If you haven’t figured it out by now, our daughter is quite the Daddy’s girl.
In the best way possible, of course. Since he is a SAHD, they’re basically glued at the hip, and that’s 100% fine with me.
But even though I miss her while I’m at work, and really cherish my weekends with both of them, I still usually need a few hours on Saturday and/or Sunday to get some work done on this little thing called me blog….ahem……. And inexpensive Daddy-Daughter dates are the best way to make that happen.
So, since we’re operating on a budget at the Lindow household, I’ve come up with 20 Foolproof & Frugal Daddy-Daughter dates that we swear by! Bear in mind, our daughter isn’t yet two, so if your daughter is any older, you’ll have to tailor theses a bit!
The Donut Shoppe –
There’s this awesome little donut shoppe around the corner from our house. It’s a family-owned, sell donuts until we’re sold out kind of place, and it’s cheap. It’s not much to look at, but its legendary for how delicious for their donuts are! The Big Guy and our daughter can head over there for a bit and buy a glazed donut +10 donut holes for $1.00. Seriously, it’s that cheap! Our daughter flirts with literally everyone in the place and is exhausted by the time they come home!
Park Picnic –
When the weather is nice, our girl would spend every single moment outside if we would let her! I have no idea what exactly she’s thinking, but she just wanders, plays with the grass, throws a stick or two, and generally just explores. Add in a homemade lunch and you’ve got yourself one fun Daddy-Daughter date.
Aquarium Trip –
This trip is good for all ages – and in St. Louis, it’s free! Kids of all ages are fascinated by fish at the aquarium, and there is no better way to bond than looking at strange and new breeds of fish.
The Swings –
Check out a park near your for an awesome swing set. Again, this one is geared for a younger child, but between the swingsets and the slides, daddy and daughter will be entertained for hours!
Zoo Date –
If the weather is nice, check out the local zoo! Even if it’s not free, like here in St. Louis, most zoos offer discount days, or let children under 5 in free! I’ve never met a child who didn’t love the zoo – no matter whether or they’re 1 or 18, so having a daddy-daughter date a the zoo makes perfect sense!
Swimming Date –
Depending upon age, scope out local swimming pools! Most communities have a free or low-cost place to swim. Not only is it a great place to get in some exercise and bond with your daughter, it can be a great place to meet friends!
Home Depot Workshops –
We haven’t actually done this one yet, but here in another year or two, we definitely will! Even if you’re not crafty or a DIY-er, Home Depot hosts these amazing kid workshops where they will teach your child to build something like a birdhouse, toolbox, or something else cool like that with you, the parent!
No matter what you choose, know that the fact that you’re taking time and putting thought into these daddy-daughter dates has a bigger impact on your daughter than what you actually do with her.
What ideas do you have for frugal daddy daughter dates?
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