Kid-Parent Date Ideas: Time for the two of you!

Undivided, individual time with our children will always be time well spent. Kid-parent dates are the perfect way to connect, make long-lasting memories, and strengthen your bond. Here are some super special kid-parent date ideas! Some may take a bit of planning, while others you could do anytime. If nothing on this list piques your interest, try asking your child what they would like to do. You might be surprised to find out how they would like to spend time with you!

Kid-Parent Date Ideas

Funny Valentines

Valentines day is one of the most obvious times of the year to go on a date with your child. There are events all over the suburbs dedicated to make kid-parent dates with your child memorable and fun. Daddy daughter dances are forever a staple of the season, but you can also go out for a local heart-shaped Valentine’s pizza, try an extra-special kid-friendly restaurant, and so much more!

Theatre Buffs

There are tons of plays that both you and your child will enjoy. Local theaters often run shows for all ages. Keep your eyes open and check Kidlist often for reviews and deals on the latest plays for kids. (This date will take some planning in advance!)

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Coffee Connoisseurs

Keep it simple and take your child out for a coffee. Starbucks has couches and fancier seating options for sitting down to chat. At Starbucks, coffee-free hot chocolate or Vanilla Bean Frappucinos are good options! In warmer weather, check out these local coffee shops with playgrounds nearby. You can also go on a morning date and grab a coffee and donut at one of the best donut shops in the suburbs.

Sports Fans

Whether you root for the Blackhawks, the Bulls, or one of our baseball teams, your little sports fan is sure to enjoy some time with you while cheering for their favorite team! Grabbing a popcorn or cotton candy at the big event makes the date that much more special.

Minor league sports games are also a good choice. They are cheaper and often cater more to families.  If you are looking for a baseball game, try the Chicago Dogs. During the winter months, check out a Wolves hockey game! For a spur-of-the-moment game, try your local high school. Kids love the up close and personal view they have and all the excitement of the teenage crowd.

Nature lovers

Any time of year is a good time to revel in the beauty of nature. During the winter months, bring the outdoors in and check out a nature center. Weather permitting, take your child on a hike on some wooded trails, complete with picnic.

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Little athletes

Spend some time with your child doing a physical activity that they love. Ice skating is a sure hit. Try rock climbing or bowling too!

Tea time

Afternoon tea time is a fun way to experience an elegant afternoon with your child while tasting some sweet treats. Popular destinations include The Drake Hotel, The Palmer House, and American Girl Place. Be sure to make reservations and check the times and days that a children’s tea menu is available.

LEGO lovers

A trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg is fun for brick-lovers young and old. They have amazing displays, plenty of hands-on activities and two fun rides! You can finish off your trip at the nearby Woodfield Mall with a kid-friendly meal at The Rainforest Cafe or The Cheesecake Factory.

Tiny explorers

Visit one of Chicago’s many museums with your child. Plan to visit on a free day to get the most bang for your buck. You can also keep it simpler and visit a local children’s museum. In either location, you will find plenty of opportunities to interact with your child and teach them new things.


Lastly, your child will be happy just spending one-on-one time you. Often times, the simpler moments are the best moments. Make it special by letting them choose what you do on your date, picking out matching outfits, and hyping them up for your special alone time.

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Visiting a pet store, walking through the mall hand-in-hand, or reading books together at the local bookstore are just as memorable as that $100 day at the sports game. Time is all that matters!

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Our site is full of fun things to do with kids in Chicago’s suburbs for even more ideas. Let us know your favorite spots for one-on-one memories with your kids in the comments!

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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