Sprint, prance, and gallop your way to these 25 family date night ideas for lots of epic and fun family date ideas! It is oh-so-important to spend that quality time with your fam bam and what better way to do that than having an incredible family date night! Whether you want date ideas for all the family or something more intimate like mom and son date ideas, we’ve got the lot!
With so many activities and options, creating unique and exciting ideas that everyone will enjoy can be challenging. But worry not! We’ve curated a list of 25 family date night ideas that are guaranteed to create lasting memories and strengthen your bond as a family.
From outdoor get-your-hands-dirty-adventures to indoor cute-and-calm-activities, there’s something to please everyone on this list. Let’s dive into the world of family date night ideas!
25 Family Date Night Ideas To Make Lasting Memories
See if you can try every one of these 25 family date night ideas! Bonus points for snapping photos on each of your family date night ideas and making a cute photo album.
1. RIDE A TRAIN
Choo – Choo! Train lines are littered with old towns to explore and history to uncover. Google your local rail map and find somewhere fun to take a day trip.
2. LEARN A LANGUAGE
Learn to say hello, goodbye, and thank you in five languages. Mandarin is a must being the most spoken language on Earth. Pick four others you regularly hear in your local area. Ciao for now.
3. PLANT A VEGGIE PATCH
This one takes a bit of prep. Google what’s about to come into season, grab some supplies and get your hands dirty. Bonus points for cooking a meal with something you’ve grown.
4. DAM A STREAM
Grab your Wellington boots and find the choke point of a nearby stream. Rocks, twigs, mud, and leaves will be your friends for this one.
5. TREASURE HUNT
Head to the most popular and sandy spot you know and get hunting. Grab some sieves or hire a metal detector. Bonus points for finding keys, money, and jewelry.
6. VISIT AN AQUARIUM
Remember how the world is primarily covered in water? And remember how you can’t scuba dive (yet)? Well, your local aquarium lets you explore underwater without getting wet.
7. DANCE IN THE RAIN
Nothing is more thrilling than doing what you aren’t supposed to do, i.e., dancing in the rain. If it’s Summer, grab a sprinkler or hose and crank it.
8. HOLD A WORM
Find a nice patch of soil in your backyard and get digging. If you can’t find any, bury some food scraps in the hole and check back in a few days.
9. MAKE A POTION
Fire up your inner witch, pull out the closest thing you have to a cauldron, and get mixing. The more you can get in there, the merrier the magic.
10. SKIM A STONE
Kids love things with measurable metrics, like how many times a flat stone can bounce across the water. My record was 8. What will yours be? These family date night ideas can get pretty competitive!
11. BUILD A FORT
Pull out every blanket, chair, pillow, and table in the house and get creative. The best forts have a stash of lollies, books, and torches. Plus, a nerf gun to ward off intruders. This is one of my favorite family date night ideas!
12. VISIT A FARM
This is a great way to initiate the where-does-our-food-comes-from chat. It’s also a great way to grab some fresh bacon, eggs, and milk.
13. ROLL DOWN A HILL
Roly-poly time! If you don’t fancy rolling, grab a few cardboard boxes and slide down your local Everest-sized mountain. Some of these family date night ideas require wearing your scruffy clothes, so come prepared!
14. CATCH A FISH
Listen up, Captain Salty, catching a fish is as important as tying your shoelaces. Plus, it’s always fun to go snooping for crabs or shells by the shore. It doesn’t get much better than these classic family date night ideas that everyone can enjoy.
15. BUILD A LEGO TOWER
Try and build your lego tower taller than yourself! The best things grow from a strong base. As your skyscraper climbs, so will your nerves.
16. MAKE A MUD PIE
If you don’t have a local river or lake, grab a bucket (not one filled with the washing) and fill it with garden soil. Stick in the hose until you get the right consistency, and voila! Mud pie mayhem.
17. PAPER AEROPLANE COMPETITION
Get some paper and start folding. Why not make a challenge and set up a hoop to pass your creations through. Whoever’s plane flies the furthest wins.
18. FEED THE DUCKS
Quack quack! Don’t think there are any ducks in your local pond? Bring the bread, and they will come. Bonus points if you spot a tadpole.
19. PRANK WAR
Think whoopee cushions, cling film on the toilet, crank calls, salt in the sugar pot, money on a fishing line, and fake snakes & spiders. Be sure to film your victims.
20. EGG ROLLING COMPETITION
Boil a dozen eggs (trust me – you’ll need a few spares), paint them, find a small hill, and get rolling. My family plays this one like a game of bocci.
21. INVENT A RECIPE
Close your cookbooks, put your thinking caps on, and get as creative as possible. Your kids will come alive when you give them free rein in the kitchen.
22. WRITE A STORY
There’s nothing better than family date night ideas to get the creative juices flowing. As a family, come up with a plot that involves all of you (and maybe a spaceship or two), write it down, and print it out. Send copies to your friends and extended family.
23. MAKE SLIME
My daughter’s personal favorite activity. Check YouTube for many, many different recipes, add some food dye, and away you go.
24. LEARN A MAGIC TRICK
Your local library will have an excellent selection of magic books. Everyone in the family has one week to practice their trick before you put on an after-dinner show.
25. MAKE A TIME CAPSULE
Put the following in a shoebox; a letter to your future selves, the front page of a newspaper, family photos, a list of your favorite sayings, something sentimental, etc., and decide when you’ll open it in the future. I love family date night ideas that are meaningful, and this one is so much fun both to make and to open years later.
Okay, phew, that’s a lot of epic family date night ideas!
Now it’s Time to Start These Family Date Night Ideas
Please copy and paste these family date night ideas and stick them to your fridge, so you’ve always got date inspiration staring you in the face when you’re at a loss for what to do. These date ideas will have you trying something new, bonding over shared interests, or simply spending quality time together while having a giggle!
So before you switch on the TV for the night, put down the remote, turn off your devices, and get your family date night ideas ON! Creating unforgettable memories with the people you love is pretty dam special! Plus, you may discover a new family tradition or activity you’ll cherish for years.
Buy a Family Dates Night Ideas Book
If you want more awesome family date night ideas, I created The Play Dates Book: A Kids Activity Book & Kids Activity Journal. Inside is a year’s worth of exciting play dates for you and your growing bambinos. All the dates are gender-neutral to keep them inclusive for your whole family. And they’re either free or low-cost to keep you on budget. You can buy your copy on Amazon below:
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“We are a third of the way through this book and absolutely loving it! So many fun and different play dates. I never would of thought of half the ideas. I also LOVE the conversation starters. We have had some interesting discussions around the dinner table. Thanks Suite Bliss!”
“This book is absolutely adorable, I bought it to complete with my son during school holidays and can not wait to start it! Something for every type of day, rain and sun. He will have it as a little keepsake when he’s older after we’ve added all the pictures too, what a lovely idea.”
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