15 Mommy & Me Date Ideas

Anyone who is a mom knows that you have the most difficult yet rewarding job in the world. Getting a sloppy kiss after a rough day is enough to make you forget that you slept, rather unsuccessfully, in a rocking chair the night before. And the first time your sweet babe utters, “I love you, Mommy”…there is truly NOTHING better. As my family continues to expand, my heart begins to grow and grow (including my sweet fur baby, of course), but something that tends to shrink is the opportunity to have quality one on one time with each of my boys. Am I alone? I don’t think so. Maybe there are super moms out there who manage to juggle it all…I am not one of them. So if you are struggling like me, I have some suggestions on how to shower your kids with 1 on 1 attention through these 15 “Mommy and Me” date ideas:

  1. Sign up for a class together. It doesn’t really matter what you two do, as long as you do it together. We have taken lots of art, music, and sports classes together over the years and it is always nice to have a standing date with each of my little men.
  2. Get messy! You know how moms are always telling kids to wipe their hands, stay away from the puddles, etc.? Well, stop it! At least for a little bit. The joy on your child’s face once he/she knows that a mess is okay will be totally worth it. Promise. Need some inspiration? Here is some sensory play fun!
  3. Cook something. I have learned that the best way to get my picky eaters to try new foods is to have them help me prepare it. So head over to Pinterest, pick out a recipe together, visit the grocery store, and get cooking!
  4. Explore a new neighborhood. Sometimes just trying out a new park or coffee shop is an adventure.
  5. Visit the rink. Either ice or roller…both are so much fun. And if you have the same ability as your kiddo, don’t feel bad sharing the rink walkers. I won’t judge you.
  6. Read a book together. Depending on your child’s age, you can have a book marathon together, or you can read through an entire chapter book together. I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to enjoy the “Harry Potter” series as much as I do!
  7. Volunteer together. There are so many great opportunities for families to give back to other families in the community. Here are some of my favorite local charitable organizations.
  8. Tackle a project. This can be something as basic as the monthly (and free!) Home Depot craft or more complicated such as making your own play tent. Just be sure to wear your safety goggles!
  9. Visit the theatre. Whether you see a movie or a live performance, taking in a show together can be relaxing…and the conversation afterwards can be riveting!
  10. Hit the pool! There are tons of great indoor water parks as well as outdoor pools to spend lazy summer days and make memories that last a lifetime.
  11. Totally and utterly UNPLUG. That’s right, Mama. Leave your phone at home and spend your time together blissfully unplugged. If you really need to capture the moment, take a selfie at the end of your “Mommy and Me” date.
  12. Take turns planning a date. I mean, you can come up with some fun options, but I guarantee that they won’t be as creative as what your child will come up with.
  13. Play games. Soccer, Zingo, bowling, “hide and seek”…the options are endless!
  14. Dine at an upscale restaurant. I have found that my kids behave a MILLION times better when they have Mommy’s undivided attention, so eating at a fancier restaurant is not a challenge at all! My only tip is to visit for lunch instead of dinner…but don’t forget dessert!
  15. Go back in time…to when you were a kid. Introduce your kiddo to things you loved as a kid. For me, Lite Brite, “The Flintstones,” and my Easy Bake Oven are things that I want my boys to love as much as I did.

What are some of your favorite ways to bond with your kids?

If you are looking for other articles about how I am surviving motherhood, check out “What Happened When I Tried to Be a YES Mom,” or “How to Be a FUN Mom.”

Enjoy your date!
Amanda
 
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Comments

  1. robin masshole mommy says

    These are all awesome ideas. I try to spend as much one on one time with each of my boys as possible.

  2. candy says

    Simple dates don’t have to cost a fortune time spent with your kids, playing games, reading books, playing a video game they love with them, going to the library etc. Great ideas.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger says

    These are great ideas! It is so important to spend one on one time with your kids. I always loved reading books with my kids.

  4. Dawn McAlexander says

    My daughter and I have had plenty of dates together over the years. I have really enjoyed spending time with her. Now she is too busy to really do any, but I still love her and enjoy seeing her when she gets the chance. All those mommy/daughter dates were really a bonding experience for us.

  5. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    When my kids were young, they always enjoyed going to the park. I’d pack a picnic lunch and we’d spend whole afternoons together playing and reading books and just having fun! That was such a memorable time for me and the kids. Now it is the grandchildren’s turn to spend time in the park with me!

    • Amanda says

      I bet your kids are thrilled you can give the same wonderful experiences to their kids. I know I sure am when I see my moms with my kids!

  6. LauraOinAK says

    So many great ideas of things to do with your child. I’ve often failed to make time to do something with each of my boys as a solo endeavor.

    When money was especially tight, going somewhere seemed impossible. That’s when it was special read aloud with mom or dad time.

    • Amanda says

      Just talking a walk together or visiting the library is one of our absolute favorite things to do…and it doesn’t cost a dime!

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are all great date ideas for one on one time with each child. I do believe it is so important to have one on one time with each child separately even if it is only an hour a week. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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