Black Friday: Childcare!

This post has been updated with changes to the program.

So what’s the latest in Black Friday news?

Black Friday childcare…who would have thought?

Any kind of shopping with kids is tough. Shopping with them on Black Friday is probably a recipe for disaster.

I’m sure you’ve seen the frustrated parents of toddlers and children pushing strollers through crowded malls. And you may have even found yourself asking, “Who would bring a baby out on Black Friday?”

So it makes sense that childcare centers would consider having a Black Friday special.

North Atlanta’s Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Gwinnett is offering a special program to meet the needs of shopping parents.

Parents can drop their kids at Children’s Lighthouse  from 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Black Friday. Company officials say they are responding to parents who are worried about their children in the crowded and often dangerous local retail outlets.

The cost of the program is $25 per child and allows parents to get their holiday shopping done while not worrying about the well-being of their children.

The Black Friday program is open to children age 6 months to 12 years. Children do not have to be students at the school, but do need to pre-register by Nov. 19.

What do you think of Black Friday childcare? Do you know of other such programs in the metro area?

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

7 comments Add your comment

Dee Paige

November 14th, 2012
8:25 pm

I really don’t think this a good idea. My kids already spend enough time at school and child care, to have them go on my day off, so I can go shopping seems sad. Also, to wake the kids up that early (what 4am? to get there by 4:30am) just sounds cruel. Bad idea. If you don’t have to work, let your kids enjoy some time with the family.

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November 15th, 2012
1:28 am

Sooo…drop the kids off at daycare on a holiday so mommy and daddy can go shopping? Nice….gotta love Americans. Oh yeah and …… what recession?

Dee Paige

November 15th, 2012
9:42 pm

Oh 4am, that’s even better. Now, I’ll be getting my child up at 3:30am to get there by 4am. It’s really not worth it. I feel sorry for the poor people who have to get up that early to watch these children, so the parents can go shopping. The children will be so tired. What kind of message is this sending them?


November 18th, 2012
11:41 pm

Kudos to Childrens Lighthouse for this innovative idea. Should moms take their kids out at 4 and 5 AM to catch a few deals? Absolutely not….but some will so why not have those kiddos at a safe and fun place?? I think it’s great. So those of you moaning about it….I have an idea….don’t take your kids out shopping and quit complaining bout the ones that do!


November 19th, 2012
10:47 am

Here’s a hint to most parents – kids prefer to play with other kids while you shop. They don’t want to watch TV and such either. Some places, like gymnastics facilities, offer day-after Thanksgiving (not the holiday itself!) mini-camps for kids.


November 19th, 2012
11:55 am

@Kay – don’t get your panties in a bunch. Calm down. Everything will be fine. Here’s an idea-if it’s not for you, then DON’T do it! My kids certainly won’t be going. However, the business came up with a great idea. If parents are going out, I am sure the kids would rather be in a “happy place” rather a crowded mall.