RENO, Nev. -- Parents are having a harder time finding time to themselves and away from the kids now that school is out of session. That's why a local business is offering an affordable second option.
Ashley Fararr needed a place to drop of her 2-year-old daughter while she works and when her plans change at the last minute.
"I am a parent who doesn't like super strict structured things. I like to be able to come and go," Fararr said.
Parents like her who need a baby sitter can go to Child's Play, an hourly child drop-in day care facility. The owner, Heather Taylor, says it's the only one of its kind in Northern Nevada.
"Even though we offer the full-time daycare, we are different in the sense that we have such a flexible center," she said. "You don't have to have your child here at a certain time, you don't have to pick them up at a certain time. If you want to go to the store and junior is really cranky and you don't want to take him to the store, you can just drop him off."
Not only can children play at the day care, but also learn. Child's Play follows an educational curriculum that takes a hands-on approach on teaching. Infants and toddlers use are to express their creativity, motor skills and sensory skills.
"This type of curriculum is the curriculum where kids are actually enjoying it. It's really cool to see kids want to learn and want to interact, that's huge," Jessica Nicioli, childhood educator and caregiver said.
For parents, it's a life-line, but for children, it's a treasure trove of new experiences.
"When we drop her off, she just goes. She cried once for me, but usually she's just gone and as you can see she wants to go again," Fararr said.
Child's Play is open seven days a week and accepts infants and children up to age 12.
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Reservations aren't necessary and child care is less than $10 an hour. For a complete list of prices, visit the website below.