Who said date nights are for mommy’s and daddy’s only? Today, it’s more important than ever to set aside quality time with our kids just like we do with our spouses. Although our sons need us, there’s something in particular that our daughters need from us. As mothers, our daughters look up to us. We set the tone for their lives, and we are responsible for instilling confidence and teaching them lifelong principles. This is why we must be intentional about our relationships with them.
What better way to do so then to plan some one on one time with your daughter? Here are 20 fun mommy daughter date ideas for the special girl (or girls) in your life. By the way, delighted squeals determined the first three choices on this list.
1. 5-Star Hotel Sleepover
Let’s take sleepovers to the next level and show our daughters that it’s ok to treat yourself from time to time. Envision a room by the beach, fluffy robes, snacks galore, and girl talk. Start planning now!
2. Dinner Cruise
3. Get Pampered
It’s always fun to do a spa day at home where you take turns painting one another’s nails and giving each other facials, but sometimes you need to let them experience the real thing. There are tons of nails shops all over Tampa to choose from. Pick a shop that caters to young girls.
4. Create a Work of Art
Painting and pottery is an excellent creative outlet because they can both be therapeutic. I don’t consider myself the artsy type but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed painting with a group of friends at a painting studio. Painting With a Twist and Pinot’s Palette are great places to try out. At studios like You Do the Dishes and Color Me Mine, all you have to do is pick your ceramic (bisque), paint it, and the staff will glaze and fire it. When it’s ready, you pick it up.
Volunteering exposes girls to the realities of life beyond their own bubble. They will learn to have compassion for others and how to give back to the community. Talk with your daughter to see what causes are important to her and seek out those types of opportunities. You can spend an afternoon making cards for kids in the hospital or donating clothes and food to homeless shelters.
6. Cooking Classes
If your daughter loves to help out in the kitchen, consider scheduling a cooking class where you can learn new recipes together. Publix’s Apron Cooking School, Front Line Chef, and Let Them Eat Cake are just a few options that have classes for kids. To show off what you learned, you get to make dinner or a special dessert for the family to enjoy.
7. Vision Boards
It’s a new year which means it’s time for some goal setting. Kids already have an incredible imagination. Put that imagination to good use by creating vision boards together. Grab some poster boards, markers, magazines, and glue and make some plans for 2017. This way, you’ll encourage your daughter to not only dream big but to have a plan to attain those dreams.
8. Karaoke Night
As a kid I was always in front of my mirror, brush in hand, bellowing out the latest tunes, but I was too bashful to do so publicly. If your daughter is timid, encourage her to perform for an audience of one and tell her how amazing she is.
9. Horseback Riding
I hear horseback riding provides physical and mental exercise. It’s also a great activity for those that love the outdoors. Horsepower for Kids, Inc., Whispering Oaks Equestrian Center, and In the Breeze Ranch offer horseback rides and lessons.
10. Baking Challenge
I love the memes where people take a photo of their attempts at recipes or any DIY project. They make for a good laugh. Choose a recipe online and bake it. If you’re brave, post a side-by-side photo of the final result. Do you think you’ll nail it?
11. Arts and Crafts Project
There are plenty of things you can do but start with the things she loves the most like jewelry making for example. You can also make special gifts for teachers, classmates, or for any other special occasion. Here’s your first project: decorate a mason jar, write down every activity on this list on a piece of colored paper, and drop it into the jar. When it’s time for your date, have your daughter pull from the jar.
12. Catch a Show
Whether it’s a concert, a broadway production, or the ballet, there is always an opportunity to expose your daughter to the arts. Check out the Straz Center and the Mahaffey Theater for show dates and ticketing information.
13. Tea Party
Put on your fanciest dress, drink tea, and eat dainty pastries together. This is the perfect bonding opportunity with your daughter, plus you get to teach your daughter proper dining etiquette.
14. Exercise Together
Remember how active you were as a kid? I’ve found that my daughter’s energy gets me motivated. Activities such as Zumba, Just Dance, bike riding, and roller skating can be loads of fun.
15. Movie Night
It’s always fun to go out and see a new release in theaters, but sometimes it’s not always feasible. Redbox is a God-send! Put on your pajamas, grab your blankets, and turn your living room into your own personal theater complete with snacks and drinks of your choice.
16. Create a Book Club
A quiet afternoon at Barnes & Nobles (or your home) sipping hot tea or cocoa can be very relaxing. You can learn about one another’s favorite book genres and start your own special book club to read and discuss books together.
17. Visit a Frozen Treats Shop
Plenty of shops all over Tampa offer ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, and gelato in many yummy flavors. Tanya and Matt’s Icecreamiest, Gionata’s Gelateria & Caffe, and Yogurtology are just a few great places to try out.
18. Board Game Night
As a kid, I played Uno, Trouble, and Monopoly for hours. I remember accusations of cheating and cracking up at my opponents mishaps.
19. Makeover Madness
Girls typically like to rummage through their mom’s closet. I know my girls do. Next time, join in on the fun. Select outfits, do each other’s makeup and hair and have an impromptu fashion show. Use this time to teach your daughter some makeup and hair grooming techniques.
20. DIY Photoshoot
You don’t need a fancy camera, just grab your smartphone and head to a scenic area of town. One Saturday my family headed to Downtown St. Petersburg just to take photos by the beautiful murals. We were impressed by all of the amazing photos we took with our iPhones.
This wraps up the list for now. I know mothers have a lot of people and things vying for our time but it’s time to get purposeful about how we spend time with our daughters. Doing this doesn’t have to be another chore, it can be so much fun! After all, motherhood is not only a responsibility but an awesome privilege. Remember, every moment is a teachable moment—whether mundane or exhilarating. In the process, our daughters will not only see that they are loved and valued, but they will learn their identity as they get guidance from the most important woman in their world.
I’ve already done a few of these and look forward to doing more. How about you? Which activity will you do first with your daughter? Let us know how it goes in the comments below!