Fun and creative playdate ideas

Play date ideas:

Breakfast Club: For SAHMs, invite favorite friends over for the cheapest and most social meal of the day in between naps.
Age: Babies to toddlers
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Margarita Mommies Group: As the afternoons get warmer, invite other mothers over to dip their toes in the kiddie pool while the kids hang out nearby.
Age: Babies to toddlers
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Backyard Festival: With or without cocktails, set up these things in your backyard and the kids will be entertained while you can gossip with friends
Age: Babies to toddlers
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Digging/Gardening Party: Host mom is the one whose garden needs to be dug up (or other "heavy lifting" suitable for a few little kids. Parents relax while kids tire themselves out doing chores but loving it.
Age: toddlers to preschoolers

General play date tips:

  • End the playdate before it begins

  • Set out a few age-appropriate snacks that are not much work to throw together. Resist the urge to create a glorious fruit salad as most toddlers are super picky and don't like their food to touch anyway. A few berries, some crackers, done!

  • Offer the mama some appropriate beverages: coffee, bubbly water, ice tea, cocktails but not too many.

  • Make it easy on yourself, she'll understand and appreciate you keeping the bar low for when it's her turn.

  • If the play date is at mealtime (which I suggest it is NOT), order pizza or invite the other family to create a picnic/potluck with their picky kid's faves.

    About Heather Gibbs Flett
    Heather Gibbs Flett is a Web producer who loves to organize chaos and implement new systems, especially when it comes to cooking. She is also known for her lively clothing swap parties. Heather lives in Berkeley, California , with her husband, Alec, and two boys, Holden and Milo , who both have Excel spreadsheets dedicated to tracking their eating and sleeping habits.

    About Whitney Moss
    Whitney Moss is a marketing professional who wishes she were an artist. She starts many more craft projects than she finishes. She lives in Berkeley, California , with her husband, Ryan, and two children, Julian and Scarlett, both of whom have a large collection of pants made out of once trendy T-shirts.

    Heather and Whitney believe any good idea is worth posting on the Web. After the births of their first children, they challenged each other to post their favorite activities on a shared blog (www.rookiemoms.com) until they reached one activity for each day of the baby's first year.

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