These mother son date ideas are perfect for when you have one-on-one time together with your favorite boy.
In my home, my husband and son share a lot in common. They love fishing, building, and fixing things. Me? Not so much.
But these mom and son dates remind us that we can spend amazing time together too, in a way that we both enjoy.
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Toddler Mother Son Dates & Activities
First, these date ideas are perfect for mothers and their young sons.
1. Build a fort together
This doesn’t have to be hard, and you can make it inside or outside.
2. Set up an obstacle course
Use everyday objects to build an obstacle course in your backyard. You’ll both love getting creative! Plus, this idea is great for helping little ones use up their energy.
3. Create and play in a sensory bin
4. Have a bubble party
You can do so many things with bubbles!
- Blow bubbles
- Make your own solution
- Do a water table with bubbles
- Play in bath bubbles
- Make colored bubbles
- Play with a bubble machine
5. Make playdough creations together
My son used to love using his cars to haul play-doh for the things we would build.
6. Go out for ice cream
Try a new flavor together!
7. Visit a pet store or animal shelter
Pet the animals and talk about your favorites.
8. Redecorate his room together
Is it time for your big boy to have a room upgrade? Go to the store together and let him pick out new items.
9. Do a Scavenger hunt
10. Teach him something that helps you both
Teach your son good habits. This will help him be self-reliant and can be a great way to spend time together. Examples include:
- Tie shoes
- Put on clothes
- Make breakfast
If you start to lose patience, choose another fun item on this list, and then come back to this!
11. Bake cookies + decorate
Themed cookie making is one of the best mother son date ideas for holidays.
12. Grab donuts for a breakfast date
If your kids are like mine, a trip to the donut shop is cause for excitement. They’ll love picking out their own donut.
13. Create puppets and do a puppet show
Who says you have to throw out those old socks?
14. Explore a new park
Every park is different, and you and your son will love the adventure of checking out a new location.
We also love doing this with new libraries!
15. Build a Lego set together
All my son ever wanted when he was little was for us to do legos together. Sometimes, quality time together doesn’t have to be complicated.
16. Race remote control cars
Build your own track first and then get racing!
Easy Mommy & Me Date Ideas
Whether your son is a toddler or older, these mother son date ideas are easy crowd-pleasers!
17. PJ Night
Surprise your son by spending a night acting as though it’s morning!
18. Play truth or dare
These appropriate truth or dare ideas are hilarious!
19. Create chalk art in the driveway
20. Make a snack board and watch a movie
Doesn’t get any easier!
21. Have a picnic in the backyard
Or in the living room.
Related: Family-Friendly Picnic Date Ideas
22. Have a reading date
Make your own reading nook or throw blankets and pillows in the bathtub to make it special. Then, pick your favorite interactive kids books and snacks to enjoy while you read.
23. Do a puzzle with ice cream floats
This is an excellent mother son date for a quiet evening at home.
24. Read a book and watch the movie
Don’t miss this list of kids books that are also movies. Read aloud the book and enjoy the film version. Then, discuss which is better!
25. Play in the rain
26. Fly kites
27. Play never have I ever
Example: “Never have I ever eaten a bug.”
Grab a great kids never have I ever game >>
28. Have him make lunch for both of you
What will he come up with? It will be his exciting surprise!
29. Draw self-portraits of each other
This will get interesting! You can also use Youtube video tutorials to draw these or other things. We love Art For Kids Hub.
30. Create a dance routine and perform for the family
31. Play would you rather
Fun Indoor Mother Son Date Ideas
Is it a snowy or rainy day outside? Too hot to play? No problem! Enjoy these one on one dates for mom and son today.
32. Go to a bookstore and pick out a new book
This is my favorite thing to do with my son! We love perusing and talking about book options, then we head for a bite to eat.
Check out books for every age on this list >>
33. Have a nerf gun war
34. Game night
35. Do a science experiment
Find easy science experiments here >>
36. Make a craft together
You can buy a kit beforehand, or see what you come up with using items you have on hand. Or look for books with a new craft idea.
37. Living room sleepover
My kids love this! Use the pull out couch, or spread your sleeping bags on the floor for a late night. (You can also set a bedtime expectation beforehand if you don’t want to stay up late.)
38. Put on a debate
39. Explore a new comic book store
40. Build something together
Use toothpicks and grapes, build with rocks, or get creative with your Legos.
41. Make and play with slime
42. Go bowling
43. Have a homemade pizza night
Go to the store together beforehand and let him pick out the ingredients he wants on his pizza.
44. Check out a Children’s Museum
45. Visit an aquarium
46. Laugh together
These articles are great for getting your son to giggle:
- Best Jokes Books For Kids
- Duck Puns and Jokes (plus more farmyard jokes)
- Great What Am I Riddles – find the answer to the riddle above! (Look for animal riddles with answers too!)
- Easy and Hard Kids Tongue Twisters
47. Create vision boards together
Grab magazines and glue or print off of your computer to make a board that symbolizes your bright beautiful future together!
Related: Kids Vision Board Examples
48. Make costumes and play superheroes
49. Test their knowledge and play trivia
Your son may especially love this Car Trivia (coming soon) and Star Wars Trivia Quiz >>
50. Play family feud
This is both easy to play, and TONS of fun! Try this kid friendly family feud game now.
51. Blind taste test
Before this mother son date, grab different foods at the grocery store. Then, blindfold each other and see if you can determine which food is which.
52. Teach him about money
Open a bank account for your son and teach him about money, like saving up for something he wants and how “interest” works.
*For teens, go deeper! Talk about investing, credit, and ways for him to earn money outside of the home.
53. Visit a magic shop
Then, go home and create your own magic show!
Related: Funny & Heartfelt Boy Mom Quotes
Outdoor Mom Son Dates You’ll Love
These mother son day and night outings help you both get fresh air.
54. Picnic in the park
Make it extra special by grabbing fun food on the way.
55. Feed the ducks
56. Visit a petting zoo
57. Go to a splashpad or pool
Spend the afternoon getting wet and splashing with your little guy.
58. Go for a hike
59. Ride bikes
This is one of my favorite things to do with my 11-year-old son. We make it a challenge to see how far we can go.
Related: Best Family Challenge Ideas (coming soon)
60. Have a water balloon fight
61. Make tye-dye shirts outside
62. Plant a garden together
You can also spend a mother and son date night designing the garden, before you even plant it. –
- What will you start from seed
- What will you buy as plants?
- Where will you put everything?
- How will you take care of it?
63. Go berry/apple picking
64. Visit a skatepark
65. Catch lightning bugs and stargaze
66. Rake leaves and pile jump together
A perfect one for your fall bucket list.
67. Plan and do a Random Act of Kindness
Read one of these kids kindness books beforehand to get into the spirit.
Splurge Mother Son Date Ideas
These are for when you have something special to celebrate, or you want to make your mother son dates more memorable.
68. Snag Concert tickets
Take him to see his favorite band.
69. Shopping spree at a toy or candy store
Set a spending limit beforehand, so that you both understand the boundaries.
70. Book a hotel room to swim and stay up late
This is a favorite in my house when we don’t have a vacation planned anytime soon.
71. Attend a Monster Truck show
72. Visit an amusement park
73. Attend a professional sporting event
74. Dress up and dine at a fancy restaurant
We’ve done this, and my son learned a lot about dinner table etiquette from watching people.
75. Driving range
Top Golf is a fun place to go and work on your swing.
76. Disney On Ice
77. Attend a festival
78. Yes Date
For a yes date, your son gets to decide whatever you two do together! Set limits if you need to beforehand, and then go with the flow.
Possible Limits: He chooses three things you say yes to, or it has to be within an hour’s drive, etc.
Teen Mother Son Dates & Ideas
Is your son older? These mother and teenage son date ideas are perfect!
79. Plan a Lazy Day
Teens will love this. But here’s the catch, mom has to participate too! Spend the day lounging with your teen, watching movies, playing video games, and enjoying life together.
80. Go out to dinner
Take him out for food he hasn’t tried yet. That Thai place down the street will get a new, intrigued customer.
82. Workout together
Your kiddo is old enough to break a sweat with you! Do a class, bike ride, walk, run, try boxing, or pick something else you will both enjoy.
83. Out for lunch during a school day
When we take our kids out of school for something, they are ecstatic. So, for this one special day, take your teen son out of school and spend time with him. You will both cherish the memories.
84. See a sporting game together
This can be a game at the high school or a big-time game. And it could simply mean that you follow the same team at home and watch all the games together.
85. Teach him your favorite card game
86. Laser tag
88. Work together in an escape room
89. Play a video game together
What’s his favorite? Let him teach you for an afternoon.
90. Teach him to make his favorite meal
Does your son love pasta? Or meatball subs? Spend a mother son date teaching him how to make the food that gets his stomach rumbling.
91. Coffee date
Grab coffee (or hot chocolate) together and talk about life. Ask him deep questions to help him open up.
92. Go on roller coasters together
This might make you sick. But your son will remember it!
93. Do a movie marathon
There are so many amazing movie series that you can turn into mother son dates. Spend a weekend watching all the Avenger movies in order, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings.
94. Volunteer together
You’ll both feel good after an afternoon of helping others. Try one of these:
- Volunteer at a food kitchen or shelter
- Pick up trash at your favorite park
- Do a community service project through your church or nearby organization
95. Kids’ choice!
Like yes day, kids choice is a great way to discover what your son is into. Let him decide from this list what to do, and you’ll learn a great deal about your son.
96. Sushi night (mother teen son date ideas)
Make it together or grab it somewhere good.
97. Go shopping for his favorite accessory
Get your son new shoes, a cool hat, or something else he’s been eyeing.
98. Teach him to drive
99. Watch You-Tube and Tik-Tok videos together
100. Brainstorm the next family vacation and activities
Make a family bucket list together – where do you want to go? What do you want to do? It’s time to dream!
101. Play an icebreaker game
Try an ice breaker game for teens. For example, grab a bag of M&M’s and then tell something about yourselves according to the colors you have.
102. Play who is most likely
This game makes you laugh! Play who is most likely with multiple people or just the two of you. It’s a game you won’t soon forget!
Example: “Who is most likely to put an empty food box back in the pantry?”
Older Tween & Teen Boys Outdoor Ideas
Finally, these mother son date ideas get you and your teen boy outside.
103. Play mini golf
104. Try out the batting cages
105. Go camping or backyard camping
106. Fire Pit dinner date
Look up a fun camping dinner or just make s’mores for this cozy idea.
107. Play cornhole
Kids love outdoor games. So, it’s time to teach him your favorite.
108. Go canoeing or kayaking
109. Head out to the lake or beach for the day
Bring lots of snacks, drinks, and music to make it a day to remember!
110. Find a local frisbee golf course
Test your skills together.
111. Go fishing
To Consider With Mother Son Date Ideas
These mother son dates are all easy and fun. But remember: it’s not about the money you spend the effort it takes to set up and clean up activities. It’s about whether you are being in the moment with your child.
So, put away your phone and make the effort. You’ll never regret it!
What are your favorite mother son date ideas? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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