Drop in Child Care

I have been blessed that Alex’s grandparents and great grandmother are usually available when I need a babysitter. The few times they have not been available, I have managed to find someone. Still, it has always been a concern to me what I would do in case of an emergency if I could not find a trusted friend or relative to watch Alex.

There are some places around Portland that offer drop in child care. I decided to do a little research and put together a guide to help parents in case they need child care in a pinch or are just looking for a convenient place to take care of the kids when they need a break.

The Art Cubby
503-446-1237
1500 NW 18th Ave., Suite #115, Portland
Hours: Mon – Wed and Fri: 8:45am – 5:00pm, Thurs: 8:45 am – 9 pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm
Ages: 3 to 12 years
Rate: $12 per hour
Drop in daycare with arts and crafts activities. Kids work on fun art activities and bring home unique creations along with lots of ideas for do at home activities.

A Child’s Kingdom
503-203-8728
10110 SW Park Way, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ages: 1 to 12 years
Day care and drop in child care with activities including art, music, science, and field trips.

Children’s World Learning Center
503-667-9028
840 NE 181st, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 5:30 am – 6:30 pm
Ages: 1 to 12 years
Day Care and drop in child care.

Eva’s Day Care
503-257-3243
9801 Ne Wygant street, Portland
Hours: Mon – Sat: 6 am – 12 am
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Day care and drop in child care.

Garden Home Childcare Program
503-629-6341
7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:30 am & 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Rates: From $3 per hour for parents in onsite programs or $15 for 3 hours for independent care.
Drop in child care for parents taking classes and using on site amenities or up to 3 hours when parents are off site.

Happy Bear Day Care Center
503-460-0102
4326 NE Killingsworth St, Portland
Hours: Mon – Sat: 5:30 am – 6 pm
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Day care and drop in child care.

Kids Clubhouse
503-297-1400
7515 SW Barnes Rd., Suite #102, Portland
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 8:00a m – 10:00pm, Fri: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, closed holidays
Ages: 2 ½ to 12 years
Drop off care for kids, minimum 1 hour. Activities and amenities include arts and crafts, coloring, video games, and a movie theater.

Little Adventurers Day Home
503-775-6577
5003 SE 84th Avenue, Portland
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 7 am – 6 pm, Fri 7 am – 5 pm
Ages: 8 weeks to 5 years
Rate: $10 per hour
Day care offering drop in service. Potty training assistance, tutoring for grade school kids, and night care services also available.

MJCC Childcare Programs
503-244-0111
6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:15 – 11 am, Mon – Thurs: 5:15 – 7 pm, Sun: 9:15-11:45 am
Ages: 6 months to 5 years
Rate: $3 members, $15 non members per day, maximum 2 hours per day
Drop in child care for adults using the center’s amenities. Adults must stay on the premises while children are in the child care center.

Village Childcare
503-286-4859
2036 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard, Portland
3508 North Michigan, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6 am – 6 pm, evenings by appointment
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Rates: $10-$12 per hour
Child care services including hourly drop in care.

We Village
503-935-5590
424 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8 am to 9:30 pm, Fri: 8 am to 11:30 pm, Sat: 10:30 am to 11:30 pm
Ages: 2-12 years
Rates: Members $10 per hour, Non members $15 per hour
Licensed drop off child care for kids. Preschool also available for kids age 3 and over.

Yoga Shala
503-963-9642
N Williams
3808 N Williams Ave, Portland
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9:15 am – 1:15 pm, Sat: 8:45 am – 12:15 pm, Sun: 8:45 am – 11:45 am
Southeast
3249 SE Division, Portland
Hours: Mon: 9:15 – 11:15 am, Tues & Thurs: 9:45 am – 11:45 am, Wed: 9:15 am – 11:15 am
Ages: 3 to 12 years
Rates: Nonmembers $10 per hour, Members $8 per hour
Drop in child care for up to 4 hours for kids when parent leaves the premises or reduced rate care for kids while parents are taking Yoga classes.

Inflatable Kingdom offers Open Play which can be a great, inexpensive way for a parent to get a little break, however, a caregiver does have to be present while the kids are playing. There is a nice waiting area where you can sit, drink coffee, and relax while your child enjoys themselves jumping and sliding around the inflatables.

I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible with this list, but if any of this information is incorrect or you want to add another place to my list, please send an email to info@inflatablekingdom.com.

I would strongly recommend that all parents have a backup care plan for their kids just in case. If you are thinking of using one of these care centers, take the time to visit them in advance and check references. It is also a good idea to leave your child there for a short time some time when it is not an emergency, so you can get feedback from your child, and the situations is more comfortable for everyone involved if an emergency ever arises. Besides, checking out a care giver makes a great excuse to give yourself an hour or two off!

-HL