Hosting your first play date can feel like going to prom: butterflies in the tummy, wondering if things will click, hoping for no awkward silence. But being the host has big rewards if you don’t mind a little planning. You’ll get to trade battle stories with other parents and let the kids play — even if they’re just in the goo-goo-ga-ga phase. Scroll through our flipbook for tips for creating the perfect play date, from snacks to activities to mocktails.

Go Stroll

Take it to the streets! Fit 4 Mom runs and organizes the mega-popular stroller stride programs all over the United States. Grab a group and hit the road; getting exercise is a great way to bond with other parents. Each location also offers playgroups, Moms Night Out and family activities too. Find out the where, the when and the how by checking out the latest stride schedule.

Photo: via Aaron Fulkerson on flickr

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— Gabby Cullen
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Featured photo: Parker Knight via flickr