I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is winding down and beach days, picnics and water parks will soon be replaced with homework, after-school activities and early bedtimes. But before we all get caught up in the day-to-day school grind, take a day (or two) to celebrate the start of another school year with your kids with a mom-and-me date night.
Here are some fun ideas for making your own special tradition.
Shaktea has a great selection of caffeine-free teas. You can enjoy scones, crumpets and cheesecake bites (all perfectly sized for kids) and sip tea out of fancy tea cups while pretending you’re the Queen of England.
3702 Main St, Vancouver
I forgot how much fun bowling is! Grandview Lanes has 5-pin bowling (which is great for little hands), 10-pin bowling and even Glow 5-pin. My kids loved counting how many pins they could knock down. And if you want to knock more pins down, you can always put the bumpers up (which improved my score dramatically!).
2195 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I love taking my kids to this restaurant, especially on Sundays which is make-your-own-pizza night. It’s amazing what vegetables your kids will try when they get to pick them out themselves! Plus, there’s a great play area you can hang out in while you’re waiting for your dinner.
4186 Main Street and 1876 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
What better way to celebrate going back to school than with an ice cream sundae? Or milkshake? Or banana split? Or float? The possibilities are endless! Glenburn Soda has such a 50s feel, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine as soon as you walk through the front door. It’s such a fun experience; your kids will love it.
4090 Hastings Street, North Burnaby
Remember, what makes a mom-and-me date special isn’t necessarily what you do; it’s who you do it with. Your child will love spending one-on-one, uninterrupted quality time with mom, no matter what you do.
What do you like to do for mom-and-me dates? Tell us in the comments below.
Amy Beeman has been working in morning radio for almost 20 years, first in her hometown of Prince George and now for 94.5 Virgin Radio with Jonny, Holly & Nira. Her interests include running half marathons, dancing in her kitchen, napping, blogging at According to Amy, and going on adventures with her twins, Lucy and Sam, and her son Stanley. Amy loves seeing the world through their eyes.