103+ Delightful Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Mom

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The bond between a mother and a daughter is a relationship like no other — as women it is one of the most important relationships we will have in our lives. For mother and son, I imagine it’s certainly special as well.

Although these relationships for many aren’t always perfect, this connection is sacred and whenever possible deserves to be cherished and nurtured as such.

As grown women (men too) living busy lives, making time to reconnect or spending quality time with mom can get sometimes get pushed to the bottom of the priority list. You may even find yourself at a loss for mother-daughter date ideas or mother-son date ideas.

In the spirit of adult children (teenaged ones too) everywhere appreciating our mothers and nurturing this extraordinary connection, I wanted to share things that can get you and your mother some quality time and creative mother-daughter date ideas that the two of you will love (sons, you can join in on the fun too).t

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These mother-daughter date ideas are fabulous things to do for mothers day, perfect for celebrating for mom’s birthday (or yours), or great for celebrating life on an ordinary weekend. From letting loose with a living room dance party to getting creative with some DIY or arts and crafts, here are 100+ fabulously fun mom and daughter date ideas for adults and teenagers.

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Take a yoga class together. Another fun mother-daughter thing to do is take a yoga class together and maybe even hit up the smoothie bar afterward. It’ll be a fun way to bond and de-stress.

doing yoga with mom

Go to a fancy restaurant. Throw on your Sunday best and take each other out on the town for a night of decadence. Splurge a little and order some luxurious dishes that you both love.

Start a blog together. This could be about anything – your favorite recipes, beauty tips, parenting advice, or just your everyday lives. It’ll be fun to look back on in the future and see how your perspectives have changed.

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Indulge in Happy Hour. Now, this mother-daughter date idea need not apply to teenagers, but if everyone is of legal age, a fun place to go with your mom (believe it or not) can be a local happy hour. Dress up a little, order some half-priced cocktails, and enjoy each other’s company.

Get your nails done. A little bit of self-care is a relaxing thing to do with mom to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Head to your favorite salon and get your nails done together. Sometimes the simplest moments are the best fun things to do with your mom.

Visit a museum. Even as two grown af women, mom and daughter date ideas can also be educational. Visit some of the museums you always meant to go to or even the ones you have not seen since you were a child.

Take an art gallery tour. The world of art can be so interesting, and what better way to experience it than with your mom? Taking an art gallery tour together and talking about the pieces that each of you finds most intriguing is one of the more creative things to do with your mom on this list.

Rent an Airbnb. Adult sleepovers with your mom can be just the thing you need to rekindle that living room dance party vibe. Rent a cool Airbnb in a cool part of town to switch up the scene and dance the night away.

Take on a home improvement project. Be it your house or hers, channel your creativity and spruce up a space by taking on a home improvement project together. Painting, re-organizing, or even landscaping can all be fun things to do with your mom.

Attend a cooking class. Cooking classes can be a blast, and what better way to bond with your mom than by learning to cook together? Pick a cuisine you’ve both always wanted to try and get cooking.

Hit up a farmers market. Farmer’s markets are one of my favorite places on earth, and I’m sure your mom would love to go explore one with you. Talk to the farmers, learn about their produce, and take home some delicious goodies.

Stay at a five-star hotel in the city. Sometimes the best mother-daughter date ideas are the most luxurious. Splurge on a five-star hotel in your city and order room service, relax in the spa, and take in all the amazing views.

See a comedy show. Want an idea of a unique thing to do with mom for mothers day, for example? Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way to spend an evening than with your mom at a comedy show? It’ll be a night of fun and laughter that you’ll both remember.

Rent a fancy car and take a drive. A drive in a fancy car can be so much fun, especially with your mom. Share a Thelma and Louise moment and cruise around town, blasting your favorite music, and just enjoying each other’s company. Bonus points for adding in head scarfs and making the car a convertible.

Visit an amusement park. Now that everyone is tall enough to ride all the rides, here is your chance to get your mom on that rollercoaster ride she forbid you from ever riding.

Make it a spa day. A spa day is a perfect way to relax and spend some quality time with your mom. Check out a local spa near you and schedule massages, facials, and mani/pedis. As adults, you can both enjoy a quiet, relaxing moment (without any kids around).

Have a spa day at home. If a trip to the spa is not in the budget, you can always have a spa day at home. Stock up on facemasks, scented candles, and bath bombs, and spend the day relaxing in each other’s company at home.

Take a road trip. A road trip is another fun way to spend some quality time as a mother-daughter duo. Pick a scenic route and take your time driving, stopping along the way to explore small towns, eat at local restaurants, chit-chat, and stop to take selfies at cool landmarks.

Have a Karaoke night. Karaoke is always a blast! Find a karaoke place near you and sing your hearts out. It’ll be a night you’ll never forget.

Grab a coffee at a bookstore. Swap books and spend some time talking about your thoughts and opinions. This is the perfect lazy Sunday activity for a mommy and daughter duo.

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Play some pool. This fun thing to do with your mom is probably something neither of you has done in a while. Order a few rounds of your favorite chicken wings, top it off with a cold beer, and up the ante by whoever wins pays the bill. 

Board Game Night. One of the most fun activity at home is to have a game night. All those times she beat you at Monopoly and Checkers as a kid, you now have the opportunity for payback! 

Book tickets for a live show. Musicals, plays, symphonies – take your pick! Getting tickets for a live show is always a fun way to spend an evening. Talk about what you’re each most excited to see and enjoy an evening out together.

Get makeovers. Spend the afternoon in Sephora or make an appt with a make-up artist for a makeover.  It’ll be a fun day of trying out new products and styles and you can end the day by going out to dinner together.

Make it a movie night. When is the last time either of you hit up an actual movie theatre? Find a dine-in theatre with luxury seats and share an extra-large bucket of popcorn. 

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Start a garden together. Gardening can be really therapeutic and it’s a great way to spend time outdoors. Choose a spot in your backyard or find a community garden to get started.

doing gardening with mom

Have a heart-to-heart night. A mom and daughter date idea that will bring you closer can be writing down questions to ask each other or finding a random list on Google and then sharing the answers over some wine and chocolate. 

Explore a Whole Foods. Whole Foods can be a fun place to wander around with your mom and take in all of the sights and smells. Spend a couple of hours perusing the aisles and laughing over the most random food items you can find or did not know existed.

Read to each other. This mother-daughter thing to do can be a ritual you keep weekly. Pick a book you’ve both wanted to read and take turns reading from it to each other. 

Make a photo collage. Spend the day searching through that box of family photos and choosing in the best ones to make a photo collage. Frame it and put it somewhere special in your home as a constant reminder of your close relationship.

Scavenger Hunt. Write a list of items ( favorite color, favorite snack, etc.) each of you must find for the other in your local store like a Target, then exchange your gifts and explain why you choose them. 

Take craft class. Find a craft class like pottery making, for example, to take together. It’ll be a fun way to spend some quality time together and learn a new skill.

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Attend a sip and paint class. Remember all those paintings you brought home in the second grade and said it was your mom? Now is your moment to redeem yourself. 

Take a food truck tour. Google the food trucks that are available in your town/city and attempt to try at least one item from each. 

Train for a 5k together. Here is a mother-daughter thing to do together that can also make a lasting impression and maybe become an annual mom-daughter thing. 

Take a language class. This is a great way to spend some quality time together and learn something new. Choose a language that neither of you knows and get started.

Volunteer together. All those times your mom tried to encourage you to give back as a teen, and you rolled your eyes; this mother-daughter outing can get you those brownie points back. Find a local charity or non-profit and do some volunteer work together. It can be anything from sorting donations to packing food boxes to painting a building.

Plan a picnic. If the weather is nice, take a blanket and some food to your favorite spot in the park and spend the afternoon relaxing together. Play games, chat and enjoy each other’s company.

Shake and bake party. Blast your favorite tunes, pour your favorite drink and bake all the cookies like your mom did when you were a kid, but now you can join in on the fun!

Go glamping. This is a new term for camping but with a lot more luxury. Find a spot near you that offers glamping and spend the weekend in nature, but with all the comforts of home.

Find a festival. Festivals come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s definitely one out there that would interest both you and your mom. From music festivals to food festivals to film festivals, there’s something for everyone.

Visit a rollerskating rink. Channel your inner 80s self and go rollerskating together. It’ll be a fun way to reminisce about the good old days and maybe even teach your mom how to skate. Relive your younger years (and your moms too) with this fun thing to do with your mom date idea. 

Take a hike. All the times your mom told you to do just this, and now you are old enough to cross the street and bring her with you! 

Go thrifting. Who knows, you might find a hidden gem (or five) to add to your wardrobe. It’s also a great way to support local businesses and find unique pieces that you won’t see anywhere else. Make a list of all the thrift stores in your area and make a day out of thrifting.

Have High Tea. High Tea is a wonderful way to bond with your mom. Find a tea house near you and enjoy a leisurely afternoon chatting and sipping on tea. If there are no restaurants in your area that serve high tea, another fun date idea to do with mom can be creating a High Tea moment at home. 

Go rock climbing. Channel your inner Katniss and head to the climbing gym with your mom. It’ll be a fun way to get some exercise and spend time together.

Go to an arcade. When is the last time either of you has been to Chuckie Cheese? Going to an arcade as an adult is a nostalgic thing to do with your mom for her birthday, for example. Bonus, whoever wins the most games gets to keep all the prize tickets. 

 Go to a sports game. Cheer on your favorite team (or heckle the other team) together at a live sports game. This is always a fun way to get pumped up and scream your head off.

Visit a casino. Try your luck playing the slots with mom and making bets on who gets to pay the drink tab with their winnings. 

 Play laser tag. Make sure both parties have settled any old scores before this fun mom and daughter date idea. 

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Go shopping or window shopping together. Sometimes the best way to spend time with your mom is just to go on a leisurely shopping stroll. Check out your favorite stores and take your time browsing. Talk about what you’re each looking for, perhaps choose an outfit for each other, and see if either of you finds any good deals.

going shopping with mom

 Day trip to the zoo. An oldie but goodie fun places to go with mom date idea, and you now have your own money and can buy all the snacks and silly souvenirs you want!

Make a vision board together. Head to the nearest craft or dollar store near you and pick up all the materials to make fabulous vision boards, plus snacks and perhaps some wine too.

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 Go on a bike ride. If the weather is nice, take a scenic bike ride together to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. This is another great way to get some exercise in while spending time with your mom.

Wine tasting. Find a winery near you and go on a wine tasting tour. It’ll be a fun way to learn about different types of wines and maybe find a new favorite.

Play mini-golf. Mini-golf is always a fun way to spend an afternoon, and it’s one of those activities that everyone can enjoy. You can also show her how your game has improved since you were six. 

Get a palm reading. Most towns/cities have a local psychic. Why not go for a palm reading and perhaps get some interesting insight into your lives.

Take a boat ride. If you live on or near a large body of water, take a boat ride for a different perspective. If you don’t live near water, look into scenic train or bus rides instead.

Set up a dating app for each other. You each get to pick the photos and detail in the other’s dating profile and cannot make any changes. Bonus, you also get to choose who their first match will be. 

Netflix and (actually) chill night. Stock up on all the snacks, order in, and binge-watch the latest tv shows you both have been putting off. 

Sign up for a dance class. Whether it be salsa, bachata, or even pole dancing; this fun thing to do with your mom date idea can be exciting and a great workout. 

Take a trip to a botanical garden. If you’re looking for a low-key and relaxing date idea, look no further than your local botanical garden. Wander through the gardens and take in all the natural beauty.

Take classes on how to make cocktails. Not only will this be a fun mom and daughter date idea, but you’ll also have some new party tricks up your sleeves.

Play hooky from work and go to the beach. If the weather is nice, take a day trip to the closest beach and relax in the sun. If you don’t live near the beach, go to a nearby park with a lake and pack a picnic lunch.

Do a puzzle. Whether it’s a 1000 piece puzzle or even a jigsaw puzzle, doing a puzzle is always a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening 

Go horseback riding. If you’re lucky enough to live near an area with trails, go on a horseback ride together. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature.

Go on a home goods shopping spree. Home Goods is one of those stores that you can spend hours in without realizing it. Spend a day going crazy and buying everything your house needs (or doesn’t need).

Make baked goods and donate to a shelter in the area. This is a feel-good mom and daughter date idea that also gives back. Spend an afternoon baking your favorite treats and then donate them to a local shelter.

Take your mom or daughter to work day. If mom or daughter is interested in what the other does for a living, take them to work with you for the day. It’ll give them a behind-the-scenes look at what you do and might even inspire them to follow in your footsteps.

Visit a country club for the day. If either of you are members of a country club, take the day to visit and enjoy all the amenities. Have a tennis match, go for a swim, or even play a round of golf. If you’re not a member you can always purchase a day pass.

Take a pilates class. Pilates is a great workout and a fun thing to do with your mom for her birthday, for example, or just an ordinary weekend. It’ll help to strengthen your core and might even be a new workout routine for you to continue post-date.

Go to the aquarium. If you live near an aquarium, it’s a great place to visit for a date. The exhibits are usually very interesting and there’s usually a cafe on-site for lunch.

Get your birth charts read. Birth charts are a great way to get an overview of your personality and the year ahead. If you’re into astrology, getting your birth charts read can be a really interesting and fun mom and daughter date idea.

Go to an ax-throwing class. This is a unique mom and daughter date idea that’s perfect for an afternoon or evening. It’s a great way to get some exercise and have some laughs.

Visit a rage room. If you’re looking for an exciting and unique date, a rage room is the perfect place to go. You can release all your pent-up anger by smashing everything in sight.

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Go sky diving. Sky diving is a thrilling experience that both mom and daughter will love. If you’re both adrenaline junkies, go sky diving together. It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. If you’re not up for sky diving, consider even parasailing.

going skydiving with mom

Visit an animal shelter. Animal shelters are always in need of help and they’re also a great place to find a new furry friend. Spend an afternoon visiting the animal shelter and playing with all the animals.

Buy tickets for an Escape Room experience. Escape Rooms are a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. You and your mom or daughter will have to work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room.

Visit a meditation center and/or sound bath class. If you’re looking for a relaxing and calming mom and daughter date, consider visiting a meditation center or attending a sound bath class. Both are a great way to de-stress and relax.

Go out for ice cream. Ice cream is a classic dessert that everyone loves. Spend an afternoon going to your favorite ice cream shop and indulging in all the flavors.

Start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a great way to document all the good things that happen in your life. It can be fun to look back on years down the road and see all the happy moments. Taking the time to write down your gratitude every day is a great way to appreciate life more.

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Make your own candles. Candle making is a fun and easy DIY project that both mom and daughter will enjoy. Spend an afternoon crafting your own candles and then burning them to relax after a long day. There are also often local classes that you can take at a venue like Candle Land.

Have a video game day. Video games are a great way to bond with your mom or daughter. Spend an afternoon playing your favorite video games together and enjoying some laughs. Bonus if you have an ole school Nintendo or Wii.

Go for brunch. Brunches are a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Enjoy some delicious food and catch up with your mom or daughter.

Go go-kart racing. Go kart racing is a great way to get some exercise and have some laughs. If you’re both competitive, race each other for the win.

Visit a winery. If you’re into wine, visiting a winery is the perfect mom and daughter date idea. You can learn about the wine-making process and taste some delicious wines. Many wineries also have on-site restaurants for lunch or dinner.

Get matching tattoos. Tattoos are a great way to show your love for each other. If you and your mom or daughter are both up for it, get matching tattoos. It’ll be a date you’ll never forget.

Attend a church service. Right after getting matching tattoos with mom, you can go to church for redemption — just kidding. Church is always a great place to spend time as a mother daughter date. You can learn more about each other’s religious beliefs and discuss them together.

Go for a walk. This may sound pretty simple, and it is, but taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood is a great way to get in motion and enjoy some fresh air.

Plan a weekend trip. If you’re looking for an adventure, consider planning a weekend trip. It can be anywhere from a few hours away to a different state or country. You’ll get to spend time together and explore a new place.

Dance the night away at a club. Who says you cant go clubbing with your mom? One of the most fun things to do with your mom at night if you’re both comfortable with it, is hit up your favorite dance club and have a night you’ll never forget. Just be sure to drink responsibly!

Visit a planetarium. Planetariums are a great place to learn more about space. You and your mom or daughter can spend an evening looking at the stars and learning about different planets.

Take a hot air balloon ride. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, take a hot air balloon ride. You and your mom or daughter will get to see stunning views of the landscape from way up high.

Book a ClassPass. ClassPass is an app that gives you access to a variety of different fitness classes in your area. This is a great way to try out different activities and find ones you both enjoy.

Make your own jewelry. Jewelry making is another fun DIY project that both mom and daughter can enjoy. Spend an afternoon making your own necklaces, bracelets, and rings. You can keep them all for yourself or give them as gifts to friends and family.

Make a quilt. Quilting is a great way to bond with your mom or daughter. Spend an afternoon piecing together a quilt and then relax by cuddling up with it on a cold night.

Brew your own beer. If you both are into DIY projects, brewing beer is a unique thing to do with your mom. It’s a bit more complicated than making quilts, but the end result is definitely worth it. You’ll have a delicious batch of beer to share with friends and family.

Cook a meal together. Cooking together is a great way to spend time with your mom or daughter. Pick out a recipe that you both want to try and cook it up together. Not only will you get to spend time together, but you’ll also get to enjoy a delicious meal.

Make your own skincare. If you’re looking for a fun DIY project, making your own skincare products is a great option. You and your mom or daughter can make face masks, lotions, and more. You’ll get to use all-natural ingredients and you’ll end up with a bunch of new skincare products to use.

Explore your local library. Libraries are a great place to spend time together. You can check out books, listen to music, and watch movies. It’s a cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon or evening.

Wake up early and catch the sunrise. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun come up over the horizon. Get up early one morning and enjoy a peaceful sunrise with your mom or daughter.

Visit an indoor trampoline park. Indoor trampoline parks are a lot of fun. You and your mom or daughter can bounce around for hours and have a blast.

Go stargazing. Stargazing is a great way to spend an evening. Grab a blanket, some snacks, and a couple of chairs and head outside to look at the stars. You’ll be amazed at how many you can see!

Play charades. Charades is a fun game that both mom and daughter can enjoy. It’s a great way to stay in the house and share some laughs.



These fun activities will make it easy for you to spend quality time with each other no matter how old you both are. You can pick from a variety of activities that are perfect for any skill level or interest, so everyone should be able to find something they enjoy.

Whether you’re trying out a new activity or revisiting an old favorite, remember that spending time with each other and nurturing your mother-daughter relationship is like food for the soul.

Have any unique ideas of your own? Share them in the comments below!