Every girl, whether little or a bit bigger, loves spending time with her mom. It’s really important to carve out special bonding time with our children and a special mother daughter date is the perfect opportunity for precious one on one time.
A lot of times, we focus on events like Mother’s Day or birthdays but there are a lot of fun mommy and me day ideas that can be done year around, and most of them are free or really cheap.
If dad wants to get in on the action, make sure to have him read my father daughter date ideas that are perfect for dads and their little girls.
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16 Perfect Mother Daughter Day Ideas
1. Try Something New
Check Groupon or your local paper for classes you can do together such as soap making, pottery, cake decorating and more. My daughter and I regularly attend a cupcake decorating class and while I do most of the actual decorating, she loves helping with the sprinkles!
2. Go Treasure Hunting At Yard Sales
Give her a couple of dollars to spend on whatever treasures she finds and make an adventure of it. Teach her the art of the haggle if you can!
3. Get Crafty
Get the paints or sewing machine out and get creative. Preschoolers will love making this cute elephant handprint craft and getting messy with paint.
These cute mommy and me stickers are sure to be a hit too.
4. Do Some Yoga Together
Many yoga studios host Parent & child classes that you can go to with your daughter for a fun activity. If you are not into yoga, look for mommy and me Zumba or drop-in dance classes for a special way to spend the day.
5. Visit The Farmer’s Market
The famers market or local farm stand is a great place to go for a mother daughter day out. You can spend a morning picking out the best fruits and vegetables then have a tasty, healthy lunch.
6. Go To The Library or Bookstore
The library is one of the best places to go with your daughter in the colder months where going outside is not an option. Pick some new books out and have a reading binge when you get home.
Forever My Little Girl is one of my favorite mommy daughter books to read. Get the tissues ready though!
7. Teddy Bear’s Picnic
If the weather is nice, consider going to the park for a real Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Pack a basket of goodies, get a blanket and let your daughter pick her favorite stuffed animal for a really fun mommy and me day.
8. Tea Party
A really fun mother daughter date is afternoon tea. You can host your own tea party with tiny sandwiches and scones. Make some fruity iced tea to pour into pretty cups and enjoy each other’s company. You can also splash out and head to a fancy hotel for a real high tea if your daughter older.
9. Have A Spa Day
Even little girls can have fun dressing and doing face masks and beauty treatments at home. If you child is older (or will sit still for longer than 5 minutes), you can visit a real spa and get manis and pedis or new hair styles.
10. Go Swimming
If you have warm weather, make the most of it by hitting an outdoor pool together. Indoor pools can be fun in the winter months and are often really cheap through city-run community centres.
11. Catch A Show
Keep an eye on your local theatre listing and you might find some opportunities for a cheap “date night with mom”. Our local amateur theatre company recently put on a version of Sleeping Beauty for children and my 3 year old loved it. Tickets only cost $10!
12. Ride Your Bikes
Biking is one of favorite mother daughter day ideas. It is simple, easy and free to do. You can explore some new trails or visit a new neighbourhood. Pack a snack and make a day of it.
13. Visit A Local Animal Attraction
Depending on where you live, you might have a lot of fun mother daughter activities if you are willing to drive a little and spend some money for an entrance fee. The Butterfly Conservatory a few towns over from us is a huge hit year round.
14. Let Her Dress You
And then her dress herself in whatever she wants and head on out for a day on the town. Golden Rule: You have to wear whatever she chooses. For the very brave: let her do your hair and/or make-up.
15. Visit The Garden Centre
Choose some pretty flowers for the yard and spend a fun afternoon planting them. It’s a great opportunity to teach children about what plants need to grow. If you are not much of a gardener, buy a bunch of flowers and make a pretty arrangement in a vase at home.
16. Bake Together
Bake some cookies for the week ahead or make some loaves of banana bread to stock the freezer. This Mommy and Me Cook book will give you some inspiration.
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