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20+ Date-With-Your-Kid Ideas

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget about the little ones.  Whether you’re a SAHM or WAHM, or otherwise employed outside of the home, it’s possible to try and cram way too much stuff into your life and, well, you-know-who gets the short end of the stick.

“Kid date ideas” really aren’t that hard to come up with…

In the hustle and bustle of life, making a date with your kid guarantees intentional one-on-one time. Here are some simple and easy-to-do activities to try. Have fun with these kid date ideas!

…but it might mean you have to give it some time and thought!

Some time ago I explained my take on the “quantity-vs-quality” issue, and what we need to remember about investing time in our children. It’s important! And while I’m not trying to lay any (more) guilt than you already may be feeling for living a crowded life, here are some ideas for simple and easy-to-do activities that will make one-on-one time with your children a bit more memorable.  Oh, and don’t forget to turn OFF the cell phone…or at least mute it…

  1. look through old baby pictures
  2. fly a kite
  3. visit an elderly/sick neighbor/friend/family memberHooping Fun
  4. take a walk/bike ride/swim/exercise together
  5. watch old home movies or pop in a DVD at home (don’t forget the popcorn!)
  6. go to a card store and find funny ones to share
  7. plan an old-fashioned picnic, with food, blanket and books or games…but leave the phone and hand-held devices at home!
  8. go to a playground together
  9. bake cookies (or another favorite desert)… and eat them!
  10. go outside in the dark, lie on a blanket, look at the stars and catch fireflies
  11. plan and go on a scavenger hunt
  12. do a craft together (extra special if you take the time to scrounge up the supplies ahead of time…and together, of course!)
  13. go to a fast-food place, buy an ice cream cone or a drink, and play a card game in the boothice-cream-188337_640
  14. visit a bookstore, pick out a favorite or 2 and “talk shop” (Some talking points: Share some of your favorite books as a kid?  or even explain why you didn’t like to read as a child…)
  15. run errands together, bonus points if you run an errand or 2 for that elderly/sick person above!
  16. go bowling
  17. go to a photo booth and take goofy pictures together
  18. paint a piece of pottery together, and go out for ice cream when you return to pick it up
  19. build a fire in the backyard and make s’mores
  20. go get mani/pedis together
  21. OCC1start Christmas shopping (ya’ gotta do it anyway…)
  22. shop for Operation Christmas Child (do it specifically and this can start some super conversations on giving, gratitude, poverty, etc)
  23. go to a dollar store and see who can buy more with $5




I’m sure you can think of some others, too!  The point here isn’t to make the activity costly or require too much advance preparation because those qualities will just lead you to put off the time spent together…

Think “easy”, think “inexpensive” and answer the question “what would my child like to do with me?” (even if you have to go ahead and ask ’em!)…and you have the groundwork for a wonderful date!

And you get extra brownie points if you add it as a regular event in your day-planner.

Well, I gotta run…my son is already out in the car waiting for our date…

Have a terrific time!

What are some other neat kid date ideas?  Feel free to add to the list in the comments below!

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19 Responses to 20+ Date-With-Your-Kid Ideas

  1. Mother of 3 March 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    Wonderful ideas! My boys love looking through their old baby scrapbooks and asking questions about when they were babies. Thanks for sharing at Love to Learn. Pinned.
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  2. Theresa Boedeker March 3, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    Great ideas. Our kids just so enjoy spending time with us one on one where our focus is not distracted. Nothing fancy, just plain old time doing something together. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Pat March 3, 2017 at 7:06 am #

      You’re so right, Theresa! I think sometimes we think just cause we aren’t able to roll out the bells and whistles we don’t do anything… Life’s complicated enough; simple pleasures are the best 🙂

  3. Terri Presser January 22, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    Great ideas, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  4. Jenni DeWItt January 19, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    These are some great ideas! But I think the most important part for me was to TURN OFF THE CELL PHONE! I want to get better at giving my kids my undivided attention when we are together, and it won’t happen when that thing is beeping at me! Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Pat January 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      Oh Jenni, I SO agree!! I’ve found it helpful to turn the sound off when we’re together, AND keep it inside my purse and not in my pocket (i.e. within reach).

      It also helps that I don’t have mobile turned on, so I only get updates if we’re someplace with Wifi…

  5. Jessica September 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    This is wonderful! We already have started dates with our 3 year old and SHE LOVES IT! These are great ideas! I’d love for you to share at our link-up “Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!!” at “My Teacher’s Name is Mama” (Link-up is EVERY Thursday! Hope to see you there!)

    • Candy September 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed Pat’s post, Jessica! Thanks for the invite to your link-up. I added a couple of posts (this one included!). We also host a link up that starts every Wednesday. We’d love for you to share some of posts with our readers!

  6. Adrian September 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Love all these ideas! You’re going to be my feature at the Teach Me Tuesday Link Party that starts tonight @ 9pm est:) Congrats!

    • Pat September 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Wow Adrian! What an honor to be featured!! Thank you, and thanks for “stopping by for coffee” with us, too 😉

  7. Abi Craig September 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    These are great. We make sure the kids get “daddy dates” out, but they don’t often get mom to themselves (we have 5 too). Some of these I can make happen without going anywhere.

    • Pat September 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

      How terrific your kids are getting those daddy dates… I just KNOW they’re gonna love that 1-on-1 time with you, too!

      Have fun <3

  8. Pat September 2, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Glad you like it – feel free to add any tips of your own! 😉

    Yeah, that “leaving the phone” thingy can sure be hard, tho, sometimes… {{sigh}}

  9. Beckey September 2, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Love this! Great inexpensive tips for one on one time with the kiddos! I really love the idea of taking them shopping for OCC!
    I also think the comment about phones and hand held devices on #7 should go for ANY of these! Completely focus on the child in front of you for a while. :0)

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