If you are looking for 50 fabulous mommy daughter date ideas to help you bond and reconnect, then you have come to the right place!
I think it’s safe to say that most girls absolutely love the idea of spending some one-on-one special time with their mom. There is something magical about stepping away from the craziness of everyday life where school, work, cleaning, cooking and other household chores tend to dominate our time and thoughts.
During a mommy-daughter date, you put all that stuff aside. You consciously decide that for at least a few hours, none of these niggling stresses or concerns will worry you. It’s a time to reconnect with your child. To not just tell her but SHOW her how much she really means. It is also just as much a break for YOU as it is for her.
The only problem is we usually we only realize the importance of a Mommy Daughter date night when we desperately, DESPERATELY need one.
Case in point: my daughter and I, a few weeks ago.
Even though we have a pretty close relationship, ever since my daughter started high school our weeks have been even more jam-packed with activities than usual. Then the weekends arrive and there’s even less time for some one-on-one catch-up time.
It came to a point when where we both realized that we couldn’t actually remember the last time we had hung out together ALONE – without her brother or dad in tow or extended family and friends lurking somewhere in the shadows.
So we spontaneously decided we would have a date night that evening. I worked that day and to be honest the last thing I wanted to go was get ready to go anywhere that night (except the inside of a warm bath) but I did it because she needed this date night even more than I did.
And of course we had the most AMAZING time!
We went out to Bondi Beach, on a ridiculously hot autumn’s night here in Sydney. The place was buzzing with the electricity of tourists and the happiness was almost palpable in the air. We ordered takeaway burgers and fries and ate them by the water.
We then had churros dipped in hot chocolate and frolicked in the ocean (shoes off, feet sinking in the wet sand) and ended with what was possibly the best gelato I have ever tasted in my life. All in all, we were in Bondi for no more than three hours but it felt like we had taken a trip of a lifetime.
It reminded both of us just how special our relationship is and how much fun we actually when we are together, away from all the responsibilities, stresses and boring stuff. We made a promise to do it more often and even better, our next date is already scheduled into the diary.
Now it’s your turn! Here are 50 mommy daughter date ideas to bookmark and save for a rainy day or whenever you and your daughter need to reconnect with each other (whatever comes first!)
Please don’t underestimate the value of a mommy daughter date. I promise you – it is time well spent.
1. BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN TOWN OR CITY
So which is it – have you already uncovered all the hidden treasures where you live or are you more of a stranger in your town or city? Dig out a guidebook and explore any new places together. Even if you have already visited the more popular landmarks, it may be time for your daughter to discover them too.
2. CATCH A GIRLY MOVIE
Check out my list of 40 Movies To Watch With Your Daughter and there are some great picks on this list too.
3. MANICURE + PEDICURE
It’s a bit of a traditional stereotype – a mom and daughter sitting side by side getting their nails done together but this is one stereotype we love!
4. GIVE EACH OTHER A MAKEOVER
Be prepared to have a little giggle while you both do each other’s makeup and pick out an outfit for the night.
5. BAKE TOGETHER
Prepare something savory or sweet, a traditional or new recipe – it’s all up to you! Whatever you feel like enjoying together afterwards with a cup of herbal tea.
6. GO ROLLERSKATING OR BIKERIDING
Here in Sydney we have a 7 kilometer scenic walk called the Bay Run which is famous for its amazing waterfront scenery. Just perfect for rollerblading and bike-riding. Pull out your own wheels and go on an adventure with your daughter today, wherever the wind takes you.
7. CAMP OUT TOGETHER
No, you don’t have to drive an hour to escape the city and go camping. There’s no reason why you can’t set up a tent in your own backyard and pretend you are on a camping trip without all the travel.
This is a perfect addition to the camping suggestion but absolutely can be done without a tent. Just pull out a picnic blanket and some sleeping bags and snuggle under the stars. Bonus points if you have a telescope on hand or catch a shooting star in action.
9. GO OUT TO BRUNCH
Brunch is always such a casual catch-up which makes it the perfect meal to squeeze into the day as it is never too early and never too late. Chat to your daughter over food you didn’t have to make and don’t have to wash up afterwards for.
10. HAVE A CHEAP SPA NIGHT
Home-made masks, facials, a little foot soaking and self-painted nails is a great way to get some pampering done at home together, without having to spend a lot of money for the privilege. Google fun home spa recipes and treatments to try at home and ideally try to have the house free to yourselves (send everyone else out to get the groceries!). You don’t want to have to deal with the constant interruptions from other members of the family.
11. DANCE YOUR HEARTS OUT TOGETHER
When was the last time you played your music super loud and danced around as if no-one was watching? Trust me, it’s one of the funnest things to do at home and a great way to burn some energy too. Pre-prepare a playlist of your favorite songs and get busy moving together. Bonus points if you have a disco ball and dance around in a darkened room (that’s what we do!)
12. GO TO HIGH TEA
Splurge Tip Number 1: pretend you are princesses for the day and go to a high tea.
13. ATTEND A CONCERT
Splurge Tip Number 2: catch your favorite band when they are in town. Attending a concert is one of those memories that are forever imprinted on our minds.
14. HAVE A SLEEPOVER AT A HOTEL
Splurge Tip Number 3: keep an eye out for super cheap deals on Groupon. Yes, this is definitely a special treat possibly saved for a super special occasion but definitely a memory that will last forever.
15. PLAY TRUANT
Every now and then we all need to have a break or as my daughter likes to call it: “a mental health care day.” If the timing is right and they aren’t missing anything important, there is no reason why your daughter can’t miss a one-off day off school to spend the day reconnecting with you, her mom.
16. TAKE A MINI ROAD TRIP
The world is you and your daughter’s oyster. Go off and explore it.
17. TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
Ask your daughter what her most special memories are and then set out to revisit one of the places where this memory was set. Maybe it’s the circus or an old favorite swimming hole. Take her back to a place where her dreams were born.
18. WATCH OLD HOME MOVIES
You know all those old home movies you recorded of your kids when they were babies? It’s time to whip them out and take a real trip through time, down memory lane.
19. STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Ask your daughter what she is scared to do and help her conquer those fears.
20. GO TO A FUN PARK
Go on the Ferris Wheel. Ride on the merry-go-round. Chase each other with the bumper cars. Have some old-fashioned fun.
21. ENJOY SOME KARAOKE
Sing and be silly.
22. GO FOR A LONG WALK TOGETHER
It doesn’t matter if it’s by the beach or through a forest. Just walk and talk and talk and walk.
23. GO TO THE MALL
I know this doesn’t sound special but most girls jump at the chance to go to the mall alone with their moms *as long as it doesn’t involve doing boring stuff like the groceries*. Visit the shops they want to visit. Put yourself in their shoes for one day and enjoy seeing the mall through their eyes.
24. BUY A SECRET GIFT FOR EACH OTHER
If you are at the shops together try to make it fun. Agree to buy each other a secret gift with a budget of $10 and set off to find something that your daughter will love. Be curious and excited about the sort of gift she thinks YOU will love. Alternatively you can buy each other matching jewelry, that will forever remind you both of each other.
25. ASK YOUR DAUGHTER THESE AMAZING 50 QUESTIONS
My popular post on 50 Questions To Ask Your Kids has now been shared on social media over 32,000 times. Set aside a night to ask these pertinent questions and really listen to her answers. Bonus tip – you can record her answers (if she is happy to oblige) so that you have a permanent record of her responses.
26. GO ON A PICNIC
Pack a picnic basket with your favorite food and drinks and go for a picnic wherever your daughter wants to go.
27. GET ALL DOLLED UP FOR NO REASON
All those special, fancy clothes you both have at home – it’s time to put them on and either go out together or have a beautiful dinner at home, by candlelight.
28. GO TO THE ART GALLERY
Teach your daughter about the beauty of art by showing her the greats.
29. TAKE HER TO YOUR OLD SCHOOL OR FIRST HOME
Tell her stories about your childhood and the experiences that made you YOU.
30. READ A BOOK TOGETHER
Don’t mock this idea because it is the PERFECT thing to do when you only have 30 minutes to spare and know that your daughter is desperate for some one-on-one attention. Pull out her favorite book, jump into her bed (no matter what time of the day it is) and snuggle together while reading her favorite story. This works a treat, no matter what her age too.
31. TEACH HER TO SEW OR KNIT
This is great way to bond with your daughter, while also teaching her a skill that she can pass onto her own children.
32. CREATE A VISION BOARD TOGETHER
Teach your daughter to dream big and how to set goals, so that she has something to strive for in life.
33. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME OR GIVE TO THE NEEDY
When it comes to raising compassionate children, you can’t just talk the talk; you also need to walk the walk. Volunteer your time and give to those who are in need.
34. GO TO THE MOVIES
There are days when it’s fine to watch a movie from home and other days when you just need to get out and eat some old-fashioned popcorn at the cinema. If the latter is what you want, then go for it!
35. VISIT A DRIVE-IN
Even better, go to the drive-in, if you still have one in your area.
36. BE ROOMIES FOR THE NIGHT
When’s the last night you had a sleepover or slumber party in your daughter’s room (willingly, not due to screeching in the middle of the night?) Make it a planned event, where you cuddle and talk and fall asleep in each other’s arms.
37. GO BOWLING
And have some hot chocolate to celebrate the night afterwards.
38. HAVE A TEA PARTY AT HOME
Complete with the fine china.
39. VISIT YOUR LOCAL ZOO
The zoo is one of our favorite places and it doesn’t get boring no matter how often we visit.
40. TAKE A CLASS TOGETHER
Is there something that interests you both? Pottery? Learning a new language? Yoga? Find out what it is and take a class together.
41. GO OUT FOR YOGURT OR ICE-CREAM
Here in Australia Yogurtland is the most amazing place and a super special treat. It’s a place where you grab your own cup, fill it with yogurt and then sprinkle it with the best array of toppings (we usually go crazy). After that you weigh and pay, then stay or take away. This counts as a perfect place for a mom and daughter to escape to for a while together.
42. GO ICE-SKATING
Even better, a little hand-holding is usually involved for beginners.
43. GO TO A PLAY
Another special treat which will give your daughter a taste of culture.
44. DO SOME CRAFT TOGETHER
If the mess usually drives you crazy, put aside your grievances about it for a few hours and simply enjoy the time with your daughter. Make jewelry, friendship bracelets, greeting cards and candles to name but a few ideas.
45. START A SCRAPBOOK
This counts as its own suggestion because I understand full well how obsessive people can get over scrap-booking. My daughter and I once made a scrapbook together and still to this day, it’s one of our most beautiful and most precious creations ever.
46. CREATE A PHOTO SHOOT
Set up a camera with a timer on a tripod, get all dressed up and have fun playing up for the camera.
47. VISIT A THRIFT SHOP OR FLEA MARKET
Have fun discovering old treasures together.
48. VISIT A LIBRARY OR BOOKSTORE
I admit, I love this idea because I’m obsessed with books and this isn’t for everyone. But there’s nothing wrong with taking your daughter to visit either place just to see what sort of books she gravitates to. Ask her questions about why she loves the books she loves. Take the opportunity to get to know her on a deeper level.
49. PLAY BOARD GAMES
Check out my list here of the 10 Best Board Games Ever (and no, Monopoly is definitely not on this list!)
50. PICK A MYSTERY LOCATION
There are so few real surprises in life so why not add a bit of mystery to your daughter’s life and take her to a surprise location. Bonus points if you can include a blindfold into the adventure without looking too conspicuous.
I hope you have as much fun working through this list with your daughter, as I have with my own.
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