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20 Fun Mother and Son Date Night Ideas

If you have a son, you will understand how special that connection is with him. As a mom to two sons, I completely understand what people have been talking about when they talk about the mother and son bond.

But because of work commitments, schedules and a million other things we have to do on a daily basis, spending quality time with my boys often takes second place.

One way that I solved this was to arrange a mother-son date with each of my sons, this is a chance for them to pick how they want to spend this time with me.

We have gone to the beach, to the park, out for food, or even just cuddled up and had a movie day. But each of them got the chance to spend quality one-to-one time with them.

So if you are looking for some great ideas for your own mother-son dates, look no further as we have put together some of our favorite options to inspire you. 

Why Go On Mother Son Dates?

Why not? After all your son is precious and spending quality time with him benefits both of you.

He benefits from getting that special one-to-one time with his mom. He gets your undivided attention with no distractions like chores, work, or other people.

You benefit from being able to have that time to build a special bond with your son while doing something that he wants to do. This could be a trip to a fast-food restaurant or shooting hoops in the yard.

It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. After all, it is you that they want to spend time with, not for them to get you to spend money.

It also provides you with a great opportunity to talk to your son and give him the chance to talk about things that he may not want to in front of other people. While you are showing him how to behave while in that one-to-one situation – a bit like a date.

Fun Mother and Son Date Ideas

1. Movie Date

If you and your kids love the movies then this is the perfect mother-son date for you. You can spend time together picking what to watch and yummy snacks to eat!

This also allows you and your son to find something in common, we all know how hard this can be. Watching a movie also allows you to have a chat with them afterward about their favorite scenes and characters.

2. Out for Ice Cream

Everyone LOVES ice cream so what better way to treat your little one than taking them out for a tub? You could also pair this with a walk on the beach and a nice chat, allowing you both to relax and have a laugh in each other’s company.

3. Bike Ride

Some children would much prefer something like a bike ride compared to a movie date so why not give it a go? You could go for a ride around your local park and stop for a bite to eat afterward.

4. Picnic

Children love the excitement of eating somewhere different so what better way to do that than go for a picnic?

You could go to the park or the beach and find a nice cozy place to set up. You can also allow your son to pick some of his favorite foods and drinks to take with him.

5. Sports Game

Maybe a sports game is more your scene. This could be a small game in the park or something quite a bit bigger. Either way, I’m sure it will be memorable.

6. Lazer Tag

Depending on the age of your son, laser tag can be a brilliant option for a fun date. This is a great way to have some healthy competition whilst also blowing off some steam!

7. Restaurant

Going out for dinner is a great mother-son date idea! Allow him to pick his favorite restaurant and have a chat over some yummy food. 

8. Bowling

Kids love a good game of bowling as it’s a challenge for them. It allows you to have a good competition whilst having loads of fun. This is also something that could change every time you go as they slowly get more confident in their abilities. 

9. Mini-Golf

This is another competitive date you could try. Kids tend to love mini-golf as it’s full of cool designs and colors and they can learn a new skill. Why not treat them to some ice cream afterward?

10. Obstacle Course

This one’s slightly different but I’m sure you’ll love it. Tones of places hold kids obstacle courses that you probably don’t even know about. It’s a great way for you both to blow of some steam and get messy in the process.

11. Weekend Getaway

How about a couple of days away from normal life? It doesn’t have to be far but this is a good opportunity to bond whilst exploring somewhere new. You could both pick something that you want the other to try and have some fun in each other’s company.

12. Book store

Maybe your son is someone who would prefer browsing the newest books rather than watch a movie. Why not take them to a bookstore and let them pick out a few of their favorites?

If you are struggling to find books that they love why not check out our classic books for middle school boys to help you.

13. Stargaze Together

Maybe something like watching the stars is more suited for both of you? Grab a blanket and some snacks and lay in the garden. See who can find the first star of the night and learn all of the different stars you can see.

14. Paint Ball

This is a fun way to get the whole family involved but might not be suitable for younger ones. Assemble your team and get your opponents out before it’s too late.

15. Netflix and Pizza

Some kids don’t want to sit for 2 hours if you go to the movies so Netflix and pizza at home are a great alternative.

This way your little one can pick from a broad range of movies and you could even have a marathon! Make it just that little bit sweeter with some candy and pizza.

16. Cooking Class

This is a great way to have fun and learn a new skill. Kids love helping in the kitchen as it allows them to feel involved (this is also a good way to get them to try new foods).

It’s so important that teens, who will soon be living independently, learn to cook for themselves.

17. Arts and Crafts

Get out those glitters and paints and make a masterpiece! Allow your creative sides to run wild with lovely arts and crafts day. You could even try some new crafts like a pottery class depending on how old your son is.

18. Camping

What better way to relax than being in the middle of nature? You can try all sorts of new activities and still have the opportunity to bond away from everyday life.

If camping sounds like a complete nightmare, maybe try and rent an RV and spend as much time outside as you can.

19. Trampoline Park

This is another way to get rid of some energy. This is perfect for most ages and allows you to get back in touch with your childish side. Run, jump and swing around to your heart’s content.

20. Teach him how to date

This might sound silly but teaching your children how to date is something they will value.

You can teach them where to take their date, fun places for different ages, proper etiquette but also children just like going out on little dates with mom, let them be in charge of the day.

If your son is older you may find that getting them to open up to you becomes increasingly difficult, so why not try some of our best conversation starters for teens to get them started.


What does a son need from his mom?

A son needs his mom to show him support and encourage him in what he wants to do and not what she wants him to do.

So if he loves sports and is more athletic, or if he loves music and plays an instrument, it is so important to nurture what they love to do and not try to mold them into what we want them to be.

Why are sons closer to their mothers?

Most sons are closer to their mothers. Of course relationships within families are complex and often dictated by the traits and behaviors of individuals.

Studies have shown that most sons claim to feel a closer emotional bond with their mother than with their father.

How can a mother bond with her teenage son?

One of the best ways in which a mother can bond with her teenage son is to actually spend quality time with them.

Arrange activities that you both enjoy such as walking the dog, hiking, laser tag, or video games. Doing these types of activities will ensure that your son knows that the lines of communication are always open.

The Final Thought

Boys are so much fun and a bond with your son is a special one that should be treasured. Being a mom is hard, trying to balance all the things that need to get done while still spending quality time with your children.

So why not show him how special he is and how much you value the time you spend together by arranging these special mother-son dates regularly. 

Make it a family tradition to set some time aside each week to do what he wants to do and enjoy nurturing that special bond!