Mother and Son Date Ideas

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


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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.

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What’s your best mother son date idea?

If you are raising sons, you should read:

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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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  1. cynthia says

    Hi Kara,
    I’m the mom of two boys, a 4 year old and my little guy just turned 1 (already! it goes SO fast!) Just found your site while looking for activities for both of them, and thought I’d drop by here and say hello! I just put my little one down for a nap, so I’m off to look at the ideas on your lovely site. I hope today finds you and your boys well, and your enjoying some of these activities! Best, Cynthia

    • says

      Thanks so much for stopping by Cynthia and for taking the time to comment. I love to connect with other boy mamas! You have to enjoy them while they are little because they grow up so fast. 🙁 I can’t believe my oldest is heading off to middle school. Don’t blink. 😉 I hope you find some fun activities to do with your boys. We have a lot of fun holiday things coming up.

  2. says

    Love love love your ideas for dates. Really kids are so easy to please when they are getting one on one attention. Especially from their momma 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration. Pinned 🙂

    • says

      I always have to remind myself of how important that one-on-one attention is. My boys act so much better when we have spent even 10-15 mins doing something together each day. So important! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the pin.

  3. Heather says

    Hello,im heather and im a mom of 3 boys..a 5yr old and i have 3month old twin boys nd i just love them soo much…But im so glad i found this..bein as tho i have newborns i don’t want my 5 yr old to feel left out nd you have just gave sum wonderful ideas…Thank you

    • says

      I’m so glad you found this too. 🙂 Congrats on your new little ones. I know that the older boys really do crave one-on-one attention once new siblings come into the picture. If you would like to connect with more moms of boys we have a Facebook group just for Moms of Boys. It’s a really supportive and fun group to be a part of. We’d love to have you.

  4. Jes says

    So great you have something like this. I am expecting twin boys in Feb (my firsts) and I have been disappointed in the way some people are reacting, telling me they are sorry for me that I won’t have girls (or worst telling me I can try for a girl with a third child – I haven’t even giving birth yet, geez!). I am looking forward to my sons so much and the special bond I will have. The world is not pink or blue, it’s how you raise them. Thank you for keeping a positive spin, boys are awesome!

    • says

      I hear you! I get a lot of comments from people when they see me out with my four boys. Just know you’re not alone. 🙂 You will absolutely love being a mom to your boys. Just live in the moment and cherish each minute with them. I have no intention of having any other kids and I get asked nearly everyday if I’m going to try for a girl, which in reality is nobody’s business but my own. 🙂 And CONGRATS on your pregnancy. I hope everything goes smoothly for you and those sweet babies.

    • says

      Hey Jess, I have 4 boys and have had all these negative comments too. Don’t listen to them! It is wonderful having all boys. If these negative people ever get you down, just check out my blog and you will realise you re not on your own. Us mums of boys must stick together! xx

  5. says

    Lovely to meet someone else who has 4 boys too! We often do the things you have on your list here but it is so hard to find time to do it one on one. They do love it when they do get me or their dad to themselves though. xx

  6. boysworld3 says

    I have three boys. My oldest is 17 and we have gone on dates since he was 9. It started with a date night once a month and now we go our for coffee at least once a week. He actually looks forward to these times. My youngest is 7 and we are going on our first “formal” date in two weeks. He decided he wanted to get all dressed up and take me out to dinner. He gets to choose, and sure it is the local pizza joint, but I will be dressed up as well and we will have a blast. I treasure these times with all three of my guys.

  7. says

    For us, it’s probably volunteer service. Since my boys were like six or so, we’ve been doing volunteer service in many different ways. I think that’s a great way to spend time and also teach them something as well.

  8. Andria says

    I’m a new mom to my husband’s 6 year old boy and I’m so happy I came across your site. I’m looking for ideas to bond with our son. I think I found what I’m looking for. Thanks for all your great ideas!
    God bless you and your family.

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