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.
Out & About
Drive-In Movies: Is there a new children’s movie that came out that your little ones just can’t wait to see? The good news is, usually those movies are very cute and enjoyable for adults, too. Take your child and their friend or invite a family to join yours and enjoy a few laughs over popcorn or yummy snacks! Take advantage of the nice weather by seeing the movies at a drive-in. Families can enjoy the movie from their car or outside of their car with lawn chairs or blankets!
The Park: A beautiful summer day should definitely be spent outdoors! Head to a local park and let the children. 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. Rainy day or too hot to be outside? Head over to an indoor play gym where the children can jump, climb and slide!
Visit the Beach: Get family and friends together and head to the beach! Build a sand castle, splash in the water, stroll the board walk or play fun games! There are so many fun things to do at the beach, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
See a Game or Concert: Are your children interested in sports or music? Many towns will hold small fairs or events at parks or the town green and sports teams play games at the schools, so check out what’s happening right in your own hometown!
Stay at Home
Glow in the Dark Bowling: This is a fun summer night activity for the whole family! With little work needed, you can have a DIY set ready in just a few minutes. All you need are some clear water bottles, glow sticks and a small ball to use as a bowling ball! Put the glow sticks in the water bottles and fill with water so they stand up and you are ready to go!
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!
Water Play: What better way to spend a warm summer day than with water play? Let the children practice swimming with a pool day, or enjoy a little more adventure by creating a water slide or fun water stations for the younger children.
Cook-out: Get everyone together with a neighborhood cookout! This is a perfect activity to get all the children together to play and for the adults to relax and socialize. And even though we our best to make sure our children are eating healthy, but every now and then it’s okay to indulge! Create a special treat for everyone such as a “Create Your own Ice Cream” bar!
What are your favorite play dates to make in the summer?