How To Host The Best Playdates!

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How to host the best playdate! Tips for playdate activities, food and more!

Summer is here and school is out and that means it is time to get outdoors and have some major fun! One thing I love about Summer is the ability to host outdoor playdates and let the kids play together unstructured! I’m sharing my must have tips for a successful playdate today so that your playdate ends in smiles instead of tears. You’ll be known for having the best playdates with these fun tips!

Playdate refueling station stocked with easy grab snacks

I love to host playdates that are unstructured where the adults can mingle, the kids can mingle and no one is required to do anything or be any specific place. In order to achieve success with this model and keep everyone happy and playing I set up different activity stations where everyone can freely come and go as they please. I always set up a “refueling” station where my guests can easily grab quick snacks and drinks while they continue to play. I love easy grab snacks like these Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars.

Tips for hosting the best playdates! Snack while still playing with easy grab snacks

They aren’t messy and are easy to eat while the kids continue playing so they can keep playing! I also love that Quaker Chewy Granola Bars contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in fun flavors like Chocolate Chip, S’mores and Oatmeal Raisin.

Playdate activity ideas: Create your own truck wash station

The next station that I set up was a big hit! This truck wash station provided the kids with the opportunity to wash their sandbox toys with soapy water and real car wash mitts. I found the mitts for $1 at the dollar store and the kids absolutely LOVED this! Plus their sand toys got clean! Double win!

Playdate tips Keep kids playing longer with easy grab snacks

The next station had balls that the kids could freely play with. Some played alone and at other times they would organize a game.

Playdate Tips Provide several fun activities. Bubbles are always a popular one!

The next station consisted of a bubble machine that would create hundreds of bubbles that the kids could run through and pop! They loved all the bubbles!

How to host the best play dates - Playdate ctivity ideas

The best playdate tip is to allow kids to play freely. Too much structure will leave kids feeling upset and wanting to do something they choose, not what you choose. Allow them to explore the different stations at their own pace. Interact with them but also allow the kids to organize their own play. Letting kids imaginations go is important to their childhood.

Kids bocce ball playdate activity idea

The last station was a bocce ball game. The adults and kids all played this game together and the kids quickly caught on to the rules of the game. It was a lot of fun!

Playdate tips: watch from the sidelines and keep your cool. Let kids work things out and only intervene when necessary.

I made sure to have my hammock chairs out for the adults to relax in too! I took a break and refueled with a Quaker Chewy bar that was amazing! You can see the kids freely moving about the different stations in the background!

Free Nerf Ball with Quaker Big Chewy Bars

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  1. Heather says:

    My family loves to play games like basketball and soccer! We also love to swim and ride bikes! It never hurts to have some good food nearby! Games and food– you can’t go wrong!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    We love to play in the sprinkler!

  3. soha molina says:

    Don;t forget sunscreen.

  4. We love to swim and biking. thankyou, ken

  5. Amanda Lea says:

    Favorite tip is to let kids be kids and try to take their lead on what activities to do.

  6. Kelly Tupick says:

    My best tip is to always try and have fun while being safe at the same time.

  7. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite tip is to pack lots of sunscreen

  8. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    We love having playdates with our family. We like to go to the local parks and hike with our dogs, go swimming at the pool,. or just hang out. We always wear our screen though and pack plenty of water.

  9. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Sunscreen, snacks and drinks — love going to the park and playground for a fun day.

  10. Julie L says:

    My playdate tip is go over rules and expectations before the other kids come with my own kids and then again when they come.

  11. Melissa M says:

    Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!

  12. Devon F says:

    water & snacks!

  13. It is fun to meet at the park for a playdate.

  14. latanya says:

    We meet a park, monkey joes, or someone’s backyard

  15. Let the kids lead the activities.

  16. Amanda Temple says:

    I love hosting and probably do more work than most kids appreciate. Keep it simple, keep them hydrated, and have plenty of snacks!

  17. Dagmar Moretti says:

    I love the tip to have fun but be safe while doing it

  18. I like the tip for a refueling station

  19. Maria Beas says:

    As a family, we love to play baseball, tennis and basketball. We love to share with others and have a good time always respecting each other. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize pack 🙂

  20. Daniel Scott says:

    Plenty of fresh water for everyone including pets. A shady area is nice too, and maybe a pool so everyone can cool off.

  21. Lori Clark says:

    have different activities for different ages. also have plenty of ice cold water and sunscreen on hand

  22. Laura J says:

    Make sure to have beverages and snacks for the kids and check before hand for any allergies!

  23. Terra Heck says:

    Purchase a bunch of cheap outdoor toys and keep them in a tote. That way the kids will have several options to choose and it won’t break the bank. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the kids. Thanks.

  24. I like the idea of making a theme like a karaoke playdate / making a stage.

  25. stephanie says:

    Best one I can think of is don’t forget the sunscreen and water!

  26. Janet W. says:

    My favorite play date tip is to always have plenty of drinks and snacks on hand. Kids love to snack and it’s important they stay hydrated! It will keep down on cranky moods, too!

  27. Jessica Lodge says:

    Have lot’s of healthy snacks and make sure there is a shady area for the kids to chill out in if they get too hot.

  28. Jessica Beard says:

    Have a place for kids to play in the shade. Snacks are a good thing to have too!

  29. Sarah Oswald says:

    Tidy up your kids’ playspace by using a shoe organizer as storage for any of their loose toys, stuffed animals, or other small trinkets.This way their favorite toys will always be easy to find. Plus, you’ll keep them off the floor!

  30. I always bring a bag of boogie wipes to keep everyone clean.

  31. Terry Maigi says:

    My favorite tip is lots of sunscreen!

  32. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Favorite Tip Is To Keep Lot’s Of Snacks And Drinks On Hand! Kids And Parents Love A Good Snack!

  33. In the summer we love having play dates that involve water. We set up the spinner, kiddie pool, splash balls, and/or water table. Sometimes instead of filling the water table up with water I use water beads.
    *sprinkler not spinner

  34. Trisha Burgess says:

    My tip is make sure you have a variety of activities to keep the kids constantly entertained!

  35. Amanda Whitley says:

    my tip is to have sunscreen and bugs spray at all times.

  36. Nannypanpan says:

    I always find out about food allergies and favorite food so on th kid will feel welcome

  37. Jennifer Tilson says:

    My favorite tip about playdates is to have some options in case the planned or chosen one fails.

  38. My best tip is to have plenty of snacks and drinks! Active kids need fuel to keep going!

  39. Rochel S says:

    Make sure to apply sunscreen. Running in the sprinkler is lots of fun!

  40. We use a plastic sandbox and fill it with water and plastic toys from the dollar store. Fun & inexpensive!

  41. Have plenty of sunscreen, bug spray and a first aid kit on hand

  42. Daniel Scott says:

    I like the idea for different stations, this would keep the family busy and happy this summer. I will incorporate a scavenger hunt because the whole family likes them.

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