While it’s certainly fun to spend time hanging out with the whole family, many mothers also find that they like to set aside special time for each child to get out and do something fun without everyone else around. Whereas sons may be more interested in getting dirty with a rousing round of pick-up football in the backyard or a trip down to the local creek to dig in the mud and find frogs, there are likely activities that mothers and daughters will find more enjoyable. This isn’t to say that girls can’t also be interested in physical pursuits, but whether you’re looking for something girly to do or you both enjoy getting into the great outdoors, here are just a few activities that moms and daughters are sure to find fun when they’re looking for something to do on a weekend.
- Vintage shopping. Hitting the mall can get boring after a while, especially when it seems like every store is selling the same stuff. But when you go vintage shopping you have the opportunity to pick up some truly unique finds. And you don’t necessarily have to go shopping for clothing either. You might want to hit up some antique stores in search of items with which your daughter can decorate her room in her own fun, funky, and creative style. Or if you’re not keen on the price tag some antique finds can feature, consider spending a day perusing the wares at yard sales around town for some budget-friendly finds. With a little TLC, previously-owned items can become your new treasure.
- Mani-pedi. What girl doesn’t love to decorate her nails? If you and your daughter are looking for a little relaxation but she’s a bit too young for spa treatments like facials, you might want to consider a spa mani-pedi instead. When paired with a nice lunch this can make for a fun and frivolous afternoon out for the girls.
- Scrapbooking. Most kids like to get crafty, so if you’re looking for way to create something beautiful and unique with your daughter one weekend, pull out the scrapbooking supplies and get to work designing a custom photo installation for her wall, a few new pages for her personal album, or even some photo frames to place around the house. At the end you’ll have a creative product, as well as a fond memory.
- Camping. Not everything you do with your daughter has to be girly (or take place indoors). So if you both love nature, a weekend camping trip close to home could give you an opportunity to bond over fishing, s’mores, or campfire stories. Best of all, you can do it without your ever-present cell phones.
- Art classes. Whether you and your daughter enjoy sketching, watercolors, painting pottery, or creating found art, there are all kinds of classes you can take on the weekends as a way to connect and enjoy some time together. You might find a studio that teaches you how to use oil paint or paint your own pottery, for example. Or you could discover a local artist that’s willing to offer private instruction. Your local community center is a good place to start if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.