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Every girl, whether little or a bit bigger, loves spending time with her mom. It’s really important to carve out special bonding time with our children and a special mother daughter date is the perfect opportunity for precious one on one time.

A lot of times, we focus on events like Mother’s Day or birthdays but there are a lot of fun mommy and me day ideas that can be done year around, and most of them are free or really cheap.

Below are some fun options:

Try something New

Check Groupon or your local paper for classes you can do together such as soap making, pottery, cake decorating and more.  Or even try a cupcake decorating class!

Go Treasure Hunting at Yard Sales

Give her a couple of dollars to spend on whatever treasures she finds and make an adventure of it. Teach her the art of the haggle if you can!

Get Crafty

Get some paints and crayons out and create some art together.

Visit the Farmer’s Market

The famers market or local farm stand is a great place to go for a mother daughter day out. You can spend a morning picking out the best fruits and vegetables then have a tasty, healthy lunch.

Go to the Library or Bookstore

The library is one of the best places to go with your daughter in the colder months where going outside is not an option. Pick some new books out and have a reading binge!


If the weather is nice, consider going to the park for a real Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Pack a basket of goodies, get a blanket and let your daughter pick her favourite stuffed animal for a really fun mommy and me day.

Have a Tea Party

A really fun mother daughter date is afternoon tea. You can host your own tea party with tiny sandwiches and scones.  Make some fruity iced tea to pour into pretty cups and enjoy each other’s company. You can also splash out and head to a fancy hotel for a real high tea if your daughter older.

Catch a Show

Keep an eye on your local theatre listing and you might find some opportunities for a cheap “date night with mom”. NYC puts on free park puppet shows. We went to one and we loved it!

Ride Bikes

Biking is really fun mother daughter day idea. It is simple, easy and free to do. You can explore some new trails or visit a new neighbourhood. Pack a snack and make a day of it. Of course, if your daughter is old enough.

Visit the Aquarium or a local animal attraction

Depending on where you live, you might have a lot of fun mother daughter activities if you are willing to drive a little and spend some money for an entrance fee. Try the zoo, the aquarium or a butterfly farm.

Play dress up

Let her dress you up and then her dress herself in whatever she wants and head on out for a day on the town. Golden Rule: You have to wear whatever she chooses. For the very brave: let her do your hair and/or make-up.

Make a garden in your yard

Choose some pretty flowers for the yard and spend a fun afternoon planting them. It’s a great opportunity to teach children about what plants need to grow.  If you are not much of a gardener, buy a bunch of flowers and make a pretty arrangement in a vase at home.

Bake together

Bake some cookies for the week ahead or make some loaves of banana bread to stock the freezer.

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