We have done a lot of things as a family, but we need to work on one-on-one time with our daughter, so I came up with a few daddy-daughter date ideas to share with you. I think daddy-daughter time is important. When people ask if my husband is at home watching our child, I get very annoyed. My husband does not watch our daughter, he is her parent and a good one at that. Why does society think that it’s odd for a Dad to spend alone time with their children? I surely do not. Quite frankly, I wish that daddy-daughter ideas were a thing when I was growing up. I want my daughter and husband to have a strong bond that lasts a lifetime and the activities below will help do just that.
Let’s have a little pep talk for those parents who are a little uncomfortable with the whole idea:
It’s not always easy for moms to give up control and trust that everything will be okay, but I promise you it will be okay!
Some dads need a little push and a confidence booster to set the daddy-daughter date in motion… That’s okay.
And, then there are some Dads that don’t need any guidance and are rocking the entire Daddy/Daughter time that mom may want her own date time with daughter. That’s okay too! Kudos to Super Dads worldwide.
Whatever your spouse is like, these simple date ideas are perfect options that don’t require a lot of time or complicated effort because let’s face it, toddlers have short attention spans and a short fuse for that matter.
Daddy Daughter Date Ideas for Toddlers
Visit a local library
Libraries are free and many of them have a kids section and a reading area. I recently took my daughter to the library and I was surprised how quiet and well behaved she ended up being. I think it was because the library was colorful and very stimulating. Bonus points if you can plan their date during a reading program with craft time.
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Before you start wondering why I would recommend a place that has harmful tools and objects, hear me out. Home Depot offers weekly FREE Kids Workshops where families can make various crafts. We stumbled upon it one Saturday morning and my daughter loved it. I loved watching my husband and her build a plane together. Kids also get an adorable Home Depot apron to take home.
Go to the park
Visit a local neighborhood park. My daughter loves the slide and she loves to kick balls everywhere. Tell Dad to grab his tennis shoes because he will need them to keep up with his toddler at the park. Doubles as a workout as well!
Play at Home
This idea may sound lazy, but if they can get creative it will surely be fun. There are so many toddler activities for home you can whip together: Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, water slide, play pool, and slides are always great choices for outdoor fun.
Visit a playgym
Playgyms did not exist when I was a child, but I wish they did. Filled with interactive toys and play guided by interactive instructors, this date idea is sure to entertain both daughter and Dad. It will also wear them out just in time for nap time. Yes, some Dads may need a nap after playing here!
Grab some ice cream
Kids are contained indoors and entertained by all the hands on activities that science and art museums provide. Bonus points if you can find a local museum that offers a bone digging sand pit. That kept our daughter entertained for longer than 5 minutes, which is an accomplishment.
Only for the really brave Dads. (I will admit we haven’t even tried this as a family yet)
Local Zoo or Aquarium (The smaller ones)
If you have a local zoo, theme park or aquarium this would be a great date idea. Granted, a theme park could be really ambitious task with a toddler, but if Dad is up for the challenge, I say go for it, but only he if attaches a backpack harness to your child. Sorry, possible kidnappers freak me out!
Don’t worry Mom – no need to fill left out. You can use these Daddy Daughter Date ideas as well or make them an entire family affair
What other Daddy-Daughter date ideas do you have to share?