Mom and Son Bonding Ideas for Your Bucket List


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UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2020

There is something oh so special about the bond between mother and son. It’s so important to strengthen the mother-son bond because raising boys is tough work! Having regular bonding activities is a great way to strengthen the mother and son bond! I’ve got the ultimate bucket list of the most fun mom and son dates you’ll both love! I’ve got mom and son bonding activities for all ages from toddlers all the way to bonding ideas for your teenage son.

This mom and son connection is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced in my life. Which is actually pretty funny because I never ever thought I’d want to be a boy mom.

Boys weren’t something I really understood, given that I’ve only got sisters. So naturally, I wanted a girl but life doesn’t always give you want you want.

However, it usually does have a way of giving you exactly what you need. I had no idea how much I needed this little boy in my life.

Now, I’m looking forward to building a strong foundation to nurture that mom and son connection. I love the idea of special mom and son traditions to bond over.

I can’t wait to do more and more mom and son bonding activities together as he gets older since he’s just a toddler now. Thinking about all the adventures to come, I wanted to make a sort of mom and son bucket list, if you will.

Even if I have more kids one day, I think it’s important to spend one-on-one time with each child. Memorable mom and kid dates that are just for them.

These special mom and son dates will stay with them forever and us too. These activities help moms to learn what things their kids love and build a bond with shared interests.


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Why Should You Go on Mom and Son Dates?


Intentional Parenting

I think this special one-on-one time is so important because it makes you actively engage with your child. No distractions. When you plan these special dates, it makes you more intentional in your parenting.

We often get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and so we often don’t realize that we aren’t mentally always there with our kids.

We may be sitting right next to them but our mind is on the million other things that need to get done. Having these special dates makes me focus on nothing else but getting to know my kid and spending quality time together.


Excitement and Anticipation


It gives both of us something special to look forward to. Planning and setting a special date tells your child how much we value spending time with them and listening to their thoughts. It will be something you both look forward to and count down til.


It Helps to Foster an Everlasting Bond Between Mother and Son


As I mentioned earlier, this is a time where you both learn more about each other and bond over mutual goals or interests.

There’s a reason company’s use team-building outings to facilitate teamwork. It’s because you can’t help but bond.

It puts you in a different environment than the usually adult-child dynamic where you are the authority and they just have to listen. It’s far less formal and lets your child open up. It’s a nice feeling to be a fun mom once in a while instead of the disciplinarian all the time.


Outdoor Mother and Son Activities


We’ll start with some awesome outdoor mom and son activities to get you both active and having fun. I find boys are full of energy and definitely need an active outlet to burn it. Why not jump in and get active too.

If you’re not super-duper into getting sweaty I’ve also included outdoor outings that don’t require you to break a sweat.

mom holding up toddler son on date to Springridge Farm


Physically Active Outdoor Activities for Mom and Son


♡ Take a hike together and explore nature


♡ Go for a swim at the pool or beach


♡ Play bubble soccer together

♡ Try archery tag together

♡ Have a laser tag team battle

♡ Go mini-golfing

♡ Wash the car together

♡ Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt

♡ Play catch

♡ Take a bike ride

♡ Go canoeing or kayaking

♡ Play tag at the playground

♡ Take a fishing trip

♡ Fly a kite

♡ Go bowling

♡ Play one-one-one basketball or 21 (click here for rules if you don’t know how to play

♡ Go roller skating or rollerblading

♡ Do an obstacle course together

♡ Go on a camping trip

♡ Try skateboarding

♡ Go to the batting cages


Outdoor Date Ideas for Mom and Son Dates

mom and toddler son bonding at restaurant date

♡ Go on an ice cream date

♡ See a movie together

♡ Visit the zoo

♡ Race go-karts at the track

♡ Visit the farmer’s market

♡ Take a trip to the aquarium

♡ See a drive-in movie together

♡ See a baseball game

♡ See a basketball game and cheer on your favorite team

♡ Go apple picking or fruit picking

♡ Take a beach trip and build a sandcastle

♡ Go on a pizza date

♡ Have a picnic at the park

♡ See a play or show together

♡ Make outdoor chalk art on the sidewalk

♡ Have a water balloon fight (we love these self-sealing ones)

♡ Plant a garden together

♡ Play at an arcade

♡ Visit an escape room

♡ Visit an amusement park

♡ Go horseback riding or take riding lessons together

♡ Visit the farm

♡ Go to a museum

♡ Go to the library and attend a drop in program

♡ Feed ducks at your local pond

♡ Attend a yoga class

♡ Visit a play place or kids center


Indoor Mom and Son Bonding Ideas


Not all mom and son dates require getting outside. I know it can be difficult to get everyone organized and plan days out together. It’s great to have some special mom and son traditions to do at home too.

You can take on some fun mom and son projects that you work on over time at home. When you and your child work together on a common goal you can’t help but grow closer.

♡ Work on a big puzzle together

♡ Build a pillow/blanket fort

♡ Dress up as super heroes

♡ Have a pillow fight

♡ Make a special meal together

♡ Read a novel together (you have to do all the voices of the characters too!)

♡ Watch a movie together

♡ Have a puppet show

♡ Write your own silly story together

♡ Play dress up

♡ Camp out in the backyard or living room

♡ Have a dance party at home

♡ Learn to make origami

♡ Make a Lego model of something cool

♡ Play board games

♡ Make Play-doh sculptures

♡ Make slime together

♡ Try a science experiment

♡ Play hide-and-seek

♡ Play video games together

♡ Bake and decorate cookies, cake or another sweet treat

♡ Play card games like Go Fish or matching cards

♡ Play trivia games together

♡ Play “21 questions” or “would you rather”

♡ Play ” I Spy”

♡ Draw pictures

♡ Try an easy craft for kids like my fall tree painting sensory craft

♡ Play tic-tac-toe, hang man or other word games

♡ Do a word search or crossword puzzle together


Mom and Toddler Son Bucket List

mom and son on tractor ride


If, like me, you have a toddler, not all of the above activities will be applicable. Here are some of my favorite mom and toddler activities I’ve done with my baby boy.

I love our mom and toddler dates and I really think my toddler does too.

I feel like each toddler date is a unique chance to get to know him better and our mommy and me dates always have him smiling from ear to ear.

♡ Build a block tower then knock it down

♡ Make finger painting art

♡ Go for a stroll , look at and talk about all the sights and sounds of nature

♡ Play a counting game

♡ Sing your favorite songs and dance together

♡ Do a jig-saw puzzle together

♡ Practice singing the ABCs

♡ “Draw” a picture (scribble,draw, whatever you want to call it)

♡ Read a story

♡ Play cars

♡ Play with puppets

♡ Have a game of peek-a-boo

♡ Play chase or tickle monster

♡ Take a trip to your local farm

♡ Take a trip to the beach

♡ Visit the zoo

♡ Visit a petting-zoo

♡ Go to the library

♡ Make and play with a sensory bin

♡ Visit the playground and swing on the swings

♡ Blow, chase and pop bubbles

♡ Learn to ride your first tricycle

♡ Play sorting activity games

♡ Make a mess together

♡ Have some rough and tumble play in bed

♡ Jump on the bed

♡ Take cuddly naps together

♡ Have a mommy and son photo shoot

♡ Play with balloons

♡ Visit a splash pad

♡ Take a road trip

♡ People watch together

♡ Blow raspberries on your toddles tummy and watch them squeal with delight

♡ Play with Playdoh


Fun Things To Do With Your Teenage Son: Mom And Teenage Son Bonding Ideas


If you’re the mom of a teenage boy, bonding can be tough. It’s that age where they want their privacy and freedom. They really just want to hang out in their rooms or with their friends.

You’re probably scratching your head asking yourself: how can I bond with my teenage son? How do I connect with my 16 year old son?

They’re a whole other species!

I’ve decided I’m not taking no for an answer LOL (I’ll let you know how that turns out in 15 years or so). We are going to MAKE this a part of our regular routine. But it’s never too late to start! So don’t be discouraged.

Here are some fun activities to do with your teenage son to strengthen your mom and son bond. Getting involved and showing interest in their interests will be key, hopefully you’ll see something here that sparks a great idea.

Go see a movie together (maybe let him choose the first time if you want their to be a 2nd LOL)

♡ Go for a bike ride

♡ Go rollerblading together

♡ Take a hike

♡ Play laser tag

♡ Ask him to teach you how to play his favorite video game (if that really isn’t your thing you can watch him play and cheer him on)

♡ Go to a sports game together (there’s nothing quite like the excitement in a basketball or baseball area)

♡ Go to an amusement park and ride ALL the CRAZY roller coasters

♡ Play fun card games together like president

♡ Binge watch a Netflix series together (don’t forget popcorn and all the fixings)

♡ Plan and take a fun road trip

♡ Travel to a new place and explore

♡ Enter and train for a marathon together

♡ Go go karting

♡ Play Foosball

♡ Play air hockey

♡ Go to kareoke

♡ Have some fun at the batting cages

♡ Play mini golf

♡ Plan a monthly dinner date out

♡ Play paintball in teams together

♡ Play archery tag

♡ Play darts

♡ Go to a hammer throwing event

♡ Play bubble soccer

♡ Visit an art gallery or museum

♡ Take a cooking class together

♡ Go to a paint night class

♡ Try an escape room quest

♡ Take a beach trip and rent ski dos

♡ Go rock climbing

♡ Go surfing

♡ Visit a local fair or carnival (food truck festivals are EPIC)

♡ Volunteer together

♡ Play badminton or table tennis

♡ Go bowling

♡ Go boating or kayaking

♡ Go camping or cottaging

♡ Visit some favorite childhood spots

♡ Play games together at an adult arcade like Dave and Busters

♡ Play adult board games like Cards Against Humanity , What Do You Meme or Telestrations


So Many Things To Do With Kids


I hope you found a few fun ideas for your mom and son bucket list whether you have a toddler, a tween or a teenage son. These mom and son dates will be what you look back on and remember as they grow older.

I hope these special activities help you build the foundation for open communication with your child because raising well adjusted boys is no small feat.

There’s so many things to do with your son, get started on making memories together ASAP! I would love to hear your favorites and if you have any that I forgot, I’d love to hear those too!

Leave me a comment below 🙂

mom and son bonding on a date
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20 comments on “Mom and Son Bonding Ideas for Your Bucket List

    Mellissa

    • November 21, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Great ideas! I have 4 boys, so I can tell you individual time with them is important! I love your suggestions and I’ll be putting them to use!

    Amy Gougler

    • November 21, 2019 at 9:36 am

    This is a wonderful list! My son just turned one and I’m already looking forward to the special mother/son activities to do together. We’re planning on a trip to the zoo soon!

    Kale @ steakandkale.com

    • November 21, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    “Build a block tower then knock it down”
    This never gets old. Never.
    Ha ha ha!
    Seriously, if I asked him if he would like to build a tower and knock it down RIGHT NOW, he would do this. I think this is a natural instinct in ALL boys!!!

      Cendu Param

      • November 21, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      ahahah BOYS! gotta love that boy mom life 😀

    Heather

    • November 23, 2019 at 12:09 am

    I love this! The bond between my son and I is so special! Having sweet dates just the two of us is so important.

    Tamara | The Gutz Life

    • December 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I love all of these ideas!
    As a mom of 4, I always to give each a fair share of my attention. The two youngest seem to get more than the two older who are a bit more independent. I do try to plan alone time with each of them. It doesn’t always mean a special planned outing. My oldest often gets a special activity or homemade popcorn and a TV movie once all the younger kids are in bed, or one of the younger ones comes grocery shopping with me when my husband is home to watch the others.

    Thara

    • January 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I love these ideas. Our next mom and son bonding day is coming up this weekend and I decided to take him to a art gallery. We will have lunch there. Then we will go on a relaxing stroll around the town to the shops.

    LLa Bu

    • March 29, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Awesome ideas. I saved this pin and will be applying these to our home school routines 🥰📚

      Cendu Param

      • March 29, 2020 at 6:57 am

      Yay! I’m so happy you like them! We’ve been doing a lot of this stuff too since we’ve been stuck inside

    Ezinne

    • March 29, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Great ideas!!! My son is still 11months old, I’m looking forward to a great time with him. Thanks

    Janet

    • April 15, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    My son and I, he’s 12 now, used to build trains together. We would make the tracks go all around the room and under furniture. He had two kinds the wooden trains and the Thomas the tank that actually ran on a battery, but we discovered that we could put a Thomas engine on the wooden track and it would run there too. Then we would use wooden blocks and make cities and plastic animals and make a zoo, we got farm animals from the dollar tree and made a farm. Then we got tanks and soldiers and added an army base. We would do this up until he was about 8 or 9 and kind of lost interest in the trains. But he will still say, remember when we would…. and I’ll say do you still want to? and he kind of grins. Deep down I know the answer is yes. He does it with his little cousins now when they come over.
    Another thing we really enjoyed and got a ton of play time together with was pirates from the Playmobil company. They had amazing ships and on Amazon you can buy motors to make them run in the water. We got a ton of fun out of those.
    I love nerf guns but not a fan of shooting them at each other so we have target games now where I’ll set up appropriate nick nacks around the house and we will challenge each other to see who can shoot that frame or who can hit the ceiling fan….I’m an older mom and he’s my youngest and I have rheumatoid arthritis so I don’t move fast, but occasionally I’ll shock and shoot him out of nowhere and the game is on. But that kind of play is really left up to his next sister in line, poor boy she is 8 years older than him. : ) He has to put up with a lot of girls in his life and old parents.

      Cendu Param

      • April 16, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Wow, Janet! It sounds like you and your son are super close! I love all these fun activities you’ve listed. It makes me so happy to hear it’s stuck with him all these years- so sweet!

    Robin

    • May 4, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    These are all activities that every child would love, girls and boys.

      Cendu Param

      • May 4, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      definitely! we can all take part!

    Elizabeth Watson

    • July 6, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Great ideas! I must warn you that “planning” becomes harder as they get older. With teens, you often have to be ready to jump in when the opportunity arises more often than scheduling an activity. Enjoy your boys while they still think you are the bright center of the universe.

      Cendu Param

      • July 6, 2020 at 9:18 am

      great point! I’m definitely trying to soak up as much time as we can get right now. So not ready for teenagers LOL!

    Deandra Wolfe

    • July 13, 2020 at 8:40 am

    My son is so important to me I will drop whatever I’m doing to spend time with him. He is my only son and last of three. He is ten years old and he tells me he likes being with me more than his dad cause I’m fun and I listen to him. He loves going for walks and we just add talk about everything. He loves helping me cook especially when we have meatballs our meatloaf. He loves getting his hands in there. We throw the football and he loves to help me work in the yard. He is an awesome kid. I’m an definitely going to cherish these memories when I’m old and can’t do these things with him anymore.

      Cendu Param

      • July 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      HI Deandra!
      thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I love how involved you are with your little man. It’s definitely such a special bond. I can’t wait to do more cooking in the kitchen with my little guy. Right now we do banana bread together and it so fun for the both of us!

    Chrissy

    • July 19, 2020 at 9:17 am

    One cheap date I did with my toddler while pregnant with my second was to share a McDonald’s pancake and sausage breakfast then have ice cream for dessert. It was the best I’d seen him eat with utensils when other distractions were removed and including putting my phone away. Daddy got to sleep in that morning so everyone was happy.

    Hope

    • October 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    My oldest son is now a Sophomore and has always been very involved in sports. As a child, I had no problem getting personal time and dates with him but it seems that now he is so busy and if you’re not coaching him on a sport then there’s not much he wants to do with mom now! 🥴. I really think a few of these are going to be perfect for a one on one with him! I’m so excited! Thanks!

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