My daddy is the best! The best father-daughter outings and activities

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  April 13, 2022

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Do you recognize this situation? You sit around the dinner table and your daughter asks, “Hey Dad, what are we going to do this weekend?” Help! What now?

Sometimes you may find it quite difficult to think of a fun activity that you can do with your daughter. 

Perhaps you think that you do not always have the same interests, or she is in a phase of life (read: the dreaded adolescent phase) in which she sometimes seems to speak a completely different language.

Don't worry, we have listed all fun father and daughter activities for you in this article, regardless of whether your little girl is still a baby is, a teenager or already an adult.

Most fun father daughter activities

Each stage of your child's life is different. So you will see that over the years her interests will develop and change.

The bond between father and daughter is unique and to strengthen it it is especially important to spend time together, regardless of age.

Fun father daughter activities for a baby

The myth that children have to be a little older to spend time together is just that: a myth. All babies are a little less interactive, there's plenty to do!

Try one of the following tips with your new daughter.

baby yoga

Baby yoga is a fantastic way to relax with your baby.

This playful and healthy form of exercise has many positive effects on your daughter's health. It is extremely beneficial for:

  • the circulatory system
  • the digestive system
  • resistance
  • flexibility
  • learn to make contact
  • strengthening the mutual bond

In addition, it is also an easy activity that you can perform almost anywhere.

Your daughter is not yet able to do the physical yoga exercises herself. That's why it's such a nice father-daughter moment!

Place baby on something soft, such as a large pillow or the couch. By moving her arms and legs you help her in the different yoga poses, such as "Tree Pose":

Tree Pose: One leg is straight and the other is bent. Hands together if necessary.

Make it an evening ritual so that your daughter is rested to bed or make it a refreshing start to your day together. Either way, it strengthens the bond between father and daughter.

Are you not sure where to start, or are you not a yoga expert yourself? This set of 60 Baby Yoga cards are super fun and have all the poses developed especially for your baby so you can get started right away.

Baby swimming

Baby swimming is another fun way to be active together and also a super fun father and daughter outing.

You will never forget that moment when your daughter discovers that she can move on her own in the water.

In addition, mutual trust is also strengthened.

There is no doubt that you are the proud daddy of your gorgeous girl with, for example, funny matching swimming outfits: one for daddy, and one for the little one.

Don't forget to bring a good pool! We have the best pools here reviewed for you.

Fun father-daughter activities for a toddler / toddler

Once your daughter starts to walk and talk, you will see that it suddenly goes like a spear.

Before you know it, your child will be more independent and her personality will come to the fore.

A perfect moment to discover activities that you can enjoy together and strengthen your bond at the same time.

Don't worry, she will always be your little princess. View the nicest princess toys here.

To the petting zoo

The petting zoo is a great father-daughter outing when the weather is nice outside. It is not only fun but also educational!

Learn all about farm life with your daughter.

In this way you bring you toddler also in a fun way to come into contact with different animals and what sounds they make.

Or do what all fathers are good at: being crazy and imitating the animal sounds together!

Once back home, you can work together with the beautiful Bruder farm and countryside toys.

Crafting together

If the weather is not so nice for a day, you can also organize a fun craft afternoon.

De motor development of your daughter is probably in full swing now and by putting together fun works together with daddy that is well stimulated.

You can find plenty of craft projects on the internet, from small to large.

For example, think of this mermaids necklace set or tasty old-fashioned finger paint.

Visit the fire brigade or police

Make no mistake fathers, girls are tough too!

Visiting an open day of the fire brigade or the police could be the perfect father and daughter outing for you.

Who knows, she may have the ambition to become a police officer or firefighter when she grows up.

Maybe you wanted that yourself too!

Take a look inside a real police car or have your fingerprint taken just like a crook. End the day with a beautiful father-daughter photo on the police motorcycle.

Complete the experience with the best police toys | Learning through role play.

Start a vegetable garden

Find out if you have green fingers with a vegetable garden!

Teach your daughter where our food comes from in a fun and creative way.

This activity can also be performed indoors if the weather is not so nice. Perfect even if you live in a flat or in an apartment.

Look this vegetable garden set for example, and find more here nice tips for working together in the garden.

To the theater

At this stage of age, your daughter's fantasy and experience is in full swing. Going to a show together is a very special father and daughter outing.

Theater may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a day out with dad, but there are a lot of (interactive) performances that are especially for toddlers and preschoolers are made.

Check the website of your local theater for suitable performances for your daughter.

Fun father-daughter activities for a school child

Little girls are growing up and she may already be in school by now.

She will undoubtedly make many friends and usually see them in clubs and associations outside of school. She is completely shaping her own social life.

By doing activities together that are close to her interests, you work to strengthen the beautiful bond you have together.

To the museum

A museum certainly doesn't have to be boring!

Think of interactive museums that can be educational and interesting for daughters of all ages.

NEMO in Amsterdam for example, or the Media Park in Hilversum. For sunny days it is Archeon in Alphen aan de Rijn also a good recommendation.

Play a game

The days of boring goose boards are long gone. Board games are all the rage again among children of all ages.

Have the greatest fun with your daughter with an Escape Room board game, or the hilarious Go karting together

This one is for the speed demons and the father-daughter duos looking for action!

Your daughter can go karting from the age of eight and racing with dad is of course great fun.

Maybe your local go-kart track has a family heat and you can race together against other father-daughter teams.

Before departure, check the minimum age and height, which can sometimes differ slightly per location.

Make up stories together

Let your imagination run wild! Making up stories together stimulates your daughter's development and creativity, but besides that it can also be very funny to see what she comes up with.

Use stuffed animals, dive into the dress-up box or find other things around the house to bring your self-made creation to life. Or turn it into a theater performance for mom!

Start your own YouTube channel

Proudly show the whole world your close father-daughter bond in your own Youtube channel.

Film your outing and edit the videos together.

Or watch one of these together nice YouTube channels for children.

Fun father-daughter activities for a teenager

The teenage phase is arguably the most difficult of all age phases, and it can also be difficult between father and daughter at times.

The now more independent daughter will become more involved with her boyfriends and girlfriends and focus more on self-development.

However, that does not mean that there is no room for daddy anymore. This is perhaps the most crucial phase in working on the close relationship.

Go on a city trip together

Go away together for a bit longer. Think of a weekend city trip, for example.

You can walk through the city together, sniff culture or visit delicious restaurants.

See which city offers the most activities closest to your interests: Rome, Paris, London or Prague.

This idea will surely be a success with your daughter. Get even closer when you get the travel travel by car.

For fun on the go, take a look at our review of the best travel games.

Shopping together

Shopping! Few teenagers who don't like a good day of shopping.

pull the wallet open for a new winter or summer wardrobe. This way you stay up to date with the latest trends that interest your teen.

These are the 21 best children's clothing stores in Eindhoven and surroundings.

Camping

A weekend camping trip is a good idea for the adventurous father-daughter duo.

Venture into the Belgian Ardennes or stay closer to home in the Veluwe. Wherever you go, camping is a great activity to work on your bond.

From pitching a tent together to adventurous activities such as cycling or climbing, there are plenty of moments to create unforgettable memories.

En this beautiful sleeping bag completes the adventure.

Fun father-daughter activities for a grown woman

Daughters remain daughters even when they are adults.

You may not have as much contact with your daughter as you would like at this stage of life.

Work and private life are getting in the way and she may have already started a family herself.

All the more important to make time for each other. Because you will always be a daddy!

Eating out together

Visit a special restaurant together.

Think of blind dining, for example, enjoy a meal in a hot air balloon or visit a restaurant with a Michelin star.

Your daughter is now at an age where she can appreciate these kinds of experiences.

working together

Maybe she's just living on her own or has some chores around the house that she's been avoiding for years. Make it a father daughter trip to Ikea right away and then put together that (awful) bookcase together.

Cooking together or cooking lessons

Did she used to have a favorite meal? Or were you never really a hero in the kitchen? A cooking class for two is a fun activity to do together, which you also learn something from.

Once you have mastered the cooking skills, you can schedule a weekly evening to cook for each other and have a nice chat.

A tattoo

What more confirms your strong bond than getting a tattoo together?

Something as permanent as your love for each other. Choose a text that is close to your heart or design your own tattoo.

There is plenty to do with Daddy's little girl no matter what age stage.

Discover common interests, work on your close relationship and perhaps most importantly, enjoy together as much as possible.

Read more: Hugging | Why it is necessary and good for your child.

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

Play Choice now has the ultimate activity book collection, with over 60 pages of fun coloring pages and educational puzzles.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.