Date night? Um, what’s that again?! Yes…it’s definitely time for a quality night out with the spouse, but we know it can get a bit expensive not to mention that guilty conscious of leaving your kids at home getting in the way of your fun night out. But, what if you could go out and enjoy date night guilty free AND not spend a dime on babysitting? (What are the going rates for babysitting these days anyways? We pay about $9 an hour). Set up a babysitting coop and yes you will finally get to attend that art walk while sipping wine, try that new buzzing eatery, and watch the latest blockbuster movie. Sound too good to be true? Read on.
What’s a Babysitting Coop?
The idea is simple yet genius. It’s when a few families get together and take turns watching each other’s kids so that the other couples can go out and enjoy a fun night out. It’s a wonderful cycle, the cycle of freedom…just for a night.
How to Set Up a Babysitting Coop
So this where you don’t have to worry about your guilty conscious checking in every 30 minutes wondering if the kids are okay. Let the kids have their own party with their friends! Explain to the kids that they will be hosting their friends for a night of food and fun. Go over with them what a host does to make their guests feel at home. Let them pick the dinner menu and activities for the night. They’ll be proud to host and you’ll be surprised at just how good a job they do.
Some fun activities for the kids include:
-Board games such as Pop-O-Matic Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, or Jenga
-Popcorn and a movie
-Have a dance party for the kids via Dance Central 2 for Kinect
-Playing dress-up or tea
-Baking and decorating cookies or cupcakes
Help! Ideas for Date Night
-Check your local paper for buzzing, new restaurants
-Check out critics’ review of the latest movies
-Check stubhub.com to see if there’s a concert, show, or sports event in your area
-Check your local art walks, usually packed with live music and great food
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