10 Perfect Play Date Ideas You and Your Kids Will Love

Having a hard time coming up with play date ideas that you AND your kids will love?

We’ve got you covered! Read on for some of our favorite ideas!

Having a hard time coming up with play date ideas that you AND your kids will love? We've got you covered! Read on for 10 of our all-time favorite ways to keep kids entertained without losing your sanity!

Confession time – I am stressed out by play dates.

When my son was 2, we had a little boy from daycare over to play, and you’d have thought we were hosting royalty with the way I cleaned and prepared food.

I’d only met the mom a couple of times while dropping off our kids, and I wanted to make a good impression.

Since then, we have only had a handful of play dates with my kids’ friends rather than my friends with kids.

My friends are easier for me to manage – they don’t care what my house looks like, and I know there won’t be awkward silences while we try to come up with things to say.

One small problem – that’s not fair to my kids.

They should be able to play with their friends, too.

Does this sound familiar? If you’re looking for play date ideas to keep your kids happy and reduce your stress, look no further!

Here are fun play dates that will make both you and your kids happy.

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Play Date Ideas You and Your Kids Will Love

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1. Indoor bounce house or gym

These indoor activity centers have popped up all over the place , and they have open play times where you pay by the hour. Check out when your local activity center has open play, and meet there for the kids to burn off some energy.

If you want to qualify for a larger group rate but don’t really feel like arranging a huge play date party, here’s an idea: start a playdate co-op! Get everyone together to go in on the group rate, but each set of parents is responsible for their own smaller sub-group. Does that make sense?

2. Ice skating or roller skating.

This one only works if you each only have one child (so you can ice skate with them and help them stay up) or if your kids already know how to skate. But, it is a lot of fun and is sure to provide a ton of laughs!

I love this idea because roller skating rinks often have special rates for their “off-peak” hours, like during the week. Some of them even offer very inexpensive skating lessons!

3. Bowling

Find a local bowling alley that will add bumpers and invite a few of your kids’ friends’ families to come with you. If you go in the middle of the day, you’re less likely to run into rowdy bowling leagues, and the kids will have a blast.

4. Restaurants with a play area

Several fast-food restaurants offer indoor play areas for kids from as young as 2 up to 12.  Grab lunch together and sit near the play area. When the kids are done, they can go in and play while the adults stay at the table and talk.

5. Super hero party

Fun play date ideas don’t have to mean going out. Have friends come over to your house dressed as their favorite super heroes.

Make a batch of sugar cookie dough and cut them out with gingerbread man cutters. Then have a bunch of icing colors and sugars for the kids to decorate their own super hero cookie. Serve this delicious Spider-Man Venom Punch recipe as a refreshment!

Hosting a Spidey-themed party this summer? THIS is the Spider-Man Venom punch recipe you need to really wow your little super heroes!

6. Running through the sprinkler or sledding.

Can you tell I live in the Midwest? Depending on the time of year, outdoor activities widely vary.

In the summer, have the kids over to play in the sprinkler. Buy or make your own ice-pops, and have iced tea or lemonade for the parents.

Looking for a creative new way to bond with your kids and talk about their dreams? Whip up this easy Zootopia inspired blueberry paw-sicles recipe together! Cooking with kids (or in this case, mixing and freezing!) is such a wonderful way to get them to open up without the pressure of a sit-down conversation.

In the winter, kids can either come over for a snowball fight or to build a snowman, or you can meet at a local sledding hill. Follow the outside play with some yummy hot chocolate.

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7. The library

This is definitely not a traditional play date location, but libraries are not like they were when we were kids. The children’s section of the library has all kinds of activities for kids, and if you’ve got a couple of book lovers, this is the perfect place for them to spend time together.

Check out a few books, then head over to the park for the kids to run around after having used their inside voices.

Check out these 7 things your library offers that your e-reader can’t!

8. Painting party

Throw your own little painting party in your backyard on a nice day!  Just grab some cheap poster board and washable finger paints, then let kids go to town!

Having a hard time coming up with play date ideas that you AND your kids will love? We've got you covered! Read on for 10 of our all-time favorite ways to keep kids entertained without losing your sanity!

Don’t feel like dealing with the mess? Check your local listing for art galleries and other venues that offer kiddie paint parties! They’re getting super popular lately, so chances are you’ll find someplace hosting one near you.

9. Nature Walk

Taking a nature walk is one of my favorite inexpensive play date ideas. Pack a backpack with some water & snacks, dress the kids up in clothes that can get dirty, and take them to your favorite state park or nature trail.

Having a hard time coming up with play date ideas that you AND your kids will love? We've got you covered! Read on for 10 of our all-time favorite ways to keep kids entertained without losing your sanity!

As you walk, tell your kids to keep an eye out for birds, interesting (and safe) plants, and so on. We have a bunch of “environmental education” parks in my area that have guided tours as well as maps for DIY exploring.

10. Fire station tour

Call your local fire station (or police station) to find out if they offer tours for kids. We’ve done both with local parenting groups. Don’t worry, if you do a police station tour, they’ll make sure your kid are kept very far away from criminals!  

Now that you have some play date ideas, hopefully getting together with your kids’ friends and their parents will be less overwhelming. Happy playing!

What are some other unique play date ideas you’d add to the list? Tell us below!

10 thoughts on “10 Perfect Play Date Ideas You and Your Kids Will Love”

  1. These play dates are awesome! It also reminds me of my childhood days when my pop did some of these. My son would certainly love this.

  2. It can be stressful trying to impress. But I set the bar looooow early so my kids’ friends’ parents know that they don’t have to stress when we go to their homes. These ideas will keep everyone entertained and make it a great date.

  3. I love play dates because they’re a great way to let the kids have fun and improve their social skills as well. I think these are all fun ideas for the kids especially this summer!

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