On Thursday, April 26, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day will celebrate its 25th anniversary. While hosting a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at your company requires planning and coordination, doing so sends a powerful message to your employees and beyond that your organization values community, all the while providing an invaluable learning opportunity for children. Here are a few tips to make sure the children and employees who participate in your company’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day get the most out of their experience.

  1. Be inclusive: Make sure your employees know they don’t have to have children to participate. Employees can bring their nieces and nephews or other relatives, or even work with local community organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters to take children whose relatives may not be able to provide them with a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day experience.
  2. Diversify schedule: Schedule a balance of group and individual activities so children can learn from their own parents (or other hosting mentors) as well as a variety of other employees in various roles.
  3. Incorporate the company mission: Begin the day with an introduction to the company and its mission. This will help children not only understand what their hosting mentors do, but how each role contributes to the larger mission of the organization.
  4. Good eats=happy kids: Make sure to have plenty of child-friendly snacks available throughout the day. Children will have a hard time focusing if they get hungry, so keeping healthy items like fruits and whole grain crackers on-hand will go a long way.
  5. Make it relatable: Make sure to keep the introduction simple, and use examples and analogies to situations kids might understand. You can also consider asking for volunteers to represent different players in the industry to help kids identify with what your company does. For example, for an advertising firm, you could explain that a boy named Louis wants to sell cookies, and he needs someone to help him, so he hires an advertising company to help him show people that his cookies are the best cookies. Keeping examples fun and quirky will also help keep kids engaged.
  6. Give them tools: Provide each child with a new “employee starter kit,” including a pen, notepad, post-its, and other basic office supplies. You might also want to include a fun worksheet, like a bingo card of different office roles and mentor interview questions, to help guide kids to take notes on what they’ve learned throughout the day.
  7. Have them job-shadow: Have children work with their own parents or other hosts for a portion of the day. Then, after lunch, have them each create posters and give short presentations on what their hosts do.  
  8. Give them a purpose for the day: Have children work together to create a project that showcases what they’ve learned throughout the day. If possible, the project should tie in with the role of your company. For example, an ad agency could direct children to design their own ad, or an architecture firm could direct kids to sketch a plan for a new office building.

Incorporating these tips into your planning for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day will help ensure a fun and rewarding day for all.