Some good friends of ours have a days-old baby and a rambunctious toddler. We brought them some Chinese for dinner last night, and today, here's my plan: I'm going to take my two dogs over there and have the toddler help me take them on a nice, long walk, then we're going to go to the store to get stuff to make English muffin pizzas, then we're going to make English muffin pizzas, then I'm going to offer to bathe the toddler (he's mildly allergic to dogs, but I don't know if the walk will bug him or not - his parents have okayed the walk because he's dog-crazy), maybe bathe him, then depart, hopefully in time for him to wind down with his folks and go to bed.
How naive is this plan?
We know the kid pretty well and he's definitely a high-energy kid, so it will be awesome to get him running around after some dogs. He also has very specific ideas about what he will and won't eat (yes: blue go-gurt [retch] and hot dogs! no: Chinese, apparently!) so having him help pick stuff out and then make his own little pizza might be a way to get some good food into him. And I hope that planning to leave before, say, eight or eight thirty will mean he doesn't hit that overtired, hyperactive state when he starts swingin' his little fists.
What else would you recommend? If you've been in their shoes, what would have been most helpful to you?