Oh. So, looks like while they are closing down the drop in sitting places, they do have a replacement in mind....
It depends on the details, but a lot of kids might dig this - one night where they get to do something different, hang with other kids, and it's not something everyone does. This feels a bit closer to the kids clubs on board cruise ships - we might be interested in this
It does sound like the programs on the cruise ships. And, honestly, for 4+ hours of babysitting with characters, games, and dinner, ~70 bucks is almost reasonable (though less so if you're leaving 2 or 3 kids for the event).
Kids have what looks like a fantastic experience while mum and dad get some quality time together price seems very reasonable. I dont know what people pay in the US for a child minder at home but i would guess around $10-15 an hour, Obviously if you have 3 or more children then i gets very expensive.