So you’ve decided you’d like to make a little (or a lot!) extra money by babysitting on New Year’s Eve, instead of partying with friends or family. Great choice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the children you’re babysitting! Let’s be honest, unless they’re very young, the kids will know it’s a special stay-up-late day with all kinds of fun things to do and watch. So, instead of putting them to bed at 8:30, here’s a few fun things to do with the children you’re babysitting on New Year’s Eve.
Watch Countdowns from Around the World
Ok, maybe the kids are a bit too young to stay up past midnight in Calgary, but the beauty of New Year’s Eve is that we’re one of the last to celebrate at midnight, so there’s a whole world of celebrations to watch. Want to see fireworks at the pyramids in Egypt? Want to see the Eiffel Tower lit up like never before? 10PM shouldn’t be too late to allow the children to stay up to see the ball drop in Times Square in New York; you can have at least one major countdown with the kids, and they’ll feel like they’re a part of the action!
Play Board Games
These are a great way to pass the time while having fun, and getting the children engaged in an activity. Obviously, you have to make sure to choose a board game suitable for the age of the children you’re watching. There are many games that appeal to both children and older people alike; games such as Clue or Monopoly are both classics that can be played by younger children that will be both fun and instructive. And the best part is, you can have the TV on in the background to make sure you don’t miss any of the fireworks celebrations!
Arts & Crafts
Since a babysitting job on New Year’s Eve will tend to last longer than a normal night, the sitter has more time to create activities which might be more time intensive. The children you’re watching will assuredly have drawing/ colouring necessities, so have a competition to see who can draw the best picture of each other, or draw and compare pictures of the dog or the parent’s house or their school bus. If you want to ramp it up a bit, perhaps the children have jewelry making toys with which you can decorate each other for the big countdown.
Hide & Seek
This is again dependent on the age of the children; too young and they might get scared in a dark house (even their own!) or they might be so good at hiding they fall asleep! But there are few things kids like more than hide & seek, and they might surprise you with their ability to keep you guessing and to stay quiet enough you don’t hear them. Give rewards to those who are found last, like an extra cookie, so it gives the kids a reason to stay engaged.
New Year’s Eve can be great fun for both kids and babysitters. If you know the kids beforehand, it’s easy to prepare some fun games to play or crafts to make. And kids will feel like grown ups getting to watch the various firework shows from around the world, so make sure to include that in your itinerary. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s understood you get to charge more money for babysitting jobs on New Year’s! There are many parents searching for babysitters in Calgary on CarePair who need last minute sitters, so join up, create a sitter account and match with parents!