Giggles Drop In Childcare – The best childcare option in the childcare..
Giggles Drop-In Childcare centers offer drop-in childcare services, after school care, track out/break options, summer camps and private birthday parties that are safe and fun! Our motto, "PLAY time for them, FREE time for you"!
We gave it a shot and the process is as simple as it can get!
From watercolor to food coloring, there are many ways to brighten an art project with color dye.. but have you tried crepe paper as a dye tool?
Begin by cutting an assortment of small pieces of colored crepe paper to be placed on white paper.
The next step is to simply add water!
We have seen where others have been successful using a spray bottle to wet the tiles once they have been placed in their desired positions, but we have found that letting our littles dip the pieces before placement was easiest for them.
(The tiles tended to shift when sprayed and sometimes would even fly off of the paper)
We were using this method for one of our Mother’s Day art projects, so we decided to print a flower outline onto the paper for the kids to place their crepe paper tiles into.
Allow the arranged crepe paper pieces to work their magic by setting them out to dry completely.
When they have completely dried, remove the crepe paper pieces by gently rubbing them off to reveal a stained masterpiece underneath!
Overall this is a three-ingredient process:
A simple activity that delivers a beautiful result!
*the darker the color of crepe paper that is used, and the flatter the placement of the crepe paper, the better the results from the dye process.
We all love to hate it and hate to love it, but at the end of the day, we think slime is pretty great!
A trend loved by many ages, whether they have the recipe memorized by heart or just love to play with the goopy stuff once you’ve mixed it up for them, it is a fantastic sensory activity for the kids. Slime does get a bad rep due to pricey recipes and tricky cleanup, but we’ve got a few tips to help you survive this slimy trend and learn to love it, too!
Find A Simple Recipe
The thought of a recipe for slime can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be!
We enjoy using a very basic recipe that contains only common household items- glue, baking soda, contact solution, and water. That is all.
1 bottle of glue
1/2 TBS of baking soda
1 1/2 TBS of contact solution
1 TBS of water
Combine ingredients together, adding the contact solution in last, and mixing it all pretty quickly.
Viola! You now have slime.
*We also like to add in food coloring, and sometimes glitter, to make the slime more vibrant and fun.
Designate A Creative Space
As is important in all messy creative projects, it is especially important to choose a conducive space for creating slime and set boundaries for time spent playing with it.
We recommend using a hard surface, away from any fabric covered materials.
Fabric and slime do not mix well together.. (Slime is a little too clingy for Fabric’s taste)
A hard surface is perfect for slime plopping, smearing, squishing, oozing, and whatever else that can be done with slime!
Wear Slime Appropriate Clothing
As previously mentioned, slime and fabric do not mix well together!
Keep this in mind when allowing your child to play with their slime, and all other messy creative activities.
You don’t want their Sunday-best ruined by slime.
They probably won’t mind, but we know you will. So, make sure they are wearing appropriate playtime clothing!
An invitation to play is an invitation to learn!
Take advantage of this messy activity, and creatively turn it into a learning opportunity!
Have your child create specific shapes, letters, or even numbers out of their slime.
When the learning process is fun it is more likely to be remembered and repeated!
Save the Slime
When the fun is done, don’t toss it in the trash- save it for another day!
There isn’t any reason to waste perfectly good slime, especially when even the simplest recipes can still add up price-wise.
Slime is easily stored in plastic tupperware, sandwich bags, or spare jars.
When your littles are ready to play with the slime again, simply take it back out for some more fun!
Clean Up Excess
Making sure that there is no trace of slime left behind is very important!
Excess slime can be picked up by tiny feet and end up smushed into that brand new center rug that you just spent months on trying to find the perfect one.. so, make sure the designated space is all wiped, swept, and de-slimed!
One helpful cleaning tip is to use the slime, itself. It will act as a magnet for any/all small slime chunks when squished onto them.
We hope that these tips are helpful in your next slimy adventure!
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.
It’s a wonderful time of the year; The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and you have a little extra spring in your step! So much step in-fact, you are ready to tackle the task of spring cleaning!
We have a few spring cleaning notes that we feel are important to have through the process! We say few, but we know just how large of a task that spring cleaning is.. the fun of the matter really ends at the first “G” in its name..
So, let’s spring into it!
First things first- Check out your cleaning supplies, and restock any that you may be running low on, and replace any that may be way past their days of being truly effective. You will need these items in full-supply throughout this mission!
The best part of the spring cleaning process (and quite possibly why it is left to do once a year) is getting rid of all of that clutter! Make sure your trash bin is empty because we’re talking about purge time..
And, no, we don’t mean that super scary movie.. although, it may seem pretty horrifying when you open up that junk drawer/closet/room.
Not Judging. Only aware of the task at hand, and your goal of overcoming the accumulated junk that has gone, not overlooked, but, ignored since last spring season!
Getting rid of any/all excess stuff is simply freeing. Take this great opportunity to come together as a family and really sort through the items that are important to each of you and the items that should have been left in the discount toy bin in the checkout line that they just had to have! You and your family will all feel so much better by the end of it- just stay strong through the moments of why are we doing this, again? and BUT, I LOVE ALL OF MY THINGS…
To help with those moments, we do recommend allowing your children/significant others to pick three items that they are absolutely, positively, one-hundred percent sure that they could not survive the year ahead of them without! This gives them the feeling that they are truly a part of this process as a volunteer and not just a forced laborer…
Your family will have numerous items that they may have outgrown, both, cognitively and physically, and it is time for these items to move on to a new home! Bag these items up and check out your local donation stores, such as, Goodwill, or Salvation Army!
For those toys that are falling apart, are missing important pieces, or are possibly a daring hazardous adventure every time that your child engages with them- it’s time to cut the cord! These should be the first to go into the trash bin. Face-it. Ultimately, we are only making room for those new discounted toy bin items from the checkout line to purge next year…
Life with kids can be somewhat of a revolving door…
Once the home has been decluttered, it’s time to really put the clean in spring cleaning! Find all of those hidden dust pockets, fingerprinted walls, rain-stained windows, and get to scrubbing!
It’s a good idea to assign tasks to each of your household members during this part of the process. According to skill-range, there should be a task for everyone to complete!
And we mean everyone, both, small and tall!
Honestly, you can potentially turn scrubbing the fingerprints off of the wall into a sweet little game; Explain that the home has been invaded by small creatures that leave dark smudges everywhere they touch! If the smudges are not erased by night, a raging momster will appear and force everyone to dinner without dessert and an early bedtime..terrifying(requires a bit of imagination, and possibly a sweet reward at completion!)
Probably the best part of spring cleaning, and it should be celebrated as such!
Don’t worry with drumming up the energy from everyone to go out to for a fancy dinner- order in! And, break out that fine china(AKA, paper plates)! Because there is absolutely no need to add to your everyday list of things to do when you just completed that major annual mission!
We believe in Easter basket essentials that will leave the kids with more of a rush of things to do, rather than just that initial sugar rush! We have compiled a list of essentials to help you stock your Easter baskets with items that will gain an exciting reaction from the littles, but still, supply them with fun activities long after the holiday ends!10 Easter Basket EssentialsHandwritten note from the Easter Bunny
A note left behind by their favorite fuzzy friend will be such an unexpected surprise for them as they dive into their Easter goodies. Ideas for this note can range from a simple “hello”, to tales about their nights’ journey delivering all of the Easter goodies across the world! No matter what is written, your kids are sure to share their story with their friends and excitedly await the next years’ note!
Any invitation to read is always welcome, and enjoyed at any age! Whether your child is interested in a certain chapter-book series, is only starting to read, or just loves to listen to you read to them, adding to their library selection is always exciting!
As an Easter Basket staple, it is hard to think of a basket without one! The real question is, are you an ears-first or feet first kind of person? (Both are chocolate eating winners!)
Not sure if it is the chocolate shell, or the creamy surprise inside, or both! Whatever it is that makes this Easter treat so yummy, it is another staple for Easter Baskets, and it also doubles as a decorative addition to it. Place this addition around the other goodies for a cute Easter look!
We are pretty sure that you don’t outgrow your fascination of bubbles.. kids both, young and old, will always stop whatever it is that they are doing to find the source of the soapy spheres floating through the air! This Easter basket addition is great for both outdoor and indoor play, and can be the ultimate weapon against any brewing meltdowns as it is so calming!
Easter baskets are great to fulfill those small wishes that they have been asking for recently! A small toy, or game that they can engage with is a great item to put in their Easter basket. Puzzles, matchbox cars, stuffed animals, and other trinkets are the perfect essential! With their small size, but big excitement factor, these items are sure to be loved even after the holiday ends.
An item that they can quietly occupy themselves with is great for them, and you as well! Coloring is an activity that kids can do without the assistance of an adult, and, depending on their interest, can spend an extended time working on their projects. Finding a book that is themed with their favorite animated character, and pairing it with a box of crayons, may just lead to them immediately breaking into a coloring session after opening their basket!
Sensory activities are always a blast, and generally, supply your kids with something fun and engaging to fill their empty time slots with! The list of these activities is somewhat extensive, but an easy go-to, and one that fits perfectly into an Easter basket is Playdough!
Include a recipe for a simple activity, such as slime, and include the ingredients for them to mix up themselves! This is easily tailored to the age and independence level of your child. It can be an activity that you can participate in with them, or one that they can tackle on their own- you decide!
Of course, an Easter basket essential that should never be left out is the gift of play time and free time! Stop by, or order online for your Giggles gift card!
This fun twist on a classic Easter tradition is an activity that will have the kids hoping for hard-boiled eggs at every holiday dinner! Taking an otherwise ordinary white canvas and giving it a complete and total colorful makeover.. need we say more? Dyeing eggs is already so much fun to do for kids both young and old, and adding shaving cream to the process just makes it even more enticing!You will need:
Boiled Eggs (soaked in vinegar)
Chopstick (or other thin tools)
Bowl of Water
Towel to Dry
Take those sweet little blank canvases (the eggs), and, once they are boiled to perfection, let them soak in a bowl of vinegar for 20 minutes. This process is to help the color dye adhere better to the egg’s shell.
In a large pan, spray enough shaving cream to completely coat the bottom.
Randomly dot the shaving cream pan with the color dyes of your choice. Using a thin tool, swipe through the shaving cream to blend the colors and rid the pan of any white space.
THIS IS THE REALLY FUN PART- select your egg from the vinegar soaked pile, and carefully roll it through the shaving cream full of color! Be sure to leave no surface area of the egg untouched, and when you are finished set the eggs to the side and allow them to sit for a short while to allow the dye to really adhere.
Dip the finished eggs into a bowl of water to remove any excess shaving cream, and carefully pat dry, being sure not to wipe them and remove any dye.
We hope that you enjoy this Easter decorating activity and the fun that is had while making them!
As the weather warms, our bodies crave to be more in motion, and so do their little bodies! Spring is the perfect time for kids to follow the season change, start something new, and spring into sports! So, let’s talk about putting down the electronics and getting active!
A body in motion is a body that tends to stay in motion! Sports help establish healthy lifestyle habits early on in a child’s life. The earlier that a positive habit is established, the more likely it is that it will be carried on into adulthood. So, not only is participating in sports a fun activity for kids, but it is also beneficial for them as they grow older.
For those that have never played a sport, the act of trying something new can be scary, but, the willingness to branch out and attempt the unknown is an important skill to learn. The success that is earned from a new activity can be more rewarding than any other. Sports offer many positive reinforcements from the crowd cheering them on, to seeing the score change that appears after each team accomplishment, players are encouraged to try their best in hopes of those joyous reactions!
Finding the Best Fit
If the sport is an unsuitable fit for your child, you will know fairly quickly. Kids that do not seem enthused about the sport they have chosen, or dread the thought of participating in it, may not be involved in the sport that is best for them. Children do not always love everything that they try, and that’s okay! The important idea to focus on is that they stepped out of their comfort zone, and tried something new. Talk with your child about the things that they enjoyed about the sport, and also what they didn’t care for so much. Take into account both of these answers to help in the search for their next activity!
Important Social Skills
With a child’s participation in sports comes the development of important social skills, and stronger character traits! On a team, children are often introduced to new peers and have to figure out how to best work together with them. Achieving goals as a team will leave each of them excited, and proud! Sports do not always come easily to everyone, and seeing their own hard work pay off is so rewarding. Other skills that are learned are self-discipline, dedication, and perseverance. These skills are important to have later in life as they meet new everyday challenges!
Learning to Lose
When most people think of sports, championships and trophies immediately cross their mind. However, partaking in sports does not mean always winning, in fact learning to lose is one aspect that is very beneficial to children. It teaches them that sometimes them giving their all is met by someone better who is also giving their all, and that’s okay! As long as they tried their hardest and put forth their full effort, then they should be incredibly proud of themselves.
A Sweet Season
Most importantly, have fun during this season of life! It is not only rewarding for them to see their own growth from the start of a sport, but it is so awesome to watch them grow and excel in something that they enjoy. Maybe playing t-ball will not guarantee that they will be the next Cal Ripken Jr., but they will have these memories of these sweet days and all of the things that they learned from this season when they are older.
Check out your local little leagues and other sports centers to get involved, today!
We want to help you make sure that you shamROCK this St. Patrick’s Day!Everybody’s beloved day of green, St. Patrick’s Day, is celebrated internationally. Dedicated to a Saint that, legend has it, drove all of the snakes of Ireland into the sea! The saint himself, was captured by pirates at the age of sixteen, and forced into slavery, and things didn’t look so good. But, he kept faith, and in time, he escaped to his home country. Later, he returned back to Ireland where he became famous for his biblical teaching method using the Shamrock. Presently, we wear green not only to avoid being pinched, but to cerebrate the Shamrock! So, in what ways can you shamROCK this St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s find out!
Patience, and of course luck are two ingredients that you will need for this first activity. A large yard full of shamrock patches is good, too! Spend some time outdoors while you seek & find those shamrocks! A four-leafed shamrock is your ticket to luck throughout the rest of the day, but if you can only find those with three leaves rest assured that it is just another legend and that one is not superior to the other. It’s really just about having a little bit of fun! St. Patrick himself only used clovers with three leaves in his biblical teachings. This activity is great for building focus for kids, and a great way to get a little extra fresh air!
If you can’t find the shamrock, drink it! A tasty way to indulge in this green holiday is to whip up a batch of those tasty shamrock shakes. With some ice cream, food coloring, mint flavoring, and a blender you will have a St. Patrick’s day concoction ready in no time! And lots of happy little helpers ready to assist, and taste test! If your family is not a fan of mint-flavors, you can easily just leave that part out. Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to gain some fun quality time, and instill many lifelong skills!
For our crafty connoisseurs, we know that you will be happiest making your St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK. Grab some green paint, and get creative! There are endless ways to craft about this holiday, but we think that you can never go wrong with handprints! Have your child press their green paint-dipped hands onto a piece of paper in a four-leaf pattern. When they have completed their prints, outline the leaves to make your shamrock really pop! Painting of any sort is always fun, but there is something about using their own hands as the tool that kids go nuts for! This activity will leave you with a shamrock keepsake to cherish for years.
Last, but not least, don’t forget the most obvious way to make your St. Patrick’s day shamROCK.. wear that green! Whether you are the type to paint yourself green, or just simply wear a favorite green tee, make sure your St. Patrick’s day is pinch-free. The trend of wearing green on the holiday, actually started due to a legend about mischievous leprechauns. Legend has it that wearing green made invisible to them, and kept you safe from being pinched!
We hope that you have the happiest of St. Patrick’s Day’s! And, a pinch-free one at that!
Today, we celebrate the man beloved by kids both small and tall! Theodor Seuss Geisel is most commonly known by his pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, and for generations has provided readers everywhere with the most unforgettable stories.
And to think that we may have never been introduced to his work, that’s right, though it sounds absurd! Seuss’ original book And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street! was originally turned down twenty-seven times before finally being published. Written in 1937, the process of having this book published displays one of his commonly used character traits, perseverance!Luckily for us, this is something that Dr. Seuss had in abundance. Our beloved author went on to publish over sixty more books, once using only fifty words! He shared so many important ideas using his creativity, and we would like to share our takeaways from a few of his most beloved stories!
The Cat in the Hat
When challenged to write a book using only simple words, Seuss delivered a book that makes you feel anything but bored! In fact, it takes the reader on a dreary day turned fun-filled play. Readers are encouraged by the end of the story to not let a rainy day get in the way of their play! As long as their mess is cleaned up before mom gets home..
Green Eggs and Ham
After having such success completing his first challenge, Seuss was once again challenged! This time, with a fifty-word limit, oh man did he win-it! With a relentless effort, Sam-I-Am finds success in getting a new friend to try even the most peculiar dish! A story that challenges those wary of new things, to reach out and try them and see, see if they’ll like them, maybe? This is a cute, and subtle book to read with those picky eaters.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Getting started is sometimes the most difficult part. But with perserverance, and a little heart, you’re easily on your way! Taking simply the brains in your head, the feet in your shoes, and the readiness to learn, there isn’t much that cannot be done. If we learn anything from this story, it is that the more that you read the more places you will go, and the more that you will learn!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Sometimes they’re mean, sometimes they’re green, but when a little girl befriends an unlikely character our hearts all beam. An outcast is not someone that most would approach. It is easy to reject someone based on their looks, or grumpy persona, and Cindy-Lou-Who teaches us just what can happen when we believe in what lies beneath the surface of a person’s outer appearance! It is an important lesson to learn, and it is important to see that forgiveness is the way to go even when someone has gone as far as the Grinch to ruin Christmas!
If we learn anything from that grumpy little orange guy, it’s that we must take care of what is ours! Our environment is only as good as its keepers, and no matter our size, it is our responsibility to keep it in the best of shape. The Lorax wasn’t a grouch at all, he was really just a passionate being about maintaining a healthy world. Thanks to his persistence, the Once-ler came to realize just how important a healthy environment was!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Seuss had a talent for making reading fun, and this story depicts that so well. Readers are invited into a world of silly rhymes, strengthening their skills on not only word differentiation, but also in the illustrations as well! Between the many details, readers have so much to talk about and decipher on each page. It’s great for those reading on their own, and for those just following along!
One of Seuss’ later books, is one that readers can really grow from! By the end of the book, you have gone through the entire alphabet. You have also sounded out numerous nonsense words, and can easily move on to more!
Horton Hears a Who!
Even when everyone else is against you, it is important to stand up for what you believe in! One elephant makes a big impact when he stands for those that otherwise would not be heard, because after all “ a person is a person, no matter how small”! It is easy to just go with what is mainstream, and this book shows readers that this is not always the right choice and that it is okay to stand for what they believe in, even if they are standing alone!
Wocket in My Pocket
With lots of repetition, like most Seuss stories, this is a great read-aloud for those beginning readers. Not only are they learning how to pronounce many nonsense words and made up names, they are getting to see how their own names are made to be pronounced by listening to each letters sound!
And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
It is incredible to see just what our everyday scenes can become when we just let our imagination take over! Readers are encouraged to see their surroundings in a whole new light. When you allow yourself the creativity, even the most ordinary of objects can become the most fascinating features of silly tales!
Today, on his birthday, and every day we are glad for the man best known as Dr. Seuss. We love all of the many values, and teachings that we learned through his creative way!connect with us!