25 Fabulous One On One Time With Children Ideas

one on one time with children ideas

Do you have one-on-one time with your children?

Just like individual “me time” for moms and dads is important, individual one-on-on time with your children is also important.

In fact, this one-on-one time will go a long way towards strengthening your relationships with each of your kids, individually. Your kids will know that this “date night” is coming and that if there’s anything they want to talk about, they’ll have your undivided attention during this time. And, as parenting expert Holly Anderson explains in the podcast episode above, it’s key for nurturing the relationship you have with your kids.

You can call them whatever you want.

Kid night. Date night. Mother/Son time.

But by naming it and beginning to do it routinely, it becomes a tradition and something that your kids will (hopefully) look forward to every week.

The idea behind it, though, is that for one night, the parent can enter the child’s world. If you have your children, these kid nights may be shorter or they could be less frequent but longer-lasting if you have teens or pre-teens.

It honestly doesn’t matter.

The important thing is that it’s one parent and one kid and that it’s something that the kid wants to do.

Here are a few ideas of things you could do with your kids to start your own Kid Nights.

25 Fabulous One On One Time With Children Ideas

  1. Take your child to lunch/breakfast/dinner
  2. Go to the local zoo
  3. Take a walk or hike together
  4. Go fishing
  5. Fill your pockets with quarters and head to the arcade
  6. Play basketball together
  7. Throw around a football/kick around a soccer ball together
  8. See a movie (a drive-in can be especially fun)
  9. Play miniature golf (or grab the clubs and head to the driving range)
  10. Visit a local coffee shop together
  11. Take a painting class
  12. Take a dance class
  13. Visit a museum
  14. Go to a concert
  15. Go for a bike ride
  16. Train for and run a race together
  17. Make a meal together for the family
  18. Get a pedicure together
  19. Visit the park or playground
  20. Go shopping together
  21. Play video games
  22. Put together a puzzle
  23. Go bowling
  24. Go to the beach
  25. Visit a bookstore together

Final Thoughts on the Importance of One-on-One Time with Your Kids

“Kid nights” are prime opportunities to do something fun with your children, individually, while nurturing the relationship you have with them. Through these one-on-one interactions, you’ll be laying the groundwork that will make them more likely to open up to you and come to you with problems.

Put these date nights on the calendar. Talk about them as they’re approaching. Make it a big deal and something that you and your child can look forward to.

And even if it can’t be weekly, it still should be a regular event, something your kids KNOW will be coming, where they’ll have your undivided attention (no technology allowed!) for this period of time.

We offered a list of 25 ideas above to help you come up with ideas for what your kids might enjoy. But, really, the sky’s the limit! It could be something as simple as going to Starbucks together for a coffee date once a week or even just walking the dog together.

Do you do something like this now? We would love to hear about what YOU’RE doing for date nights with your kids! Let us know in the comments below.


About The Author

Michael Kawula

I’m a husband and father of 3 amazing children. For the last 20-Years I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. My goal is to help parents empower all our children to achieve their inner greatness.I’m an author, Inc. 500 featured Company, have been interviewed by Anthony Robbins, CNN and featured in over 100 publications over the last few years.