A few months ago when I did my reader survey, a couple of you suggested that I write about mother-daughter date ideas. I’ve been excited to get this together, but wanted to gather photos from a few more outings before posting. If you suggested this subject, thank you, and I hope this reaches you!
I have mentioned before that my children are much better behaved when we spend time together one-on-one. I 100% think it’s because they’re not competing for attention. Many of you have said that it’s the same for your kids as well. For this reason, I try to schedule mother-daughter dates pretty frequently.
I hope this list gives you some ideas for your own mother daughter dates. This time is so, so special to me, because it allows me to focus all of my attention on one child at a time. They tend to behave better, and we are both able to relax and just have fun. These mommy-daughter days are especially welcomed when we’ve had some difficult days where I feel like all I do is discipline. I’m able to let them know, without distraction, that Mommy sees you, Mommy loves you, you are special, and you are good.
Mother Daughter Date Ideas
1. Go to the park
One of our go-to activities because it’s close to our house and FREE
2. Play at the mall
When it’s extra hot/cold outside or raining, but you still want to get out and let her play, this is a great option. Usually the play areas at the mall are closed in so you can easily keep an eye on her. In my experience, the ones we’ve been to have been pretty clean. And while you’re at the mall, you can take them to Great American Cookie and get them a little treat!
3. Go shopping
If you have older daughters, they may enjoy going shopping with Mom. Raley is starting to get to this age. She enjoys looking at clothes, picking out what she likes, and looking for her size.
4. Get a sweet treat
5. See a movie
This is something my girls always get super excited about. They feel like this is a special occasion when we get to go to the movies, because it’s not something we do often. It’s even more special to them if it’s a one-on-one activity. Be sure to get some popcorn to round out the experience!
6. Have a tea party
You can pack your own tea party and have a picnic, or go to a tea room, if there’s one near you. Raley has always been a huge fan of tea parties. She feels like such a big girl when she gets to hold a real tea cup
7. Get your nails done together
I feel like this is the ultimate mother-daughter date and one that will most likely continue on as they grow up. Whenever we’re at the nail salon together, I have visions of my teenage daughters sitting in those chairs getting their nails done for prom.
8. Go to the garden
9. Visit a children’s museum
Another one of our favorites. When we want some nice, quiet play, we head to Early Works – our local children’s museum.
10. Take them to their favorite restaurant
On mother-daughter dates, I love letting them pick where we eat. They get so excited about picking, and it’s always fun to see their face light up when you say “Sure! We can go there!”
11. Go to the library
12. Walk the greenway (or let them ride their bike)
13. Play at an indoor play area
Take them somewhere like Let’s Play or just head to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-a for lunch and let them play their hearts out.
14. Jump at the trampoline park
15. See a show or ballet
16. Have a coffee date
I obviously don’t give my children coffee, but they love going to Starbucks with me and splitting some pumpkin bread or enjoying a cake pop.
17. Plant something
18. Bake together
19. Go swimming
20. Play at the splash pad
Do you have any other mother-daughter date ideas? I would love to hear them!
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