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Parent/Child Dates and Activities

February 9, 2011

Mother and Baby PicnicAt the end of 2010, I researched which of my blog posts were the most popular.  I was trying to get a feel for what you, my readers are interested in reading without making you fill out a survey.  I was surprised to see that my post on Father/Daughter Date Night was so popular!

While furthering my research, I found a vast amount of information spread all over the internet as to where to take your child for a special night out.  Additionally, tons of ideas regarding spending time with your children also came to my attention.

Being a trusty Google Warrior, I set out on my mission:  To find wholesome, engaging, fun activities for both parent and child and compile them into a single list.  What I learned from hours and hours of reading other people’s opinions is that there is a general consensus among parents:

Spending time with your children does NOT have to be expensive to make a difference.

I sure have had a lot of fun poking around to find ideas and I hope you will benefit along with me from this research!

70 things to do with your children!

  1. Eat dinner together
  2. Read to one another
  3. Go camping
  4. Go shopping
  5. Go to the library
  6. Play a board game
  7. Play a video game
  8. Take a nature walk
  9. Go to the park & play WITH your child
  10. Go to a museum
  11. Go to the zoo
  12. Bake cookies or brownies
  13. Flip through a magazine
  14. Play basketball, baseball, catch, soccer, etc.
  15. Hula Hoop together (I suggest separate hoops though)
  16. Go for a scenic drive and leave the radio and DVD players OFF
  17. Write a story together
  18. Draw or color a picture together
  19. Make a blanket & box fort in your living room
  20. Go on a hike
  21. Have a picnic – inside or out
  22. Walk on the beach
  23. Ride bikes together
  24. Fly a kite
  25. Create an putt-putt golf course inside
  26. Dance to fun music
  27. Act out a play with puppets behind the kitchen table – no audience required
  28. Make popsicles
  29. Decorate the cookies you baked
  30. Design an obstacle course & run through it
  31. Try some homemade “Minute To Win It” challenges
  32. Play doubles solitaire (can you still call it solitaire if you play with someone else?)
  33. Go swimming
  34. Decorate family t-shirts with old tees & fabric paint or iron ons
  35. Scrapbook
  36. Design cards for later use
  37. Go swimming
  38. Go skiing
  39. Go walking
  40. Go roller skating
  41. Hang a bird feeder & research local birds to watch for (binoculars would be fun, too!)
  42. Pitch a tent (outside or in) and sleep in it
  43. Pop popcorn and watch a movie together
  44. Take the dog for a walk
  45. Make a paper airplane
  46. Play dress up (Not just for girls!  Don’t forget about knights, dragons, policemen, firemen, etc.)
  47. Have a water balloon fight
  48. Volunteer at the SPCA
  49. Go on a scavenger hunt in your backyard
  50. Sit on the porch and count how many different sounds you hear
  51. Make silly faces and take pictures
  52. Learn a new skill
  53. Go fishing
  54. Thumb wrestle
  55. Play “Rock, Paper, Scissors”
  56. Play “Tic-Tac-Toe”
  57. Play the word association game (say the 1st thing that comes to your head when I say…)
  58. See how many words you can think of that start with a certain letter
  59. Learn to sing “Happy Birthday” backwards
  60. Soak your feet in a tub of warm water & talk
  61. Go Geocaching (GPS required)
  62. Play Madlibs
  63. Plant a tree
  64. Pick flowers
  65. Gaze at the stars (perhaps from the rooftop)
  66. Make homemade ice cream
  67. Catch a frog
  68. Go bowling
  69. Wash the car (spray each other with the hose)
  70. Enjoy a favorite beverage (coffee, soda, tea, etc.)

What creative things do you do when you spend time with your children?

Here’s a bibliography of where some of the above ideas came from:

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