101 Fun Playdate Ideas

Fun Playdate Ideas for Kids

I am always looking for creative ways to spend time with my kids and create memories! One of the things my kids love to do is get together and play with their friends. As a mom I love to create a fun and exciting environment where kids can play and learn together. I always feel like the MORE KIDS THE MERRIER! We all love having weekly playdates with friends and we are always looking for fun and new playdate ideas to mix things up!!

Fun Playdate Ideas for Kids

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From crafts to activities, there are SO many awesome ideas out there! We decided to scour the web and find the absolute best playdate ideas for moms and kids!! Altogether, we rounded up 101 great ideas to entertain the kiddos!

We divided all these ideas up into 6 categories to make it easier to navigate and find ideas that you know your kids and their buddies will love!

Here are the categories that we came up with:

  • 16 Indoor Playdates
  • 20 Outdoor Playdates
  • 18 Food-Themed Playdates
  • 18 Crafty Playdates
  • 14 Sensory Playdates
  • 15 Active Playdates

It was so much fun looking for really great ideas! I have so many of these playdates on my bucket list now…. Let’s get right down to it. Are you ready to play??

16 Indoor Playdates

When it’s rainy and cold, here are some fun ideas to keep the kids entertained indoors!

Indoor Playdate Ideas for Kids

Indoor Playdate Ideas

1. Balloons {All Free Crafts}It is so simple – fill a room with balloons and let the fun begin! You will be surprised how entertained the kids will be!

2. Indoor Camping {TSJ Photography}Set up some fun tents for a little indoor camping! You can even build a fake fire!

3. Car Track {Andrea’s Notebook}If you have a car lover like my sweet boy, you know that they’ll be entertained for hours with a fun car track! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can have the kids help make one with colorful tape!

4. Indoor Ball Pit {Thrive 360 Living}Okay, we all know the kids LOVE the ball pits at any play place, why not make your own with a mini kiddie pool and some bright balls!

5. Cardboard Box Play Date {The Educator’s Spin On It}Gather a bunch of old boxes, and let the kids create anything they can dream up!

6. Book Club Play Dates {Still Playing School}Learn AND have fun together!

7. Mad Scientist Play DateI love the idea of teaching the kids a little science for a playdate! Some of these experiments are just too fun!

8. Drive In Movie {Messes to Memories}Take a rainy day playdate to a whole new level with a drive in movie event. Includes free printables to turn laundry baskets and cardboard boxes into cars for a drive in movie.

Indoor Playdates for Kids

9. Treasure Map and Scavenger Hunt {Lil’ Luna}Use the free printable treasure map to send the kids on a fun scavenger hunt!

10. Paper Doll Party {Kids Activities Blog}Invite friends over for a fun paper doll party using these paper doll printables.

11. STEM Coding Game {Research Parent}Learn how to code like a computer pro! This technological play date includes free printables, detailed instructions, and a guide for how to cater the activity to your child’s age and ability.

12. Fly in an “Airplane” {Play to Learn}Set up dining room chairs like an airplane and take a trip to anywhere your heart desires.

13. Dress-up {Rain on a Tin Roof}Kids of all ages will have fun playing make believe and dressing up!

14. Science Experiments {Messes to Memories}Try out a fun science experiment!

15. Build a TeePee {Le Zoe Musings}Whether you use this for during the day or for a fun sleepover, the kiddos will LOVE having their own teepee!

16. Play Store or Restaurant {Domestic Candy}Pretend to run a restaurant. Take turns being waiters, cooks and hungry customers.

20 Outdoor Playdates

Kids need some fresh air!! Sometimes they just don’t know what to do outside, but here are some amazing, fun and easy ideas to keep them busy in the great outdoors!

Outdoor Playdate Ideas for Kids

Outdoor Playdate Ideas

17. Water Balloon Stomp {Care.com}Ten ideas for water balloon fun! Host a water balloon stomp or make a water balloon piñata by hanging the water balloons on a clothesline!

18. Kid Car Wash {Lowes}How fun would it be to have your kiddos running through this?!

19. Giant Board Game {The Craftables}Use a large sheet, tape or other objects to create “spaces”. The kids will have so much fun being the game pieces.

20. Color Spray Science {Kids Activities Blog}Keep the kiddos busy with this cool activity that uses science to change a plain white t-shirt into a fun, colorful shirt!

21. Scavenger Hunt & Smore’s Play Date {Clean and Scentsible}A little taste of camping, right in your backyard!

22. Giant Bubbles {Lindsay and Andrew}Every kid loves bubbles, but you can take it up a notch and totally impress them with GIANT bubbles!

23. Splash Party {Kidsomania}Playing in water is always fun… why not host your own water war?!

24. Outdoor Activity Cart {By Stephanie Lynn}Load a ready-to-go cart with some fun, pre-planned outdoor activities and snacks for easy access.

Fun Outdoor Playdates

25. Pool Noodle Games {Mission to Save}Pool noodles are cheap and there are so many fun things you can do with them! Check out these ideas for some easy and entertaining games!

26. Marshmallow Shooters {Happiness is Homemade}Help the kids make their own marshmallow shooters, then go outside for an epic marshmallow battle.

27. Tie Dye Party {Life Unfluffed}Host a fun tie dye party in your backyard. Just ask each child to bring their own white shirt to dye.

28. I Spy Neighborhood Walk {Mess for Less}Use the printable checklist to take the kids on an I Spy Neighborhood Walk. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

29. Paint With Water {All for the Boys}This is especially perfect for hot days! Let the kids paint without making a mess – just send them outside with paint brushes and buckets of water. You’d be surprised how entertained it keeps them.

30. Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint {Learn Play Imagine}15 Awesome Recipes for DIY sidewalk chalk using ingredients you probably already have at home.

Fun Playdate Ideas for Outside

31. Host a Garden Tea Party {Classy Clutter}Invite your child’s friends over for a garden tea party, with fruit punch, of course.

32. Plant Something {Kid’s Stuff World}Have a plant playdate – this could double as a craft if you decorate some cute little pots, too!

33. Sidewalk Smoke Bombs {Growing a Jeweled Rose}How fun is this idea!? Fill some eggshells with crushed chalk and let the kids go wild throwing the DIY smoke bombs. It may be a little messy, but the kids will definitely love it!

34. Park – Some of the best and easiest playdate ideas are at the park! If you can get outdoors, you definitely should!

35. Outdoor Movie {Hostess with the Mostess}A nice, chill, relaxing outdoor movie will make for some amazing memories for all the kids! You can totally have the kids make their own cars or even bring them to the playdate!

36. Water Blob {Hello Wonderful}Make a giant water blob or a bunch of mini ones for the kids to play on! What a great way to enjoy the warm weather!

18 Food-Themed Playdates

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again Food + Friends = Fun!!

Food-Themed Playdate Ideas

Food-Themed Playdates

37. Kid Fondue Party {Play Party Plan}Set up a kid-friendly fondue bar with either chocolate or cheese and a whole lot of delicious finger foods to dip!

38. Dessert Pizza {Homemade Interest}Let the kids design their own dessert pizza! Yum!!

39. Ice Cream in a Bag {Freebie Finding Mom}Kids create their own delicious ice cream with just a few simple ingredients!

40. Popcorn Bar {Family Fresh Meals}Want an easy playdate? Popcorn bar + a movie = happy kids (and moms).

41. Cooking Adventure {The Dating Divas}Use the Kids Mini Recipe Book to cook up some yummy food, then use the printable placements and restaurant printables for some fun pretend play! {This kit is intended for babysitters to keep kids entertained but also works great for moms too!}

42. Waffle Bar {Pillsbury}If you’re not in to pancakes, this waffle bar looks delicious too!

Fun Playdate Ideas with Food

43. Picture Cookie Recipe {It’s Always Autumn}This sweet printable will get your little ones active in the kitchen. The easy to follow pictures will help your little ones “read” the recipe.

44. Popsicle Party {Messes to Memories}The absolute perfect playdate for a hot day! Play a little popsicle bingo, make a popsicle craft and enjoy some cold popsicles!

45. Lego Making Party {Messes to Memories}Have you seen these fun candy Legos? You could make them together with jello and lego candy molds and then let the kids play with them once they’re all set up!

46. Cupcake Decorating {Momtog}This is the cutest idea for a party! Get some little paint trays and fill them with cupcake toppings for each kid! Now everyone has a variety of sprinkles and it minimizes the piles that you’d otherwise find on the table!

47. Make Lego Brownies {Desert Chica}Watch the Legos movie and have this for dessert, so FUN!

48. Pizza Bar {Smart Schoolhouse}Pizza is the number one thing my kids request! I’m sure a pizza bar would be so fun for kids to create their own mini pizza.

Yummy Food-Themed Playdate Ideas

49. Apple Party {Play Party Plan}Here are some great ideas to host an apple playdate that includes an apple nacho bar, apple walk and so many other fun apple ideas!

50. Homemade Lollipops {Hoosier Homemade}Teach the kids how to make their own homemade lollipops using Jolly Rancher candies! Not only is it yummy, but it’s a memory they won’t soon forget.

51. Make a Lemonade Stand {Design Dazzle}On a hot summer day nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade. And there is nothing sweeter than sun-kissed kids serving a refreshing glass of lemonade at their lemonade stand.

52. Toast Masterpieces {123 Homeschool 4 Me}Paint a rainbow piece of toast and enjoy!

53. Brunch Pancake BarFor a fun morning playdate, try out a pancake bar! This looks so cute, I want to make one right now!!

54. Mini Pie Bar {Play Party Plan}All you need are some pudding cups and fun toppings to set up this mini pie bar and let the kids customize their own mini pie creations.

18 Crafty Playdates

Develop your kid’s inner artist by hosting the best crafty playdates EVER!!!

Crafty Playdate Ideas

Crafty Playdates for Kids

55. Color Block Art {Messes to Memories}This colorful project would be so fun for kids. Grab some canvas, paint and tape and let the kids create a masterpiece for them to display!

56. Bubble Wrap Printing {Artbar Blog}Don’t throw away that bubble wrap, it could make for some playdate fun!

57. Glowing Fairy Bottle {Bitz N’ Giggles}These are perfect for a nighttime playdate!

58. Paint Egg Splatter {Growing a Jeweled Rose}Paint a canvas and have a blast doing it with paint filled eggs!

59. Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids {Consumer Craft}Let the kids create these 10 fun crafts using old toilet paper rolls!

60. Toothpick Sculptures {Artful Parent}Let the kids use toothpicks and mini marshmallows to create their own sculptures.

Crafty Kid Playdates

61. Mason Jar Aquariums {Hello Wonderful}Make your own mini aquariums, similar to snow globes, using mason jars.

62. Toilet Paper Roll Racers {Be a Fun Mum}Turn your old toilet paper rolls into racecars. This craft will keep kids entertained while making and long after!

63. Paper Bag Puppets {Martha Stewart}Create puppets out of brown paper lunch sacks. This will not only occupy kids while creating their puppets but also while performing their one of a kind shows.

64. Candy Jewelry {Messes to Memories}How fun would it be to grab a bunch of different candies and making some candy jewelry! To make it even easier, grab candies that can be easily strung!
65. Paper Roll Ninjas {Kid’s Activities Blog}Create these fun paper roll ninjas using recycled materials.

66. Canvas Painting {B Lovely Events}I love all of these art party ideas – including having the kiddos paint their own canvas!

Creative Playdates for Kids

67. Build a Bird House {Parents}What a cute activity! Not only is this crafty, but it would make for some great learning experiences about birds and nature!

68. Cardboard Box City {Learn With Play at Home}This would be such a fun rainy day activity and all you need are some cardboard boxes!

69. Crayon Art Sculpture {Meri Cherry}This is such a great idea! Take an everyday, ordinary item, like crayons and create a fun sculpture! Imagine the endless possibilities here.

70. Cup Craft {Simple As That}Choose any theme and put together a fun cup craft to fit it! Simple As That has so many fun ideas for cup crafts!!

71. Painted Rock Garden {Salt and Pepper Moms}Another fun plant-themed playdate could include making these fun, painted rock gardens.

72. DIY Friendship Bracelets {Mama Miss}I know my girl loves to make jewelry! Get all the girls together and celebrate their friendship by making these easy friendship bracelets with popsicle sticks and washi tape!

14 Sensory Playdates

These ideas are great for kids of all ages! Sensory play is great for development, but older kids can enjoy it too.

Sensory Playdate Ideas

Sensory Playdate Ideas

73. Playdough Party {Messes to Memories} Make this easy homemade playdough in less than 10 minutes!

74. Alphabet Phonics Fun {One Time Through}Help the kids learn their letters better with this fun activity.

75. Homemade Flubber {How To Instructions}Make flubber for the kids and keep them entertained for hours!

76. Edible Fingerpaint {Fun at Home with Kids}This edible fingerpaint is perfect for babies or toddlers who like to stick their hands in their mouth, and it’s even scented!

77. Homemade Gak {Lil’ Luna}This homemade gak only takes a couple of minutes to make and provides HOURS of entertainment!

78. Jell-O Soap Foam Sensory {Fun-a-Day}Indoors OR outdoors, make some jell-O soap foam and set the kids up with some fun sensory play!

79. Cloud Dough Ice Cream {Melissa and Doug}Ice Cream Cone play date with cloud dough – this is so easy to make and provides for some great entertainment!

Fun Sensory Play Ideas for Kids

80. Edible Sensory Play Balls {The Mud Kitchen}Get messy with these fun, edible sensory balls! You can definitely fit these into some fun themed playdates!

81. Rainbow Slime {Learn Play Imagine}This rainbow slime only uses three ingredients and it lasts for months and months!

82. Marshmallow House Building {The Idea Room}See who can build the biggest house without eating it first!

83. Ice Volcanoes {Messes to Memories}We’ve made these fun ice volcanoes before and kids love watching them erupt and fizz all over the driveway!

84. Monster Truck Sensory Bin {Crayon Box Chronicles}This sensory bin is easy to put together with materials you already have laying around the house. Your car loving kiddos will be in monster truck heaven.

85. Mess Free Finger Painting {Messes to Memories}If you want to be crafty, but need something a little less messy, this is a great solution! All you need is some paint and big gallon bags!

86. DIY Dinosaur Fossils {Lil’ Luna}Watch Ice Age and make some fun dinosaur fossils for the kids to discover!

15 Active Playdates

Here are some really great playdates to get the kids moving!

Active Playdate Ideas for Kids

Active Playdate Ideas

87. Dance Party {Mom Junction}Be spontaneous, let loose and turn on some tunes for a dance party! Check out some of these dance games and activities to add some variety to the playdate!

88. Kid Olympics {Real Simple}Set up some events and host a kid olympics. This would be a great way to get the kids moving!

89. Dinosaur Hunt {Messes to Memories}Any kind of theme could lend itself to a fun hunt like this dinosaur hunt!

90. Painting with Feet {Homegrown Friends}Try this fun and messy idea!

91. Kids Camp {The Dating Divas}Use this awesome printable pack to host your own Kids Camp for your kids and their friends! It incluces wristbands, camp journal covers, and everything you’ll need!

92. Get Moving Dice {I Heart Naptime}Play a silly game and exercise while doing it!

93. Rainbow Dancing Rings {Laughing Kids Learn}You only need a couple of materials to make these fun rainbow ribbon rings. Then just turn on some music and let the kids get to dancing!

Fun, Active Playdates for Kids

94. Exercise Class for Kids {The Realistic Mama}Use these 9 exercise videos for kids on YouTube to put together an exercise class just for kids!

95. Build and Race Boats {I Heart Naptime}What a clever idea! You can build boats out of bottle caps, soap, sticks, etc. Then set up a race and let the best boat win!

96. Yoga {Pop Sugar}Teach the kids some fun stretches and yoga poses! This will be an activity they’ll never forget!

97. Obstacle Course {Ashleyanne Photography}Obstacle courses could be set up indoors or outdoors using everyday items! We set up one with some chairs and pillows and watched the kids do little tricks as they squirmed under and jumped over. SO simple!

98. Hide & Seek – Play traditional hide and seek or hide seasonal or holiday items and have the kids try to find them.

99. Camping Activities {The Dating Divas}You don’t have to go on a real camping trip to have some outdoor fun! Go on a nature scavenger hunt, play camping bingo, make bug fossils, and eat some trail mix! {This kit is intended for babysitters to keep the kids entertained, but it also works GREAT for moms, too!}

100. Superhero Activities {Itty Bisous}If your kids love superheros, you’ll find games like the Hulk Smash absolutely perfect for a playdate!

101. Toddler Field Day {Ice Cream Off Paper Plates}This might just be the cutest thing ever! Have your littles participate in their own field day with three legged race and hula hoop competitions! Have a fun day just for your little ones!

 If you are looking for more fun ideas to do with your kids, you’ll definitely want to check out our 101 Things to do with your kids BESIDES watching TV. Plus, here are 101 Printables just for kids!

About the Author: Carisa

I am crazy about my husband, Scott and my FOUR cute kids! I spend my days at home--teaching, playing and cleaning up with them! Our favorite place in our home is the kitchen! I love to cook and bake with lots of flavor--and I love having my little helpers in the kitchen, too! Some of my most recent passions are tennis, nutrition, crafting, the great outdoors and photography!

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