7.22.2009

Creative Ideas For A Playdate


Having a friend over for a playdate? Here are a few ideas to get you started or keep you going!


1.Meet at a park for picnic lunch, but visit one you and your kids have never been to!

2. Go see a movie at the dollar movie spot or participate in a kids summer movie program at your local movieplex!
3. Visit your local firestation for a meet & greet with firefighters and a tour of the firestation

4. Visit an indoor playplace (Some in our area are: Pump It Up, My Kids Clubhouse, & Playwerx)

5. Visit your local municipal airport- often times they give free tours and your kids can see small 2 person airplanes up close!

6. Host a themed playdate. (How about Arts and Crafts? Everyone can bring art supplies to share!)

7. Visit your local library for children's story hour and host lunch or a snack at your place afterward!

8. Have a friend over for Muffin Tin Monday!

9. Visit a local museum of any kind (trains, town history, art, children's museum) and have a "fact finding" scavenger hunt (this might be more suitable for the older set).

10. Go on a walk around your block. Play "I Spy" along the way!

11. Make a mini "parade" with wagons, strollers and bikes. Decorate your transporation and bring along a "boombox" to get the parade pumpin'! Stop at neighbors houses with cookies and well wishes!

12. Do you have an indoor Mall in your area? Take your strollers/wagons and power walk as you window shop!

13. Learn how to make something together-as a group or in teams.

14. Get to know a mom blogger in your area - I did! Steph of A Pocket Full Of Buttons met for the first time two weeks ago and we had so much fun! We've become fast friends! You never know what mom bloggers may be living near you!

My little miss and A Pocket Full of Button's sweet pea hamming it up together!

15. Make it a "Backyard Boogie"! Play Flipflop's & Applesauce's Sticker Tag, Break out Make & Takes' Water Sponge Toys, play with the slip n' slide or inflatable pool, play with sidewalk chalk, or just run around!

**Making a one time playdate an ongoing thing (aka "playgroup") is a great way to build friendships for both you and everyone else invlolved!

**Many of these ideas can be modified for a Playgroup. In fact, some places you visit might offer a group discount!

**There are some things you should consider before hosting/going on a playdate. Visit this article: 22 tips for a successful playdate for kids, to get the rundown on the "what not/what to do's". While I found it extremely informative-make sure you do what works for you and your family!
What about you, dear readers? Do you have any playdate ideas? Leave a comment and share it with us!

7 comments:

  1. Love these ideas! And maybe someday I'll meet a fellow momma who blogs near me. In the meantime I'll just pretend I am friends with you all!

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  2. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Love the idea of the parade thing - that would be fun!

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  3. Lots of wonderful ideas!

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  4. Wow! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  5. This is too funny because I was looking at the picture at the top before I read down and thinking wow that really look's like Steph's oldest AND that totally looks like a dress she'd make...only to find out it Steph's daughter!

    I am so jealous you live close by each other as I think both of you would've been super fun to meet. Brad almost took a job in Long Beach or at least that's where I think it was...so we might have been able to if he had. Because we planned on going down to where you two are a lot. We love it down there.

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  6. This is such a great post! I love to do Muffin Tin Monday with my friend, Kim for a playdate. We have a blast together!

    Your idea for getting together with other blogging moms is wonderful.

    Thanks for this post.

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  7. lol, they had so much fun..but think I need to teach C the meaning of "the safe spot"..haha

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