One crucial job of a father is to show his little girl how she deserves to be treated, so she doesn’t put up with anything less when she starts dating (cringe!). Even if your little one isn’t at all near her teen years, it’s always a great time for dad to take his princess out on the town and shower her with time and love. Plus, a daddy/daughter date means mom gets a little time to herself! Dads can really get creative and go beyond the normal dinner and a movie with these five sweet father and daughter date ideas. Click through the slideshow to check out the ideas.

Pan For Gems and Stones in Julian

Head to Julian for a “treasure” of a date: the Julian Mining Company. Dad and his little girl can head back in time and pan for gems, stones and gold like early Californians did. After the treasure hunt is done, downtown Julian offers cute diners and famous pie you don’t want to miss.

Insider's Tip: At certain times of the year Julian Mining Co. offers fresh raspberries or pumpkins you can pick yourself.

Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.
Cost: varies

4444 State Hwy 78
Julian, CA
951-313-0166
Online: julianminingcompany.com

Photo credit: Panning for Gems by CinCool via flickr

Do you have any sweet father-daughter date ideas to add to our list?

— Ginger Anderson