These Mother and Son Date Ideas are the perfect and easy way for moms to bond with their boys.


Mother and Son Date IdeasMother and Son Date Ideas

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One thing that I have noticed in raising my 4 boys is that they crave, CRAVE one-on-one attention.  They want to have time with just mom or dad and not the entire family. We live in a small town so not all of these ideas are available to us, but a Mother and Son date night doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We have a large family (by today’s standards) and it can be hard to have time for each of my boys individually but these Mother and Son Date Ideas will get your brainstorming process started.

Mom and Son Date Ideas

Do something active and fun!

Miniature golf, water balloon fight, fishing, paint ball, archery, Nerf war,  and bowling all come to mind first, but boys always come up with even more ideas when you ask. Trust me!  My boys love when we have a spontaneous war with water balloons or squirt guns!

Have a date at home.

Rent some movies from Red Box, or pull them up on Netflix. Steer clear of the chick flicks for a night and watch some action movies! Play some board games and eat tons of desserts.  I think these games would be so much fun for boys depending on their age: Totally Gross: The Game and Chutes and Ladders Super Hero Squad.  I’ll definitely be getting them!

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Be adventurous.

Go-karts, sky diving (or not. 😉 ), 4-wheeling, ziplining (fun!!), bumper cars, kickboxing, jet skiing, or horseback riding. Boys love adventure!

Take a road trip.

Even if it’s just a day trip, road trips are amazing – and they’re a great way to bond. Pick a spot on the map, and plan your trip together.

Try geocaching.

Have you tried geocaching yet? If not, they would love it.  It’s pretty much just like taking them on a treasure hunt.  My boys have been wanting to go for a long time so I think as soon as it cools off around here, we’ll be trying this out.  Here is a simple guide to helping you get started: FOUND IT ! Introducing Geocaching To Kids and Families


Whether it’s at the animal shelter, local church, or even a food bank – volunteering is an amazing bonding activity.  Even just helping out an elderly neighbor or taking cookies to a friend.  All of these things help children to learn the importance of serving others.

Cook something together.

If your son is the crafty type, you can even make a cook book! If he’s not, have him create a menu and then you guys can cook together. Serve it to the entire family, or just make it for yourselves. Either way, enjoy it!  My boys LOVE creating fun food in the kitchen and helping me with meals.  Some of my boy’s favorite cook books are The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook, The Magic Kitchen Cookbook and Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook

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Go camping.

There is just nothing like the great outdoors.  If roughing it sounds like a complete nightmare, rent an RV or stay in a cheap hotel. That can be considered “roughing it”, right? 😉  But make sure to spend as much time outside as you can.  And, if you need some activities to do while camping, check out these games: Camping Charades and Nature Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt.  And don’t forget to bring a fishing pole.  My boys love catching something for dinner!

Be lazy.

Yes, I am giving you permission.  Play some video games, watch a movie, or try some boy approved crafts and activities. My boys actually love it when I will sit down and just be lazy with them.   I’m a bit of a stress case most of the time so I pretty much have to force myself to be lazy.  I know, I’m weird. 😉

Teach him how to date.

It might sound silly, but teaching your son how to take a girl out on a real date – how to act, how to pay, proper etiquette, etc – is a valuable learning experience that will stay with him for years to come.  Plus, my boys love to go on “dates” with mom.  I am always amazed at how much my boys will tell me when I get them one-on-one.

mother and son date ideas

What’s your best mother son date idea?

If you are raising sons, you should read:

Things Moms of Boys know

16 Things Moms of Boys Know

Bond with your son

10 Ways to Bond With Your Son

Raising Boys

Yes I’m Raising Boys, and No I’m Not Sorry


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