Finding yourself in need of some daddy daughter date ideas with your 5 year old little girl? I’ve got you covered with some simple, yet fun ideas below!
It’s a sad reality that dads are the ones that miss out on bonding with their children the most — and this is nothing new. From issues with paternity leave to the head-of-the-household salary concerns, many dads have historically felt like they can’t always take a break to spend time with their children — daughters, especially.
Fathers and sons are enouraged to throw a football in the yard or go fishing together, but the same cannot be said for fathrs and daughters. Society just does not make it easy!
Daddy daughter dates are so important to contiue the bond and relationship between the two. They also don’t have to be expensive, fancy, or even well planned out.
Sometimes the spontaneous and unexpected daddy daughter dates end up being the most fun!
Daddy Daughter Date Ideas For 5 Year Old Girls
While times are changing to allow fathers more time with their little ones, it might still be up to you to find a way to bond with your daughter — just you and her. Daddy daughter dates are a great way to create that bond and get some quality time with your little one.
This bonding time for father and daughter is also an opportunity for mom to enjoy some “me time” without the stress or pressure of a child waiting in the wings. If you want to hear about some of the best daddy and daughter date ideas for five year olds, here’s a list for inspiration!
1. Movie Date
Is there a movie in theaters or on a streaming network that your daughter has been dying to see? Maybe she has a new favorite, and you haven’t watched it with her yet.
This is a great time for you to bust out a daddy and daughter date night. Whether it’s the dollar theater, the fancy theater with the reclining seats, or the couch at home, there’s an opportunity to create some really special memories.
You can enhance your time together by getting dressed up like you’re attending a fancy event, making a snack platter at home, or even combining your movie date with dinner. Little girls love to dress up and pretend to be princesses so this is a perfect daddy daughter date night for 5 year olds or young girls around this age.
2. Food Court Lunch Date
Your girls might spend a lot of time at the mall with their mom, buying essentials and getting clothes for school. But, what if it was a shopping date with dad instead?
Consider taking your little girl to the mall to pick out a special item, like a fancy necklace or earrings, before heading to the food court for a lunch date.
This is also the perfect daddy and daughter date idea if you have more than one little one because you don’t have to find a single place that everyone can agree on. At the food court, you have access to tons of different options that allow each person to get exactly what they want!
3. Creative Date Days
Whether it’s painting your own pottery or simple craft projects at home, creative dates are an amazing daddy and daughter date idea. Let your kids explore new hobbies and share an experience with them when you work together on a project.
When you go to a location that specializes in creative experiences for kids, you’ll get additional guidance and support from the instructors and teachers at the facility.
Your kids get professional advice, and everyone leaves with a souvenir at the end of the session. You might be surprised at what your kids manage to create!
4. Mani-Pedi Date
Many dads shy away from doing some of the more girly things with their daughters, but this is an opportunity to show them you’ll do anything for them and that self-care is important for everyone. Suggest a mani-pedi date night or makeover to get the most out of your time together.
Your home salon party is a chance to get silly without worrying about looking pretty. Show your girls that it’s OK to flout gender norms and have fun.
Whether it’s putting on nail polish or letting the girls do your hair, this type of date night lets them know that it’s not all about conforming to the norm and fitting in.
You can even go to a nail salon with your 5 year old daughter because who said dads can’t get a manicure?
5. Scavenger Hunt Date
You want your little ones to get the chance to exercise their brains outside of school, too! Avoid making learning boring when you go on a scavenger hunt date.
You can create the scavenger hunt yourself if you have multiple girls, or let mom get in on the action so you can hunt alongside your daughter.
Consider making the scavenger hunt items into simple riddles and poems, so your little ones have the opportunity to solve a puzzle. They may even get to the answers before you do!
6. Hiking Date
Getting enough exercise and a chance to appreciate the outdoors is an amazing opportunity for both dads and daughters. A lot of times, this is something your daughter might already be begging for.
If your little one loves running around outside and takes every chance she can to play in the park or the woods, this is the date idea for you. Get out and get active when you head out on a short hike with a picnic in tow.
Once you find a good spot, enjoy your meal or snack and talk about the interesting things you saw on your hike so far.
7. Game Night Date
There are plenty of board and card games that are made for two people and also age appropriate for five year olds. Whip out the game table and snacks for a night of friendly competition and rivalry with a game night date.
Mom can get out of the house for happy hour with her friends while you get some electronics-free bonding time with the little ones.
Extend game night dates into other aspects of your life when you go hunting for new and unusual games at garage sales and puzzle stores. Let your girls take turns choosing which games you’ll play and watch them blossom.
Time to Start Playing
Do any of these daddy and daughter date ideas for 5 year olds speak to you? Are you excited to try them out the next evening when you have free time?
Try them all and make date night a routine with your girls. They might even start suggesting new ideas that they want to try out with you.
Whether it’s heading to a sporting event or doing fondue night at home, there are so many different daddy and daughter date ideas to explore. Share your experiences in the comments to let everyone know what worked for you!
Katie Tejada is a married mother of six (and animal mom of 12). In her spare time, she enjoys writing about the unique world of motherhood, pet care, and marriage.