Last month, I wrote about 20 Fun Mommy and Daughter Date Ideas, and I must say that bonding time has been taken up a notch in my home. For my daughter’s 10th birthday, one of the activities we enjoyed, along with her younger sister, was a mani-pedi session. She was overjoyed at all the pampering!
The mommy and daughter date night list was well-received and some of our fabulous readers asked for a list of fun things to do with their sons. Great thinking ladies! Our young men need their one on one time with us too.
Fortunately, I get to spend about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time with my middle schooler each morning before school. I take this time to talk to him about things that matter to him, to give him advice, and to just be silly and crack jokes. I’ve also noticed that we don’t always have to talk, sometimes we just sit quietly and read.
This is why I’m compiling a list of fun ways to help us stay connected with our sons. I’ve come up with 20 fun activities to get you started. Feel free to share some of your ideas in the comments below!
1. Video Games
Spend an afternoon at home playing video games or take your son out to Game Time to enjoy a range of games including air hockey, ride simulators, shooting games, and more.
2. Watch Football
It doesn’t have to be the pros. College, high school, or a local little league will do.
3. Skate Park
If your son is a skateboard fanatic you can watch him at a local park or take him to watch others at the Skatepark of Tampa.
4. Exercise Together
Boys always seem to have so much energy to burn. Get moving with him. Do some sprints or shoot some hoops.
6. Miniature Golf
7. Laser tag
8. Movie Matinee
Rent a movie from Redbox or go see one of the latest movies your son has been talking about. Buy lots of popcorn, candy, and slushies too!
9. Science Experiments
Boys seem to like anything that explodes, fizzes, and erupts. You can find some amazing experiments via Youtube and Pinterest.
10. Theme Park
For the thrill-seekers, you can’t beat a day at the theme park riding the best roller coasters and water slides. Head over to Busch Gardens or drive to the theme park capital of the United States—Orlando.
11. Ride a Bike
Hop on your bikes or rent a bike through Coast Bike Share and go for stroll around the neighborhood. I especially love sightseeing in Downtown Tampa and Hyde Park.
12. Go Shopping
No underwear shopping ladies. If your son has been on his best behavior at home and at school, why not reward him with a toy, gadget, video game, athletic gear, or whatever else he’s been bugging you about.
13. Magic Trick Show
My son loves the mystery of magic tricks. He likes to watch them on Youtube. A live show is always nice, but it takes a little more planning since there aren’t always live shows in the area. Your son may be content with you watching him try out the new tricks he has learned.
14. Build Something
If your son loves working with his hands, build something! It doesn’t matter if it’s a fort, a roller coaster, a popsicle stick bridge, paper airplanes, or a train track for his favorite action figures. Just get creative.
15. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt can keep you busy for awhile. You can create your own at home or you can try out Watson Adventures for kid-friendly scavenger hunts.
16. Grab a Bite to Eat
Hit the lanes at Grand Prix Tampa. This place is a one-stop shop for fun activities including a bungy dome, a ropes course, and more.
I can’t wait to try indoor skydiving at iFly Indoor Skydiving. iFly just opened in Tampa back in November of 2016. Kids as young as three can participate in the fun.
19. Backyard Camping
If you’re bold enough, grab a bunch of blankets, pitch a tent, roast some hotdogs and marshmallows, and sleep in your backyard. If you don’t want to sleep outside, hang out for a couple of hours for some stargazing.
20. Go Fishing
From Ballast Point to Pier 60, there are plenty of places to fish in Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater. Just take your pick.
Boys are inquisitive, competitive, and active balls of energy. They just want to have fun! I think most would love to see us moms loosen up and have some fun with them.
Which activity will you choose for your next mom and son outing?