Babysitting activities and theme nights?
What's a theme night (or afternoon) anyway?
It's a set amount of time in which a specific set of babysitting activities are planned around a specific theme, such as pirates, movies, crafts, songs . . . the list is endless.
If there are any special events in the area, these can also be used as a basis for planning out the night for the kids. That could anything from a regional professional sports team or game to a local town celebration.
To get started, the babysitter should think of current or potential clients. In this case, we're talking about the kids being invited to the theme night. Here are some important questions to ask:
These are just a few of the things to consider. Sitters should always add their own ideas to round out their own evening of special babysitting activities.
Once a theme has been chosen, it's time to start planning. This is even before any kids have signed up.
There's no need to spend any money on supplies just yet - but there does need to be a plan and a budget. This gives parents specific information (and makes them more likely to say yes). The process also helps the babysitter determine ahead of time what's too expensive to include.
The best way to plan these babysitting activities? Write it out! It can look something like this for a theme night that lasts from 6 pm to 8 pm:
The next issue is to determine what supplies are needed for each activity and how much they will cost. The babysitter's objective here is for the amount being charged to the parents for the themed evening to cover both the supplies as well as the babysitter's fees.
If not, the plans definitely need to be reviewed. Perhaps it's possible to make some of the items instead of buying them? Are there other cheaper activities than can be substituted? For more ideas, check out this fun babysitting ideas page.
The last step is to get the word out - advertising.
Existing customers should be approached first and given the first opportunity to reserve a slot for their kids to attend the theme night.
In the case of a new babysitter, or in situations where there are still slots left over, it might be worth considering distributing some simple babysitting flyers in the neighborhood, church, etc.
The flyer should list the key activities, dates/times, and a contact number. There's no need to include a home address, however. Parents can get these details when they call, and it keeps others from having too much information.
For more information on advertising or running a babysitting business in general, see this babysitting jobs page.
Need ideas for more themes? Check out these additional babysitting games and activities for an expanded list that includes even more themed babysitting ideas.