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Mom & Son Date Ideas (30 Activities You’ll Both Love)

Spending quality time with your son is important no matter how old or young they are.

This is especially the case if you typically live a busy home life and have more than one child, in which case it can be difficult to spread your time widely enough to give everyone in your family the attention you deserve.

Date nights are important for couples, but they’re also just as important for mothers and sons, especially if you have an older son who thinks it’s uncool to spend time with mom!

Of course nothing can be further from the truth, but the key is to pick an activity that you’ll both like and be interested in.

Not sure what that looks like?

Here are thirty awesome mom and son date activities from which to choose from.

30 Ideas For A Perfect Mom & Son Date

1. The Movies

An oldie but a goodie, who doesn’t love watching a good movie. Grab the popcorn, settle into your seats and let the show begin!

Related: 10 Best Disney Movies For 4 & 5 Year Olds

2. Catch A Show / Theatre

If you’re after something a little more special and budget permits, why not head to your local theatre together, particularly if they offer matinee performance earlier in the day.

3. Concert

Mom might have to change her taste in music for an evening, but if you’re willing to do that, then you and your son should have a blast by attending a concert together.

4. Hiking

For lovers of the great outdoors, hiking is a really fun mom and son activity for slightly older children (it’s even pregnancy safe if you’re currently expecting).

5. Arcade

Your son is sure to appreciate a trip to the local arcade where you can play some video games together and he can show you his stuff!

6 Go For Dessert

From ice cream and frozen yogurt to cakes and pancakes, why not indulge a little on your next mom and son date night.

7. Grab A Pizza

We eat an incredible 3 billion pizza slices in the USA alone every year, so prop up those numbers a little and head to your local pizza parlor!

8. Afternoon Tea

On first glance this might seem like it’s an activity made for mom, but your son will surely love the nice finger food and sweet treats that are typically part of an afternoon tea ritual.

9. Watch A Sporting Event

If your son is into their sports, there’s a great chance they will jump at the chance to watch their favorite sports team even with mom!

10. Hit The Driving Range

Let your competitive spirit come through by having a long driving contest with your son at the local golf driving range.

11. Play Video Games At Home

If you like the idea of the arcade but want to keep the mom and son activity closer to home, consider letting your son teach you how to play their favorite video game.

12. Play A Board Game

You probably grew up playing board games, and even though they may be less familiar to your son he should still have a blast playing a classic board game with you.

13. Picnic

Good food, refreshing drinks, lovely scenery – who doesn’t appreciate a great picnic, whether it be at the local park, beach or somewhere a little more unusual.

14. Ride Bikes Together

Going for a bike ride is one of those things people love whatever their age, so we’re confident you’ll both have a great date together doing this activity.

15. Swimming

Cool off in the warmer months by going for a refreshing dip together in the sea or a local pool.

16. Camping

If you’re after an overnight activity, look no further than a mom and son camping trip!

17. Fishing

Fishing isn’t just for dads and sons, so dust off your rods and head out there to catch some dinner together!

18. Theme Park

Make some awesome memories together by riding the rollercoasters at a theme park. Even if you’re not a fan of the scary rides, there should still be rides and attractions that you’ll both enjoy together.

19. Water Park

Those summer months can be unbearably hot, so what better way to cool down than by riding racing down the water slides with your son!

20. Shopping Trip

From window shopping to picking out a new wardrobe or just that new pair of sneakers your son is dying to get his hands on, a trip to the mall is a cute activity for any mom and son.

21. Go Out For Hot Chocolate

He might not be ready to drink coffee just yet, but that doesn’t mean coffee shops are off the menu, provided they serve delicious hot chocolate of course.

22. Painting Class

If you’ve never done a painting class before you’re really missing out, so channel your inner Monet or Picasso while spending some quality time together. You can even gift each other the paintings that you create afterwards!

23. Fruit Picking

From blueberries and strawberries to apples and pumpkins, head to a fruit picking farm for a fun and affordable mom-son date. You can even make something together with the fruit once you get home too.

24. Zoo

Teach your son about wildlife and the majestic animals that we share this planet with by heading to the zoo together.

25. Science Museum

Another educational mom and son date idea is to head to a science museum together.

26. Art Museum

Let your son get inspired and teach them about how powerful art can be by visiting an art museum or gallery together.

27. Aquarium

A great option for a rainy or cold winter’s day is to visit an aquarium with your son, who will no doubt love the opportunity to experience the sea life they learn about at school up close and in person.

28. Planetarium

Marvel at the scale of our universe together by visiting your local planetarium.

29. River Cruise

If you’re lucky enough to live by water, explore your local surroundings by taking a river boat cruise or ferry ride together.

30. Farm or Petting Zoo

If your son is bit young for the full zoo experience, a super cute alternative for a little boy is to take them to a petting zoo.


Spending quality time with your son doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, provided you’re open to trying some new things together!

Hopefully you found our list of 30 mother son date ideas to be helpful and inspirational in planning your next activity with your child.

If in doubt, it’s a good idea to run the proposed activity past your son, because the last thing you want to do is take them somewhere they won’t enjoy.

Finally, you might want to ask your son to come up with suggestions for what a forthcoming mom and son activity could be – you might even be surprised and excited yourself by some of their suggestions, which is a real win-win!

See Also: Navigating Your Child’s Early Development

Tori is mama to 3 year old Isabella and co-founder of Rockinbaby. She has a BSc in Psychology, is a certified yoga teacher and is a working mom. In her free time Tori loves cooking delicious foods and baked treats, entertaining and working out. Learn more about Tori here.

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