Parents often struggle with finding time to spend one-on-one with their kids. I get it. The daily grind is exhausting. That’s why I look for easy, inexpensive ways to have a mom and daughter date night. To make it even more simple, we do these at home! No need to leave the house. Execute in the spur of the moment. Look like a super fun mom whenever you want to!
Take the ordinary, every day things and make them special. Heck, make them a surprise. When you just spring it on them it sets the stage for fun. The key here is really about quality time anyways. Why leave the house for that?
Here is our list of 5 Favorite Mom And Daughter Home Date Ideas
1. Living Room Floor Picnic
We love a good picnic. Whether it is making your own sandwiches to eat at the patio table, grabbing food on the way to the park, or Pizza Hut and Fruit Shoot on the living room floor a picnic is a huge hit at our house. I love that it is inexpensive. This is an outing you can pull off with little to no planning involved and no one is the wiser. Eating a meal together is a great way to connect and talk. Plus it puts a fun spin on a normal activity. You can’t beat that!
2. DIY Spa Night
A spa night is fun because you can do a wide variety of things that are really simple. Let her take a bubble bath and then do face masks. Soak your feet and do pedicures. Look up designs and paint finger nails. To keep it cheap and easy to plan, many times we use things we already have around the house. For a foot soak sometimes we just use bubble bath in hot water. You can also add equal parts salt & baking soda to hot water. For a face mask you can use 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste. Smooth it on your face, let it dry, and rinse it off. There are lots of DIY recipes for both of these if you want to get more fancy.
3. Outside Play Time
Even in Florida, we have a tendency to hibernate inside during the winter too often. Sometimes we just need to get outside. It may not seem like much, but there are tons of things you can do. Take a walk. Explore your backyard. Ride bikes or scooters. Just run around and chase each other. Stop and take some silly pictures. Being in the sunshine will boost your mood and help you get in a little extra activity. If you are lucky, bedtime will be a breeze! Who can say no to that?
4. Play A Board Game
We have a closet full of board games. Grab some snacks and play as long as you want. If you don’t have any age appropriate board games, you can grab a deck of cards. Teach them to play crazy 8’s, slap jack or 52 pick up. You can even get creative and make up your own games. This is so simple to do. With more than one kid you can get in some one-on-one time by letting one of them stay up 30 minutes late. Rotate so each one gets a turn.
5. Book Reading Party
One of our favorite things to do is go to the library. I let her pick out a bunch of books to check out. Then we go home, grab some snacks, take a blanket out into the yard and read. If the weather doesn’t work, move the party inside and snuggle up on the couch. You can also skip the library trip and read her favorite books from home. Either way, reading is a great way to spend time together.
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Fruit Shoot and Pizza Hut are teaming up with First Book for The Literacy Project. It is a great charity that work hard to get books into the hands of kids in need. Click here to find out how your meal at Pizza Hut can help support this great cause. Teachers have great opportunities to get free books and resources for their classrooms, too!