Between school, work and keeping the family afloat, sometimes it’s tough for mother-daughter activities to come front and center. In order to help you keep that bond strong, we looked around and found 25 of the very best ideas. Whether your daughter is five or 15, keep reading to discover mother-daughter activities you’ve got to try at least once.
1. Have a spa day. Every mom and daughter deserves the royal treatment at least once. A soothing mask, manicure and pedicure, and a glass of refreshing cucumber water will make for a very memorable day.
2. Write in a journal together. Sometimes talking about our feelings is tough. But using a mother-daughter journal to share our dreams and disappointments can be a great bonding experience (and a wonderful keepsake for the future).
3. Read together. Whether your daughter is two-years-old or 12, pick a book to read aloud together. You’ll never forget the experience of bonding over words together.
4. Go to high tea. Find a fancy hat and get your pinkies up. High tea is a luxurious activity that every mom and daughter should do at least once.
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6. Volunteer or do a community service project. There are lots of community activities for families. Pick an activity that will help mom and daughter give back to others while spending time together.
7. Schedule a professional photo shoot. Most moms have hundreds of photos of their daughters, and we all love a good selfie. But having a photographer other than yourself capture lasting memories is a gift you’ll enjoy well into the future.
8. Have a picnic. Pack a picnic lunch (or buy a delicious sandwich at a local shop) and find a pretty outdoor spot. Spend some time eating, chatting, reading or playing together.
9. Go to a fancy dinner. Make a reservation for a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try and have a date night with your daughter.
10. Take a hike. Find a trail to explore. Walk through your local park. Stroll the beach, mountains or desert. Enjoying nature together may open your eyes to many new things along the path.
11. Travel to a new city. You can take a plane ride to another state or drive to the next town over. Explore a new city with your daughter, and see what you both find interesting.
12. Bake a cake or cook a full dinner. You’ve probably enlisted your daughter’s help in baking cookies or peeling a vegetable now and then. Take the culinary skills up a notch and attempt creating an entire cake or a four-course meal.
13. Go on a shopping spree. While it’s probably worth saving up some money for this indulgence, an afternoon shopping spree is something every mother and daughter should do together.
14. Have a movie marathon. Pick a series of movies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney), pop some popcorn and make a day of movies in your family room.
15. See a play or musical. Dress up, have lunch and experience a play or musical at one of your local theaters.
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16. Take a painting class together. Get artsy and do a paint or crafting class together. You’ll love seeing each of your unique perspectives come to life on the canvas.
18. Have regular mommy-daughter dates. Whether it’s a lunch date, walk to the park, or visiting a local museum, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to spend time with your daughter.
19. Pick a Pinterest project to tackle. You know all those crafts and projects you have pinned? Find a perfect one for a mother-daughter team and make an afternoon of it.
20. Have a dance party. Blast your favorite playlist and dance, dance, dance.
21. Look through old photos and scrapbooks. Before the days of Facebook, we kept our memories printed in albums. Share your old photo albums and scrapbooks with your daughter, and tell her stories about those special times.
22. Play in the snow. Bundle up and head outside into the white powder for a snowball fight, and snow angel and snowman making. Then warm up together by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa.
23. Go thrift shopping or antique hunting. It’s fun to hunt through thrift shops and see what treasures you can find.
24. Learn to build something. Put your girl power into action, and perfect your building skills at a class through Home Depot or another hands-on workshop. There’s no reason the hammer and drills should be left to fathers and sons.
25. Go to a concert. Take your daughter to see your favorite singer or band. And when the time comes, go with your daughter to see her favorite performer.
What mother-daughter activities do you like to do? Tell us in the comments!
—Leah R. Singer