In our article 4 Reasons Why Parents Should Spend More Time With Their Child, we mentioned how time is the most valuable thing a person can spend. Deep down, your children don’t care how exciting a date you plan for them – they just want you.

If you’re stumped for ideas on what you can do on your date with your kid, here are a few ideas to try:

1. Eat

eating together

Let your child choose his favourite café or restaurant, order the food, and make decisions like when to ask for the ice cream. Talk about how your week has been.

➡️ Related Read: Singapore Kid-Friendly Restaurants

2. Watch a Movie

You can stay in the comfort of your home for this, as long as no one else is around! Watch a new DVD or the latest movie on Netflix, snuggle on the couch, and munch on popcorn and chips. Then discuss what you’ve watched over hot chocolate and marshmallow.

3. Picnic in the park

Picnic in the park

Pack a simple picnic basket and head to your nearest park or reservoir on foot or bike (or scooter!). This would be a great opportunity to teach your child how to ride a bike or skate.

➡️ Related Read: Best Picnic Places in Singapore

4. People watch

Find somewhere where you can just sit and watch the world go by. It could be in the window of a café that’s right next to the road. You can learn a lot by observing the world around you, and so can your child.

➡️ Related Read: Top 5 Most Child-Friendly Places in Singapore

5. Treasure hunt

Go to the beach or the park, and let your child wander free, picking up anything that catches his eye to admire and/or keep. You’ll be surprised how many items qualify for “treasure” in the eyes of our little ones. Find out why.

By Dorothea Chow.

This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine.

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