No Playdate today? We can fix that for you with these great playdate ideas!“Hey, you want to come over to my house to play?”

Those words never get old to a kid, and probably not to a mom either. But once my kiddos start to approach preschool age, I find they are tickled pink (sometimes) by themed playdates and parties. As a stepping off point for hands on learning or imagination play, themed playdates can’t be beat. But sometimes, if you’re like me, you need a little inspiration. Here’s our compendium of great play date ideas!

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  One Response to “Great Playdate Ideas”

  1. Cute photo and lots of good ideas. Mine are all grown so its mommy’s turn for some fun.
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