The Clubhouse: Park City’s Answer to Childcare Bliss

Posted by Amber on February 11, 2010

Park City Clubhouse (kidsclub)I will admit it: I was a wee bit nervous when I dropped my 2-year-old son Bode off at The Clubhouse last season.  After all, it was the first time I had left my self-professed Mama's Boy in unfamiliar surroundings.

My apprehension lasted exactly 20 seconds when the doting staff offered to change his noxious diaper prior to my departure. I then watched as my Mama's-Boy-no-more joyfully delved into the onslaught of toys and activities that included arts and crafts, reading time, games, and song and dance activities.

Park City Mountain Resort does not offer on-site childcare so The Clubhouse is the next best thing. Conveniently located at 780 Main Street, this hourly facility accommodates children ages 2 months - 12 years.

The Clubhouse is licensed by the State of Utah’s Childcare Licensing Bureau and staff members are thorough. They kept a log of when my son ate, what he ate, when he napped and even had a private darkened room with cribs, Pack ‘N Plays and soft music.

The kid doesn’t have it that good at home.

Another important consideration for parents when choosing childcare is cleanliness. I was pleased to see that staff members wore disposable gloves when changing diapers. All toys and surfaces are routinely disinfected and frequent hand washing is promoted among the staff and children to minimize the spread of infection.

The price is pretty standard for resort childcare: $14 per hour for one child. Add a sibling and you’ll only pay an additional $5 per hour. In-home childcare is also offered and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee a place.

The center’s hours gave us plenty of time to drop off our son in the morning and still make it in time to our daughter’s ski lessons. They conveniently stay open Fridays and Saturday evenings to accommodate parents who want a night out. Check their Web site for updated times and blackout dates.

My shy little guy was excited to spend two days there while the rest of our family hit the slopes. He had snacks, a healthy lunch he actually ate and would not stop talking about the train set he monopolized all day.

After his revelries at The Clubhouse, this Mama’s Boy was asking, "Mommy? Mommy who?"


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Comment posted by Tricia on March 9, 2012 12:02 PM MST

I just made reservations at Kids' Clubhouse for a few days when we visit in a few weeks, but I'm now seeing the comments about negative experiences. I think I might cancel. I wasn't overly thrilled when the owner offered that I could purchase a Lunchable for my two-year-old. If any of you have other recommendations, please do let me know.

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Comment posted by Karen Naylor on January 4, 2012 4:05 PM MST

I just recently returned from a ski vacation in Park City to celebrate the new incoming year for 2012. I dropped my 3 ½ year old off at Kids Clubhouse after reading the reviews. I was sadly disappointed. I did not find the carpet or toys to be very clean. I expected more staff but was met with one person at check-in and one other staff member feeding an infant in the main room while watching all the other children at 10am. All the kids were in the same area with no division between the younger toddlers and older kids. I received little explanation of their procedures during drop off or how his time was while there during pick up. When I returned, my child almost jumped over the barrier door and referred to the clubhouse as the “bad snow school.” He cried while he was there and didn’t like that he was in the “baby class.” Four days after our return home, he still spontaneously blurts out that he did not like it there and even shared this information with his regular preschool teachers. I will not be returning next year with my child.

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Comment posted by Keri Glennie on January 31, 2011 6:16 PM MST

I'm looking for a babysitter for my 1.5 year old son for a week while my husband and I snowboard. Can you email me your details.

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Comment posted by Racheal Davis on April 8, 2010 12:13 PM MDT

I had a terrible experience with The Clubhouse, and I hope mine was an isolated one. The owner was a nightmare to deal with. She made promises to reimburse our family after her staff had locked the doors and closed down on a Saturday night they were supposed to watch my son. After we got back to Florida, she said she decided not to reimburse me, although the lack of communication was on part by her staff. We ended up making childcare reservations at the area resorts (The Canyons). Although a few dollars more expensive, it was well worth it! I DO NOT recommend this childcare facility only because the owner, Lisa, was very rude and didn't try to accommodate us at all when she and her staff made mistakes.

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Response posted by Alessa Ocampo on December 22, 2010 10:49 AM MST

Rachael, im s sorry this happened to you. Aside from the incident how was the childcare, did you child enjoy himself? How old was he/she wehn you brought them there? Was there anything else for you to do with your children while in Park City? Hope all is well. Thank you.


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