The other day my wife found a book with lots of ideas for a father-daughter date. Here are our favorite ten.
WRITE A STORY
Start with location, characters, plot ideas, then take turns writing the story, one paragraph at a time. This will get your creative juices flowing.
BUILD AN INDOOR FORT
Grab blankets, pillows, chairs or stools, and build a fort with your daughter. Then lie down and read her favorite story or watch a movie together. This is best for rainy days.
GO TO THE PARK
Take your daughter for a picnic at the park. Or just for a walk or a few minutes on the swing and the slide.
FLY A KITE
We purchased an inexpensive kite, and my daughters had a blast flying it; the smile on her face as she managed to keep her kite up in the air was the stuff of memories.
My daughters absolutely love running errands with me. Whether it’s going to the grocery story, the library, or dropping off stuff at Goodwill, they cherish every instant of every errand. So do I. They also come up with the funniest lines in the car while observing the outside world.
CAMPOUT IN THE BACKYARD (OR BALCONY)
Last summer we pitched a tent on our upstairs balcony and set up an airbed with pillows in it. Then we lay down at night time and talked till my daughters fell asleep all cuddled around me. priceless.
TAKE A BEACH TRIP
My daughters love the beach. We go for long walks while we talk about everything under the sun, or they enjoy building sand castles and running by the water. When we are done, we go get a frozen yogurt and eat it while watching the ocean.
WATCH THE BIRDS
Grab binoculars and sit quietly in the back yard with pencil and paper. Watch the birds fly by and draw them with your daughter(s).
BUILD A VILLAGE
Stop by the local appliance store and ask for old boxes. Spend the afternoon with your daughter turning those boxes into a town she can play in and with. Cut and decorate the boxes into buildings and cars, and let her imagination come to life! We do this every year for their AWANA end-of-the-year movie-in-a-box event.
SERVE BREAKFAST IN BED
When my daughters wake up early, sometimes we make breakfast together for mommy. They love watching the look on mommy’s face when she gets her favorite breakfast in bed.