For many parents, child care can be a top concern, particularly over the past two years as the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many families work and attend school. Kid’s Kingdom in Cool Springs is working to help families have easier access to child care.

Director Teresa Scott said she opened the child care center in November 2020 after seeing a gap in the child care industry that was going unfilled.

“I was fascinated with the drop-in model,” Scott said. “Being a mother of three small girls at the time, I would have loved to have something like this. [Some] families don’t have extended family around. That’s what drew me to the drop-in type model for parents who didn’t have that support system.”

Kid’s Kingdom is a fully-licensed child care center with drop-in hours that accepts children ages 12 months to 12 years old.

The center differs from a regular day care as it does not provide an educational component and there is a time limit on how many hours are allotted per child per week. The center does not require reservations, although parents or guardians must fill out registration forms when using the center for the first time. Beyond that, Scott said the center is a convenient option for parents when regular child care falls through or if they simply want to have a safe space for their children to play while running errands.

Scott, who has a background in psychology and education, said for many families—especially ones who are new to the area—Kid’s Kingdom gives them a back-up child care option, especially in a time when many parents are working from home or have changing child care needs.

“A lot of changes have happened with people’s schedules and the way they work,” she said. “People are working more from home ... so, we do provide that flexibility because we don’t take reservations, it’s just drop-in.”

While at Kids Kingdom, children have the option to play with a wide variety of toys and costumes, and the staff will often lead art projects and activities. Parents can also choose if they want their child to receive a snack or meal while at the center.

The center is also open when schools close for holiday breaks, Scott said. In addition to daytime hours, Kid’s Kingdom is also open later on Fridays and Saturdays so parents can enjoy a night out while their children enjoy pizza and play.

Scott said in the future she hopes to expand the center and use the space for birthday parties and other events on Sundays.

Earlier this year, the center received a grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee that will allow them to make improvements and add more amenities for children, she said.

“The whole environment is very much child-focused,” Scott said. “That’s why I called it Kid’s Kingdom, because I wanted it to be a place where kids could come and have some control of their environment.”

Kid’s Kingdom

600A Frazier Drive, Franklin


Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., open Sundays upon advance reservation or for parties