Growing up, I was very privileged to have my dad bring me out on dad-daughter dates. Looking back, I do appreciate my dad taking time off to spend one-on-one time with me from the time I was a kid all the way through my “angsty teenage days”.
It might not have seemed as significant back then, but simple dates like these are sure to stick in the memory of a child for a lifetime. Here are some fun ideas that you can try on your next daddy-daughter date.
Some of these ideas may not be possible at the moment since there are businesses that are still closed. Nonetheless, you can keep them aside for future reference when you plan your next dad-daughter date.
Ideas for Dad-Daughter Dates
Have A Breakfast Date
One fond childhood memory, and my dad’s way of motivating me to get up early on a weekend, was going to get pancakes for breakfast. There are hundreds of places to choose from such as a themed café and even a kid-friendly place for brunch. Alternatively, ordering in or make your own breakfast – a fun activity to try if you want to have a day in together.
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Watch A Movie
First dates can get pretty awkward, regardless of occasion. If you are heading out on your first ever dad-daughter date, a movie before having dinner as a family is fun and easy place to start. Decide on a fun movie to enjoy together and resist the urge to pick an educational movie with a life lesson at the end. Enjoy the movie for what it is.
Watch A Concert Together
Music is a fantastic topic to bond over, even if you have different preferences in music. Choose a concert, support a local artist and share songs from a favorite album. Remember to keep an open mind and you will find yourself adding a few new songs to your personal playlist.
Art Jam Together
Grab some art materials and get creative! You can do some abstract painting, try to draw one another or even follow a Bob Ross video tutorial. The best part is getting something to keep and display after the date. Be sure to sign and date it for future reference.
Have A Photoshoot Together
What better way to capture memories than to have a photoshoot? There are professional photographers that you can hire and will direct the shoot for you, or alternatively try recreating photos that you’ve taken together when they were even younger or photos that you can recreate when they grow older.
There’s nothing quite like having some quality time while making a difference to someone else. From food banks to animal shelters, it’s a fun way to discover the community that your child has a heart for and a fantastic start to support their desire to give back.
Taking a cycle in a park, try out a fun workout video or sign up for a class at a fitness studio! Regardless of your choice, it’s a fun activity to do together and stay healthy at the same time. You can also try certain parent-child workouts like the ones on our list here.
Go On A Shopping Trip Together
No, not for textbooks or school materials. It’s a straightforward yet fun way to see some of the interests that you daughter might have. Set a budget and have fun looking through stores, be it online or offline. You can even have fun looking for deals together and perhaps choose a gift for one another to open at the end of the date.
Build Something Together
From LEGO to a science kit or even a mini terrarium, there are lots of craft kids that you can try as part of a dad and daughter date. Work together as a team and admire your finished product at the end!