voiceBoks® - The Voice of Parenthood

20 Ways to Date Your Child

Our society has so many distractions that it can actually be a challenge to ignore the emails, resist the urge to text message, or stay off our iPhone for carved out periods throughout the day. Regardless of age, our children need our undivided attention and the following ideas can help parents and children savor quality time without the interruption of technology. Use some of these day date ideas to fill your child’s love tank and help you to remember the meaning of true quality time with your little ones.

How to Date Your Child

  1. Take a walk in the park, at the beach, around the neighborhood, or hike a trail. Observe and show interest in what your child thinks is fascinating and beautiful.
  2. Go to the zoo. Laugh at the monkeys, stand in awe at the alligators, watch the lions sleep in the shade. Buy some food at the petting zoo and let your child laugh when the goats lick your hands.
  3. Go bowling. This active, but indoor activity is always fun. Take silly pictures wearing the bowling shoe rentals.
  4. Plan a picnic. Pack a quilt, a blanket or a sheet. Leave the sandwiches at home and have desserts only as a special treat.
  5. Find an orchard or a grove in your area and pick fruit. Wear old clothes, get messy, eat fruit right off the vine, tree or bush. Make a special recipe with the fruit when you get home and allow your children to help in the kitchen.
  6. Work on your yard. Plant a garden, grow vegetables, prune your bushes, pick some weeds. Regardless of what you do outside, you are working together at beautifying your home and you are teaching your child responsibility and ownership.
  7. Go see a movie. Buy popcorn. Let your child pick the movie and the seats in the theatre. Listen to your child laugh at the funny parts and hold their hand during the suspenseful parts.
  8. Go to the store and buy ingredients for ice cream sundaes. Have a sundae party at home. Include all of the fixings such as the cherries, the sprinkles, the whip cream and the chocolate sauce. Serve them with hot chocolate or milk.
  9. Take them to the library. Sit in the aisles and read them books, short stories or simply look at pictures that inspire your child. Let them lose themselves in books and do the same. Even if you don’t like to read.
  10. Have a coffee date. Find a local coffee shop and buy them either hot chocolate, hot tea or a decaf coffee with lots of milk. Let them decide what they want to drink. Find a quiet spot and talk over your warm beverage. Ask questions about them and then listen.
  11. Have a dance party. Download their choice of music on your device. Use wooden spoons as microphones. Turn up the music and let your children watch you let loose. They will enjoy it more than you know.
  12. Go camping. Whether a real tent at a park, in your backyard or in your den; have a sleep over with your kids. Cook s’mores over an open fire, in your fireplace or over a candle. Tell scary stories. Cuddle close at bedtime.
  13. Teach them an outside game that you used to play as a child. Capture the flag, freeze tag, or Marco Polo. Let them enjoy knowing something about your childhood that they can play too.
  14. Teach them how to sell something. Make a lemonade stand, host a car wash, sell girl scout cookies. It teaches them how to work and allows them to appreciate the value of money. It also gives them an opportunity to have social interaction with people they don’t know.
  15. Go somewhere fancy. Take them to high tea, see a play, eat at a restaurant that has formal white table clothes. Teach them their manners while making it fun and special.
  16. Go visit a local place where you live that you have never been to. Maybe it is a tourist attraction, a crowded place you tend to avoid or a place that you have already deemed to be uneventful. Go see it and marvel at the wonder. Your kids don’t care where they spend time with you.
  17. date your child challenge yourself

  18. Play in the rain. Ditch the umbrellas, expect to get soaked and enjoy how freeing it is to jump in puddles. Let your children see you bask in the time when you didn’t care if you got wet in a storm.
  19. Go see live music. Whether a big concert, an outdoor band in a park, or a quartet on a street corner; teach your children to appreciate the art of music. Expand their senses through exposing them to melodies and lyrics.
  20. Show them acts of service. Visit a nursing home or work a food drive. Teach them that serving others is rewarding and selfless. Instill the value of thinking of others before themselves so they can teach that same mentality to their children.
  21. Attend a sporting event. Maybe you have a minor league in your town or possibly, you are a lucky one with a major league where you live. Pick a team and cheer for them passionately. Allow your children to see that group activities are fun, even with game rules! 
Related Posts



The list is actually quite endless when it comes to ideas for spending time with your children. Challenge yourself to put the technology aside during a date with your child so that they are your one and only priority. The time for us as parents to teach, mentor and savor their childhood is short. Enjoy them and have fun making memories!

Tracy Balderach

I am a wif­e and Momm­a of three­ little on­es who jus­t left our­ blessed, ­beautiful ­big city l­ife in exc­hange for ­our blesse­d, beautif­ul suburba­n story 30­ miles nor­th of NYC.­ Sit down,­ savor the­ moment an­d join our­ bustling ­home. Let'­s laugh ti­l we're di­zzy, talk ­til we're ­hoarse and­ do it all­ over a go­od glass o­f wine.
Follow Tracy on:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

26 comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Sounds great! I love to spend time with my baby but this stressful life have taken me away to do all this. Thanks for reminding 🙂

  • Love these ideas! Checking my phone and email when I’m with my girls is such a daily temptation for me. These are great ways to set aside time to just be with them- no distractions!

    • Erin, I think it’s a temptation for all of us! I have learned that even a walk around the block one on one with one of my kids means the world to them. All they want it our acceptance and our attention. Seems so easy, right?

  • We do most of these. Some of our favorites are walks around the block (sometimes they drive their cop car), trips to the library, trips to the mall. And this summer will be the first time we go camping!! woo hoo!!

    • Enjoy camping! We haven’t done that since my son was born, but this summer may be the inaugural trip. Have a great time and take a ton of pictures for the memories!

  • These are all great ideas! I am so fortunate that I was able to stay home and homeschool my kids when they were little. I’ve got so many fun memories to cherish. We loved going to the park and the zoos. In the summer we’d go to the free movies at our local theater. The library was our best friend! Not only did we love reading, but we could get great movies as well! My daughter just graduated and my son is now officially a Sophomore! The time goes too quickly. Enjoy your children and cherish each moment!

    • Christy! WOW! I admire you for home schooling! Every momma with grown children always reflects on how fast the time flies by. Sounds like you cherished much of the younger years with your children! I am trying to do the same!

  • I love this! My son and I are actually going to concert tonight. I love spending time with him doing fun things. I think it makes a huge difference in children’s self esteem when you spend special time with them.

  • Love all these ideas–it is so easy to forget that “little people” need quality time from you-I don’t think this will surprise anyone-but 9. Take them to the library. Sit in the aisles and read them books, short stories or simply look at pictures that inspire your child. Let them lose themselves in books and do the same. Even if you don’t like to read. is my favorite–then bowling. My Dad used to take me bowling!!

    • Michele, I love the library one too. Our library has a big summer reading program going on right now! Sharing books with our kids is such a good way to have conversation and understand what their little minds are thinking 🙂

  • Bowling is always fun! When I was little, bowling birthday parties were super popular, and that’s how I learned to bowl, for the most part.

  • I’ve found that just a trip to the food store with one child at a time makes for a special time together, especially if you ask them to “help” by picking things off the shelf and making choices. You have some great ideas and we’ll have fun trying them!

    • Maggie, I have just started doing this with my oldest two girls. They love to help with the list, the food, the coupons, the credit card swiping, etc- They also love to help with the eating when we get home too 🙂 I might have to add this one in my next list 🙂 Great idea!

  • These are some really great ideas! It is so important to spend quality time with kids and not just that, but getting out of the house and away from everyday life to do something new and exciting, or just something different to make a day special. My dad and I, while we spent a lot of time together, didn’t go out and do a lot of things just the two of us. The one-on-one time that we did have throughout my childhood and into my teenage years became that much more special to me and I can remember everything we did together and even some of the conversations we had during those times word-for-word, and I will always remember those times.

    • It’s always worth the extra effort of packing everyone and everything up to go do something fun! Many times I have to keep telling myself how great it will be as I am shlepping the gear, though 🙂

  • i love taking my boys out on “dates”! not only is it a chance to turn off technology, but with two kids it gives me one on one time with them that doesnt usually happen at home.

About Author

Tracy Balderach

I am a wif­e and Momm­a of three­ little on­es who jus­t left our­ blessed, ­beautiful ­big city l­ife in exc­hange for ­our blesse­d, beautif­ul suburba­n story 30­ miles nor­th of NYC.­ Sit down,­ savor the­ moment an­d join our­ bustling ­home. Let'­s laugh ti­l we're di­zzy, talk ­til we're ­hoarse and­ do it all­ over a go­od glass o­f wine.
Follow Tracy on:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest