first come first serve basis, for available seats on the van, Island Time can pick-up your child and you just pay our    regular hourly rates.  If our van is full, you are welcome to have a friend or family member drop off at Island Time for you (child must already be registered with Island Time)!  Requests for flexible pick-up must be received by 1:30pm.  Children participating in our flexible after-school, will receive all the same treatment as our weekly/monthly after school kids.”
Island Time Drop-n-Play is a great place to host your child’s next birthday party.  With enough space and all kinds of fun toys to play with, any child would love to invite all of their friends to a party at Island Time.  “Don’t worry about getting your house ready, don’t worry if the weather is going to cooperate, having parties at Island Time is a breeze!   Parties (for any occasion) can be scheduled on Saturday mornings (9-noon) or during 3 different time slots on Sunday, 9-12, 12-3, or 3-6.  Please note that the 3 hr time slot is allowing for set-up and clean up.”  When you have your party at Island Time you have the option to do it all yourself or even have the Island Time staff help throw the whole thing.
Island Time Drop-n-Play offers a variety of fun scheduled events throughout the week.  These include the 2 year old playdate each morning at 10:00 a.m. as that is the time that they have most of the little ones at Island Time.  At 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays they offer “Messy Art” for the future artists!  Fridays and Saturday nights they have “Pizza and a Movie” night and throughout the summer they will “Ice Cream Fridays.”  Island Time will also be scheduling various field trips around town throughout the summer.   
Island Time Drop-n-Play is located in Carolina Beach at 1140 North Lake Park Boulevard just across the street from the town hall.  They are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.  On Fridays they open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. and on Saturdays they open at 12:00 noon and close at 10:00 p.m. 
They host private parties on Saturdays mornings and on Sundays.  If you would like to find out more about Island Time Drop-n-Play don’t hesitate to give them a call at (910) 458-4FUN (4386).  You can also find an abundance of great information on their website at  On the website you have the ability to preregister your children to save even more time.  Please tell them you heard about them from this article and you will receive $5 off any visit of two hours or more.  Island Time Drop-n-Play’s services are available for children ages 12 months to 12 years.