Coming up with creative, fun and engaging playdates can be challenging.
Below are 20 Fun and Inspiring Playdate Ideas!
Depending on where you live in the world and how close you are to a major city there can be so many playdate ideas and activities going on that you don’t know where to start.
Or maybe you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and there are only three things to do within an hour of your house and you do them each 3-4 times a month. You are downright bored of the same thing.
When you are meeting new mom friends and trying to find fun things to do with each other it can be rather difficult to make a decision and a plan.
Indoor and Outdoor Playdate Ideas
TEN CREATIVE INDOOR PLAYDATE IDEAS
- Balloon Party – Get a bunch of cheap balloons at the Dollar Store, blow them all up and fill a room with them. Let the kids loose to just play and expend some energy. Play some games with the balloons where the kids have to each find a specific color and get them before someone else finds all of their color. Make them sort the balloons by color as a team or in two different teams. At the end of the play date let them pop them all together, just be careful that some kids will be scared of the loud sounds.
- Cardboard Box Play– Collect cardboard boxes of all sizes and have other moms bring some too. Put out paints, markers, crayons or whatever else the kids could use to decorate and build with the boxes. You can make this a game too or just let them be free to do what they want. This will take up a lot of time with the designing and building and then playing with their designs afterwards.
- Build a Tent or Fort – Gather blankets, pillows, chairs and tables. Ask other moms to bring some too. Let the kids have at it!
- Dress-up Party– This pretty much speaks for itself. Gather dressup clothes and even include some adult clothes for fun. Let the kids dress up and come up with skits and performances to put on for each other and the moms.
- Scavenger Hunt– You can download three fun Scavenger Hunt PDFs I put together for you here. Some are for outdoors, but if gives you a good idea to help build some for indoors.
- Bake Cookies and Decorate– Have everyone bring the ingredients and cookie cutters necessary to make sugar cookies. Let the kids help make them, then have them all play while they bake and cool. Make a toppings and icing bar for the kids to pick out cookies and decorate them anyway they want.
- Lego Creations – We all have more Legos than we know what to do with, right? Ask around to the other moms if they even have Legos they are willing to donate to a large bin. Bring this bin to any indoor playdates you plan so it’s just a community bin. You can make up all sorts of games with these. They can have competitions or challenges individually or form teams.
- Stations with different Board Games – Pick a few board games or card games you know the kids are able to play. Set a timer and have them stay at a station for 15 or 20 minutes (or whatever you decide) then rotate when the timer goes off.
- Movie Theater– Pick a movie everyone is okay with and have the kids come in their pajamas and bring pillows and sleeping bags. Make popcorn and have an in-home theater setting.
- Dance Party– Turn on some fun music and get in on the fun too! Dance with the kids, play songs and have the kids guess what song it is. Let the kids pick a song they like. After all the moms play too, send the kids off to make up dances together and come back to showcase their performances to all the moms.
TEN FUN AND ACTIVE OUTDOOR PLAYDATE IDEAS
- Go to a local park or playground– Search your local area for parks. Most parks even have pictures online when you search an area for playground parks using the map feature on your smartphone. You can get a peek ahead of time whether the playground is worth taking the kids to and if it will keep them occupied enough so you can actually visit with the other moms.
- Splash Party – Use sprinklers, water balloons, or squirt guns or a combination of all. Have everyone come in bathing suits and let the kids just play and get wet.
- Bubbles Galore – Ask everyone to bring bubbles and different bubble wands or bubble makers and have a blast! The kids will be occupied for a long time and you might even have enough soap left on the ground to wash your patio and deck off afterwards. J
- Play with Pool Noodles – These are so cheap and so versatile! There are so many ideas with this that I’m just going to have you check out my Pinterest Boardso you can build your own board and just pin all these wonderful ideas from other mommas out there.
One of our favorites to do with these is to cut them in half or in thirds and duct tape the ends to make a handle. The boys will have a blast having sword fights with them and they don’t hurt.
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt – You can download these fun Scavenger Hunt ideas I put together to be used at Birthday Parties, but they can really be used anywhere. There are lots of ideas out there on Pinterest for Scavenger Hunts.
- Sidewalk Chalk– This is always a fun activities with kids of all ages. You can have them just draw or you can have them play games like hopscotch or 4-square.
- Paint Rocks and Go Hide Them– This is all the craze right now. My kids love when they find painted rocks around. Have the kids bring rocks with them or go on a walk and find rocks. Find a place outside (or inside if you like) to setup a painting station. After the rocks are all painted and dried let the kids go on a walk again and hide them. They can also just take them home and encourage families to go on a walk or hike together to hide the rocks.
- Obstacle Course Races– Have everyone bring something to contribute to the obstacle course and build one in your yard. Have a timer and maybe some prizes. Have a few of the moms work together to build an obstacle course. Let the kids run through it for practice and then have the kids race each other or try to beat their own times.
Then the moms can set the kids to work on building their own mini-courses and trying them out while the moms get some time to just visit with one another.
- Find a local Zoo or Aquarium– Call ahead of time and see if there are any group discount opportunities to help with the cost. Sometimes moms will already have annual passes to these places and they are able to bring a few guests. So link up with the other moms, ask them for ideas and see if they already have passes to some places.
- Go on a Hike– Take all the kids on a hike. Ask other moms if they have done any hikes or nature walks in the area. Find hikes that are easy for kids and family friendly. Many times there are FB groups for your local area that will highlight a lot of these places.
Have all the kids find a walking stick. For the older ones give them a sheet of paper or a small journal to draw or write up things they see along the way.
There are so many ideas of things to do even if you don’t live near a big city. You can make your own things to do and make even the lamest park into something fun by creating a scavenger hunt or obstacle course out there.
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