5 Fun Mom-Toddler Date Ideas

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The first year of motherhood is full of new things – whether they're thrilling (like all the mobility milestones) or just plain gross (moms of babies who just started solids will know what I mean), it's a heady time.

As much as I loved the first year, I'm excited for year two. In the second year, babies can now walk, are starting to talk, and everything in their world is exploding with things to explore, and places to go.

I love dates with my children, and here are the top 5 mom-toddler dates I enjoy. I hope you do too!

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Play at the indoor gym

Two words: Ball pit. The kids LOVE them, and you don't have to pick up endless plastic balls in your own home. It has provided tons of fun for both of my boys.

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Go swimming

It's summertime, so what better way to cool off than in the pool? My children are natural water kids, neither was afraid and both loved it. I do suggest that this activity has to be closely supervised. Do not take your eyes off the children at any point.

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Have a picnic

Another great way to enjoy the warmer weather? A fun picnic. If your toddler is old enough to help in the kitchen, enlist them to help pack sandwiches, snack bars, juice boxes, and water into a picnic basket. You don't have to go far – you can picnic right in your backyard! It's a great way to mix your day up a little by lunching outside.

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Head to a petting zoo

Children are so uninhibited around animals. It's a fun way to introduce different types of animals to the kids in a safe, controlled environment. Do pack wet wipes though, you don't want them to touch the animals and then touch food or their faces.

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Eat out

I like to break routine occasionally, by taking the children out for a meal. And mom needs a break too – who can say no to a hot meal cooked by someone else?

What are your favorite mom-toddler dates?

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5 Fun Mom-Toddler Date Ideas

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Lauren Lauren says:

    The aquarium & art museum, little ones love watching fish swim and the art museum is exposing them to culture plus it’s a fun way to learn shapes, body parts and above all color!

  2. Profile photo of Sandy Sandy says:

    I click on Idea #1 and nothing happens . . . am I missing something?

  3. Profile photo of Morgan Hart Morgan Hart says:

    Cute ideas, but nothing out of the box here. I was hoping for some innovative ideas.

  4. great ideas. keeping this in-mind for when the little one gets older 🙂

  5. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Yes, that’s a great suggestion, Kim! The idea is to get out of the house, it’s a sanity saver, truly.

  6. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    I do like the ice cream afterwards 🙂

  7. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    That’s a great idea!

  8. These are great ideas! One of our favourite things to do was just to get out and walk to a playground, or to the store, or to nowhere in particular. Just getting outside and seeing and interacting with the world is such fun for young ones (and their moms!)

  9. Profile photo of Elaine Elaine says:

    We used to go to the park to feed the ducks. And then get ice cream after… 😉 Great ideas!

  10. Profile photo of KaelinRae KaelinRae says:

    Great ideas! When my sisters were younger, and I was helping my mom take care of them, I used to love taking them to the park. We had one that was about 3 blocks away from the house, so it was really easy to get to and they got so tired they would nap afterwards 🙂 After I have my baby I plan on getting a membership to my local zoo. I think this would be a great way to spend a day on the weekend.


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