Sugar Hill day care to open at 4 a.m. Black Friday

SUGAR HILL -- OK, you've decided you're just the right amount of crazy to start shopping before dawn on Black Friday -- but what to do with those pesky kids?

One Sugar Hill day care, just a short trek from the Mall of Georgia, is offering a solution.

Children's Lighthouse Learning Center on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard will open at 4 a.m. Friday, and, for the door-buster deal of just $25 a child, you'll be able to stand in unbearable lines and sift through suffocating mall crowds in peace.

Rose Morelock -- the vice president of Children's Lighthouse, a national chain with 24 centers -- said the idea came from a franchisee in San Antonio.

"I think it's a great idea to support retailers during this economy," Morelock told the Daily Post. "I think it's also a great alternative for parents that even have to go to work."

Gwinnett's Children's Lighthouse is located at 65 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill, just about four miles from the Mall of Georgia war zone. Any kid between the ages of six weeks and 12 years is eligible for the program, as long as they are registered prior to Friday.

Morelock said she didn't expect most centers would see too many kids, and that normal staff would be manning the fort from 4 a.m. until the last child is picked up. The $25 fee, she said, is only to cover the expense of having centers staffed.

While it may seem a little odd to take a toddler to day care in the middle of the night, Morelock said, "I would rather them come to Children's Lighthouse than go to Walmart."

"We've gotten nothing but positive feedback," Morelock said.

For more information or to register, call 770-484-4047. Children's Lighthouse in Sugar Hill is closed on Thanksgiving.


NewsReader 2 years, 9 months ago

Yep, you too can get rid of those "...pesky kids..."...all in the name of helping "...support retailers during this economy...". And you can drop your kids off at this facility that is both unknown to you and your child for a whopping $25 for the day...you know, so you can go shoppin' and all! What a deal! And Morelock, since you've "...gotten nothing but positive feedback...", well, here ya go! I fixed it! Am I the only one that sees something inherently wrong with this picture? Those "...pesky kids..." are a gift you should be thankful for don't you think?


LilburnLady 2 years, 9 months ago

Although I have never, and will never, shop on Black Friday, I agree with the idea that if you are the type that wants to stand in line with the other Lemmings for some miniscule chance of getting a discount price on a big ticket item, it's best not to take your young, impressionable children with you. They are worth way more than some Chinese-made flat screen TV and deserve not to see the unbridled greed and bad behavior that is rampant on this shopping day.

The vast majority of bargain hunters will not save enough money to make it worth the hassle, but big box retailers will score big. I'll be doing my shopping on Small Business Saturday to support American small business owners instead.


MichelleCouch 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm with you LL! I don't partake in the Black Friday Frenzy, but I don't begrudge shoppers that do. Having said that, I do however take issue with the crazies that cause the commotion that harm others.

I agree that the conditions created by the chaos is not best suited for the little ones, nor would they be in tow when their parents are shopping for their Santa anyway.

So NR - why be so harsh toward a business that is implementing an innovative service for shoppers, or the parents that may take advantage of it?

In this circumstance, isn't it more likely that the frenzied shoppers are doing the dollar-dash for their children, and not to spite them?

Given the recent news story of the 13 year old that charged with killing her sister/step-sister, I'd say this child care center might just be safer for the children. They will certainly be more entertained by the company of other children, games and play than they would be fighting the retail rumble with mom and dad.

I say bravo to this child care center that is capitalizing on the Black Friday dollar!

While my son is grown and I don't have a need for such a service, I think it is a viable and safe opportunity for others, as well as an economic tool for a small business.


kevin 2 years, 9 months ago

a waste of money. Just another tax.


R 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey it takes a village to raise a child...

And idiots done right aren't cheap!


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