Play dates are a great way for children to spend time with their friends or have the opportunity to socialize and make new friends. During the summer months, there are endless activities to choose from! And did we mention how much fun they can be for adults, too? Play dates with other families are a great opportunity to get out of the house or host a get together and enjoy some time with other adults.
There are so many great ideas for play date activities – whether you want to stay at home or venture out.
- Water Play: What better way to spend a warm spring day than with water play? Dust off the water table, break out the water sensory activities, or enjoy a little more adventure by creating a water slide or fun water stations for the younger children. Once your pool is open, let your children practice their swimming skills (with adult supervision).
- The Park: A beautiful spring day should definitely be spent outdoors! Head to a local park and let the children explore. The park is a fantastic way for your children to socialize with other children and burn off some of that energy! While the children are playing with each other, it also offers the adults some quality time together. Keep in mind that it is recommended to stay out of the sun during the times the sun is the strongest, so head out early morning to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays. Too hot to be outside or a rainy day? Head over to an indoor play gym where the children can jump, climb and slide!
- Garden: As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time outside tending to your yard, you may find that your children are very interested in helping you take care of the garden. Gardening is not only a soothing and relaxing hobby, it’s also a great way to stimulate your child’s senses and instill in them a love for growing things. Spend some time planting or watering the flowers and plants. If you happen to have a garden and can pick some fruits or vegetables, incorporate them in a snack or lunch!
- Visit a Museum: Explore your town or a city close by and visit a museum that you’ve never been to. Use the time to encourage your child’s passion by visiting a place that highlights something they like, or use the time to experience new opportunities for them to explore possible new passions.
- Arts and Crafts: The list for arts and crafts projects that are perfect for outdoors is endless! Get the neighborhood children together and let them create their own masterpieces! From water painting to chalk, allow them to use their imagination and create!
What are your favorite play dates to make in the spring?