The Best Mother Daughter Date Ideas Ever!


What can a Mom and Daughter do Together?

Are you looking for mother daughter date ideas to nurture your bond? Spending quality time together is a great way to stay connected. I know it can be difficult to think of something fun to do, but don’t worry.

I got you covered with this amazing list of the best mother-daughter activities! You are sure to find the perfect activity form this list of ideas for all ages, lengths of time, and budget Enjoy!

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Tips for a Great Mother Daughter Date

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  • Preplanned Date – Pick a day and time that will work for both of you.
  • Decide how much time you will have for the date.
  • Choose an age appropriate activity you will both enjoy.
  • Make sure to check the weather if you plan to be outside.
  • Spontaneous Date – don’t rule out spending time together on the spur of the moment. Some of your best bonding moments will happen when you least expect it.

Mother-Daughter Date Ideas – Staying Home

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You can have a lot of fun right in the comfort of your own home. Check out this list of ideas, choose something, and you are on your way to having amazing quality time together.

Arts and Crafts

Tap into your creativity, and have fun at the same time.

The options are endless when it comes to creating arts and crafts. You could color in a coloring book; grab some construction paper, scissors, glue, glitter, stickers, and other supplies to make a paper craft, draw; put together a craft kit together; Paint and Decorate a Terracotta Flower Pot and plant something in it; Use some Kids Modeling Clay and make a pinch pot; and more.

DIY Manicures and/or Pedicures

Baking – make cut out cookies or cupcakes and decorate them, or make a favorite dessert.

Play Board Games or Cards

Play Video Games

Put together a jigsaw puzzle together, or each have your own puzzle and work on them side by side.

Movie Night with Favorite Snacks

Plant a Flower or Vegetable Garden

Make a Fairy Garden – this is a fun idea. You can buy sets that have everything you need including soil and seeds, or pick out little houses, bridges, fairies, and more and create your own fairy garden with containers and seeds you pick out together.

DIY Facials

Play a Game Outdoors – Frisbee, Catch, Basketball, Badminton, Volley Ball, Hopscotch or Soccer are all perfect games for the backyard or driveway.

Have a Backyard Picnic – make a special basket of food and drinks and head outside to enjoy the meal together. You can grab a blanket and sit on the lawn, or sit at your picnic table if you have one and want to.

Stargaze– on a clear night you could look for constellations, shooting stars, and planets. If you are far enough north you may even be able to catch the Northern Lights.

Look for Shapes in the Clouds – fluffy clouds are perfect for finding all kinds of shapes. What will you find?

Build a Fort – use blankets, chairs, appliance boxes, pillows, or anything else around the house and build a fort. Then dress up the inside to make it cozy and fun. Add pillows, blankets, toys, books, and even LED String Lights to jazz it up.

Play Hide and Seek – What kid doesn’t love playing hide and seek? Ready or not, here I come!


Make Up Stories – This is a great interactive activity and sparks your imagination. Make up whatever kind of story you want, and take turns telling the next part in the story. You are sure to get some laughs out of this one!

If your daughter is little, just stop everything and play! – Quality time doesn’t have to be a pre-planned, fancy affair. Take some time out of your day and just sit and play with your daughter. You could play with some toys, dress-up, or have an imaginary tea party. Let her decide what to do, and have fun!

Color on the Sidewalk or Driveway with Sidewalk Chalk – there is a lot of variety in colors, sizes, and shapes of sidewalk chalk. You could even get glittery sidewalk chalk to add some sparkle to your artwork.

Make Oobleck or Slime – You can buy a slime making kit in the toy section of many stores, or look up a recipe on Pinterest and make your own. There are many different types to choose from. Oobleck is also a lot of fun, and all you need is water and cornstarch (check out what it is and how to make it here).

Do Each Others Hair – brush it, braid it, put it in a ponytail, temporarily color it with some hair chalk, or play hair salon (just be sure not to give her real scissors!).

Fly a Kite – flying a kite is a lot of fun if it is a windy day, and you have enough room in your yard.

Have a Dance Party in your Living Room – turn on your favorite music and have a dance party!

Tell each other jokes

Look at Photo Albums (Physical or Digital) – this is a great way to share stories that go along with those old pictures.

Make Sock Puppets and Put on a Puppet Show

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Mother Daughter Date Ideas – Half a Day or More


Do you have a half a day or more to spend some time together? You could take a day trip somewhere, or even just spend an afternoon doing something you both enjoy.

Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Explore a Town You Haven’t Been to Before – Is there a small town you have always wanted to visit, but never had the time? Now is your chance to check out the downtown shopping area and/or do some sight seeing.

Go Shopping at a Favorite Mall or Shops and Have Lunch or Dinner Together

Visit an Amusement Park or Fair – You can get your thrills riding roller coasters or other rides, or check out an arts and crafts fair.

Visit the Zoo or Aquarium – If you love animals then a few hours at a zoo, aquarium, or even a petting farm could be just the ticket for a fun day.

Explore a Historical, Art, or Children’s Museum – Historical and Art Museums could be fun for all ages, and Children’s Museums have a lot of hands-on, interactive activities for younger kids.

Visit a Science or Nature Center – Science Centers are often great places for kids to learn about science, and there are often many interactive activities to enjoy. Nature centers are also a good choice to learn more about the outdoors and animals.

Go to the Beach – enjoy playing in the sand and swimming.

Check out a Park You Haven’t Been to Before

Go Hiking or Biking on a New Trail – don’t forget to look at the map beforehand so you know how long the trails are and the difficulty levels, and bring that water bottle to stay hydrated!

Mother Daughter Date Ideas – 2-3 Hours


Go to a Playground and Out for Ice Cream – this one is always a hit with little kids. Who doesn’t love a good playground, and then out for ice cream after?

Take a Long Bike Ride

Go Roller Skating at a Roller Skating Rink

Jump Around Together at a Trampoline Park

Go Hiking on a Trail

Game Night – pull out the board games or cards and have a game night complete with favorite snacks and drinks

Go to the Movies

Movie Night at Home with Favorite Treats

Go Swimming at a Pool, Waterpark, Beach, or Splash Pad for the little ones.

Check out sand toys for the summer here – this even comes with it’s own bag to carry everything.

Sand Toys in a Colorful Bag
Sand Toys in a Colorful Bag

Visit a Museum, Aquarium, or Zoo Nearby

Go Shopping at your Favorite Store or a Mall

Bake and Decorate Cookies or Cupcakes

Do a Craft Together at Home

Take a Painting Class or Workshop – check around your area for places that do a one time painting class or workshop where you get to take your artwork home at the end. These are a lot of fun, and there are different levels for all ages and abilities.

Take a Local Cooking Class

Go Out to Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner Together at a Favorite Restaurant

Have a Picnic – pack a cooler or basket of food and drinks, a picnic blanket, and drive to a nice spot for a picnic.

Giving Back – Volunteer at a local Charity or Animal Shelter

Paint Rocks and Leave Them in Parks or On Trails For People to See

Check out this rock painting kit. I have used this with my daughter and it has worked out perfectly!

Rock Painting Kit

Play Mini Golf

Go Horse Back Riding

Attend a live show such as a concert, play, or Disney on Ice.

Go to an Arcade

Pick Fresh Fruit – look for a UPick farm and pick whatever fruit is in season

Are there any historical buildings or homes in your area? Check if they offer tours, and go on one if they do.

Mother Daughter Date Ideas – Less than an Hour

Mom and Kids Playing a Board Game

Go Out for Ice Cream – you can go to your favorite ice cream shop, or visit a local dairy farm that has an ice cream shop. You may even be able to see baby cows at the dairy farm.

Have a Backyard Picnic – Grab your favorite food and drinks, and head outside to enjoy the meal together.

Go for a Walk or Bike Ride

Work on a Jigsaw Puzzle Together

Play a Board Game or Cards

Stargaze if it is a clear night. You can look for constellations, count stars, search for planets, watch for shooting stars, and if you are far enough north you may even see the Northern Lights.

Look for Shapes in the Clouds – see what shapes you can find in those fluffy white clouds in the sky.

Bake Cookies – Simple recipes such as Peanut Butter Cookies or Chocolate Chip Cookies can be made in no time, or you could buy pre-made dough or a mix at the grocery store.

Do a Craft Together

DIY Manicure or Pedicure

DIY Facials

Spontaneously Stop everything, and just play or watch a favorite TV Show together.

Final Thoughts about Mother Daughter Date Ideas

Spending quality time together is the perfect way to nurture your mother-daughter bond.

What are some of your favorite mother-daughter activities? Feel free to share with us in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

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