TAG, We’re IT!

(Located behind the Lazy Pirate off of N. Lake Park Blvd.)
222 Winner Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-4FUN (4386)

Check our hours and rates below and be sure to check in often to find out about specials.

Island Time Drop-n-Play is was 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.  For children 12 months to 12 years.

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, games, and we now have an outdoor play area for a little fresh air.  There is something for everyone!


Children must be registered before participating in any activities at Island Time!

There is no charge to register your child, so if you think your child will play within the next 6 months at Island Time, go ahead and register them now, that way when you are in a pinch, you’ve already done the legwork.


Reservations for Island Time Play are required for all children.
To make a reservation, text 910-559-3741.



  • Monday – Friday :    7:00am – 6:00pm
  • Reservations only – text line (910) 599-3741


Drop in: Hourly (up to 4 hours)

  • $10/hr – 1 child
  • $15/hr – 2 children
  • $3/hr for each additional child

Ways to save:

  • Prepay:  For every $100 you put on your account, you receive 2 free hours!  No punch cards to keep up with, money never expires, saves time at check-out.  No age restrictions.

Special Programs

  • Camps and Teacher Work Days: Prek-5th grade
    • Daily:  $50/$30 sibling
    • Weekly: $175/$125 sibling
    • See camp link for more details
  • Preschool: 3-5yr olds
    • $300/monthly
    • Enrollment opens Feb 1
    • Limited space
    • See preschool link for more details
  • Academy: K-5th (see Academy page)

After School Program

Registration now OPEN for 2021-2022 School Year

Registration is $25 per family and is non refundable (unless we do not have enough interest from your school choice and we end up not offering pick-up).  Please fill out our online registration for after-school.    We currently pick up from Carolina Beach Elementary and Anderson Elementary.  Each year school locations are subject to change based on interest.

After-School Options:

  • $70 weekly or $250/monthly (includes snack)  **sibling rate $200 per child.
  • 4-days – $60, 3-days – $50, 2-days – $40, 1-day – $25
  • care from school dismissal – 6:00pm (late pick-up fees will be applied)
  • **does NOT include teacher work days/holidays/breaks

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 12:00pm.  Children participating in our flexible after-school, will receive all the same treatment as our weekly/monthly after school kids.

Don’t hesitate to call for questions!  Spots are filling up fast – so call today…

Call: 910-458-4FUN (4386) or Text: 910-599-3741

COVID-19 Update: 5-15-21

  • Reservations only (using our text line at 910-599-3741)
  • Reservations available for kids 12 months – 12 years!
  • Limited number of children per play space
  • Temp checks for children & team members entering our facility
  • Children 5 years and older required to wear masks per NC guidelines
  • Staff wear masks at all times.
  • No children or team members allowed on site with cold/flu symptoms
  • Only children and team members allowed in facility.  Drop off/pick up done outside.
  • Open Monday-Friday, 7am – 6pm (full or partial days available)
  • No touch payments.  Prepay via paypal or cash/card at the door.
  • Evening and weekend care on hold.  We appreciate your patience!

By opening, Michelle and I are making a commitment to continue our social distancing and doing our part to remain healthy.  We ask our families that are using us to make that same commitment to their health & safety and the health & safety of our community.  We are in this together.  

At Island Time we are focused on FUN.  Our 4,500 square foot building offers lots of space to PLAY!  When you include over 4,000 sq ft of outdoor space, the possibilities are endless.  Drop in and play up to 4 hours at Island Time!  Flexible care when you need it, without the financial obligation when you don’t!  We are here when you need us.  For children 12 months to 12 years.

You can stay in the “know” by following us on Facebook and via our emails after you have registered with us. We are looking forward to lots of smiling faces coming through our door and we welcome all visitors to come by and see what we are all about!

As always, we are just smitten to be a part of this community.  We continue to thrive because of you!