As dads, we should look for opportunities, both big and small, to connect with our daughters. Many times we think we need to impress our girls with something "big" when in reality a trip to the ice cream shop and good conversation is enough for her to feel connected to you. However, for those times when you want to make a really big memory, a day trip or weekend getaway can be a date that makes memories that last a lifetime. For creating those extra-special moments, here are 9 unique daddy/daughter date ideas that you can try:
1. Dance With Sugarplum Fairies
If your daughter takes dance lessons (and many girls do at some point in their lives), take them to see a professional ballet. I have found The Nutcracker to be a nice entry point into the ballet genre (especially for dads). Fantastic costumes, lighting effects, and familiar music makes for a date she will always remember.
2. Take Her Out To The Ballgame
Not all girls dream of going to a ballgame (baseball, football, soccer, basketball, etc.) so don't strike out (as I did) by assuming they're going to love it simply because you do. However, if you have a daughter who loves sports, this can be an exciting experience as you watch their eyes stare in wonderment as they enter a large stadium for the first time.
3. Wash An Elephant
Going to the zoo may not seem "special," but it is a great opportunity to share some time and conversation together – especially if your daughter is an animal lover. Many zoos offer "behind the scenes" opportunities such as feed the dolphins or shadow a zookeeper. On our zoo trip we signed up to help wash an elephant which turned out to be a memory we still talk about to this day.