How to Plan a Play Date


You’ve signed up for your baby’s play group and received your Welcome Letter. You’re so excited to meet other families in the neighborhood. You know you should host a play date, but you have no idea where to start.

Sound familiar? We know hosting a play date can seem like a big responsibility, but we want to assure you … it’s not! Here’s a list of frequently asked questions to help get your creativity going!

I’ve never hosted a play date before. What do I have to do?
You pick a day and time that works for your schedule, and then choose an activity. The group can play at your house or you can plan an outing. Once you figure out the details, send them to your Playgroup Coordinator and you’ll be on your way!

What’s the best time for a play date?
Any time that is best for your schedule! Play groups are made up of all kinds of families – stay at home moms, stay at home dads, two working parents, kids at home with the nanny – you name it, we live in Grant Park! Play dates don’t have to happen during the day – evening & weekend play dates are fun too!

What if I would like to host, but my house is too small for a big group?
No house is too small … but if you aren’t comfortable having people over, that’s totally okay! You can plan an outing of some sort. Play groups don’t have to meet at your house – they can meet anywhere in the local vicinity.

I’m tired of just sitting around and talking … what are some creative playdate ideas?
If your babies are tiny, think of them as an extension of mom (or dad). When they are little, you are really planning “Mommy playdates!” Some ideas might include:

Mobile Manicures and/or pedicures (DIY or bring someone in)
Chair massage
Parent & Baby Yoga
Brunch/Lunch out
Dinner out
Coffee at Hodgepodge
First food tastings
Holiday parties

As your babies get older, think of family-friendly outings. Some ideas might be:
Zoo Atlanta
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Georgia Aquarium
High Museum of Art
Tot Spot at Atlantic Station
Meet the horses at the Mounted Patrol
Sing-Along Class (Eclectic Music Is drop in! http://eclecticmusicatlanta.com/)
Art at HodgePodge
Storytime at HodgePodge or the local libraries
Local splashpad (Zoo Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, D.H. Stanton)
Arts & Crafts activities

A Mom (or Dad) night out can be a fun activity without the kids!

What are your favorite creative play date ideas?