40 Family Date Ideas

Getting stuck on things to do as a family that are more interesting than the playground or pizza parlor? When you feel like your go-to movie, park, or restaurant is becoming old hat, you need some new activities that will truly make memories for your family.

Here I’ve collected 40 family date ideas that go beyond the usual places, introduce new experiences, and don’t break the bank.

The links I’ve added just take you directly to a resource that will help you execute the activity without all the time lost searching on Pinterest.

I know you’ve got enough on your plate, Mama. Let me help!


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40 Family Date Ideas:

  1. Go to a coffee shop after dark for drinks, treats, and conversation. (Here’s a list of hidden kid-friendly drinks at Starbucks)

  2. Write thank you cards to troops or veterans. Get started here

  3. Eat a candlelit dinner at your dining room table, complete with church clothes, fancy foods (finger sandwiches), formal table settings, and proper dining etiquette. Click here for lots of yummy dinner ideas!

  4. Build a living room pillow fort and watch Swiss Family Robinson.

  5. Explore your city’s tourist attractions or stroll around downtown.

  6. Have a pizza party. Make your own mini pizzas or order takeout.

  7. Play pictionary or charades.

  8. Go to the skating rink, ice rink, or bowling alley

  9. Build a backyard campfire. Roast marshmallows & hot dogs, snuggle under blankets, talk.

  10. Visit the local animal shelter. If you have time to prepare, take donations such as paper towels, garbage bags, or dog food.

  11. Go to the indoor trampoline park, such as Sky Zone.

  12. Make a craft, such as tie-dye shirts (or this way), puff paint socks, paper plate crowns, or (non-sticky) slime.

  13. Feed the ducks at the local park, fly kites, or go fishing.

  14. Go on a truck bed picnic. Fill the truck bed with pillows & blankets (bonus points for air mattress), take along picnic foods, gaze at the sky, and count the shooting stars.

  15. Make a home movie theater in the living room. Start early and let everyone pick their favorite film (don’t forget popcorn & snacks!). You could even print movie tickets to keep in the scrapbook.

  16. Play MASH, telephonecat’s cradle(hand string game), paper fortune tellers, origami, jacks, old maid, slap jack, simon says, red light/green light, red rover, ring around the rosie, duck duck goose, or other simple games.

  17. Volunteer at a local non-profit charity together. (Find one here, here or here.)

  18. Write a family bucket list over dinner and store it in a place where everyone can see it.

  19. Go for ice cream or frozen yogurt. Sit inside and eat together around a table instead of getting it to-go.

  20. Have breakfast food for dinner where everyone prepares one item.

  21. Prepare a creative “bar” for dinner – baked potato bar, chili bar, taco bar, mac & cheese bar, or hot dog bar.

  22. Go on a morning donut date.

  23. Conduct a family fashion show – have categories such as silly hats, costumes, as many layers as possible, best pajamas, craziest accessory, or different cultural themes.

  24. Write notes about what you love & appreciate about one another and “mail” it via messenger (aka designated kid).

  25. Read these scriptures as a family and commit to memorizing them together.

  26. Find a local strawberry or blueberry field where you can pick fresh berries. Don’t have one close? Take a nature walk or go hiking. Let your kiddos spend some time in the dirt, grass, and sunshine.

  27. Plan a sport activity your kids always ask to try – indoor skydiving, batting cages, indoor rock climbing, tennis, go-carts, laser tag, racquetball, or a local sporting event.

  28. Create a monthly family date bank for the rest of the year. Here, here & here are some great ideas!

  29. Paint on a big canvas together. Everyone gets one color and creative freedom! Display it in the family room (if you’re brave).

  30. Visit a museum or art walk. You might be surprised how much they enjoy it.

  31. Family board game night – play Guess Who, Connect 4, Clue, Operation, Yahtzee, Battleship, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Uno, Hedbanz, Jenga, or put together a 3D puzzle.

  32. Plant flowers or start an indoor herb garden.

  33. Go to an arcade or restaurant with family games. Play skee-ball and pinball for cheap prizes until your heart’s content.

  34. Rent a hotel room with an indoor pool, order pizza or room service, and snuggle up for movies.

  35. Orchestrate a talent show where each family member performs their hidden talent. (Or create categories everyone must perform in, including vocals, makeshift instrument, and extemporaneous/drawn out of a hat).

  36. Bake cookies, muffins, or cupcakes and spend the afternoon delivering to neighbors, nursing homes, and fire stations.

  37. Stroll the aquarium or zoo.

  38. Send the kiddos on a scavenger hunt. There are a million on Pinterest, but this site has some great ones with pictures. 

  39. Play miniature golf or Top Golf.

  40. Go out to your family’s favorite restaurant, order your favorite dishes, including dessert. Treat yo’selves!


Now get out there and make some memories! I hope you find some inspiration from this list to go have some fun with your kids.


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What are your family’s favorite dates?

by grace & grit,

lacyg.com - wife, mama, home.

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2 Replies to “40 Family Date Ideas”

  1. Love your ideas! I never thought of doing a talent show. I know between my husband and oldest we would pretty entertained at my house. When my husband I first got married we would set up a camping tent in the living room and go camping on the weekends. We wanted to start doing that again with kids, but don’t have a tent. Building a fort is a great substitute and would be fun to make as well.

    1. Ahh I love the idea of setting up an actual tent in the living room! That would definitely be something kids would never forget. Thanks, Toni-Ann!

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