Father Daughter date ideas that fit every little girl in your life

Father-daughter dates are becoming increasingly popular, and I for one, feel this new trend is just precious! Why not celebrate the unconditional love between a father and his daughter by spending some one-on-one time and taking a break from the daily grind? With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I couldn’t help but correlate the once a year, pink-and-white-and-red-all-over holiday with daddy-daughter dates. No matter what type of little girl you have at home, there’s a style and theme for a father-daughter date that will fit her to a tee.

Father Daughter Date Ideas

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For the Princess

My daughter fell into this category when she was a tiny tot. I was hard-pressed to get her to leave the house without a tiara or Disney princess costume on. Here’s some fun father daughter date ideas– princess-style.

  • A princess would not be complete without her prince. Make a dinner reservation at her favorite restaurant, get all dressed up, and have a dinner date complete with flowers, candy, and sparkling juice.
  • On a budget? Have a “house date.” Dress up yourselves and the dining room table with a the fancy dishes and ask Mom to join in on the fun by serving dinner! Make a cake or cupcakes with a princess theme and spend the night twirling and dancing to Disney princess tunes.
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For the Sporty Girl

Has your daughter outgrown her inner princess and traded her wand for a soccer ball? You can still have a blast together with a sport’s theme!

  • Take your sporty girl on a date to a local hockey or basketball game. Combine it with a trip to a sports-themed restaurant like Medieval Times or Quaker Steak and Lube and you’re golden.
  • Budget option: Stay in and watch a game on television. Pop some popcorn, wear your favorite team’s jersey, and have a ball yelling at the T.V.
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Drama Queen Date Night

Does your little girl love the theater? Creating a daddy-daughter date with a drama-inspired theme is a snap.

  • Purchase tickets for a movie, play, or show. Want to splurge on dinner? Check for  age-appropriate dinner theater tickets. The best of both worlds!
  • Budget idea: Rent a couple of DVDs, order your favorite takeout, and settle in for the night. Bonus points for Dad if the DVDs are musicals and he sings along with the movie!
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The Great Outdoors

Does your baby girl love exploring the great outdoors? If you’re lucky to live in a warmer climate or stuck inside thanks to a cold climate, a date with an outdoor theme is budget-friendly and fun.

  • Plan a hike at the local park. Bring a picnic basket filled with her favorites and enjoy the majestic scenery. Bonus points for bringing a pair of binoculars to look at the local wildlife. If snow is in the forecast, head up to your favorite mountain for a little father-daughter skiing, while you leave the rest of the family at home,
  • Indoor option: create a carpet picnic and watch outdoor-themed shows on the tele. Don’t discount blanket tents and forts for added ambiance — they create instant magic!

Has your daughter ever been on a father-daughter date? Share with us the details!
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1 thought on “Father Daughter date ideas that fit every little girl in your life”

  1. Steve Oliver

    Great post! So many great ideas for daddy-daughter time. I like how you grouped them by interest.

    My daughter is an adult now, but she’s never too old for a daddy-daughter date night. Nowadays when she’s home from college, we go out to a nice dinner. Sometimes it’s to an old favorite place, or sometimes we try something new.

    And remember, you don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day for a daddy-daughter date. Any day is a great day for a dad to spend time with his little girl.


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