We have now been involved in our neighborhood babysitting co-op for a little over a year, and we are still going strong. The group has changed a bit with a family deciding it didn't work for them, and two other families joining us. We now have five families, and 14 children (ages 1-10) who participate.
Our kids have loved being a part of this group! For them it's like going to a birthday party every weekend. Greg and I love it too! We get free babysitting for date nights three weeks out of the month. And the weeks we've hosted have been running a lot more smoothly now that we have gotten the hang of entertaining so many children of different ages. Some activities we've done through the year are: blow-up water slide, roasting marshmallows and making smores, board games, crafts, Bingo, Don't Eat Pete, baking, making slime, flashlights/glow sticks at the park, biking in our empty basement, playing musical instruments, sidewalk chalk, and putting just about every room and toy we have in this house to good use.
We've really grown to love the kids in this group. And our children have all made good friends because of their weekly get togethers. I'm so grateful that we've been able to make this work!