19 wonderful dad-child date ideas that every father should try {+ printable date cards}

Raluca Loteanu May 14, 2017
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Dad-child dates are a great opportunity to have fun and build a stronger relationship. I've gathered here 19 wonderful dad-child date ideas to inspire you!

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Parent-child dates are a wonderful way to build connection and to create lovely memories! I always enjoy my mom-son dates and they really make my child happy, so I wanted my husband to try some dates too. He liked the idea but he didn’t have a lot of inspiration for choosing what to do at a date. This is why I decided to create a list of dad-child date ideas to inspire him! To make them even more ready to be put into practice, I’ve created 10 date cards for him! The date cards are a nice way for him to have a lot of ideas at hand. They are also a nice reminder to plan dad-child dates as often as possible.

Do you know why dad-child dates are really awesome?

First of all, because they are a great opportunity for them to have fun and build a stronger relationship. But also because this means some free time for mom and this is certainly something that sounds wonderful, isn’t it?

If you want to encourage your husband to plan dates with the kids, I hope that you’ll enjoy these ideas! At the end of the article, you will also be able to download the date cards. They can be a great DYI gift for your husband and your kids!

19 wonderful dad-child date ideas

Here is our list of ideas. They are also easy to put into practice and you’ll certainly find here things that your husband and kids would enjoy! Dates are not just for father and daughter, I can assure you that dad-son dates are also amazing! 🙂

1. Plan a breakfast date! Invite your child to a nice place and eat a tasty breakfast together.

2. Go to a movie together.

3. Go to a sporting event together.

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4. Go to an ice-cream shop and enjoy a delicious ice-cream together.

5. Ride bikes at the park or on trails. (you can also rent bikes if you don’t have your own bikes)

6. Go out for a picnic in the park. Pack some tasty food but also some board games and a ball to play with after the meal. (if the weather is cold, you can have the picnic at home, on the floor of your living room)

7. Go on a visit to the zoo or the aquarium.

8. Go on a visit to a local children museum. There are also a lot of hands-on activities that you can try at science and art museums.

9. Go on a scavenger hunt. (you can download HERE a printable file for a nature scavenger hunt)

10. Go for a drive to a different town that is nearby.

11. Build and fly a kite together.

{ Read also: 21 great mom-toddler date ideas to make your child happy }

12. Go on a hiking day trip. There are a lot of activities to try, from walking through the forest to going on a mountain trail. Documenting your trip with a lot of photos will make it even more fun!

13. Go play bowling or mini-golf together.

14. Kid’s choice date: let your child decide what you’ll do on the date.

15. Go to a farm and spend some time in nature and playing with the animals.

16. Do a photo scavenger hunt! Invite the kids to a walk through a nice place and come up with a list of things to capture. The kids will be happy to discover them and take pictures! (even the little ones that are not really good at taking pictures 🙂 )

17. Go to the library and read some books together.

18. Build a blanket fort and spend some time in the fort reading books or playing games.

19. Go out for dinner at a nice restaurant. You can make this activity more fun if you dress with something special for the occasion.

The date cards for dads {download the printable}

The date cards are great because they provide ideas for every time dad wants to plan a special date. You can print the file and display it in your home for some inspiration. Or, even better, you can cut each idea into a strip and place it in a jar. This way, when it’s time for a new dad-child date, he just needs to pull an idea out and enjoy the date! 🙂

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    Nazrin MIah

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    I have real admiration for you for putting together this post! Even at the age of 23 I would love to do most of the list with my dad! Breakfast and Ice-creams would be amazing and would really help us bond a midst the chaos in our lives! www.nmdiaries.com
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      You are so right! These dates can be wonderful at any age! :-)
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    Dana

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    Those date cards are so sweet! My husband makes "dates" with our boys all the time, as do I. We take turns taking each of the boys out alone, so we can spend quality time with each of them!
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      This sounds wonderful! :-)
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    Jeff Segura

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    These are some cool ideas! I would definitely enjoy these with my daughter!
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    CJ

    May 16, 2017 Reply
    Great list! My husband likes to take the kids on dates to the zoo. They always have a blast!
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      My boy also enjoys a lot the dates to the zoo! :-)
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    Ruth Ridley

    May 17, 2017 Reply
    This is an awesome list! Need to share with the hubs!
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    Bianca Timșa

    May 18, 2017 Reply
    Cred că mai fac un copil... :-)
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    Ana

    May 19, 2017 Reply
    La noi cel cu pătura e preferatul lor. Așa când le văd pe toate laolaltă îmi dau seama ca sunt o grămada de lucruri cu care ne-am putea reconecta.
  • Mic secret pentru weekend-uri fericite in familie - Florina Badea

    May 20, 2017 Reply
    […] Ideile noastre atat pentru intalniri mama-copil, cat si pentru intalniri tata-copil le-am impartasit pe larg pe blogul meu in limba engleza. Daca aveti nevoie de inspiratie, le gasiti aici: 21 great mom-child date ideas to make your child happy si 19 wonderful dad-child date ideas that every father should try. […]

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Comments (11 people commented this post)

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    Nazrin MIah

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    I have real admiration for you for putting together this post! Even at the age of 23 I would love to do most of the list with my dad! Breakfast and Ice-creams would be amazing and would really help us bond a midst the chaos in our lives! www.nmdiaries.com
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      You are so right! These dates can be wonderful at any age! :-)
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    Dana

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    Those date cards are so sweet! My husband makes "dates" with our boys all the time, as do I. We take turns taking each of the boys out alone, so we can spend quality time with each of them!
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      This sounds wonderful! :-)
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    Jeff Segura

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    These are some cool ideas! I would definitely enjoy these with my daughter!
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    CJ

    May 16, 2017 Reply
    Great list! My husband likes to take the kids on dates to the zoo. They always have a blast!
    • avatar image

      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      My boy also enjoys a lot the dates to the zoo! :-)
  • avatar image

    Ruth Ridley

    May 17, 2017 Reply
    This is an awesome list! Need to share with the hubs!
  • avatar image

    Bianca Timșa

    May 18, 2017 Reply
    Cred că mai fac un copil... :-)
  • avatar image

    Ana

    May 19, 2017 Reply
    La noi cel cu pătura e preferatul lor. Așa când le văd pe toate laolaltă îmi dau seama ca sunt o grămada de lucruri cu care ne-am putea reconecta.
  • Mic secret pentru weekend-uri fericite in familie - Florina Badea

    May 20, 2017 Reply
    […] Ideile noastre atat pentru intalniri mama-copil, cat si pentru intalniri tata-copil le-am impartasit pe larg pe blogul meu in limba engleza. Daca aveti nevoie de inspiratie, le gasiti aici: 21 great mom-child date ideas to make your child happy si 19 wonderful dad-child date ideas that every father should try. […]
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